Des was born in a small mining village in South Wales, UK, where the residue of the Welsh Revival could still be seen, and was brought up in a little chapel which was part of the Pentecostal legacy.  After serving in ministry in the UK, Canada, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States, Des and Mary moved to Texas to pastor Bethesda Community Church.  Des served for 34 years as Senior Pastor, and upon his retirement was named Pastor Emeritus.  To the joy of the fellowship, he and Mary remain an active part of Bethesda.