I was born in the east end of London. At the age of 10, my parents got divorced and I made an unconscious decision not to love any more.
At the age of 13 I had started stealing. By 15 I was put in a detention centre (youth prison). When I left home after having been released, my only qualification was stealing, so that’s what I did.
I’M JOHN PRIDMORE, AN EX-LONDON GANGSTER, TURNED CHRISTIAN… LEARN HOW GOD HAS CHANGED MY LIFE AND GET IN TOUCH TO SEE HOW I’M BRINGING HIS LOVE TO OTHERS.
At 19 I was in prison again and because the way I dealt with my pain was with anger, I was always fighting. They put me on 23 hour solitary confinement and I came out of there even more angry and bitter.
I started bouncing round the east end and west end of London. I liked fighting so I thought I might as well get paid for it! I met some guys who seemed to have everything and I started to work for them. Before long I wasn’t working for them, I was working with them. These were the guys who ran most of the organised crime in London.
I had what I thought was everything. Money, power, girls, drugs the lot. But yet there was something missing… This struck me more than ever, when I thought I had killed someone outside of a nightclub I was working at. After nearly taking that man’s life, something incredible happened and my life began to change.
I began working with at risk youth showing them there is another path than the violent one I took. Within a few years I was full time speaking in parishes, schools and prisons around the U.K. and Ireland to tens of thousands of people each year.
I spoke at World Youth Day in Sydney to over 400,000 young people and ever since my ministry has become more and more international.
At the beginning of June 2009 I went to Liberia so I could speak to former children soldiers who were forced to take up arms and fight in the Liberian Civil war about the grace of forgiveness.