John Surridge is a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist whose maternal grandparents and parents served as missionaries in East and West Africa respectively. John spent his early years in Nigeria and then Ghana before returning to the UK for his secondary education.
After an initial interest in science which concluded with a BSc in Electronics and employment in the integrated circuit industry, John retrained as a minister. During this time John married Moira, another fourth generation Adventist, who was born in Ghana.
Their early ministry was spent in South Wales but in 1996 John began a highly enjoyable ten-year period as Communication director at the Church's headquarters in Watford. This was followed by a further ten years as President of the Adventist Church in Wales before beginning his current work, as Executive Secretary of the Adventist Church in the UK and Ireland, in July 2016. He was re-elected to this position for a further term, at the BUC Session in October 2021.
John and Moira have two married children, and two granddaughters.