Pastor Tapani was born in Finland as the second of six children in a Lutheran pastor’s family. When he was in his mid-teens, the family moved to Kenya where his parents went to work as missionaries. Therefore, he finished his schooling in English, following a British curriculum. As a result, he ended up coming to the UK for his university studies — and never left. Having gained a degree in Theology and a teaching qualification, Tapani worked as a teacher of Religious Studies for a number of years in the Midlands and in East Anglia.
Tapani is married to Sarah. They have four children.
The pastor has a blog, SimonPotamos, which you can find here. His hobbies include playing and listening to music, reading history and sailing.