Vernon grew up in Pretoria, and continues to live in Pretoria while he dreams about sailing around the world. He matriculated at Pretoria Boys’ High School in 1990. He is a self-taught flutist who enjoys all sorts of music genres and he enjoys reading fiction and travelogues.
He is a board member of Out Well-being, an organisation that provides direct health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, MSM, sex workers, and injecting drug users, including HIV testing, counselling, treatment and general lifestyle advice and support.
He is particularly passionate about the Church being an inclusive and affirming place where people can come to be fed and affirmed as God’s beloved regardless of who they are or where their lives have taken them.
Vernon was made Deacon in 2006 in Pretoria and ordained priest in 2008. In the first two years of his ministry, being licenced under the Parish of Corpus Christi (Garsfontein), assisted in planting a new parish in Equestria. He was then made Rector of Trinity Church in Lynnwood, serving in that capacity for 9 years. Vernon is serving his second term as a Canon of the Cathedral, having been elected in 2014 and then again in 2017. His portfolio on Chapter deals with matters pertaining to Gender and Human Sexuality.
His Academic qualifications include a Diploma in Theology from the College of the Transfiguration, BA Theology (with distinction) from the University of Pretoria and an Honours Bachelor of Theology (Practical Theology) from the University of South Africa.