Reverend Christopher Lee has revealed how his Christian faith 'gave him strength' when wife Jenny tragically suffered two miscarriages.
The vicar, 37, from London, has preached at Acton's St Saviour's Church since 2015 and last year gained popularity on Instagram sharing '60-second sermons' to his fans, since amassing a huge 177k followers.
The father-of-two, who shares two girls Rose and Saoirse with Jenny, appeared on This Morning today to discuss his wife's devastating miscarriages and said he hoped to help 'break the stigma' around the issue.
He explained his faith has helped him to face adversity when he has 'suffered and experienced pain' in his life, saying: 'My faith doesn't mean I won't have those times of pain. But it does determine they will not have complete control over me, they won't dictate my future and ultimately hold me into a dark place.'
Reverend Christopher Lee, 37, from London, has revealed how his Christian faith 'gave him strength' when his wife Jenny tragically suffered two miscarriages
Appearing on This Morning today, he said while he accepts he will 'experience pain' in his life, his faith has helped him face adversity
Chris explained: 'We decided quite early on we wanted to be open about miscarriages.
'There seems to be sometimes a stigma but it's more common than people think.'
The father-of-two said he and Jenny were determined to help others, despite their own pain around their losses.
He explained: 'My wife and I had a real open and honest chat early on after these miscarriages which are so dramatic and difficult.
The vicar explained that while he feels his faith helps him escape 'darkness' after painful experiences, his religion doesn't mean he's exempt from suffering
'We knew we led a community at church, I have this influence online, and we wanted to be able to talk about it and share that pain and shine a bit more light on a subject that affects millions of people.'
Host Philip Schofield quizzed Chris on whether he ever felt it was unfair that he, a man of faith, had to suffer to much sadness, asking: 'Don't you think, why would you do something like this to me?'
The vicar explained that while he feels his faith helps him escape 'darkness' after painful experiences, he understands that his religion doesn't mean he's exempt from suffering.
He said: 'It's an easy question to ask. As a Christian my understanding is i'm not surrounded by a bubble of bliss.'
The 37-year-old said he and his wife Jenny had intentionally been open about their 'dramatic and difficult' miscarriages
Chris said that his faith doesn't mean he is exempt from sadness, adding: 'I understand that we live in a broken world where we will suffer and pain is a real thing.'
Meanwhile he explained: 'I can have hope in all the darkness there is hope.
'It gives me strength to go through the struggle rather than says you're not going to have any struggles.'
His new book, The OMG Effect: 60-Second Sermons to Live a Fuller Life, will explain in more detail his popular online sermons.
The vicar has gained thousands of followers online as social media users tune into his 60 Second Sermons
He said that while he started writing his book before the pandemic, it's been influenced by the 'pain and need in the world'.
Speaking of his Instagram following he explained: 'I'm followed by people of faith, people of different faith and people of no faith.
'It's been a really difficult season for us all, I started writing this book a year or two before the pandemic and it's been a really interesting process of feeling that pain and need in the world. '