After serving as a pastor, Vernon earned his MTh at the University of Fort Hare. He served as the Principal of the Bible Institute Eastern Cape for many years. After retiring from BIEC, he joined SATS as a lecturer and supervisors. He excels as an MTh thesis supervisor, where his diligent commitment to good scholarship and his pastoral concern for each student combine to produce one successful candidate after another. Vernon is married to Heather; they have three adult children.