Chairman – Clive Mather
Clive Mather was elected Chairman of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association in 2012, having served on Council for over 3 years. He counts Jerusalem as the most inspiring and challenging city he has ever visited and the Garden as the most special place in Christendom. It is where the gospel meets and resolves the deepest needs of mankind. He is also the Chairman of Tear Fund, and in that capacity, travels to many other parts of the world each year to visit its partners and operations. He retired from Shell in 2007, after an international career of 38 years, and now chairs its UK pension fund. He is also the Chairman of Iogen Corporation, a leading bio-technology company based in Ottawa, working on renewable energy. He continues to work with governments, companies, universities and NGOs on energy and environmental issues around the world. Clive was born in Warwickshire in 1947 and has been married to Ann for 36 years. They have been blessed with three wonderful children and three adorable grandchildren. Clive and Ann live with their two border collies near Guildford, Surrey.
Vice Chairman – Canon John Salter
John is a Kentish man – born and brought up in Sevenoaks. He worked in insurance and did national service in the RAF before attending university and ordination as priest. John then worked for Inter Varsity Fellowship (now UCCF) in universities, before spending over 32 years as vicar of Emmanuel Church, Guildford, Surrey. His focus now is on preaching, teaching, evangelism and training people for ministry. John and his wife, Bridget first visited Israel in 1963 – since when they have visited frequently and led many pilgrimage groups there. The impact on people of a visit to the Garden Tomb always thrills them both. John and Bridget have three married daughters and six grandchildren.
Treasurer and Company Secretary – Peter Houston
Peter Houston is the Honorary Treasurer of the Garden Tomb, is a Chartered Accountant and lives on the outskirts of Bath. He looks forward to his visit to the Garden at least once a year, as part of the oversight of the finances of the Charity. He and Susie have been married for 33 years and have three grown-up sons and an adopted son and daughter.
Rev Frank Sudworth
“I came to a 'Living faith in Jesus' when I was 22 years of age.” After years in ministry Frank is now a retired, but very busy, Church of England clergyman, (with a Pentecostal focus), and like teach people about the 'Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith'. He is married to Jenny, a former State Registered Nurse, their two sons served in Israel before university, and are now ordained clergymen. Both he and Jenny have been visiting Israel and serving in different capacities such as leading tour groups, for some 27 years, six years as part-time volunteers at the Garden Tomb. They have a 'heart for Israel' and the people, longing to see the 'the one new man', that Paul writes of in Ephesians 2:11-22.
Sharon McLean is both a qualified Nurse and Midwife, who has lived in Israel for over 20 years being involved both professionally and in ministry with both the Jewish and Arab communities. Now based back in Cheshire with her husband Bob, they maintain an active interest and love for this special place and people.
Bruce Streather is a solicitor practising in central London. He is a member of both Holy Trinity Brompton in London, where he was on the PCC for over 10 years, and of the Romney Marsh Community Church in Kent, where he is a Trustee. Bruce was previously a Trustee of the Christian Alliance Association and ‘Midweek in Mayfair’; he is currently a Trustee of the Urban Action Trust. Bruce was delighted and honoured to become a Trustee of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association for the second time in 2010. Married to Geraldine for 39 years, Bruce has 3 daughters and three grandchildren.
Steve King lives in Yateley, Hampshire and works as an insurance broker in the City of London, married to Maureen, they have three daughters. Steve is a Portsmouth Football fan and a keen cyclist, having completed a number of charity cycle rides including a number of ‘Pedal for Primus’ events since 2008 and a 200 mile biking for children in car ride in 2010. Having previously been a Trustee of Faith & Football, Steve began his time as a Trustee in 2011.
Paul was raised in Birmingham. After working as a Procurement Officer in an engineering firm, he felt a call to Christian leadership and left for London to study theology. He pastored two churches over a period of thirty six years before leading the Assemblies of God as General Superintendent in the UK for thirteen years. Paul lectured for twenty years at Mattersey Hall; he co-directed the ‘Jim’ Challenge and has also served on many Boards including Evangelical Alliance, Together in Mission, World Assemblies of God and the World Pentecostal Presidium. Paul has also authored and co-authored books and discipleship courses. He is an artist and enjoys playing golf.
Together with his wife Jenn, he has lead tours to Israel and currently they enjoy serving at the Garden Tomb together. They have two children, Sally and Joel, who with their spouses have given them six grandchildren - so far!!
Fiona is a wife and mother (of 4) based in Cambridge. She and her husband are members of Holy Trinity Cambridge and actively involved in the churches work with the University Students. She is a member of the Lords and Commons Child and Family Protection Group, and more recently has helped run one of the UK's first across a City "Parenting Teenagers Course" which has attracted parents from 22 different schools. She has had a love for Israel, Jerusalem and the peoples from that place. She still vividly remembers her first visit to Jerusalem in 1978 (her uncle was based there for many years) and her first visit to the Garden Tomb. She has returned many times since, including for her honeymoon in 1995 and recalls being in the Garden Tomb on that visit for a wedding - a very special memory.
President – Prebendary Richard Bewes
Richard Bewes, who led the work of All Souls Church in Langham Place for 22 years, maintains his ministry on a wide front - recent years having taken him to Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA. He hosts the international on-screen Bible discussion programme Open Home, Open Bible and its sequels Book by Book and The Sermon international preaching series. He has written over 20 books. Richard received the Order if the British Empire (OBE). from Her Majesty the Queen in 2005. He and his wife Pam, having both known bereavement in earlier marriages, were united to each other in July 2012, and between them have ten grandchildren.
Vice President – Victor Jack
Victor Jack, together with his late wife Meg, has been involved in pioneer evangelism and bible teaching in Suffolk since 1964. They initiated the Sizewell Hall Christian Conference and Camping Centre in 1975 through which over 200,000 people have passed. Victor organized and chaired the Billy Graham mission at Portman Road football ground in Ipswich in 1984. Just over 100,000 people came to the stadium over 5 nights. Victor was chairman of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association from 2000 – 2012. He has made over 50 visits to Israel to host visitors and to support the director and the staff, as well as leading tours. The booklet he wrote in 1970 entitled, ‘Believe and Be Baptized’ has been used by many different churches and been translated in some 80 different languages. Victor’s wife Meg died in April 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. They enjoyed 48 years of serving God together and have three sons and four grandchildren.
Richard Meryon, Director
Richard came to a living faith in Jesus as a young officer in the Royal Navy, in which he would serve for 30 years. With his wife, Rosalind, who was an Army nursing sister on their wedding day, he has always been active in worldwide military Christian ministry. The Lord called him out of the Navy into a British ministry of outreach to men, Christian Vision for Men. After 10 years, Richard handed over the reins and was then invited to Jerusalem to be the Director of the Garden Tomb where he has been since January 2010 in, what he describes as: ‘the best job in the World – for me!’. Richard and Rosalind have four great adult children that include a son-in-law. Richard is also a trustee of Flame International and E3.
Richard Mayhew, Director (from the 15th of November 2014)
The Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association is delighted to announce that Richard Mayhew has been appointed the new Director of the Garden Tomb to succeed Richard Meryon with effect from 15 November 2014, full details can be found here