Chairman – Clive Mather

Clive Mather was elected Chairman of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association in 2012, having previously 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 Tearfund, 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 funds. 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 40 years. They have been blessed with three wonderful children and five adorable grandchildren. Clive and Ann live with their two border collies near Guildford, Surrey.

Vice Chairman – Paul Weaver

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!!  

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.

Bruce Streather

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

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. 

Fiona Saunderson

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.

Paul Mayo

Kieran Ryan

Kieran is a retired Irish Army Officer who has served in senior management appointments both in Ireland and on overseas missions. He came to personal faith in the Lord Jesus while serving as a young Officer and was actively associated with the Association of Militay Christian Fellowship (AMCF). He is an MA graduate from the Irish Bible Institute, Dublin and has held many leadership positions in Independent Bible Churches and Youth ministries for over thirty years. He, with his wife Laura, lives in Kilkenny city, Rep.of Ireland and they have a son, Steve. Kieran, has been serving in the Garden Tomb Jerusalem since 2011 and is delighted and honoured to have become a Trustee of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association.

Honorary Officers

President – 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.


Stephen Bridge

Prior to his appointment as Director, Stephen served as Deputy Director of the Garden Tomb for 5 years. Before serving at the Garden Tomb, Stephen worked as Operations Manager at the Ichthus headquarters in London, as Project Manager for the Shaftesbury Society, as Leader of an Ichthus Congregation, and as Founding Pastor of a Church in Essex, England. Stephen and his wife Sue have three children and a granddaughter who live back in the UK.