We have a dedicated staff team at CMJ UK who work alongside a team of volunteers to help bring the good news of Messiah to the Jewish population here in the UK. With a mixture of staff working from the CMJ UK office, making visits across the UK, or in Jewish communities, they all play a vital role in carrying out the mandate we believe God has given us.

Paul Hames

CMJ Rep

I was born in Nottingham and brought up in Leicester. I did a variety of jobs before meeting Janey in 1979 at Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes, where we shared a bag of crab claws whilst on an overtime shift! I began attending a church in the middle of Leicester’s Indian-Muslim area. This made life interesting as the Pastor at the time had a good understanding of Jewish roots and the importance of Israel and often preached on the subject.

Janey and I married in 1981 and have three children. After being made redundant from British Gas, I felt led into pastoral ministry, and it was whilst still doing my theological studies, I was asked to take on the pastorate of the church we were attending.

We made our first visit to Israel in 1996 where we had our first taste of Christ Church in Jerusalem. In the two subsequent years we visited again; this time organising, leading and guiding groups. In 2000 I became Midlands Representative for CMJ, speaking in churches, at prayer meetings, and Bible-study groups; I also helped a small messianic group in Leicester to start – which is now a full-blown congregation.

Together Janey and I began the CMJ Youth ministry, which we called Life From The Dead. Through music, food and teaching we were able to link young people in UK churches with their peers in Israel. Sadly the field team was disbanded during one of CMJ’s financial crises and I became Deputy Director of Prayer for Israel in 2003, but in 2004 a skiing accident curtailed my travelling and speaking opportunities. Soon after, we received an invitation to manage the Christ Church Guest House in Jerusalem, so in June 2005 we left our son Dan in charge of our Leicester “nest”, and with our daughters Rachel and Leah, relocated to Jerusalem’s Old City. We had a wonderful, roller coaster five years in Israel; returning in 2010 and taking up our current positions with CMJ UK. Our aim is to find creative ways to present the Jewish Jesus to the Jewish people, and to teach the church about her Jewish roots.

Paul Hames