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.
Alex began working with CMJ in 2006 and became the CEO in 2011. Alex has pioneered key aspects of evangelism and advocacy ministry. He has ministered widely throughout the UK, and also in Israel, USA, Hong Kong, Australia and Eastern Europe.
Since working with CMJ Alex has written 6 theological and study books as well as contributing widely to a number of journals and other publications. His first book The Case for Enlargement Theology has been well received and many consider it to be a vital contribution to the ‘continuity- discontinuity’ debate which can help to release the ‘impasse’ in Jewish-Christian relations. Currently he is working on a new book- 60 Days with Romans. Hopefully this will be published in 2020.
Alex is married to Mandy and they have 3 grown up children. In addition to his ministry work you may find Alex listening to Dylan, eating Indian food, playing golf, teaching chess or witnessing yet another fine Cambridge United FC victory- but not all at the same time.
With a degree in Chemical Engineering, I worked in energy conservation for a subsidiary of the National Coal Board, before moving into IT, eventually becoming Deputy IT Manager. Then in 1993 came redundancy and seven months of unemployment. With an eight year old son and a wife to support this can be quite a test of faith, one I think I passed.
After a brief spell working in IT as a freelance contractor, a change of direction (and the need for a regular income) saw me become a bookkeeper and Office Manager for a small firm of shop-fitters. My employer, who was a friend, thought that my years as treasurer of my church would be enough experience for me to be his company’s bookkeeper. He was right. Redundancy, again, led to me joining (within a week) a medium sized haulage firm as the company accountant.
By 2008 I was becoming restless and unsettled, and felt that I should be working in a Christian environment, but where? Such opportunities are few and far between, especially on your doorstep, since I felt no desire to move from the town where I lived and worshipped. So we prayed, as you do, and shortly afterwards my church’s notice sheet carried an advertisement for a Finance Manager for CMJ. So I applied, had an interview, and the rest, as they say, is history. And just for a change I could leave a job voluntary rather than through redundancy! Looking back, I know God was in all of this. If I hadn’t been made redundant in 1993 and again in 2002, I would not have learnt bookkeeping and accounting to a level sufficient for me to do my current job for CMJ. So He was there, although there were times when it didn’t feel like it.
In 2009 Alison and I visited Israel for the first time, and this had a huge impact on us both. God has given us both a heart for the Jewish People, Israel, and the work of CMJ. Since then we have been back twice, taking our son both times. We hosted a Shoresh tour in 2011, and in 2014 went with friends from work and a local fellowship. It was on this latter trip I had the privilege of baptising my son in the river Jordan. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Later, Jane immersed herself in Church work, leading worship, preaching, and helping to devise a new morning service.
She has worked for CMJ since 2008 and loves her job which is full of variety and opportunities to teach Bible Truths about God’s Covenant with the Jewish people. She has visited Israel well over 20 times and loves the Land and the people. She thinks it is mandatory for Believers in Jesus to visit the Land where He lived and to see things through His Jewish perspective.
Jane says there was never a shred of anti-Semitism in her home and some of her early Christian influences came from people like author of The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom.
Jane is 5 parts English 2 parts Lithuanian and 1 part Irish, so Jane says that makes her “an extremely polite, optimistic melancholic, with the gift of the gab”!
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.
From my youngest age I remember always being told that Jewish people were special to God and that we should respect them, so I did, but never really understood why. I later discovered that my aunt spent most of her life living and working with Messianic Jews in Leicestershire. I recently found an old biscuit tin in my mum’s attic with records of my aunt’s financial giving to CMJ and Messianic Testimony! She had prayed ardently for her family to be ‘saved’ and we were praise God!
I first met Paul when he came to work in my office and I was asked to oversee him during his first weeks. As we began getting closer I told Paul that if he wanted to see me it would have to be in church… the rest, as they say, is history! Despite being told by professionals that neither of us could have children Paul and I clung to the promises we believed God had made to us that we’d be parents. After four years Daniel was born followed by Rachel and then Leah. “He makes the barren woman to keep house and be a joyful mother of children.” Psalm 113 v 9. And “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.“ Psalm 128 v 3.
I’ve had a variety of jobs including, petrol pump attendant (you don’t get that service anymore!) supermarket work which I loved, managing a hostel for homeless mothers and babies, managing a drop-in centre for street people, a busy pastor’s wife, church youth group leader and lots of other stuff in between!
In 2005 ‘coincidentally’ both Paul and I were made redundant in the same week and realized that God had something special for us to do. That special something was to follow a call to Jerusalem and manage the guest house and compound at Christ Church. We completed five years working alongside wonderful Jewish, Arab and international brothers and sisters. We saw many people choose to follow Jesus during that time. Now the adventure continues in the UK! We have fantastic colleagues and there’s a real sense of the ‘CMJ family’ that’s part of our strap line. Paul and I love working together in this ministry - he’s the clever one and I’m practical so it works well!