Profiles

David Brett

“I am married to Betty and have three grown up daughters and nine grandchildren, six of whom live very near us! I am a retired schoolteacher and am involved in music and administration at my local church, Bethel Christian Fellowship. I love walking with friends and enjoy trying to grow a lot of my own vegetables and fruit.

I have been working for Christians Abroad since 2008, dealing with the recruitment of volunteers, providing a support service which aims to take the stress out of finding and arranging a placement and provides a modular preparation course backed up by personal advice and encouragement.

I have visited Kenya and Ghana and find interacting with both volunteers and project leaders in various countries very interesting and fulfilling.”

 

Colin South

“I am married to Kathy with two sons and five grandchildren, all of whom live at a distance. I trained as a secondary school Chemistry teacher and worked as a teacher of several subjects in Ghana, Jamaica and the UK. I was Director of Friends School in Ramallah, Palestine. I have also worked in charity administration as General Secretary of Christians Abroad Ltd. and as Director of Global Ministries, Friends United Meeting in the United States. I love music, art and literature and try to keep fit. I am kept busy, as a Quaker, working in my Local Meeting and in the Religious Society of Friends generally at regional and national level.

I have worked for Christians Abroad when it was an independent charitable company for over fourteen years, and as it is now since 2007, as a project of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. David and I, and recently Alistair, are responsible for CTBI Christians Abroad and work in partnership. I provide administration and a support service arranging insurance, preparation and consultancy.”

 

Hazel Crossley

Hazel is an experienced traveller and primary school teacher and has been a useful resource to Christians Abroad for many years.  Hazel's role is to help with international briefing and as a Christians Abroad visitor to our overseas projects to validate the information we hold on projects and support and encourage overseas project development. Hazel has recently joined our small team as the senior associate volunteer.

 

Alistair

I am married to Rachel with two sons and a daughter.  I trained as a rural practice Chartered Surveyor (part-time for a while now) along with two postgraduate degrees specialising in development studies. Currently studying BTheology.  We have carried out Christian community development work in Egypt, Niger and Jordan.  We recently started working with Christians Abroad in 2016.  Along with continued project involvement in the Holy Land & Jordan, I am also part of the management of Christians Abroad as a consultant alongside Colin and David. 

I am a member of the Church of Scotland and attend my local Parish Church when in UK.  In addition, we have an established network of friends in various ecumenical, associated ecumenical and non-ecumenical Church communities in UK and abroad.