Dr John Kirkby CBE


Dr John Kirkby CBE founded Christians Against Poverty in 1996, combining his 17 years’ experience in the consumer finance industry with his personal experience of being in overwhelming debt. His faith-filled journey through CAP’s early years is recorded in the book Nevertheless. His vision to see lives transformed and people set free from poverty led to CAP being built in the UK and around the world. He was awarded a CBE in 2018 for his charitable work and is an honorary Doctor of Bradford University.

In 2021, after 25 incredible years at CAP, John felt that God was calling him to explore new opportunities and that it was time to move on. In March 2023 John launched his latest work, Isaiah 61 Movement, which seeks to equip Christians in sharing their faith.

John has been a friend and supporter of the work of Street Connect for many years and we are delighted to have John take on the role of Patron from April 2023.

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