Founder of debt counselling charity to step back after 25 years

The organisation, Christians Against Poverty, has helped thousands of people to become debt-free in recent years

John Kirkby
John Kirkby

The founder of Christians Against Poverty is stepping back from his day-to-day involvement with the debt counselling charity after 25 years.

John Kirkby has helped the charity grow to become an organisation with between 1,000 and 1,200 staff and volunteers working in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

It has helped more than 21,000 people become debt-free in the past 11 years through its debt centres, money courses and job clubs.

Kirkby, who was appointed CBE in 2018, will step down from his day-to-day involvement with the UK charity in June.

He is expected to take a sabbatical with his wife Lizzie to consider what they might do next, but will remain part of the charity's international board.

Kirkby said: “While I’m leaving my role at CAP UK, I will always be the charity’s founder, and my heart to see CAP grow and play its part in seeing God’s kingdom advance will never leave.

“I’m delighted to look at the organisation CAP is now and wholeheartedly know that I have played the part I was called here to do.

“I see an organisation made up of people who are strong in mission and faith, ablaze with passion and overflowing with compassion for those they help.”

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is patron of the charity, said Kirkby’s “passion for financial justice had been the driving force for an organisation which has grown exponentially since its inception and helped thousands of people free themselves from the prison of debt”.

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