Krasif Aid Board
Brian and Chris Clarke
Brian & Chris began mission work in 1989 as part of YWAM in Amsterdam as house parents of a community working with vulnerable people called The Ark. Previously, Brian was a lawyer for 16 years. B
ack in the UK in 1995 they headed YWAM Family Ministry work for several years, before beginning involvement in Bulgaria in 1998. They were recruited by Saltmine Trust, in Dudley, to head up their Eastern Europe ministry in 2001, and in 2008 they lead the formation of Krasif Aid. They speak regularly at Family Camp weeks around Europe, in recent years including Denmark, Norway, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Brian and Chris have written a book telling the story of their ministry so far.
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Jonathan & Elaine Loescher
Jonathan runs a chartered accountancy practice specialising in working with farmers and small businesses. Elaine helps out in the accountancy office as well as running her holiday let business. They have two teenage sons. Jonathan, Elaine and the boys attend Aldridge Parish Church. Jonathan sees his role as treasurer as a way of using his professional resources and experience in a practical way to support the work of Krasif Aid. When time allows, the family love visiting Cornwall to enjoy the sea and outdoor life. They also keep a menagerie of animals on their small-holding where Jonathan's pride and joy are his vegetable garden and vintage tractor.
Gavin & Emma Owen
Emma and Gavin live in Nottingham with their two boys Austin and Miles.
As well as being a full time mother Emma is an artist, teaching art workshops and making her own Fused Glass. Gavin is our Safeguarding lead.
Gavin and Emma first went to Bulgaria in 2001 whilst students and were instantly hooked, returning three years in a row and have since been out with their two sons.
They have also travelled to Thailand, Albania and Uganda working with different Christian organisations. Their boys have been to Bulgaria three times and are very much involved in the work.
Jim & Margaret Chalmers
Jim became a Christian through the local Presbyterian Church. He studied History at University and later teacher training in Manchester, subsequently becoming a teacher and college lecturer teaching history all of his career. He is married to Margaret, who was also a teacher, and they are both now retired. They are members of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Aldridge, where Jim is a Lay-Reader
Alan & Gillian Winser
Alan, a town planner, met Gillian, a nurse, on a team to Bulgaria in 1999, part of the Jesus 2000 charity which Alan threw himself into starting and running following the death of his first wife in 1995. The charity brought together churches of all denominations across the borough of Walsall to celebrate the Millennium, which they celebrated by getting married! Alan has 3 children, Gillian 2, and between them 11 Grandchildren. Both retired in 2008. They attend Aldridge Parish Church where they both preach, assist with prayer ministry, and run the Marriage Course. They love gardening, walking, eating-out, meeting friends and drinking wine!
Paul & Joy Gilliver
In 1992, following 20 year backgrounds in Engineering and Catering, Paul & Joy pursued a call to full time Christian ministry. Initially they trained and worked with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), leading Crossroads Discipleship Training Schools; moving on in 2002 to work with Saltmine Trust as part of their Eastern Europe ministry. With the formation of Krasif Aid in 2008 it was a natural move to partner again with Brian & Chris. Their vision has always been to encourage the local church in becoming more involved in missions by motivating and facilitating teams and individuals. They bring 20 years experience overseeing mission teams, and both are actively engaged in the life of Hinckley Baptist Church in Leicestershire, where they are part of the worship group.
Jane is a freelance signing interpreter for the deaf. She is a member of the Junction 10 Pentecostal Church in Walsall, and has been involved in mission work to Bulgaria since 1999, when she was a member of the first team from the area who went to renovate an institution for the disabled in the town of Sliven. She has been back almost every year since!
Rachel worked for some years with Birmingham City Mission. She is married to Colin and they have two sons, all of whom regularly visit Bulgaria with family teams. Their children have attended the Emmanuel Christian School in Walsall where Colin was Chair of Governors for some years. Rachel is a teaching assistant and often works with children having special needs. They are members of St Thomas Anglican Church in Aldridge, where both Rachel and Colin are part of the worship team.