With a small donation and a leap of faith, John started Christians Against Poverty in 1996.

In his hometown of Bradford, United Kingdom, John began helping people crippled by debt; parents who couldn't feed their kids, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope. Having experienced poverty himself, John decided to give up his career in finance. He began using his skills to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt.

Working through local churches, CAP grew rapidly in the UK and expanded globally. 

In 2000, CAP Australia was launched!


We believe:

  • In one eternal God who is the creator of all things. He exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. 
  • That sin has separated each of us from God and his purpose for our lives. 
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. 
  • That in order to receive forgiveness and ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. 
  • That the Bible is God’s word. It is accurate, authoritative & applicable to our every day lives. 
  • That we are able to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, by the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. 
  • That God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the church and serve the community in which we live. 
  • That God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and generous lives in order to help others more effectively.
  •  That our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ will return in power and glory.

"To see thousands of lives changed every year is truly wonderful. I do believe that God has given us a 21st Century answer to one of the most pressing social needs within society today. Jesus met people's needs with love, compassion and practical help. Our desire is to simply do the same and watch the miracles unfold." - John Kirkby, Founder and International Director

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