David Turner (Director) has been involved with Church in Chains since 1981, first as a volunteer, then in 2002 as part-time national co-ordinator, and as full-time director since 2007. His role includes developing and maintaining links with overseas partners; advocacy with TDs, Senators, the Department of Foreign Affairs and foreign embassies; editing Church in Chains magazine; speaking to churches, fellowships and prayer groups around Ireland; regular media appearances; research and writing; planning campaigns, projects and initiatives and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Virginia Chipperfield (who is married to David) started working for Church in Chains as a volunteer researcher and writer in 2008. As the scale of the work increased, she began working on a part-time basis in 2010. Virginia writes many of the news stories on this website and keeps country profiles updated. She also writes for the quarterly Church in Chains magazine and the Church in Chains Global Guide and assists in administration.
The trustees of Church in Chains ensure that the charity is properly governed: approving the annual accounts; agreeing strategic plans; supervising staff etc.
Each was asked, “Why are you a trustee?”
Pamela Coulter (Bray): I have had a passionate heart for the suffering church from my earliest days as a believer – stemming from my own personal experience of the hostile reaction of family to my faith in Christ Jesus. This gave me an empathy for what believers go through when they are persecuted.
David Franklin (Chair, Dublin): Our Father is always speaking to us; if we hear His prompting and act on it, we do His will. As we serve in this work we seek to bless God’s family of believers, and God is honoured as we do so.
Davood H.M. (Dundalk): “I come from Iran where Christians face persecution. For that reason I feel privileged to be one of the trustees for Church in Chains as I believe they give a voice to those who do not have a voice in countries where believers are persecuted.”
Keith Talbot (Treasurer, Kildare): I was twelve when invited to pray for a young Christian imprisoned in Siberia, Galina Vilchinskaya. Her story is amazing – as is the way that God makes us in Ireland partners in the gospel with such brothers and sisters. I’m glad to play my part in the work of Church in Chains.
Jim McGing (Westport): I am a trustee because I am interested in the welfare of Christians worldwide, who are persecuted because of their faith in Christ. Church In Chains provides Irish people with a means of channelling funding and other support to persecuted Christians, worldwide.