Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity working through a network of centres based in local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth service.



CAP Staff

CAP aims to show God’s love in action by providing sustainable poverty relief through debt counselling, advice and practical help. CAP’s unique ‘hands on’ approach empowers people to help themselves out of poverty and be released from the fear, oppression and worry generated by overwhelming debts. We are providing sustainable poverty relief as our service teaches clients vital budgeting skills that will last a lifetime.

The charity operates through a growing network of UK centres, all opened in partnership with a local church. CAP began in 1996 when John Kirkby, armed with a £10 donation, started to help people in his local community who were trapped in debt.

The charity is now a fast-paced, growing organisation whose vision is to answer the national problem of debt in the UK by having at least one CAP centre operating in every major town and city by the year 2015.

About C.A.P.

John Kirkby founded CAP in 1996 in response to the tremendous poverty he saw in his home city of Bradford. As a Christian, he believed God was calling him to use the skills gained through 17 years experience in the consumer finance industry to reach out to people suffering under the burden of debt.


John and Lizzie KirkbyJohn & Lizzie Kirkby

It was in June of 1996 that John believed God was calling him to sacrifice a lucrative career in the finance industry to start Christians Against Poverty. Armed with just a few pounds and a desire to use his financial knowledge to help the poor in his home town of Bradford, John set off on the incredible journey of CAP. John has overseen the growth and organisational development of the charity as well as pioneering the work in Australia and New Zealand.

“I am overwhelmed by what God has done. 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. Please get involved in this amazing, God inspired ministry."
John Kirkby, Founder and International Director

CAP’s vision is to answer the national problem of debt in the UK by having 500 centres operating by 2015. This would mean that an incredible 15,000 new clients will receive help every year.

C.A.P. Team

The C.A.P. Team consists of

Steve Morris and Lyn Hamer

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