The purpose and goal of Capernwray Bible School is to instruct students in the content of Scripture in order that they might discover through the written word the reality of the Living Word; and to provide for each student the opportunity to discover the complete sufficiency of Christ in life and service so as to create an attitude of willing abandonment to Him irrespective of the personal consequences; and to do this in an environment of mutual respect, courtesy and love that models and expresses the character of Christ.
The History of Capernwray
Torchbearers was born out of the devastation of World War II when the spiritual vacuum in the lives of those affected by war, both English and German, was apparent. This need led to the purchase of “Capernwray Hall” in 1946 in Lancashire, just south of the famous Lakes District of northern England. It was in a rundown state, yet became a centre for short term Bible Schools in the winter and a Bible conference programme in summer. (Since that time Capernwray Hall has been restored to its former glory as a 19th century mansion set in 175 acres of parkland). It was German youth who came in those early years to Capernwray who began calling themselves the ‘Fackeltraeger’ or carriers of the torch’ Thus in 1947, “Torchbearers” began!
While Major Ian Thomas was serving with the British Army in Germany, he sent a telegram to his wife, asking her to go and bid for Capernwray Hall at the auction. Into the Town Hall at Lancaster on the day of the auction came a reluctant Mrs Joan Thomas, little knowing or realising the full significance that day was going to have for her, her family, and for thousands of people from every corner of the world.
The successful purchase of Capernwray Hall meant that Major and Mrs. Thomas could begin to see fulfilled what they believed was God’s new purpose for the property: to make it a place where young people could come and stay and be introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The ministry extended to Europe and now operates in many countries around the world, including England, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, Japan, Costa Rica, Phillipines, Malaysia, and Australia. Each of the 25 centres already established is a base centre for evangelistic outreach, intensive short-term Bible School, conferences, and camps.
Statement of Faith
The basis of Faith of the Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers
I believe in the triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, in equality with the Father, and that by Him, and for Him, the Father created all things.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ became man through the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was without sin, and that He, as the Lamb of God without blemish, died willingly in the place of sinners to become the Redeemer of this fallen world. I believe that He is the only Mediator, through whose redeeming Blood and by faith in whom alone we receive the forgiveness of sins.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has risen bodily from the dead, that He appeared to His disciples and returned to the Father; that on the day of Pentecost He came in the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell within the hearts of all who had received Him, and thereby established His Body on earth, His Church, the fellowship of all true believers, of which He is the Head.
I believe in God the Holy Spirit, co-equal Member of the Trinity. I believe that He is present in the hearts of all who through faith have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and who thereby are born again, children of God, and are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to deliver just judgement and to bring all things to completion.
I believe that the Bible, in its entirety, is the revelation of God for mankind, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Finally I declare that I myself am converted, in that as a sinner in need of salvation I have already turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and have received Him as my personal Saviour and Lord. I believe that in accordance with His promise He has accepted me and saved me, not according to my merits, but according to His infinite grace, and that He now lives in me by His Holy Spirit, has given me eternal life, and made me a child of God. I confess Him, The Lord Jesus Christ, as My Saviour, Lord and Life before all men.
Meet the Team…
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, MUCH MORE, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
The reality that Jesus didn’t only die for me, but did so to give Himself to me so as to live His life through me changed everything, It took my my walk with Him from a place of my inadequate best for Him to allowing Him to be His adequate best through me. And this truth changed everything!
I have been involved in a variety of ministries including Youth groups, Prison Ministry, Church leadership and now have the privilege of serving as the Director of Capernwray Torchbearers Australia. Whether it’s at home with my wife Jo and our 2 children Ziah and Evie, church or amongst our family and friends, I loves sharing in word and deed The Life that Jesus came to give for all His creation to possess and enjoy.
I’m driven by a love to see young people raised in the life of Jesus in such a way that they become contagious ‘torchbearers’ wherever God takes them.
I was a student at Capernwray myself first in England at Capernwray Hall and then also in Austria at Tauernhof, so I know very well the highs and challenges of being a young adult trying to navigate the complexities of life after leaving the family home. Since then I have worked as a Youth Pastor, barista and Ministries Coordinator both in Australia and Canada. I also currently serve as the Director for TeenStreet Australia, a youth movement of OM.
I am a wife, mum and since November 2021, the Domestic Manager here at the beautiful Wongabri campus.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of working in some amazing industries including hospitality, corporate, and not-for-profit. Prior to joining the Capernwray family, I was a full-time stay-at-home mum, and more recently, I completed studies in Christian Counselling.
With the assistance of fantastic volunteers and students, it is my hope to create a home away from home, and to provide the support that nurtures your connection with God and others.
I'm delighted to be a part of the Capernwray community and can't wait to see what God does in your life!
I have come from a trade business background in the flooring industry, and I hope that I may be able to bring some of my experience to the property team.
For most of my life I have loved to sing and play guitar. In more recent times, God has sparked in me a passion to worship through music and this has become a very big part of my life. I really enjoy the worship times with the students, and I’m so encouraged to see the way that starting the day singing together propels this community forward to worship God in every aspect of life.
Although my journey with Capernwray is young and I still have much to learn, I am so thankful that God called my wife and I to live alongside this community. I’m eager to seek more of Christ and to learn more about him each day as he leads.