A community of all abilities praying together

Image of man walking across the causeway to Holy Island

Dave Lucas

Dave Lucas is co-founder of Disability and Jesus. Dave has been saying an office of one sort or another for almost forty years. Even in times when God has seemed far away it has been his office that has sustained him.

Because of this Dave has long had the ambition of being able to produce a more accessible daily office that reaches a greater number of people.

This is simply our earliest attempt and no doubt we will continue to evolve and improve as we learn more from you all

Rev Katie Tupling

Katie is vicar of two parishes in the Shefield Diocese and is also the diocesan disability officer. Katie was born with cerebral palsy and walks with the aid of wonderful purple elbow crutches.

Katie says that she has a particular interest in blending the mix of motherhood, ministry and disability and how each is of value to the other and to God.

Rev Bill Braviner

Bill is a vicar in the town of Stockton and Durham diocese disability officer. He has suffered with stress related anxiety and depression in the past and is acutely aware of the need to give proper care and attention to mental health issues.

Bill reminds everyone that they are somewhere on the "disability spectrum".

Bill's passion is to see a church where inculsion is a reality for everyone.

Andy Raine

Andy and Dave have a friendship that goes back almost forty years.

Andy was a co-founder of the Northumbria Community and co-writer of the well known Celtic Daily Prayer.

Andy and Dave have co-written the main text of our office and his help with proofing and simplifying language has been invaluable to us.

Fr Paul Child

Paul is our Makaton advisor. He is Priest in Charge of St Lawrence the Martyr in South Shields, the only Church of England Church to be awarded Makaton Friendly status by the Makaton Charity.

With his wife Miriam he founded Wonderfully Made Messy Church, which is designed to be accessible to all families including those with a member with additional needs.

They have four children, one of which happens to have an extra chromosome. He enjoys sport, music, and answers to the call "Vicar Tumble"!

Chris Suddes

Chris retired in 2001 from a successful corporate career after a motorcycle accident left him paraplegic and in a wheelchair. He has since served on several NHS boards and chaired a number of charities.

He is a musician and worship co-ordinator at Chowdene Church. He also runs a digital media business, Pilgrim Digital in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is our web designer.

He is married and has a grown up daughter and 2 grandchildren. He lives by the Tyne with Barbara & 2 Maine Coon kittens.

Jarvis

Jarvis is guide dog to Dave and mascot to the team. He has just turned 10 this year and so will retire soon. We have not put Jarvis here as some kind of cheap anthropomorphic trick. Jarvis really is an integral part of our team.

Jarvis has taught all of us so much about the nature of faith, he has taught us that faith is about hurling yourself in to the unkown, trusting ion the one that loves you to keep you safe. This is something Dave does with Jarvis every time the two of them step out of the front door