CPR Board

For policy and pastoral oversight of CPR the Governing Board consists of:

David Fortune (Director of Ministry)

David Fortune is Christian Prison Resourcing's Director of Ministry and a member of its Board, since he founded CPR after working in prisons in the London area. David pastored two evangelical churches in Birmingham and London, between 1985 and 2007. During the London pastorate David began teaching and preaching in prisons some 25 years ago.

He is a natural leader, gifted Bible teacher, and has a heart for the lost. Gerard Chrispin says of him: 'He is so untiring in his work for the gospel that it makes me feel as if I am fast asleep by comparison, and most people tell me to ease up! They should look at his work schedule!' David has a heart for people and for the gospel and produces an endless flow of resources and initiatives for CPR which reflects that practical concern. He loves to set up and run Bible studies in prisons, recruit and train teams of able folks to keep them going, and keep an eye on them while he goes off to expand the work further. But he is forever taking meetings too, and the men and women in prison love to have him minister to them. He says, 'I just love going into prison for Christ!'

His wife is completely behind him in this work and a faithful prayer warrior. Please will you pray for him too - it will be a good investment of your time in the Christian message and in people.

Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards was pastor of an evangelical church in south west London for thirty years before taking on a wider ministry supported by his home church. He is the author of twenty books including Christian theology and historical biography, and edits the popular Day One Travel Guide series. Brian was President of the FIEC for three years and now preaches and lectures in the UK and abroad and is Chairman of the Praise! hymnbook Editorial Board.

Timothy Laurence

Timothy Laurence is serving as London Chairman and Public Theology Associate for the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship. Formerly a financial institutions lawyer in the City he has studied at the London Theological Seminary and the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics at Tyndale House, Cambridge.

Sean Willis

Sean Willis is a Managing Director for an international conference company. He was saved in October 2001 and has been working in gospel-based prison ministry in South Africa and London since 2003. Sean and his wife are active members of their local church. He holds a B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) and an MA. Like David, he delights in sharing Christ in prisons and immigration removal centres.

Chris Whitely

Chris Whiteley has been an Old Baptist Union Minister for 35 years and is currently serving as Ministers Support Officer for the Union. Chris has been the General Secretary of the OBU and represented them on the Free Churches Group and the Baptist Union Council. He is currently a director of the Free Churches Group and serves on the National Healthcare Steering Group for healthcare chaplains. Although now retired from local church ministry, Chris remains a chaplain at his local hospital.

Alex Lyell

Alex is Pastor of Streatham Central Church, a church planted from Christ Church Balham (part of the Co-Mission initiative). While Assistant Minister in Balham, Alex trained part time for four years at London Theological Seminary. Prior to that, he worked for 7 years in Fund Management in the City of London. He has a degree in History from the University of Oxford.
Alex is married with two children.

Cheryl Summers

Cheryl Summers is a qualified actuary with over 20 years experience in the general insurance industry. She is the church treasurer at Hayes Lane Baptist Church in Bromley where she and her husband serve as deacons. They have both had an interest in the work of CPR since its inception. They also have an interest in Christian mission and aid work in Zimbabwe where they have been involved in various ministries including school building projects, widows' programme and children's Bible clubs since a career break there in 2010.

Contact CPR

Feel free to email us to ask for more information about praying for us, how to support us financially and to be kept up to date with our work.

You can send email to
or send post to Christian Prison Resourcing, PO Box 61685, London SE9 9BL

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