The people behind BES.
The people behind BES.
Sam has been married to Louise since 1988 and has three adult children; Victoria, Matthew and James. They have been involved with Postal Bible School all their lives but in the past 20 years have coordinated a centre in Northern Ireland. In 2006 Sam and Louise left secular employment and now serve the Lord full time in three areas of ministry – Bible Educational Services, Fermanagh Christian Fellowship and Sow2reap Trust. Sam travels extensively to encourage and train Bibletime users across the world.
Stephen and Jean, his wife, have been Counties Evangelists in Dorset for over 40 years and founded the Dorset Postal Bible School Centre about 35 years ago. They have one son, Jonathan, who with his wife Lindsay, live in London with their two children. They have been involved in Bible Educational Services since its foundation and Stephen is currently the Secretary of the BES Trust and the Editor of the Resources. He also travels extensively around the world to promote and teach on the use of Bibletime Lessons. Stephen is also involved in bible Teaching and Schools Ministry.
Judith McKeown joined the team of Trustees in 2016. She is currently undertaking a diploma in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry at Tilsley College, Motherwell. She has been involved in Postal Bible School most of her life and still helps with annual PBS summer camps. Judith previously worked for a solicitor in Northern Ireland and then worked for the Christian Institute.
Allison Hill took on her role as a Trustee in 2015. Alison presently works at the GLO Centre as PA to the General Director, Stephen McQuoid. She teaches Sunday school, runs Holiday Bible Clubs and camps in the UK and overseas. She also advises BES on issues in relation to Teaching Guidelines and Safeguarding Children. She is a schools’ worker one day a week and lectures in Children’s Ministry to the Tilsley College students.
Stephen lives in Northern Ireland and has been a BES Trustee for many years. He is married to Claire and they have two children; Reuben and Naomi. Stephen is Vice Principal of a primary school. He is involved in youth ministry and in leadership in his local church.
Stuart and Susan have three boys and live in South Wales. For work, Stuart has held a number of Marketing and Managing Director roles. Their involvement with Postal Bible School began during university when they would spend their summer holidays in Southern Ireland “helping” Bert and Wendy Gray; Stuart remembers Bert being very patient and Wendy laughing a lot!
On leaving school Andy joined National Westminster Bank P.L.C. and for 23 years worked in various branches & departments in London & South West England.
In 1995, he left the commercial world and joined the team at Echoes of Service; a Mission Service Agency based in Bath. As Administration Director, he had overall responsibility for the charities’ finances & for all aspects of administrative & staff related matters.
He was involved in the provision of pastoral care for the mission workers and both he and his wife Lis, were privileged to visit many of them in their country of service. He undertook a demanding schedule of deputation meetings throughout the U.K. reporting on his visits overseas and spoke at many mission conferences.
He retired in 2016 having worked at Echoes of Service for 23 years and earlier this year he & Lis moved to Cardiff and are active members of Bethesda Chapel, Rhiwbina. Andy & Lis have three daughters living in Bristol, Cardiff & Plymouth and 3 granddaughters & 1 grandson.
Bert and his wife, Wendy commenced Postal Bible School in Ireland in 1958 by sending lessons to one girl in West Cork. As the work grew, they founded BES due to the growing number of Postal Bible Schools in Ireland and the UK. In 2000 they moved to live in Wales and although they took a step back from BES in 2012, Bert is still the Ambassador of BES. For more information see History.
Victoria is married to Jeff, and commenced working full time in the BES Office, Enniskillen in June 2014. She has vast accountancy and office experience and spends a lot of her time focusing on the international work of BES working with our partners. Victoria is very involved with the Editorial Team. She also undertakes administrative and financial work for the Trustees and manages the office staff.
Angela worked as a volunteer for BES for 3 years before she joined the UK office team part time in January 2017. Angela is married to George. She is responsible for the distribution of BES Resources to the UK and Ireland PBS Centres, the quarterly Worldwide Prayer and Praise Newsletter and many general administrative duties.
Glenda is married to Iain and has two children. Glenda was a teacher of Religious Education for 13 years but joined the UK office team part time in January 2017, and plays a vital role in the editing of the Teaching Guidelines. She is responsible for assisting with the promotion of Bibletime Lessons in schools and is also part of the Bibletime editorial team.
Tamás lives in Hungary with his wife, Sylvie and has 3 adult sons. Tamás is a full-time designer for BES focusing on the international material. He co-ordinates the Hungarian Lessons and has done all the designing for Bibletime Lessons in; Albania, Amharic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, French, German, Hungarian, Kikaonde, Kinyarwanda, Nepalese, Oromo, Polish, Swahili, and Turkish.
Steve is the grandson of Bert Gray, one of the founders of BES. Steve lives in Cardiff with his wife Kate and three young children. He designs the English Bibletime Lessons and the English A5 Booklets for Africa. He also designed and continually develops the BES website. He works at least 3 days a week for BES. Steve is assisting with the SunScool App development. Many other BES designers are dependent upon his skills in design work.