The Team

The people behind BES.

The Trustees

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Sam Balmer

Chairman
+ About Sam

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.

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Stephen Gillham

UK Secretary & Trustee
+ About Stephen

Stephen and Jean have been Counties Evangelists in Dorset for over 45 years and founded the Dorset Postal Bible School Centre about 40 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 the foundation of the Trust, and Stephen is currently the Secretary of the BES Trust and involved in editing the BES Resources. He also travels extensively around the world to promote and train in the use of Bibletime Lessons. Stephen is also involved in Bible Teaching and Schools Ministry.

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Allison Hill

Trustee
+ About Allison

Allison Hill took on her role as a Trustee in 2015. Allison presently works at the GLO Centre in Motherwell, Scotland where she is PA to the General Director, Stephen McQuoid. She has an active involvement in Children’s Ministry and 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.

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Stuart Price

Trustee
+ About Stuart

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!

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Pam Harknett

Trustee
+ About Pam

Richard and Pam have lived in Bishop’s Stortford (about 45 minutes north of London) since 2017. Pam works with three different groups engaged in school’s work in the Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow area. This covers over 30 primary schools. Her work includes assemblies, puppetry, and special children’s events. Richard and Pam are members of Bishop’s Stortford Christian Assembly where they serve as missions co-ordinators. Both teach in the Sunday School, and Pam is part of the women’s ministry team. They have two children, Lucas and Emily.

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DJ Watts

Trustee
+ About DJ

DJ is married to Heather and has two children, Tom and Rachel. Tom is married to Becca and is involved in church youth work, and Rachel works in Durban with children at LIV. Village. DJ is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in mental health addiction. Both DJ and Heather have had a long association with Postal Bible School, helping in Postal Sunday School camps in Southern Ireland and involved in the development of and leadership of the Living Word Postal Bible School in Stoke on Trent.

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Bert & Wendy Gray

BES Ambassadors
+ About Bert & Wendy

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.

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Stevie Walls

International Development Manager
+ About Stevie

Stevie lives in Northern Ireland, is married to Claire and they have two children; Reuben and Naomi.   After many years of being a BES Trustee and vice Principal of a primary school, he has now taken on the part-time role of BES International Development Manager. Stevie will be mainly involved in training and development. The remainder of his time will be spent serving the Lord in his local church in Castlereagh, Belfast where he is currently involved in youth ministry and leadership. 

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Victoria Gawn

Finance Officer
+ About Victoria

Vicky is married to Jeff and they have a son called George. She counts it a privilege to have had a connection with BES all of her life; learning much from the Bibletime lessons as a child, to then marking them and bookkeeping for BES as a volunteer. After studying accountancy and working in a local accountancy firm, she began to work for BES in 2014. She is now the Finance Officer and helps edit the resources as part of the Editorial Committee.

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Angela Johnston

Operations Manager
+ About Angela

Angela is married to George, lives in Enniskillen and worked as a volunteer for BES before she joined the UK office team full time. She is the Operations Manager, responsible for liaising with our partners and overseas intermediaries, and the distribution of BES Resources worldwide. She produces the BES News, Prayer & Praise Newsletters and manages the arrangements for the International Conference alongside many other administrative duties.

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Glenda Magee

Editor & Resource Developer
+ About Glenda

Glenda is married to Iain and has two children, Erin, and Oscar. In 2016 she left her teaching career in the will of the Lord, and later joined the BES office in Enniskillen as an Editor and Resource Developer. She writes, “I am greatly encouraged by the growth of Bibletime in local schools and churches, as we serve alongside our global co-workers, in reaching the next generation with the Good News of Christ.”

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Tamás Bozsóki

International Designer
+ About Tamás

Tamás lives in Hungary with his wife, Szilvia, has 3 adult sons and a granddaughter. He is a qualified mechanical engineer and has a master’s degree in Theology.  He has been a full-time designer for BES since 2011 focusing on the international material. He co-ordinates the Hungarian Lessons and designs the Bibletime Lessons, Booklets and Teacher Guidelines in Albanian, Amharic & Oromo, Arabic, Burmese & Falam Chin, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Mongolian, Polish, Swahili and many more languages.

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Steve McDonald

UK Designer
+ About Steve

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 widely used in Africa. He also designed and continually develops the BES website. He works at least 3 days a week for BES.