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About us:


John and Chris Ray Brian Arnott Michael Cranefield David Medlock Matt and Michelle

These are the trustees of Hope in Africa:

John and Chris Ray


John and Chris live in Rustington in West Sussex with their son Andrew and daughter-in-law Helen and three young grandchildren.


They started Hope for Lugazi in 2004 and took over the administration of Bible Fellowship of Malawi in the UK in 2014. They will serve as Trustees of Hope in Africa for the time being.


They look forward to supporting Matthew and Michelle, as they lead the Charity with its new expanded vision.

Brian Arnott


Brian is Chris Ray’s brother and has been involved with Hope for Lugazi since the Charity began back in 2004.  He has visited Lugazi on several occasions and has been so encouraged to see the Charity blossom out there.


Brian was born in the South East of England and has worked within the Financial Planning Industry for just over 42 years. Since 2007 he has been a Consultant and has spent much of his time working in the voluntary sector.


Brian has also been a Trustee of Kingdom Way Trust since its foundation in September 2010. The Charity helps the homeless in and around Sussex. He is also a Trustee of his home Church in Heathfield East Sussex (Kings Church).


He is passionate about helping the poor and vulnerable in the UK, Africa and beyond.

Michael Cranefield


After qualifying as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Michael worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 8 years with the Baptist Missionary Society. As a family they lived and worked in a hospital, training and teaching.  


Returning to the UK, Michael qualified and worked as a Science Teacher.


He has been involved with the projects in Lugazi for many years, and has been able to make two visits. The first time was right at the very beginning on a fact finding visit with John Ray, and later to see the new Secondary School building and to open a new Science Teaching laboratory.

David Medlock


David has been married to Yvonne for 50 years and they have two children and seven grandchildren.


David was involved in the planting of a church in Reading in the early 1970s, when God was bringing many young people to salvation and the fullness in the Holy Spirit. He was one of the elders in the church as it grew as well as being in full-time secular employment.


For a number of years he was principal of the Church Life School based in the church, with students coming from many parts of the world to study. This resulted in a number of overseas involvement, which he and others have followed up and continue to actively encourage the overseas pastors and congregations with whom links were formed over the years.


In the mid-1990s. He was released from responsibility in the local church to be free to travel overseas to encourage mission workers and indigenous believers who had links with the home church in Reading. He joined HIA in September 2018 as a Trustee.

Matthew and Michelle Barrow 


They live in Worthing, West Sussex near their four married daughters and their seven grandchildren.  They attend Clifton Community Church where they are responsible for the Children and Young People’s work.  


Over the years Matthew has been involved in many primary schools in Worthing, taking assemblies, teaching RE and African Geography. They started Child2Child in 1999 and it became the Worthing Churches Millennium project for children.  


In 2001 Matthew led a building team to build a rehabilitation centre outside Nairobi.  In 2012 they went to live in Kenya to care for 9 teenage boys who used to live on the streets.  They are now back in England and happy to be the new leaders of Hope In Africa.

Registered Charity Address:

Flat 5, Fernhurst Court,

Brooklyn Avenue,


BN11 5QL

Registered Charity Number: 1115132