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The CAP Story

John Kirkby founded CAP in 1996 in response to the tremendous poverty he saw in his home city of Bradford, England. As a Christian, he believed God was calling him to use the skills gained through 17 years experience in the consumer finance industry to reach out to people suffering under the burden of debt.

Armed with just a few pounds and his faith that God would provide, John set off on an incredible journey. Since then CAP has grown into a large UK charity that has given thousands of people a real answer to debt and hopelessness in the UK, and later also in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada.

Request a Free Copy of Nevertheless

Want to know more about the origin story of Christians Against Poverty? Request your free copy of the book Nevertheless, CAP founder John Kirkby’s personal story.

CAP Canada

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CAP Around the World



Since 2000, CAP Australia has been offering life-changing help for those in debt and financial crisis in Australia. CAP Australia is transforming lives from Sydney to Swansea and Canberra to Charlestown providing a lasting solution to families weighed down by debt and poverty.

New Zealand


CAP New Zealand was launched in March 2008 and is rapidly expanding in the country known for having the highest levels of personal debt in the developed world. CAP NZ works with local churches to release New Zealanders from debt and poverty – into lives of fullness and freedom.



CAP all started in Bradford in the UK where Founder Dr John Kirkby CBE set up the charity in 1996. CAP UK has grown into a movement of thousands of Christians and churches standing together to see transformed lives, thriving churches and an end to UK poverty.



CAP launched in America in 2019. Pioneering CAP America in Chicagoland, Illinois, they offer their expertise and empower local churches to reach out to their communities to see the lives of those trapped in debt and poverty completely transformed.

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