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Green Christian

Ordinary Christians, extraordinary times

Green Christian People

Almost all of Green Christian’s work is carried out unpaid. The key people are the nine trustees who oversee the organisation and make decisions about how it is run and the projects that are carried out.

The work of Green Christian is divided into five groups:

In addition to the trustees a committed group of members help on a regular basis with membership administration, distribution of resources, proof reading, updating the website and prayer diary.  

Other members contribute by helping produce material for topic leaflets; by organising events; by taking Green Christian display posters and leaflets to local events and national events such as Greenbelt; and in many other ways. We always welcome offers of help. Please email

Green Christian Trustees

George Dow (Green Christian Co-Chair, Formation Group Convenor and Way of Life Co-ordinator)
George lives in Penzance, Cornwall and, having spent most of his life in London working in HR, has now embraced a retirement of sorts! Active in his local church, which is working towards a Green Church Kernow gold award, George also enjoys walking on the Penwith moors, landscape painting and writing poems & songs.

Deborah Tomkins (Green Christian Co-Chair, Storm of Hope commissioning editor)
Deborah grows organic food in her city garden, and writes about climate and sustainability. She supports local initiatives such as food and transport, and is involved with her local Diocesan Environmental Group. She lives with her family in Bristol, where she runs Bristol Climate Writers.

Barbara Echlin (Green Christian Vice-Chair, Administration Group Convenor)
Barbara lives on the south coast where she helps tend an organic fruit and vegetable garden and enjoys cooking and preserving the produce. She is actively involved with the local UNA and Global Justice Now, Bexhill and Rother District environmental groups and worships at the Saxon foundation parish church.

Ashley Ralston
Before he retired in 2003, Ashley was a chemical and plant engineer working in the pharmaceutical industry. Since then he has been a director of Community Interest Group on Waste Prevention in West Sussex. He is currently Chair of Social Action Commission for Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and Chair of National Justice Peace Network Environment group. He has been active in Justice and Peace for 35 years .

John Payne (Joy in Enough co-ordinator)
Worked as a development project manager and country lead for the British Council in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East witnessing some of the impact climate change is having on the vulnerable poor. He is a grandfather, Churchwarden, Chair of Governors of the village school, trustee of a small village community organisation focusing on sustainability, and is mad about the operas of Richard Wagner.

Eleanor Orr (GC Treasurer)
Accountant – working for Christian Medical Fellowship.
Lives in Inner London
Cycle commuter


Tim Cooper.
Tim was one of the founder members of Green Christian, in 1982, its first National Co-ordinator and is a former Chairman. His first book, Green Christianity, was published in 1990. Currently he is a professor at Nottingham Trent University. He is married with three (grown up) daughters, keeps chickens, and occasionally runs half marathons for the charity Action for ME.

Louise Cook
Louise lives in South London with a husband and three sons. She has a maths degree but has always worked in communications. She is passionate about encouraging more people to take action to protect the environment. Louise enjoys growing tomatoes and making candles and she plays the viola.

Paul Bodenham
Paul is the officer for social concern for the (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Nottingham.  Prior to that he worked for 30 years in local and regional policy with councils and public bodies.  He is a member of a lay Franciscan community, and was Chair of Green Christian from 2004 until 2019 .

Other important people

Ruth Jarman (Admin Officer)
Ruth, a previous member of the old Steering Committee is now our Admin Officer. Ruth is also a member of Christian Climate Action and a trustee of  Operation Noah.

Membership Secretary: Richard Kierton.

Local Groups Contact: Isobel Murdoch, tel 01790 763603

Editorial Team, Green Christian Magazine: Clare Redfern (Commissioning Editor), Simon Court (Editorial Team Convenor), Suzy Brecknell (Production Editor).

Website Team: Judith Allinson (Web Editor), Paul Strickland (Web Administrator), Louise Cook, Emma King, Diana Nefiodow & Chris Warwick (Website Assistants).


Registered information

Charity Number : 328744
Company Number : 2445198
Registered Office : 35 Kitto Road, London SE14 5TW
(All general correspondence should go to Green Christian, 10 Kiln Gardens, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire RG27 8RG.)
Green Christian is a registered trading name of Christian Ecology Link