about us . . .
We are an online Christian charity that promotes the exciting news that Jesus is always with us, offering each one of us a personal relationship with him, as well as healing and transformation in our life. This is the focus of our work, and we call it Encounter Prayer.
This approach to prayer has grown out of the work of The Christian Healing Mission, and we have found it to be an exciting, effective way of praying. It can be used on our own, in a group and when we pray for others.
The Christian Healing Mission (CHM) traces its roots back to 1948, when it was founded in Notting Hill, London, to promote the ministry of healing. This is still what we do today, although we recognise that healing can mean different things for people. For some it is about sicknesses and ill health being removed, for others it involves broken relationships being restored, whilst many long to experience a new sense of peace and transformation in their lives. These are all aspects of healing, and we can expect to see Jesus at work when we have an encounter with the living God.
Through various resources, groups, meetings and training materials, everyone is encouraged to explore the wonder of encountering God and seeing what happens as a result. We are internet-based, which means that we can connect with people wherever they are, but we are also happy to visit churches and groups in person.
At the end of 2023, Revd John Ryeland, who had been the Director of The Christian Healing Mission for the past 25 years, retired, along with his wife Gillian Ryeland.
The trustees are in the process of selecting a new director to take CHM forward.
In the meantime, Liz Nicoll, who has been the administrator at CHM since 2011, is continuing to keep the social media, websites, finances and other administrative tasks up to date.
In December 2023 Suzanne Brooks rejoined the CHM team. Suzanne had previously worked as Prayer Ministry Co-ordinator at the premises in Cambridge Court, Hammersmith over 16 years ago.
Suzanne is helping to ensure that the weekly Encounter Prayer sessions continue during this transitional period at CHM.
Our work is overseen by a faithful and committed board of Trustees:
Mrs Elizabeth Barker (Chairman)
Mr Gregory George
Mr Stuart Walker
Mr Charles Whitehead
We are also privileged to have a wonderful Council of Reference to endorse our work:
The Revd Lyndon Bowring
Dr Michael Harper
Canon J John
Dr Judith MacNutt
The Revd Dr Russ Parker
Mrs Jackie Pullinger-To OBE
The Revd Oliver Ross
We are also affiliated to:
Christian Healing UK