Who we are
camps & retreats.
Our mission is to proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through Biblical teaching and practical training, equipping men and women for service in His church worldwide.
“Welcome to Torchbearers and thank you for taking the time to visit us! The history of Torchbearers can be traced back to brokenness, when Major W. Ian Thomas came to the end of himself in his own effort to please God. It was right at that point where Christ began to produce what has become a fellowship of like-minded people who have also discovered that the only One who is able to produce true godliness is God Himself. The Torchbearers centers which are now scattered around the world are merely a testimony to the Risen Christ bringing into being that which otherwise could not have been. Regardless of your background, we welcome you to join us for the programme which best suits your needs at any one of our 26 centers. We are international and interdenominational by nature and deeply appreciate the freedom to keep the Person of Christ in the middle of our teaching and fellowship, instead of those things which too often divides us. We look forward to seeing you!”
Your servant for Christ’s sake,
Satish John Director of Himalayan Torchbearers, India
Assistant General Director, Chairman, and Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific
John Poysti Director of Holsby, Sweden
Stefan Kiene Director of Klostermühle, Germany
Regional Representative for Europe
Tom Marcus Director of Portantorchas, Costa Rica
Regional Representative for the Americas
Charlie McCall Director of His Hill, USA
Executive Council Member
Torchbearers International began in northern England in 1947. It was a God given vision born out of the devastation of World War II when Major W. Ian Thomas, returning from the war, determined with his wife Joan to open their hearts and doors to European young people.
Statement of Faith
Our mission is to proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through biblical teaching and practical training, equipping men and women for service in His church worldwide.
Torchbearers Bible programmes provide foundational teaching to equip men and women to live the authentic Christian life that “turned the world upside down” in the first century!