Friends Of The Garden Board Members

President – Paul Weaver

Paul Weaver was elected Chairman of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association in 2017, having previously served on the Council for three years.  Paul was raised in Birmingham and after working as a Procurement Officer in an engineering firm, he felt a call to Christian leadership and left for London to study theology.

He pastored two churches over a period of thirty six years before leading the Assemblies of God as General Superintendent in the UK for thirteen years. Paul lectured for twenty years at Mattersey Hall; he co-directed the ‘Jim’ Challenge and has also served on many Boards including Evangelical Alliance, Together in Mission, World Assemblies of God and the World Pentecostal Presidium.

Paul has also authored and co-authored books and discipleship courses. He is an artist and enjoys playing golf. He and his wife Jenn have two children, Sally and Joel, who with their spouses have given them six grandchildren – so far!

Treasurer – Ernest Dwain Camp

Dwain Camp and wife Cindy first served as volunteers at the Garden Tomb in 2017. Having served as pastor and pastor’s wife for 20 years in the USA and then another 19 years in the Middle East, they have been involved in leading 10 to 12 tour groups to the Holy Land over the years. A high point on every trip was the time spent at the Garden Tomb.

Dwain and Cindy now live in Houston, Texas and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Secretary – Dennis Braner

Dennis and his wife Sharon first visited Israel in 2006 and became volunteers at the Garden Tomb in 2018. Dennis retired in 2020 after spending fifty years in the Aerospace Industry. He and Sharon were both active in Bible Study Fellowship International for over twenty years. They feel very fortunate to be able to serve at the Garden Tomb and witness the world coming to a place to Worship the risen Lord.

Dennis and Sharon have been married for 49 years, have two grown sons and nine grandchildren. They live in Frisco, Texas and are active members of Stonebriar Community Church.

Kieran Ryan

Kieran Ryan is a retired Army Officer (Irish Defence Forces) who has served in senior staff appointments both in Ireland and overseas in the Middle East region. He came to personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ while serving as a junior officer and was actively associated with the Association of Military Christian Fellowship (AMCF) during his 35 year career. He is an MA graduate, in Applied Theology, from the Irish Bible Institute, Dublin and has held many leadership positions in Independent Bible Churches and Youth ministries for over thirty years in Ireland.

He and his wife Laura, lives in Kilkenny city. They have one son Steve, who lives in London with his wife Fiona. He has been serving in the Garden Tomb since 2011 and as Deputy Director from 2017 to 2019. He is delighted to be back on the Board.

Paul Keeys

Paul and his wife Jane are currently living in the southeast of England, far from their northern roots. After ten years teaching Mathematics in secondary schools Paul has invested the last ten years as Regional Director of Walk Through the Bible in Western Europe. He loves to teach large chunks of scripture in short interactive sessions, especially whilst traveling through the land of the Bible.

Paul’s main hobby is listening to audiobooks, so he can often be found with his headphones on, walking down by the beach. As an avid football fan, sadly his team bring him little but frustration, but each season he keeps coming back hoping for better.

Mark Aldridge

Mark and his wife Nicola became regular volunteer workers after their first visit to the Garden Tomb in 2015. They currently make several visits each year for a few weeks at a time as Mark transitions into full retirement after life as an active investing chairman in private equity backed businesses.

They are both committed to the work of the Garden Tomb, supporting the day-to-day routine as well as its future development, all in pursuit of its aims to declare the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection opening the way for people to receive forgiveness and reconciliation with God, and maintaining it as a place of witness and worship where the beauty of the garden and the integrity of the message work together to provide a place where everyone can encounter the presence of the risen Christ.

Mark lives near Petersfield in Hampshire and is an active member of Hope Church, an independent evangelical church in the town.