Caleb was someone who devoted himself wholeheartedly to God’s Purpose. The Caleb Connection is a Ministry that started within CBS in 1994, to draw people experienced in the work of CBS to particular regions or countries to support existing work or start new work.
Please pray for these people as they give up their time and energy to serve God away from home.
If you have any contacts in any of these regions, or would like to start a class – please let us know!

Caleb Mentors – Tim & Cathy Rutman

Tim’s background was in the Military and  Cathy is originally from Ireland.   Tim and Cathy served as Calebs in Ireland and founded the existing CBS ministry in Northern and Southern Ireland. They are now serving as Mentors and encouragers for existing Calebs and those in training.

Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland – Sam and Patti Allgood

Sam and Patti were trained for ministry by The Navigators during a 20-year military career and have served in various church leadership roles over the last 15 years. They have served for a number of years as discussion group leaders and Sam is currently Associate Teaching Director of his class. Patti felt called to join Cathy Rutman in Ireland in 2005. There are now 12 classes in the Republic of Ireland.

Wales – Janet Morgan Phillips

Janet is married to John and lives in the US.   Janet has been going to Wales for some years and has established a thriving Ministry there; she has instigated the translation of two studies into Welsh, with more planned.

Wales – Kristin Kessler

Kristen works as an Area Director for CBS in The States and also serves in the Children and Youth ministry within CBS.   Kristen has been partnering Janet in Wales for some time and has been essential to the development and encouragement of classes there.

France – Fielder & Gretchen Israel

Fielder is an ordained Anglican Priest and is the Caleb Prayer pastor.   Gretchen lived in France with her family as a child for a time and also studied and taught French.

Switzerland – Tom & Sandy Bisig


Italy – Jan & Dal Theisman

Jan and Dal lived for some years in Italy, establishing classes there.  They now live in the U.S. and frequently return to work in Italy, encouraging and establishing classes as well as arranging translations.

Lithuania – Marietta Smith

Marietta lived in Lithuania for nine years, establishing a Ministry there and arranging translation.  It is now an established Ministry and Marietta is working more widely in Eastern Europe.


Belgium – Grace Wort

Grace was formerly with Campus Crusade, moving onto CBS UK as Training Director, then Area Director for Eastern Europe.  Grace is also a Class Leader in Chester Square in London.

France – Pauline Wiggett

Pauline and her husband Graham were Missionaries in Niger, both speaking French fluently.   Pauline lived and studied in France and now lives in the UK, travelling to France frequently.  Pauline is also a class leader in Lincoln.

Spain – Simon & Ann Baker

Simon and Ann served in Peru as missionaries and both are fluent in Spanish.   They both have a medical background.   Serving in the UK as class leaders and also leading the Children and Youth Ministry in the UK (Ann), both feel called to the work in Spain, to support and develop.