Our Founder and  History

Our Founder Dr Michael Whelan - Inspired by Pilgrimage

In 2007 a group of pilgrims, led by our founder Michael Whelan, were so moved by the plight of Holy Land Christians they wanted to make an immediate improvement to their lives -  the result was ‘Friends of the Holy Land’. 

Since then FHL have successfully funded the neediest Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. Each year we help over 2,000 named Christians, improving their lives in the key areas of education, employment, health and housing.

Our History

Friends of the Holy Land was launched by Michael Whelan in 2009 following a pilgrimage in 2007 and with the personal support  of the Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, now Cardinal, Archbishop of Westminster.

Following an Anglican appeal in 2011 by Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, for which FHL were asked to be the custodians, FHL became ecumenical – Christians over here helping Christians over there, regardless of denomination. FHL do not campaign for peace, leaving that to others who are better qualified.

Now, Bishops of two-thirds of all Catholic and Anglican Dioceses in England and Wales have appointed FHL Diocesan Coordinators to advise the FHL Trustees and Management Committee how best to fulfill our objectives in their Dioceses.

Since 2007 FHL has successfully funded the neediest Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, each year helping over 2,000 named Christians and raising over £4.5 million