Lion and Lamb
Lion of Judah and The Lamb
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28.18-20




Mrs Joy R Thomas MSc

Revd Ray L Thomas CA; BCA; MSc



Mrs Prilla Rowland Cert Ed (Cantab)


Dr Richard Rowland
MA (Oxon), BM BCh, DA, DipObstRCOG, DipMedTrop (Antwerp), MRCGP



Judah Trust is organised into two major fields; the facilitation of health care and the related provision of spiritual care. Judah Trust is a registered charity formed in April 1997 to provide an independent charitable organisation for two divisions already working to provide a Christian response to AIDS.

The divisions, AIDS Intercessors and Wellspring Homecare Team (an HIV terminal care team) were formed in the late 1980's by Joy and Ray Thomas and were placed under the umbrella of Wellspring Trust (a registered charity) in 1990/1991. In April 1997, both divisions were transferred into Judah Trust a separately registered charity.

Today, the frontline work of teaching and training is undertaken by two teams comprising Ray and Joy Thomas and Richard and Prilla Rowland supported by the remaining four members of the Council of Management.



Joy and Ray Thomas, the founders of Judah Trust, are a husband and wife team who have just turned seventy. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. They have been called into areas of prayer and specifically intercession into the global AIDS crisis. They have extensive experience in the practical care of people with HIV/AIDS and train trainers in HIV/AIDS across the globe.

Joy qualified and worked as a medical laboratory technologist in major hospitals including microbiological research at a government research centre. She has specialist training in cancer cell screening. She holds formal qualifications in counselling, a field that she has worked in for many years, and is a Master of Science in Health Psychology.

Joy trained in a number of fields specific to HIV/AIDS and holds ENB qualifications in ‘Care and Management of People with AIDS and HIV’ and in ‘Palliative Care’. She is trained in bereavement counselling. Joy also holds a diploma in Archaeology and has studied other academic subjects over the years. Joy has taught extensively on the physical and pastoral care of people with HIV/AIDS and is skilled in teaching on intercession and prayer into HIV. She has taught in the UK, Europe, Africa, Far East, the Pacific, and North & South America and continues to develop this ministry.

Joy is an oblate sister of the Order of St Bendictine at St Mary's Abbey, West Malling.Joy is a director of Judah Trust. 

Ray trained in civil engineering and surveying before qualifying as a chartered accountant. He spent 28 years in the oil, mining and venture capital industries as a senior executive and company director, before working 17 years in HIV/AIDS. He has worked in many countries in the world.

Together with Joy he has taught on AIDS, prayer, healing and intercession in Europe, Africa, Far East and North and South America. He has broadcast on Christian radio in the United States on the Christian response to HIV/ AIDS.

Ray is a Sloan Fellow and holds a Master of Science degree in administration from MIT in USA; a degree in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University New Zealand, and is a Chartered Accountant.

He trained at Oak Hill Theological College and is an ordained priest in the Church of England. Ray is the Chairman of Judah Trust.



Richard and Prilla Rowland spent 1973-1983 in Rwanda where Richard was Medical  Director of a small rural Mission hospital.  He was involved, in addition to the usual curative activities, in the training of Primary Health-workers, using storytelling & drama. (This was before HIV/AIDS was recognised).  Prilla, a Primary school-teacher, home-schooled their 3 sons.

On their return to England Richard was a GP in Sussex, and Prilla was involved in the interviewing and pastoral care of Mission Partners with Mid-Africa Ministry. Latterly she has trained as a Lifeskills Educator in Sex & Relationships Education with Oasis Esteem and as a volunteer Teacher in Schools for Christian Aid.

In August 2000, Richard became a Sessional GP to give flexibility for regular short trips, by invitation, to Rwanda on behalf of Judah Trust, where he & Prilla facilitate Training-of-Trainers Seminars for church leaders in HIV/AIDS-awareness, prevention, and care. 

Latterly, invitations to facilitate Training of Trainers in HIV came from the Casamance (2005) & (with YWAM) Thiès in Senegal (2006) & Burundi (2006), Southern Rwanda (2007).  Latest Training in SW Rwanda, for Congolese delegates, (Jan 08).  Proposed Training in Eastern Rwanda (Sept 08)