IPCA World Wide thrives because of the passion, time and energy devoted to the promotion of prison chaplaincy the work of chaplains themselves by the world wide steering committee. Members regularly meet and in doing so overcome the hurdles of timezones, language and the ready availability of technology to ensure that IPCA continues to serve its membership.
So you can know who is working away to keep IPCA at the forefront of Prison Chaplaincy around the world, here are your steering committee members:
IPCA Worldwide President, David Buick, has been involved in Christian ministry since arriving in France from his native UK in 1985, and has been a prison chaplain since 2003. From 2011 to 2020 he served as regional protestant chaplain for North-West France, overseeing chaplaincy activities in some 25 correctional facilities. He has been involved with IPCA since 2005 and joined IPCA’s Worldwide Steering Committee in 2015 as one of the representatives for Europe, before being elected interim President in June 2020. He pastors independent church Christ Pour Tous (‘Christ for All’) in Rennes, Brittany, and is a member of the city’s protestant pastors’ fraternal and its ecumenical committee. He is married to Naomi, also a prison chaplain; they have three grown-up children.
A free lance Consultant for church based NGOs in the Philippines, Gerry has been with the Catholic prison ministry since 1992 with Caritas Manila, the social development arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, through its Prison Justice and Development Program (PJDP) which he headed as Program Manager from 2000-2004. In 2005 he joined the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and presently he is the National Coordinator of the Volunteers in Prison Service and Media Officer of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC). He anchors “Tinig Ng Pastol” (Voice of the Shepherd), a regular radio program of CBCP over the Catholic station Radyo Veritas 846 kHz, and the new program “Narito Ako, Kaibigan Mo!” (I am Here, Your Friend!) a weekly radio show over CBCP Online Radio Faithwatch channel over social media.
Gerry is happily married to Grace Mallorca-Bernabe, and blessed with 2 children. He is also an elder of Couples for Christ (CFC) Global Mission Foundation, a catholic transparochial community.”
Dave is the Ministry Development Manager for Tira Tūhāhā Prison Chaplaincy Aotearoa (the organisation contracted by the Department of Corrections to provide religious and spiritual services to all 18 prisons in New Zealand).
As a qualified social worker, Dave has over three decades of experience in a range of social work settings including extensive work with vulnerable children and young offenders, not-for-profit leadership, teaching and training in the areas of youth and community work, pastoral care, and a ministerial appointment to the Youth Justice Advisory Group.
His prison chaplaincy role includes overseeing the delivery of professional development, training and formation of chaplains, and designing and implementation of development programmes for chaplaincy volunteers.
Dave lives on the south coast of Wellington with his wife and has three adult children and one much-loved grandson all living close by.
He was co-opted on to the WWSC as the Oceania rep in April 2021.