Disability and Jesus consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced coleagues. Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.
Dave runs our website and our presence on social media. He is an access auditor and low vision awareness trainer. He has written extensivly on issues of visual impairment and is author of two books.
Dave is registered blind and is a guide dog owner. He is an expert on “Clear Print” and has helped many churches on issues of visual impairment. You can visit Dave’s occasional blog at
Rev Katie Tupling
Katie was ordained in 2003, serving as a parish priest and incumbent in Derby Diocese, then Sheffield Diocese. In 2019 she moved to Oxford Diocese, working as part time Disability Adviser and part time Lead Chaplain amongst Deaf people.
Katie was born with cerebral palsy and walks with the aid of wonderful purple elbow crutches.
Katie has a particular interest in blending the mix of motherhood, ministry and disability – and how each is of value to the other and to God.
Rev Bill Braviner
Bill is a vicar in the town of Stockton and Durham diocese disability officer. He has suffered with stress related anxiety and depression in the past and is acutely aware of the need to give proper care and attention to mental health issues.
Bill reminds everyone that they are somewhere on the “disability spectrum”.
Bill’s passion is to see a church where inculsion is a reality for everyone.
Jarvis is guide dog to Dave and mascot to the team. He has just turned 10 this yearand so will retire soon. We have not put Jarvis here as some kind of cheap anthropomorphic trick. Jarvis really is an integral part of our team.
Jarvis has taught all of us so much about the nature of faith, he has taught us that faith is about hurling yourself in to the unkown, trusting ion the one that loves you to keep you safe. This is something Dave does with Jarvis every time the two of them step out of the front door