Our History

Agapé is a Christian movement dedicated to addressing the spiritual needs of Ireland by helping people to see, hear, understand and be forever changed by the person and claims of Jesus.

AgapeIn 1951, the movement of Agapé began on one university campus with one couple, Bill and Vonette Bright who trusted God for big things. They recognised that university students were the future influencers of society. In their first year, over 250 students decided to become followers of Jesus. As this student movement grew, it rapidly spread to other campuses and around the world.

Agapé Ireland began as a fledgling movement at NUI Galway in 1973. David and Pam Wilson led the movement with staff and students, determined that every last students at UCG would hear the gospel clearly. Year by year the numbers of students who had come to trust Christ grew and their appetite for reaching the whole university grew too.

By the early 80s the scope of the movement had grown to encompass University College Cork, University College Dublin, Carysfort College of Education and Queen’s University Belfast.

The 80s also saw a growing contribution by Irish Agapé graduates to the mission labour-force in various countries of the world. In the 90s the number of staff working on university campuses waned. Also in that decade volunteers stepped in to distribute the “Jesus Film” (both in English and in Irish) in local communities around the country.

The latent student work was revived again in 2007 by the coming on stream of Kelly and Kate Mulholland, who were joined by some new Irish staff. Their watchword is, “No student at an Irish university should graduate without hearing how to respond to Christ”.

Raising Support | Financial support

Agapé is a non-profit organisation which is supported by individuals, groups and churches. You can support a staff member or a project, or simply allow your gift to be used where it is most needed. Many of our supporters use a monthly standing order from their bank – but you can use whatever system suits you best.

All of us on the staff, including the director, raise our own support to cover our salaries and expenses. The result is that each of us has a team of supportive partners who pray for us and feel a personal involvement in our work. Read more … >