Our Christian Tour Leaders

Our Christian tour leaders are a diverse bunch yet they are all true “people lovers” who enjoy the fellowship that comes with travelling with like-minded people.

As well as sharing their love of Christ our leaders are committed to the total care of their passengers. CFT leaders are there to help and organise, anticipating the needs of the individual, as well as the group, so that everyone can enjoy a relaxed holiday.

John & Nancie Cronshaw 

“It is difficult to put into words what motivates me to lead the CFT tours, for words cannot convey the love and care that is shared by everyone in what I refer to as an “aluminium tube of love”, whether that is a coach or a plane. Our people come from all churches and from all over the country, from different pathways of life and have grown through different circumstances. It is beautiful to see how people become linked through sharing the travel experience, but one that is enriched by the Christian sharing. If you have travelled with CFT, you understand. If you haven’t travelled with us, I invite you to join one of our special tours.”  – John Cronshaw

John Cronshaw’s interest in touring began when he was a Secondary School Science Teacher and planned several coach excursions for his students which resulted in a full-time business offering tours to many schools in the area in 1974. John is the founding director of the group of companies that operates Christian Fellowship Tours. For more than forty years, he could be found behind the wheel of a coach on one of the many Fantastic Aussie Tours that he personally planned and lead.

The acquisition of Christian Fellowship Tours in 2008 meant tours could now be offered internationally as well as around Australia and John’s lifelong passion, and his ministry is fulfilled in the professional organisation and operation of these tours. John’s great love is the preparation of devotions that he shares whilst on tour and he has published a CD, “Moving Devotions with Buspa” as well as the first book in a series called “Coached by God”. John is currently working on two extra books – one for Devotional reading and one to supplement the information gained whilst travelling on CFT’s Holy Land Tour.

John is married to Nancie with whom he shares leadership of the tours. Inspired by her mother, a Geography teacher, Nancie grew up with a love of travel and an interest in other countries and cultures. Nancie loves to share her interest in travel with other people by travelling as a Tour Hostess with Christian Fellowship Tours to places both new and familiar. She enjoys mixing and mingling with people, sharing lots of laughter and experiencing the joys of travel with them.

“The world is a fascinating place and touring with other Christians is a joy in itself.” – Nancie Cronshaw

Some of the feedback from travellers on tour with John & Nancie:

“An experienced, knowledgeable leader, John knows people and cares for each one. Nothing too much trouble, anticipating needs. Always “on duty/call” endless patience, generous. John makes tours easy and enjoyable, informative and worthwhile.”

“John and Nancie were excellent, always concerned and caring but also fun loving. Couldn’t fault them!”

“Lovely to meet John and Nancie again – they add another dimension of friendship to travel.”

“John and Nancie were excellent. We were pleased to meet Nancie for the first time – she is a real asset and a good assistant to John.”

Kerry & Julie Medway

“ Travelling with CFT means we have seen sites we never dreamed we would see. One of my most memorable moments was standing in a synagogue ruin most likely where Paul preached at Pisidion Antioch in Galatia (Turkey) & reading from Acts 13….oooh… gave me goosebumps!!! We have met many wonderful people on tour whom we have got to know & love; we are looking forward to more fantastic adventures with CFT & meeting many, many more wonderful CFT travellers.”
– Kerry & Julie Medway

Together Kerry and Julie Medway have led various Christian Fellowship Tours including Danube & Rhine River cruise, Steps of Paul Cruise & New Zealand.  When they aren’t travelling they keep busy with God’s work and enjoying their family of three married daughters & three gorgeous granddaughters.

Kerry & Julie first met John Cronshaw in the 1980s when he led BCA tours that worshipped in the Catacomb Church at Coober Pedy – an encouraging and inspiring experience for both parties that led to a long standing friendship.

Kerry Medway trained for the ministry at Moore Theological College in Sydney & served in the Anglican Church for 22 years in Moree, Tingha & Port Macquarie in NSW as well as Coober Pedy in SA (with the Bush Church Aid Society). He has written several books; his most popular book, “Bush Preacher Bites the Dust”, features stories about his adventures in Coober Pedy where he saw hundreds of Aussie men come to Christ. Kerry’s latest two books on bushrangers “Teenage Bushranger” & “Is Ned Kelly in Heaven?” have 1200 copies in prison libraries across Australia and are seeing many broken/wounded men finding their ‘peace with God’. “Teenage Bushranger”, said one former Long Bay inmate recently, “changed me life!”.   You can buy a copy of one of Kerry’s books and read his blog at https://www.kerrymedway.org.

Julie Medway has been actively involved in ministry with Kerry & Julie planting an independent Church in Port Macquarie called Grace Church which has grown to more than 400 members.

Some of the feedback from travellers on tour with Kerry & Julie:

“Kerry gives excellent and meaningful devotions, he is a great story-teller and always into a biblical truth.”

“An outstanding leader in every way – always had the interest of the passengers his first duty. Kept us all happy and nothing seemed too much for him (wish I had half of his energy).”

“We loved the devotions, and the way in which both Kerry and Julie cared for our needs so well.”

Greg & Daylle Mallin

 

Our favourite thing about travel is meeting and experiencing new people from different cultures, and marvelling at the beauty and diversity of God’s creation.” – Greg & Daylle Mallin

Greg Mallin enjoyed a career in major infrastructure engineering before retiring in 2012, freeing him up to follow his passion for travel. After a stint working in Vietnam, Greg was asked to organise a tour for CFT to Vietnam and Cambodia and this tour led to other opportunities to host tours for CFT. In recent years Greg has travelled to over 30 countries for business and pleasure – he is keen to add many more countries to this list.

Daylle Mallin is trained in paediatric nursing and midwifery which proved great preparation for her role as mother to four children. After the children finished school, Daylle returned to nursing working in Aged Care for 15 years before retiring in 2016. Like Greg she loves to travel and explore different lands.

Together Daylle and Greg spend their time between Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, and sitting by the river in Port Macquarie. Family is important, and one of their great delights is spending time with their five grandchildren. In addition, Greg & Daylle are actively involved in ministry at Blackheath Baptist Church with Greg currently serving as the Church Administrator.

Some of the feedback from travellers on tour with Greg & Daylle:

“Greg & Daylle did such an excellent job leading us and keeping us informed along the way. Also taking good care of us all and in particular those whose needs were more than most. Nothing was too much trouble. “

“Daylle was a great nurse and very caring. A joy to have her and Greg as leaders.”

“Greg and Daylle were always “one notch ahead”, and had everybody’s need anticipated in advance.”

Judy Smyth-King

 

“CFT allows me to combine my passion for travel with my love of ministry to people. It’s a real privilege to see God at work amongst His people, while experiencing His wonderful awe-inspiring creation! I have made many wonderful lasting relationships with people who have travelled with me under the banner of CFT – I just love it!” – Judy Smyth-King

Judy was involved with CFT from the very start when the business was acquired in 2008 and it moved from Melbourne to Katoomba. Judy worked for CFT for 5 years organising bookings and travelling as a Tour Leader hosting tours both in Australia & internationally. Included amongst these tours were travels to South America, Europe, Japan, Canada & Alaska, Hawaii, Norfolk Island and our very own “Outback”.

Judy’s working life has always in some way centred around ministry & caring for others – she trained as a Spinal Injuries Nursing Sister, was a Pastor’s wife involved in Parish Ministry (alongside her husband Rick), worked in preschools focusing on children with learning disabilities as well as raising three children of her own.  Outside of her touring with CFT, Judy keeps busy working casually in schools as a learning support officer, helping with her grandkids. Judy is always looking forward to the next travel adventure with CFT.

Some of the feedback from travellers on tour with Judy:

“Judy is an excellent tour leader who cared for all of us extremely well. She is very good at anticipating needs.”

“Judy was a “Superstar”. Cared for the needs for everyone. Kind, compassionate, fun-loving and even more.”

“Many thanks Judy for your professional & compassionate leading. I especially appreciated your wisdom & assistance!”

Jane McMaster

“Over the past ten years I have been extremely blessed to have the opportunity to travel to many places in Australia, the Pacific, and further afield, combining this with sharing in devotions and fellowship with many wonderful like-minded CFT passengers.  The preparation of daily devotions has been a great encouragement to my own Christian life and for this I am eternally grateful.”   – Jane McMaster

Jane first travelled as a passenger with Fantastic Aussie Tours (CFT’s sister company) back in 2006 to accompany her mother on tours organised for the Anglican Retirement Villages of Sydney. With a natural affinity for people and great care shown for fellow passengers, Jane was asked to work as a CFT Tour Hostess helping with the first Steps of Paul trip that was led by John Cronshaw. Since then Jane has become a valued tour leader and has travelled with CFT throughout Australia as well as cruising to New Zealand and the South Pacific.

When she is not travelling Jane lives in Canberra close to family and shares her home with “Molly” the poodle. She keeps busy by spending time with three of her daughters and five grandchildren and getting involved in activities at Goodwin Independent Living. Having recently moved from one side of Canberra to the other Jane is still in the process of finding a “home” church, instead returning to her former church to spend time with friends and do volunteer work. Jane believes “If it matters to us, it matters to God”.

Some of the feedback from travellers on tour with Jane:

“Jane is just lovely to travel with very caring and concerned for each one individually.”

“Considerate and helpful at all times Very pleasant, a great encourager.”

“Gracious and kind and SO organised.”

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