More speakers still to be announced - watch this space over the coming weeks
The Creation Fest 2016 teaching sessions can be downloaded on our teaching downloads page.
Compassion Graduate and advocate for poverty & injustice, Jane’ Alam Sheikh was born and brought up in a slum in India. A Masters graduate of the Manchester Business School and an avid food lover, Jane’ travels all over UK and internationally sharing his story of overcoming poverty and teaching people how to cook authentic curry. Jane’ is married to Naomi and lives on the south coast of England and spend most of his Saturdays playing Cricket for his home town. He believes India is the best cricket playing nation in the world.×
Kay Arthur is a respected international Bible teacher, award-winning author, host of Precepts for Life, a national radio and television Bible teaching program, and co-founder of Precept Ministries International. Kay’s passion is to establish people in God’s Word through Inductive Bible Study, an exciting, practical approach to understanding the Scriptures, discovering God’s truth for yourself. God is working through people in nearly 185 countries using the many Inductive Bible study materials translated into nearly 70 languages, as well as many training workshops, all of which have been developed from years of diligent study and teaching experience.×
Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly addresses audiences of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
He holds a PhD in Islamic studies and has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, he is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.×
Carl Beech is the UK Director of The Message Trust a charity focussed on reaching the hardest to reach young people with the message of Jesus. He is also a broadcaster, author, president of Christian Vision for Men (CVM) and co-founder/leader of Redeemer King, a church in Chesterfield.
Under his leadership at CVM he spoke to thousands of men around the world each year and saw CVM expand into a global movement working in countries as far afield as Cambodia. Now at The Message Trust he is giving leadership to the establishing of Message Hubs in urban centres around the UK.
Justin Brierley is the presenter of Premier Christian Radio's weekly discussion show and podcast Unbelievable? which brings Christians and non-Christians together for dialogue and debate. His recent book Unbelievable? why after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian tells the story of the show and his case for Christian faith. Justin is also senior editor of Premier Christianity magazine.×
Brian has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He has served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Vista, in Southern California, and also as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Westminster, London, England. Brian has been extensively involved in missionary work throughout various parts of Europe. He now serves as Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California. Brian is the featured speaker on the Bible teaching programme 'Back to Basics'. He is known for his clear and challenging exposition of the Scriptures. Brian and his wife Cheryl have four children and five grandchildren.×
Cheryl grew up at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa during what has come to be known as the Jesus Movement. She witnessed first hand how the Lord used her parents, Chuck and Kay Smith, to capture the hearts and minds of the hippies in the late 1960s and 1970s. Cheryl married the love of her life, Brian Brodersen, at the age of 20. Together they ministered in Costa Mesa, Calvary Chapel Vista and London. Cheryl enjoys teaching at Women’s studies, retreats, and the weekly Joyful Life Bible study at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Cheryl has four children and five adorable grandchildren.×
Co-Pastor and planter of ecclēsia (fka Calvary Chapel South London), Efrem Buckle seeks to bring a solid theological and yet practical understanding of the Word into his South East London context.
Efrem has been an integral part of the training team at London City Mission for several years having previously studied at Oak Hill Theological College, and the Urban Ministry Program.
Once upon a time he was heavily involved in International Music Ministry as part of the rap group MOD. As a part of Cross Movement Records they collaborated with a number of well-renowned artists including The Cross Movement, Da Truth and Shai Linne. He has also hosted numerous urban ministry events such as The God Corner.
Efrem’s passion is to see the Gospel boldly lived out in culturally diverse community. He has been married for over 25 years, and has 2 adult daughters.×
Gavin Calver is the Director of Mission at the Evangelical Alliance and has a burning passion to see the Gospel reach every person in the UK. He formerly led Youth for Christ, is an ordained evangelist and regular public speaker, and has authored five books. Gavin is married to Anne and they have 2 children; Amelie and Daniel. He loves new challenges, is a passionate AFC Wimbledon supporter and was part of the team that broke the World Record for the longest 5 a side football match.×
Richard is the founding pastor of Metro Calvary. He is married to Valerie, his beautiful best friend and amazing wife of 39 years. They have four wonderful children, one amazing grandson and a beautiful daughter-in-law! Deborah (lives with her husband Wells in Brooklyn with their little boy Ever Bless); Sean (along with his bride Erika, lives in L.A.); Nathan (graduated from School of Worship and is now attending Irvine Valley College); Ashley (graduated from Biola and is now working in graphic design).
After nearly eight years as the high school pastor at Costa Mesa and 13 years as lead and teaching pastor of Calvary Chapel Grass Valley (recently renamed Crossroads Community Church) pastor Richard and Valerie sensed a tremendous burden to start a Bible study in the city of Roseville, California, as an outreach of Grass Valley. Metro Calvary held it’s first Sunday service on January 4, 2004 at Rocklin High School.
Pastor Richard is more amazed at, and humbled by, the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus than ever before. He is more in love with his wife and children than ever before. He is more passionate about teaching the Bible than ever before. He can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through Metro.×
Kevin Crook is one of MAF’s key speakers and leads MAF’s community, volunteer and church partnership network. In his 20 years of service for MAF he has talked to thousands of people about God’s work through Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), working and learning from missionary staff including pilots, engineers and ground staff. Kevin believes in sharing the power of real-life stories that highlight the impact of God’s love and grace for those isolated people MAF seeks to serve. Using these stories and Scripture Kevin seeks to inspire and share how everyday people follow God’s calling into mission and help bring the gospel, hope and help to those that most need it.×
Carly is married to and supports Richard in his role as the Lead Pastor at Wadebridge Christian Centre. She loves her family, home, garden and the birds that thrive there. For over twenty years Carly has suffered with mental illness and in particular Bi- Polar. She has had spells in hospital because of her illness. She will share, together with Richard, the affect that her illness has had on her life and her relationship with God.×
Richard serves as the lead Pastor at Wadebridge Christian Centre in Cornwall. For over thirty years he worked in various roles within banking and project management in London and the South West. He still occasionally carries out some business consultancy. He has recently returned from Ethiopia and Nepal where, in addition to other places, the church supports Christian Workers. He is married to Carly, has four children and seven grandchildren.×
When Rob was a new believer he learned to study and teach the Bible. He enjoys mentoring others to do the same. His ministry experience includes playing in Christian rock bands, being a missionary in Japan and Germany, and pastoring for the last 20 years in UK. He is married to Joanie, their daughters are Holly and Katie. They live in London.×
Chris Eales is Development Worker in the south west for Scripture Union. Based in Barnstaple, North Devon, Chris works with others in schools, churches and local communities to provide events and activities for children and young people to hear the good news of Jesus.×
Vicki Finley never thought she'd write a book or be a public speaker. But then something happened. Her husband brought home a dog. What she discovered both shocked and surprised her. This wild and unruly creature was the canine manifestation of her own inner spiritual life! As she worked to transform this Cairn terrier, God began working to transformed her. And they both learned to follow their masters with calm submission. As a result of this life changing event, she wrote a book called Walking Right Here, pursued a certification in dog training and began speaking and teaching.
Vicki and her husband Craig have served at Calvary Fellowship in Seattle Washington for over 30 years. Along with supporting Craig in the youth and marriage ministries, Vicki is on the teaching team for the weekly women's Bible study and occasionally speaks at retreats. They have four grown and married children, nine wonderful grandchildren, and of course one very delightful dog named Dominique Decoco.×
Cornishman David Flanders started preaching at the age of 14 and became a full time evangelist when he was 22 and is still passionate about the good news of Jesus. Although his ministry has largely been in Europe he has led preached and missions from the Arctic Circle to Peru and from Romania to Houston, Texas. He has been involved in planting churches in Malta, Andorra, Sicily, Liechtenstein and Estonia travelling more than a million miles for the Lord.
David is founder Pastor of Souls Harbour Church Camelford. The itinerant side of his ministry takes him mainly to Norway now, where, on his 100th visit, he received a letter of thanks from the King for services to the Youth of Norway. David’s ministry has a distinct appeal to teenagers and he speaks at many youth camps and conferences.
David lives in Camelford with his wife Joy. They have two grown up children and four grandchildren. He is a watercolour artist and also enjoys reading, films and the Cornish countryside.×
Paul is married to Jo and have 2 boys Zach and Charlie. They live in Woodbury just outside Exeter where Paul helps lead a local church in his spare time. Paul’s main role is heading up South West Youth Ministries which trains and supports youth and children’s leaders around the South West - There vision is that ‘every child and young person in the south west might encounter Jesus, come to know Him and make a choice to live for more.’×
Andy Frost is the Director of Share Jesus International and helps lead the London Mission Collective. He is part of the leadership team for Doxa Deo church and is passionate about supporting local churches in faith sharing. He has an MA in Applied Theology, has authored a number of books and is a member of the Evangelical Alliance Council. He is married to Jo, has two daughters and loves to surf.
Andy is also presently working with Care for the Family' on a new project to help parents share their faith with their kids.×
Nick grew up in Truro, but left for further studies and ended up in post-doctoral research as a marine microbiologist at Warwick University, authoring a number of research papers published in international science journals. He was saved by Jesus during his first degree, and eventually left science and became the pastor of a church in Yorkshire, for 8 years. Nick returned to his roots early in 2015, with his wife Sarah and young daughter, to pastor Truro Evangelical Church.×
Tim’s leads LiNX Christian Youth Trust, a team of youth workers based in Torbay serving young people across all the secondary schools. He is part of the Christian Skaters UK movement so will be spending most of the week serving on the Creation Fest skatepark team (go say hi!). He also loves his local church, Riviera Life Church, and serves on the leadership team there. Tim moved to Devon 5 years ago from Lancashire with his wife Claire and their three young children.×
Rachel is a youth activist, the President of the Girl’s Brigade and Relationship Lead at Youthscape. Bestselling author of a number of books for teens and young adults, Rachel is a keen campaigner on youth related issues and advocates for the church to speak loud and lovingly with young people about the damage inflicted by porn and abusive relationships. She’s married to Jason and they are raising their daughter and living for Jesus in North London.×
Arthur Green served in the British Army for 15 years, and came to faith together with his wife through their local Baptist Church in the early 90s. Following Army service, Arthur rose to director level in two different multi-national companies, eventually setting up his own Business and Management Consultancy Company in 1996. This was closed in 2010, to allow Arthur to concentrate on his writing. He is the author of “When Fables Fall” and “The Real Star of Bethlehem”, both published by Sovereign World.
Arthur spent some time as a volunteer missionary, in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, followed by opportunities to assist the fight against slavery in the Sudan, participate in advocacy for persecuted Christians, and assist with humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa. Arthur saw at first hand the effects of the fall of Communism, and the suffering of people of many ideologies and religions under natural or man-made disasters. This, together with helping people in the aftermath of war, produced a soul-searching examination of Arthur's Christian faith.
Arthur still does occasional freelance consultancy work, together with his role as the CEO of Breakthrough to People Network, a Christian Business Ministry to Eastern Europe, based in Georgia, USA. Arthur also operates The Foundation for Christian Education, a small UK-based charity which provides development for Christian educational facilities in India, and theological teaching here in UK.×
Andy Higgins is the Assistant Pastor and oversees the Youth Ministry at Calvary Cambridge.
Andy has a big heart for the lost and broken youth of this nation and seeks to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to a hopeless generation. He continues to be zealous in learning and teaching the word of God; that the he may continue to read the word and allow the word to change and transform him into the image of Christ.
Andy and his wife, Bekah, serve together at Calvary Cambridge.×
Simon grew up in a Christian home and attended church from an early age but it wasn't until the age of 20 when he committed his follow Jesus. Since that time he has been involved in preaching & teaching the Bible in universities and colleges across the country as well serving as the Lead Pastor at Calvary Southampton, a church he founded 12 years ago. Simon has been married for 22 years and has four daughters.×
International baffler and funny guy Steve Legg celebrates 29 years on the road in 2017. In that time, he has visited 23 countries and made hundreds of TV appearances as he uses a unique mix of tricks and comedy to communicate the Gospel to young and old.
He has performed at prestigious venues including Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, Wembley Conference Centre and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Steve is a regular contributor at major Christian events and festivals including Spring Harvest, New Wine and the Big Church Day Out to name just three.
The author of 14 books, in 2007 Steve also launched Sorted Magazine, the world’s most wholesome lads mag. This innovative lifestyle magazine gets given out in tube and rail stations, gyms and health clubs, bars and restaurants in London as well as airport departure lounges globally.
From Morecambe to Mexico City and Bournemouth to Buenos Aries, Steve has a wealth of experience in many different situations and environments.
At an Alpha Launch, Guest Meeting, Family Event, Men’s Breakfast, After-Dinner Entertainment, from the largest Arena to the smallest TV screen, Steve’s polished presentations shines. Don’t miss him.
‘Hilarious’ – Bear Grylls
‘I’ve always admired people who can be entertaining and impart Christian truths without the clunk of ‘Uh, oh, here comes the serious bit.’ Steve’s great at that.’ – Tim Vine
‘Steve’s a unique and creative communicator.’ J.John
‘Steve’s the second funniest magician I know.’ Joe Pasquale
Margaret Lilley is the Scripture Union Regional Team leader for the South West. She is passionate to see a new generation of children and young people have a vibrant, personal faith in Jesus. Helping to create opportunities for them to explore the Bible, respond to Jesus and grow in faith is all part of what Margaret and her team does.×
“I get to have the best job in the world—writing stories. And I get to work for the best bosses in the world—children.”
Sally is a New York Times best-selling author—and sometime performer.
She is to blame for over 20 books, including How To Be A Baby, which the New York Times called “adorable, original, well-illustrated, and fabulous.” She has written many other books for children, including: Baby Wren, a 2017 Christopher Award Winner; Poor Doreen, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, ECPA Devotional book of the year; and The Jesus Storybook Bible, an ALA Notable and Platinum Book which has sold over 2.5 million copies and is in over 34 languages. She is especially proud that Skip To The Loo My Darling which went straight to #1 on the potty charts. (Yes there is one.)
Sally recently performed in a twelve-city tour with Amy Grant and Ellie Holcombe in an Evening of Stories and Songs. She has appeared in New York City with Amy Grant and Ashley Cleveland in Story In The Round, an evening of story and songs; and at Carnegie Hall with The Getty’s in their Christmas Show.
Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, England—Sally moved to the States in 1989 “just for a year or two”. She’s still here.
“My British accent makes it sound like I know what I’m talking about, so I’ve kept it.”
The first book Sally ever remembers reading all the way through was The Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.
Sally lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.×
Dan has been a Christian for 12 years and currently works for the church resources team at Youth For Christ. His passion is seeing churches equipped to reach and keep young people and see young people brave in sharing their faith. Dan is very recently married and lives with his Charlotte in Stratford-upon-Avon and is a recovering Arsenal fan.×
Dave Matthews is a Baptist minister, who is currently in pastoral charge of a Methodist fresh expression of church called 'Tubestation'. (He relinquishes this post in September). Tubestation has a particular mission to the surf community here in Cornwall. Dave is a keen surfer and indeed for the past twenty or so years has been a trustee of Christian Surfers UK. He is married to Mary; they have three married children and at the moment (!) five grandchildren. He and Mary have recently moved back to their 400 year old cottage in North Devon, where Dave can check the surf while still under the duvet. Dave loves teaching the bible, surfing, gardening, collecting children's picture books and telling stories to his grandchildren.×
Rich has a passion to engage, equip & empower people to fulfil their God-given destiny & purpose. The last decade has seen Rich lead/minister in both the UK & USA as well as being the founder and Director of Movement Worship Nights, an exciting new ministry specifically designed for youth & young adults. He's married to his awesome wife Ruth, a huge fan of American football (Chicago Bears to be precise) & loves almost anything covered in BBQ sauce.×
Shell Perris is a wife, a mum and a songwriter… amongst other things! Her infectious personality and powerful life-stories challenge and inspire the hearts of many. Shell and her husband, Tim (Educational Coach & Trainer), see God at work in their home, locally and nationally. Whether speaking to the masses or having dinner with friends they have been called by God to simply “do life” with others and to help people and organisations be all that God has created them to be. Tim and Shell live in Warrington, Cheshire, UK and have four children – Harvey, Jenson, Sam and Macaulay.×
Richard Powell is the Senior Pastor of the Grace Family of Churches, based here in Cornwall. He is passionate about teaching the Bible and helping people see the relevance its teaching has to their lives today.
Richard has been married to his wife Alison for 19 years and they have four children.×
Mark is the lead Pastor of Rediscover Church – a contemporary and innovative church that is experiencing significant growth across all areas. He is also one of the national leaders of the Elim Churches in the UK. Prior to leading Rediscover Church he established the national youth ministry ‘Serious4God’ and saw many young people become Christians and be trained up to serve the purposes of God in the local church.
He's always looking to discern the next season and discern ways to prepare the church in steps of faith. He is married to Nita and they have three children.×
Pastor David Shirley is Vice President of Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, California. Pastor David served on staff at Calvary Chapel Westminster, London, England. From 1979-1999 he was Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Fayetteville Christian Schools. David graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Education. He also holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is currently one of the pastors on staff at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.×
Matt Summerfield balances his time between being the Chief Executive of Urban Saints and the Senior Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre. Life is never dull! He’s passionate about releasing potential, with a particular bias towards seeing children and young people live God’s great adventure for their lives. He is the founder of lifelive123.org – a simple idea to encourage and equip people to embrace intentional, accountable disciple-making relationships. Matt loves meaty pizzas, Belgian Chocolate Haagen Daaz and great movies!×
Cathy Taylor directs the Women's Ministry of Calvary Fellowship in Seattle/Mountlake Terrace, Washington, which includes a weekly women's Bible Study and several yearly events, such as women's retreats, luncheons, and Bible study dinners. Cathy has led a women's tour to England, visiting historical sites associated with authors C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien, the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, along with speaking to women in churches in the US, Germany and France. In recent years, Cathy has taken part in outreaches with Calvary Chapel church-plants in France, Germany, and England. She is a dynamic, stimulating and practical teacher with a great sense of humor. She also has a counseling ministry and does one-on-one discipling and enjoys compiling email devotions from renowned Christian teachers on her blog.
Cathy was born in Seattle, Washington in 1960 and born again in 1976 at a Young Life Camp in Malibu, Canada. She is married to Pastor Wayne Taylor and has been at Calvary Fellowship Seattle for 40 years. They have four children-Jordan (35), Amy (33), Riley (30) and Nick (28). Jordan and Riley are in full-time ministry while Amy and Nick are nurses involved in lay ministry. Cathy enjoys reading British literature, the teachings of all the saints gone before, and the old classics. She enjoys traveling, coffee, but her greatest joy is playing with her eight grandchildren, Aurelia, Florence, Vivia, Atticus, Scout, Athen, Timmy and Ella Jane.×
Wayne Taylor, the Senior Pastor of Calvary Fellowship in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, is a stimulating and practical teacher who relates Biblical truths to the needs of today. He is the author of five books: He Dwelt Among Us: A Daily Devotional Through the Gospel of John, The Civil War Within: Biblical “Facts of Life” in the Struggle for Spiritual Growth, Practical Christian Living, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ, and Tidings of Great Joy. Wayne and his wife Cathy have four children and eight grandchildren: Jordan and his wife Michelle and their three daughters Aurelia, Florence, and Vivia; Amy and her husband Dan and their son Timmy Lee; Riley and his wife Bhritney and their sons Atticus and Athan, and daughter Scout; Nick and his wife Anna and their daughter Ella Jane.×
Nathan is a born and bred Cornish boy from St. Ives. He's a big dreamer, skater and surfer. He is married to Kayley and has 3 amazing daughters. He is passionate to see the Gospel preached and Holy Spirit move intimately and powerfully in his local surf community and all over Cornwall in greater measure than the revivals of old.
He is co-founder of you are 'Bespoke People' and co-director of Rollers roller rink, often combining the two for "roller gospels" looking at any way to attract non-Christians to here about Christ!×
Joel Turner has been in full time pastoral ministry for 16 years. Joel fully surrendered his life to Christ while operating a comedy club in Western Canada. Joel’s background in comedy strongly flavours his Bible teaching style. He currently is the Lead Pastor at Mountain Springs Calvary Chapel, a church planted in Calgary Canada in 2008. God has given him a passion to both reach the lost and disciple the found!×
Nigel is a keen tennis player and served as a helicopter pilot for 25 years in the British Army before joining Molly to work full time with Precept Ministries UK. Both have a passion to equip people to study God’s Word for themselves, using Precept’s effective and easily transferrable inductive Bible study method. They travel the country training people, and have witnessed the transformational effect in their lives. In 2011 Nigel was appointed as Regional Director, Europe. They have 3 grown up sons and live in Salisbury.×
Gemma Willis has over 14 years of experience in working with children and young people. She is passionate about communicating the gospel in relevant, exciting and engaging ways. She has a particular interest in the way in which contemporary culture affects the way children and young people engage with faith.×
Emma is passionate about creative communication and telling stories well, through digital and old school channels. She’s worked for Open Doors for more years than she can remember, and loves sharing the story of those who risk it all for Jesus and is convinced that we have so much to learn from the persecuted church. She has 3 children and loves the fact she gets to have a kick-about with them in the garden.×
Sarah Yardley is a Californian living in Cornwall who loves Jesus, family, friendships, coffee, travel, and guacamole. She grew up at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, served at Reality Carpinteria, and currently lives in the United Kingdom, serving full-time with Creation Fest UK and Tubestation in Polzeath. She loves discovering what it means to follow Jesus and inviting others to know and follow Him.×
More speakers still to be announced - watch this space over the coming weeks
Please note: speakers and programming are subject to change without notice.