More speakers still to be announced - watch this space over the coming months
Teaching from Creation Fest 2018 will be available as free downloads from our website shortly after the event. Past Creation Fest teaching sessions can be downloaded on our teaching downloads page.
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 Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.
Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed) and Heroes: Five Lessons From Whose Lives We Can Learn, an exciting and fast-moving look at the lives of five incredible giants of the Christian faith. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.
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.×
David loves Jesus and serves him in God’s own county Yorkshire. He is married to his wonderful wife Victoria and they have two children. David has been pastor of Church on the way in Bradford since 2012. It is his desire to see people grow in their faith and get to know Jesus more intimately everyday.×
Andrew Baughen works at the ‘theo-tech’ intersection between business and theology. He was a management consultant in banking strategy and invested 20 years developing and leading Saint James Clerkenwell, a mission-focussed church in the centre of London’s design, architecture and start-up district.
Andrew is Founder of Soulful Enterprise, a project researching what makes a business soul-full or soul-less (soulfulenterprise.org). He is also Programme Director of The School of Faith (theshooloffaith.org), a set of classes and events that offer a learning environment connecting the curious with the core message of Christianity and its significance for the whole of life. In addition, Andrew is an author and speaker on church strategy.×
Carl Beech is the Deputy CEO of The Message Trust a charity focussed on reaching the hardest to reach young people with the message of Jesus. He is also an 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.
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.×
A native to California, Tim's first ten years of church-planting ministry started as the Lead Pastor of Reality LA in 2006, a thriving church in the heart of Hollywood, CA before moving to the UK in 2016. These churches are a part of the Reality family of churches, a movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ.
Tim's first two books, Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning and The Truth about Lies, were projects which came from lessons learned while living and pastoring in Los Angeles. Pastor Tim and his wife Lindsey care deeply about the ministry of the local church in major urban centres and seek to devote themselves to helping churches begin and flourish in their mission to share and reflect the gospel.×
Pastor Bob Claycamp has been involved with Calvary Chapel ministries since 1970. He has been pastoring since 1981 and brings a simple, genuine perspective to the exposition of Scripture and daily living. Pastor Bob currently is pastoring Calvary Chapel Exeter, England, and is involved with church planting in the Southwest of England. He and his wife, Jeanne, are also serving with Poimen ministries, offering to come alongside other pastors and their wives, specially in the UK, Ireland and Europe, for prayer, insight, counsel and assistance. Pastor Bob and Jeanne have been married for 48 years and have three adult sons and eleven grandchildren.×
Richard is the founding pastor of Metro Calvary. After nearly 8 years as the high school pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and 13 years as lead and teaching pastor of Calvary Chapel Grass Valley (recently renamed Crossroads Community Church) Pastor Richard, and his wife 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 Calvary.×
Coming from an engineering background, Roy went on to study theology. He then worked for Youth for Christ for 28 years, the last 13 years being as YFC’s National Director.
Roy’s passion is to see the Church working together for the purpose of mission. He was co-founder of Hope 08, alongside Andy Hawthorne and Mike Pilavachi, and is now Executive Director of HOPE, a mission initiative working together with the UK Church to make Jesus known.
Roy loves to see the Church at the heart of the community putting faith into words and action. The focus of his work this year is on HOPE 2018 – a year when we seek to make Jesus known in both word and actions.×
Scott Cunningham oversees the Worship Ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He is also the director of the School of Worship, which offers a nine-month course in which they train, disciple, and equip people who feel called to worship ministry. Scott is also the Director of Calvary Creative, a ministry developed to lead, train, and provide resources for the church.×
Rob Dingman grew up in a church, was baptised and confirmed, and knew he still didn’t know Jesus. He heard the Bible taught when he was 16 and finally grasped the connection with God, His Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. He played in several Christian rock bands, ministering in the U.S. and overseas. In 1990 Rob became assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Siegen, Germany, which he helped plant, and later assisted at Calvary Chapel Westminster, London. He pastors Calvary Chapel Twickenham, planted in 2001. Rob has taught seminars on studying and teaching the Bible and biblical meditation in many countries and has written several books. Rob is married to Joanie, his daughters are Holly and Katie.×
Gareth Dix, is a singer - song writer, worship leader at Tubestation, and co-founder of Intentional Health. Gareth has worked with Jamie Oliver’s fifteen, NHS, BBC and with Macmillan supporting people with cancer. Husband to Niky and dad to Sam and Lewi, Gareth loves surfing, rugby and cricket, and is often found coaching leaders to effect personal transformation and social change across UK.×
Sarah Eccleshall is a Canadian based in London. She has worked in the humanitarian sector for the last seven years and is currently working for the Start Network - a network of 42 humanitarian organisations aiming to deliver more effective emergency aid. Sarah goes to KXC (Kings Cross Church) in central London and is married to Tom.×
Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator, Comedian & Magician, on a mission to bring laughter & faith to people of all shapes & sizes. He has been described by TV Personality, Miranda Hart, as “Such Fun” and has travelled extensively throughout the UK, delighting audiences in theatres, churches, conferences and schools, whilst also appearing numerous times on Radio & TV.×
Andy Flannagan is a Luton-based, Irish singer-songwriter. His album “Drowning in the Shallow” was described as a “near-perfect album” by Cross Rhythms magazine, but he is still disappointingly imperfect. A key driving passion of Andy’s is to see a just re-wiring of the global economic system. He is also Executive Director of Christians in Politics www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk taking the message of positive political engagement to the church.×
Tommy has a passion for studying Theology and Apologetics and has earned both B.Th. and M.A. Degrees in Theology. He is currently undertaking Ph.D. research in a field related to Jewish-Christian studies. He works as a content writer with the Museum of the Bible UK. He is a tutor in Theology at King's Evangelical Divinity School and is also an associate speaker with Creation Ministries International. An engaging speaker, Tommy regularly speaks to people of all ages on a variety of biblical topics and apologetics issues. He hosts the Theology & Apologetics podcast and serves as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Hastings.×
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 is involved in a whole range of projects that help share the Christian faith, the newest of which is "The Adventures of the Ginger Vicar and the Balding Bishop." This year, he has two new books published, Raising Faith (with Care for the Family) and Long Story Short.×
Tim lives in Torquay with his wife Claire and their three kids. He leads LiNX Christian Youth Trust, a youth & schools work charity in Torbay, Devon. He's spent 20 years sharing the good news of Jesus in many different contexts, but mainly in schools, skateparks and at events. Tim also serves on the leadership team of Riviera Life Church, and is a Trustee for South West Youth Ministries.×
Chris is currently Bishop of St Germans in the Diocese of Cornwall with responsibility for the Anglican Church across the Duchy and the Isles of Scilly.
Chris came to faith at University where he studied for a doctorate in Biochemistry. After working as a research scientist he had a 20 year career as an HR Director in a multinational company leading international teams specialising in Leadership, Organisation Development, and Change Management around the world.
He is married to Ellie who is also ordained and has a son and a daughter who are now blessed by children of their own.
Chris was a lay minister for 16 years in a variety of church settings before being called into ordained ministry, initially in combination with a full time role in industry but since 2004 full time in church leadership in Essex and now in Cornwall. As the Anglican Church in Cornwall our purpose is to discover God’s kingdom and grow the church.
Looking especially at the example of the apostle Peter in the Gospels and the book of Acts, Chris is going to explore the lifelong nature of call and response for disciples of Jesus Christ. This can be an adventure in faith and a pilgrimage of discovery both of God and of ourselves. Yet how do we learn to discern the authentic voice of Christ amongst many others? Chris will challenge the idea that our initial response to the calling of Christ is all that matters. He will advocate for a lifetime’s attentiveness to the present moment presence of God in Christ.×
John Gillespie, with his wife Tessa, pastored churches in the UK. and USA for 30 years. For many years he pastored Grace Community Church, Morval, near Looe. He now travels with Global Training Network to Majority World countries to train, love, and encourage pastors. John and Tessa have seven children and fifteen grandchildren (so far!).
John is the author of Beware of Living Too Long, Beholding Jesus, Ideas Matter, Be Encouraged!, Jesus is the Best, The New Life of God in the Soul of Man, and The Gospel and Charles Finney.
John and Tessa currently live in Kansas City, USA×
John Haines is the CEO of Projekts MCR in Manchester city centre. He and his wife Lorna have two little girls, Sophie and Rosie. They attend Trinity Community Church in Rusholme. John gave his life to Christ when he was seven years old.×
Bob Hardman is Lead Pastor of Hayle Light and Life Church, part of the Light and Life network of Free Methodist churches in Cornwall. The church has a congregation of approx 180, of all ages, and meets in Hayle Academy, the local high school. The church has a lively style of contemporary worship, a focus on preaching God’s word faithfully, and reaching the town of Hayle and the surrounding area, with the good news of Jesus.
Bob originates from Lancashire and came from a farming family. He came to faith in Jesus, as a child of eight. After gaining a degree at Newcastle University in Agricultural Marketing and selling animal feed for 5 years, he then spent 22 years involved in Christian Book-selling in Preston and Lancaster.
Bob is married to Christine and together they heard God’s call to relocate to Cornwall, to lead the church in Hayle, from September 2010. They are passionate about growing God’s church, deepening the lives of believers and seeing people won for Jesus.
Bob has three daughters, Anna (who is married to Will) and lives in Lancashire and Rachel and Ellie who both live and work in Cornwall.×
Ben Jack heads up Advance: The Evangelists Movement at The Message Trust, committed to the equipping and multiplication of preaching evangelists in the UK and beyond. As award-winning DJ Galactus Jack he performs and preaches the gospel around the world.×
Andy Kind is a comedian and preacher. Over the past 13 years he has performed thousands of gigs all over the world, winning awards and acclaim. He's at Creation Fest for the first time, and he's brought the laughs with him.×
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 became a follower of 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 15 years ago. Simon has been married to Lorrie for 23 years, has four daughters, son-in-law, and is soon to be a grandfather. Simon is a musician and Leeds United fan.×
Lily-Jo is a pop singer songwriter from Manchester, UK. After opening shows for LZ7, Lily-Jo became their female lead vocalist, embarking on a two and a half year journey of invaluable experience touring and performing in arenas and venues all across the UK and Europe, as well as shows in Belarus and at Planet shakers conference in Australia.
Lily-Jo is passionate about meeting people where they are at, whether that is within schools, clubs, festivals, and churches. She is passionate about inspiring and igniting freedom within her audience.
Not only is Lily-Jo a musician she is also a qualified Counsellor and has a passion to see people living their lives to the full whilst embracing their true potential. In early 2016 Lily-Jo launched an online self help resource called The Lily-Jo Project. The web resource features information, interviews, videos, practical tools, on the most common mental health issues including; Low mood, anxiety, self harm, eating disorders, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, grief and loss. The resource has been nominated and shortlisted for several awards, and last year won a Premier digital award for ‘best use of digital media in youth work’. Lily-Jo promotes her web resource at her live shows, to date the site has had just over 17,000 hits. Lily-Jo is passionate about going into schools and meeting with young people face to face. She offers workshops on emotional wellbeing and self esteem. LJ has seen girls handing in their (self harm) blades after lessons and moving into a place of healing. Lily-Jo’s work around mental health has opened doors for her to speak out and be featured in local and national press including; BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Breakfast, Radio City Talk, Liverpool to mention a few. Her music has also been play listed on local and national radio stations throughout the UK and Europe.×
Kristi is the UCCF Midlands Assistant Team Leader based in Birmingham. She has a BA in Philosophy and Theology, MA in Philosophy and is currently researching her PhD in Philosophical Theology whilst writing a forthcoming book (More > Truth) for IVP. As of Summer 2018, she will be working as Pastoral Support and Research Fellow at Oak Hill College, London. In her spare time she loves big chats, puppies, and getting lost in foreign, far-flung places.×
Dave Matthews has recently retired from being in pastoral charge of Tubestatation, a church with mission to Surfers at Polzeath, North Cornwall. He is currently responsible for Croyde Baptist Church, North Devon, while they are looking for a new pastor. He and his wife Mary have three married children and (presently) five lively grandchildren.
Dave is a trustee of Christian Surfers and likes to surf a kayak. He and Mary live in their 400 year old cottage in the beautiful North Devon village of Mortehoe. From there Dave can check the surf from his bedroom window! Along side his passions for teaching the Bible and surfing Dave loves to collect children's picture books. He has a massive collection that he has picked up (mostly!) from charity shops.×
David Robertson became a believer in his teens. He married Annabel in 1986 and they now have three children – Andrew, a church planter, Becky and Emma Jane is training to be a nurse in Edinburgh. Annabel is a part time mental health social worker.
He was ordained and inducted to Brora Free Church in 1986. After six years we were called to St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee.
For quite a while he had been agitating that the Free Church, should be seeking to make a bigger impact in the cities. Eventually the Church came to him and asked him to put my money where his mouth was! He and his wife were asked to go to Dundee to revitalise this historic Church. Over the past 21 years the Lord has again been gracious and the Church has grown and become self-supporting.
They also set up a Centre for Public Christianity known as the Solas Centre (Solas is the Gaelic word for Light). Details of all this can be found on the website – www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk and the Solas website – www.solas-cpc.org
Dr. Robertson is the Associate Director of The Solas Centre for Public Christianity (the Director is Dr Andy Bannister). He is a chaplain at the University of Dundee and a trustee of Discovery Camps (an organisation which provides Christian holidays for disadvantaged children in Dundee) and a regular speaker at student conferences and missions. He speaks at numerous debates, evangelistic meetings etc and regularly speak at conferences in Europe and the USA. He is regularly involved in the media whether through writing newspaper articles, speaking on radio programmes or more recently I have done some work for TV’s Channel 4. He is a contributing editor for the Christian Today website www.christiantoday.com
He is also the editor of the The Record, the magazine of the Free Church of Scotland. He is also the Free Church’s Scottish Parliament officer.
Dr. Robertson has written five books – Awakening – the life and ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne (Paternoster 2003 and Christian Focus 2010) and The Dawkins Letters – challenging atheist myths (Christian Focus Publications 2007). Quench – Coffee Shop Evangelism (Solas 2013). Magnificent Obsession – why Jesus is Great (Christian Focus 2013) and Engaging with Atheists (Good Book 2014). He is currently in the process of writing two more books – Letter to a Post Christian Nation and an apologetic book for 10-13 year olds.×
Born and raised in the middle of Bodmin Moor, I was lucky enough to be spotted at young age playing football and signed schoolboy and apprenticeship forms at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Torquay United.
Repeated serious injuries forced an early retirement from professional sport but gave the opportunity to travel which covered the next 7 years.
On returning to UK I became Brand Manager for some high profile drinks brands before returning to the South West in 2006.
I started working at Mount Hawke in Aug 2012 and have concentrated on completing site developments that will hopefully ensure that Mount Hawke continues to be a destinational venue and part of the community for next 30 years. Main hobbies are surfing and getting lost with the dog.×
Esther works with the International Justice Mission, which is the world's largest anti-slavery movement- she oversees IJM's work in the North of England. Esther loves encouraging people to love their neighbour and to be part of the story of freedom and rescue across the world.
She is married to Tom, is an amateur triathlete and pretends to surf more than she actually does.×
Joel fully surrendered his life to Christ while operating a comedy club in Western Canada; his comedic background strongly flavours his evangelical teaching style. He is currently a Pastor/Evangelist at Mountain Springs Calvary Chapel, a church planted by Joel in Calgary Canada over 10 years ago. God has given him a passion to both reach the lost, and revive the saved!
In 2018 through Mountain Springs, Joel launched WakeUp Ministries - an itinerant ministry with the sole purpose of strengthening the church through evangelism, encouragement and exhortation. Across Canada, the U.S. and overseas, Joel's past itinerant teachings include his association with Calvary Chapel International, RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries), Fred Stoeker (Every Man’s Battle) and Gravity Canada. He will also be launching his first book “Other Side” this year.×
The Reverend Jon Turner is UK Country Manager for Christian Vision. A well-known speaker, evangelist, teacher and former Executive Minister for Atlantic Baptist Churches in Canada. His doctoral thesis examined exorcism and deliverance ministry. He has two young children and lives in Birmingham.×
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.×
Justin Willis is the Youth and Outreach Pastor at Clitheroe Community Church, Lancashire as well as the Skate Park Manager at The Grand Venue. Justin moved to the UK from Texas 9 years ago. Justin and his wife Becky have a little girl, Avery. When he isn’t working, or skating Justin enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and collecting comic books.×
Sarah Yardley is a Californian based 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 months
Please note: speakers and programming are subject to change without notice.