More speakers still to be announced - watch this space over the coming weeks/months!
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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.×
As a young gay man, David Bennett saw Christianity as an enemy to freedom for LGBTQI people, and his early experiences with prejudice and homophobia led him to become an anti-Christian gay activist. But when Jesus came into his life in a highly unexpected way, he was led down a path he never would have predicted or imagined.
David Bennett is from Sydney, Australia, and is reading for a DPhil (PhD) in theology at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and holds an Oxford postgraduate degree in theology, as well as a master’s degree in analytic theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.×
At the age of 22, Brian became a Christian and began attending Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He served in the junior high ministry and began teaching Bible studies, both at the church and in home studies. He met his wife Cheryl, who is the youngest daughter of Pastor Chuck Smith and his wife Kay, at a Bible study in Huntington Harbor. They were married on May 23, 1980. A year later, their first daughter, Kristyn, was born. Three more siblings later joined Kristyn, including brother Char, sister Kelsey, and finally brother Braden.
In 1983, the family moved to Vista, California, where Brian assumed the pastorate of a small Calvary Chapel. During his years of ministering in Vista, Brian began to travel overseas to Yugoslavia and Hungary, thus beginning Calvary Chapel’s outreach to Eastern Europe. Many young men and women were sent out from California in those early days of ministry as pastors and missionaries, and currently there are numerous churches, Bible colleges, and retreat centres all over Western and Eastern Europe.
In 1996, Brian and Cheryl moved to London, England, with their four children. At the time, there were a few Calvary Chapels in England, but none in London. On the first Sunday at Calvary Chapel Westminster, there were only eight people in attendance beyond Brian and Cheryl's own family. Today, there are dozens of Calvary Chapels and affiliated churches throughout Great Britain.
In 2000, at the request of Pastor Chuck, Brian and Cheryl returned from the UK to California to have Brian transition into the pastorate of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Brian became the senior pastor of the church after Pastor Chuck’s homegoing in October 2013.
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. He also hosts an interview series on calvarychapel.com with prominent leaders, authors and speakers called Things That Matter.
Brian and Cheryl, along with their four children, have two sons-in law, a daughter-in-law, four grandsons, a beautiful granddaughter and a Golden Doodle names Barnabas.×
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.×
Hannah is a California native currently living in Vero Beach, Fl where she and her husband, Nate, serve in many different capacities at their church. Her day job is working as a copywriter for a variety of fashion + design brands while also running an environmental nonprofit she co-founded with her sister. Whether she is speaking at her home church, or as she travels, her aim is to live out the biblical example of a passionate, loving, and multifaceted Christian. Hopefully inspiring others to do the same.×
Tiva is married to Sara and they have 3 children Elijah, Eliana & Jedidiah. He loves to share Jesus, loves to surf and loves being alive in these unprecedented times! He is the pastor of The Engine House Church in Redruth, Cornwall. Tiva passionately believes that the local church is key in God’s plan to transform towns, cities & nations!×
Dominic Done is the author of “When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt,” and the pastor of Westside A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon. He has a Master’s Degree in theology from the University of Oxford. He is married to his wife, Elyssa, has a daughter named Amelia, and a fuzzy Goldendoodle, Bella.×
Nate Gallagher lives in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife, Hannah. Together they lead the youth ministry at Calvary Chapel Vero Beach. Nate loves to talk about Jesus in any and every way he can. Whether it is over coffee, at church with the High School students, or on any other platform God allows for him to share from.
Nate grew up in a Christian home as a Pastor’s Kid, and like many pastor’s kids, he had struggles with his own faith. After not walking with God for most of his life, he decided to fully commit his life and plans to the Lord as a senior in High School. Shortly thereafter, God began to use him in the youth ministry at his home church in Vero Beach, Florida. Since that time, Nate has been faithfully serving the youth in the community, seeking to show what God can do through any person that dedicates their life to Jesus. He is also an assistant teaching pastor at Calvary Chapel Vero Beach. He and his wife Hannah have been married for coming on 4 years, and are faithfully serving Jesus together.×
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.×
Patti surrendered her heart to the Lords in 2003 after living many years in the homosexual lifestyle. Her hearts desire is to speak forth the truth of God's word in a world saturated with lies and deception.
In 2013, Patti began Out of Egypt Ministries (OOEM) with the desire to help others find the same peace and healing she found, through faith in Jesus Christ. OOEM is dedicated to speaking forth the truth of God's Word to a generation that has been enslaved by lies concerning gender issues and homosexuality.×
Kristi is an author, academic and speaker who loves engaging sceptical and indifferent audiences with the message of Jesus. Formerly with UCCF, she is currently combining PhD studies in philosophical theology with a role as Research and Pastoral Support Fellow at Oak Hill College. Kristi's first book, More>Truth, was published by IVP in 2019.×
Alex Stark is a student, thinker, and evangelist from Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he lives in Oxford, UK, with his wife, and has just begun a fellowship with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has ministered in university contexts, in local parish outreach, and has led teams of volunteer chaplains to music festivals and school-leaver celebrations in Australia. He loves serving both the local and global church, and he has a passion for doing anything he can to help people come to faith in Jesus Christ. Also, he likes good coffee – because that’s important for someone from Brisbane.×
Nigel and Molly serve the Lord full-time with Precept Ministries, helping people to engage with God through knowing His Word. They teach on the Precept Bible School, host Facebook Live Bible study, interview people for ‘The Bible and Me’ podcast, and travel across the UK training people to study the Bible. Their other passions are spending time with their adult sons (& daughter-in-love), playing tennis and enjoying Bearded Collies.×
Grace Wheeler is the Head of Evangelism for Youth for Christ and is passionate about sharing her faith and inspiring others to do the same. As part of her role at Youth for Christ, Grace started a YouTube channel called SYNC for young people earlier this year, encouraging young people to explore faith and evangelism whilst having a heap of fun. Grace is also passionate about girls discovering just who God has created them to be and has launched a brand new girls event called Fierce for girls 13-18. Grace is married to Nathan and they have a dog called Bailey. In her spare time Grace loves being with friends, likes the occasionally caramel latte and taking Bailey for walks.×
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.×
Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over ten years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He has co-authored with his mother their memoir (now in seven languages), Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope and he is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary. Dr. Yuan’s newest book is Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story.×
More speakers still to be announced - watch this space over the coming weeks/months!
Please note: speakers and programming are subject to change without notice.