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.×
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.×
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.×
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.×
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.×
Thomas 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, Thomas 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.×
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.×
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.×
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.×
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.×
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.