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2022 Speakers

We’re so excited to be announcing our 2022 speakers for this year’s Creation Fest. With a stellar lineup, we can’t wait to share thought-provoking talks and life stories from some incredibly special people and look forward to you joining us with this. 

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Join us for our daily morning and evening Main Stage sessions, where we’ll be joined by:

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Pete Greig

Pete Greig is the bewildered founder of 24-7Prayer, an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice which has been praying night-and-day for more than twenty years, and has reached more than half the nations on earth. He and his wife Sammy serve as Senior Pastors of Emmaus Rd, a church with congregations in Guildford, Woking and Aldershot, England, and split their time between a barge on the River Wey and an island off the coast.

Pete is an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund, an Associate Tutor at St Mellitus Theological College, and a member of The Order of the Mustard Seed. He co-hosts Wildfires and The Big Church Day Out, the UK’s largest Christian festival.

For eight years Pete was the Director of Prayer for Alpha International and HTB, a large Anglican church in London, although he himself is ordained in the Free Church tradition.

Pete contributes to the Lectio365 daily devotional. His books include Red Moon RisingGod on MuteHow to Pray, and his new release How To Hear God: A Simple Guide For Normal People. His memoir Dirty Glory won UK Christian Book of the Year, 2017. The Prayer Course has been downloaded more than a million times.

Proud dad to two adult sons, Pete loves art galleries, Portsmouth FC, and messing about on the river.

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Carl Beech

Carl is a UK based evangelist and church planter. He leads Edge Ministries and is president of Christian Vision for Men (CVM).

Formerly a financial advisor, youth worker, charity leader and senior pastor of a large multi-congregational church

He has planted a number of churches and has a particular focus and passion for reaching areas of deprivation. He leads the Edge church network, and is establishing Edge Communities and Edge Centres to provide a full spectrum of support and help for those who need it most.

On the Councils formerly of the EA, and currently of Proclaim Trust, Restored, Brighton city mission and Creation Fest.

Author of a number of books, a podcaster and founder of the Codelife movement for men.

Founder and host of The Gathering a major festival for men in the UK and EdgeFest.

Married to Karen since 1994, with two adult daughters

Enjoys sporting challenges and has run the London, Snowdonia and Chesterfield Marathons, cycled from Lands End to John o’ Groats, Calais to Nice, the length of Italy, Port Elizabeth to Cape Town and from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. He also loves gardening and is a bit obsessed by Japanese maple trees and bonsais!

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Damilola Makinde

Damilola loves Jesus (all of the time) and loves people (most of the time). She is passionate about being a witness of Jesus in public, be that through one on one discussions with friends or through thoughtful Christian engagement in the key cultural and political issues of our time. She enjoys the pleasure of both these things through her work as advocacy engagement lead at the Evangelical Alliance and evangelism pastor at KXC.

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Brian Brodersen

Brian Brodersen is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California. Brian also serves as president of Calvary Chapel Bible College. He is the featured speaker on the Back to Basics radio program and the director of Creation Fest (UK). Brian is extensively involved in missions and church planting around the world. He has been married to Cheryl for over 40 years; they have four children and have six grandchildren.

More about Brian Brodersen

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Sarah Yardley

Sarah Yardley is a follower of Jesus who is passionate about faith, travel, reading, coffee, and community. She grew up at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in California, served at Reality Carpinteria, and currently lives in the United Kingdom, serving full-time with Creation Fest UK. She loves discovering what it means to follow Jesus and inviting others to know and follow Him.

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Emma Fowle

Emma works for Premier media group, where she is assistant editor of Christianity mag and editor of Voice of Hope. She’s a long time friend of Creation Fest, having run the media team for many years at the festival, hosted main stage and is now a trustee. She lives in Cornwall with her husband and two teenage daughters, loves Arsenal FC and lifting weights with her Dad.

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Andrew Ollerton

Dr Andrew Ollerton is a theologian and popular communicator. Working with Bible Society, he’s developed The Bible Course for small groups and recently published a new book The Bible: A Story that Makes Sense of life (Hodder). Andrew is married to Charlotte and they have three kids, two fish, a snake and a dog.

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Andy Bannister

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, 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.

Andy 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 and is also Adjunct Faculty at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.

Among Andy’s various books and publications are:

When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher, and live in Dundee in Scotland.

More about Andy Bannister

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Ben Jack
Ben Jack is the global head of Advance, a partnership between The Message Trust and the Luis Palau Association which seeks to equip, encourage and empower the church for evangelism and stir the gift of the evangelist. Ben is the author of The Simple Gospel and My Lord and My God, has been known to produce music and tour as DJ Galactus Jack, and lives in Manchester, England with his wife Naomi and their pug Toshi.
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Bob Claycamp

Bob was raised in a Christian family but strayed in his teen years, getting involved with rock bands, drugs and the occult. But after graduating from high school he and his girlfriend, Jeanne, surrendered their lives to Christ. They soon married and became involved with a youth group that had recently relocated from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California, to Oregon. Bob and Jeanne served the Lord in that ministry for over 8 years.
In 1978 they moved to Arizona, and Bob worked as an insurance agent. In 1981, he planted Calvary Chapel North Phoenix, where he served for the next 29 years as lead pastor. In 2010, leadership of the church was handed off to their second son, Jesse. Bob and Jeanne then joined the Poimen Ministries, a small group of long-time pastors, whose mission is to strengthen pastors to strengthen churches. They served with Poimen Ministries in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe for over 6 years, based out of Exeter, England, where Bob also pastored Calvary Exeter.
In the autumn of 2019, Bob and Jeanne moved their ministry base to Calvary Church in Aurora, Colorado, where they are still assisting pastors and wives through Poimen Ministries in the United States and abroad.

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Char Brodersen

Brian Charles Brodersen (Char) is the Associate Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Char has spent the last 13 years pastoring a small church in Northern California. He and his wife Grace have been married for 14 years and have three children: Judah, Hudson, and Evelyn. Char is very passionate and convicted about lifelong learning and is currently enrolled at Western Seminary for his Masters in Biblical Leadership. He has a deep passion to see the church live out the life of Jesus and to put the kingdom of God on display. His other passions and interests include time with family, traveling, and exploring the wonders of God’s beautiful creation, deep friendships, reading (all sorts), music (both playing and listening), film, and just about anything else you can think of. Char has a deep conviction that this is God’s world, filled with His power and presence, and is seeking to live in that reality day by day.

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Cheryl Brodersen

Cheryl married Brian Brodersen in 1980, and for many years, they ministered together at Calvary Chapel Vista, California. In 1996, the Brodersen family moved to London and planted Calvary Chapel Westminster. In 2000, at the request of Cheryl’s father, Pastor Chuck Smith, 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 in October of 2013.

Cheryl currently oversees the Joyful Life women’s Bible study at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. She also hosts a weekly podcast called “Women Worth Knowing,” highlighting women from all walks of life, past and present, and the lives they led for the Lord. Cheryl is also a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and conferences around the world. She has written several books with Harvest House Publishers. It is her joy and privilege to minister biblical truths to women of all ages.

Brian and Cheryl have four grown children and six grandchildren, including five grandsons and one granddaughter.

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Claire Williams

Clare is the founder of Get Real, a Christian apologetics organisation which addresses questions about Christianity, particularly from the black British community.  She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Oxford University, and she completed postgraduate training in theology at Wycliffe Hall.  Clare has an MA in Leadership and an MA in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity. She is now starting her PhD journey in Theology, focusing upon apologetics and activism.  Clare enjoys engaging with questions of culture, truth, identity and the gospel.

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Claire Worth

Claire Worth originally hails from Cornwall and is a Presenter & TV host at GOD TV. In addition to this, she also works as Executive Director at St Matts Church in Plymouth and is the Director of South West School of Worship. Claire is also a seasoned worship leader who studied Vocals at Nexus Music Academy, has a Degree in Psychology & Counselling and a Masters in Human Resource Management. She has been leading worship for over 20 years and has a real passion to inspire and encourage others in their walk with Jesus and abandoned worship!! Claire is married to Paul Worth and they have a son called Finlay. She loves the beach, earl grey, her family and pursuing all that God has created for her to be for His Kingdom and Glory!

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Grace Wheeler

Grace Wheeler is a follower of Jesus and loves sharing her faith with others. Grace is passionate about faith, travel, interior design and spending time with those she loves!! She is married to Nathan and they have a little girl called Bonnie-Rae. They have lived in the Midlands for many years but have recently brought a camper van and are exploring a move to Cornwall.

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Jonathan Self

A leading portrait photographer specialising in families and children, branding and entrepreneurs and weddings and engagements, Jonathan is a high ranked photographer (for Google reviews) and has worked with over 500 families in the past five years as well as with leading high-street brands including current work with M&S and John Lewis. In the words of the Master of an Oxford college, “Jonathan’s photographs have a strong emotional charge and he builds an immediate and strong rapport with all his subjects”.

Jonathan also launched in lockdown an exciting new venture called “Cultivating Wonder”. It’s the world’s first online course combining photography and mindfulness for children aged 5-9 and 10-16. Designed to awaken a sense of wonder about the world, it takes children on a voyage of exploration and creativity through photography and so far, with three courses ran, over 1000 parents and children have enrolled on it.

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Josh Green
Josh is Youth Director for 24-7 Prayer and heads up Youth at Wildfires Festival. For 14 years Josh helped lead Evangelistic mission bands Twelve 24 & Social Beingz. and has preached the gospel to hundreds of thousands of young people all around the world. In 2021, God hijacked Josh and put a passion in his heart to work for 24-7 and stir up revival in young people. Josh has a burning fire in his heart to see young people become an army focused on prayer, mission, and justice.
Josh helped plant SOULCITY Church in 2017 in Manchester where he lives with his wife Emma and 3 kids: Liberty, Simeon, and Halle-Rose.
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Olly Ryder
Olly is an ordinary bloke trying to follow the way and life of Jesus.
He enjoys helping others experience this way of life and love.
He and his wife Ali lead St Matts, Plymouth.
They have two daughters and a dog called Badger.
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Reuben Smith

Reuben is 19 years old and has worked in operations for the last year and a half at Rediscover Church in Exeter. He is a young & energetic with a massive heart for community, fellowship and going deeper in faith. Reuben helped start an international bible study over lockdown in January 2021 with young people ages 16-25, where they met every night to come together around God’s word!

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Richard Curnow

A former banker and college lecturer, Richard served for over 15 years as the Pastor of Connect church in Wadebridge before handing over to his former Assistant Pastor. He has a passion for teaching the Word of God and loves going to Nepal where he encourages pastors. He is married to Carly, has four adult children and ten grandchildren.

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Shell Perris
We’re delighted to welcome Shell Perris back to Creation Fest this summer to lead our Family Venue. Shell heads up Imagine Ministries, home of ALIVE Family Worship. She’s a singer, songwriter, author, and presenter and, alongside her husband, Tim, works in Primary Schools across the UK promoting positive emotional well-being and resilience in pupils, staff and families. Shell is passionate about telling people about Jesus and helping families to worship and discover God together. Shell and Tim have four children and live in Worcestershire, UK.
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Vivienne Onamusi
Vivienne Onamusi is a 24 year old final year dental student from Plymouth, UK. Having grown up in Zimbabwe and moving to back to England as a teenager she found the blessing of being able to relate to people from various walks of life.  Although she grew up in a Christian household she didn’t come to know Jesus until university. After what she likes to call her “Damascus moment” she realised how many young people (inc. herself) NEEDED to do life with Jesus. Her heart’s desire is to see the younger generation come to know God in a life changing way,  to see their hearts set on fire for God and for them to live radical lives that sow seeds for the lost to find their way back to Jesus. Day-to-day, you’ll often find her in a set of scrubs doing her tooth fairy duties, but outside of academia she absolutely loves being able to serve God through her local church, St Matts, Plymouth where she serves on the Student and Cafe Teams.
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One of the best festivals out there! A brilliant combination of teaching, music, art, creativity, sport and more, all in the beautiful environs of Cornwall. Perfect for families, great to bring sceptical friends along to, or simply a place to come and recharge your spiritual batteries.

Andy Bannister, Speaker and Author

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