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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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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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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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Lauren Windle

Lauren Windle is a journalist, author and TEDx speaker who speaks on faith, addiction and dating in the church. She’s been published in Vogue, Marie Claire, Mail Online, Red Magazine, Huffington Post, The Sun and many more. Lauren has been sober from drug and alcohol addiction for seven years and has a Master’s in Addiction Studies. Her first book, Notes on Love: Being Single and Dating in a Marriage Obsessed Church is out now, published by SPCK.

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Simon Guillebaud

Simon Guillebaud lives in Bath and spends much of his time preaching around the country in churches and schools after spending twenty years living and working in extreme circumstances in a central African (now post) warzone. Burundi is a country which has been torn apart by ethnic conflict for decades. In 2003, he set up Great Lakes Outreach (www.greatlakesoutreach.org), which works with local organizations for the transformation of the nation. He has experienced some extraordinary things, often nearly getting killed in ambushes, receiving death threats, exposing corruption, and seeing the Lord move in powerful ways. He has a fruitful preaching ministry, seeing many people come to faith on a regular basis. His style is authentic, inspiring and deeply challenging. The stories he shares are a mixture of desperately grim and miraculously stirring. Do not come if you aspire to a safe and conventional Christianity. Simon shares his and others’ amazing stories, hoping to inspire people to be similarly radical and passionate in living out the adventure of living which Jesus calls each one of us to. He and his wife Lizzie were awarded MBEs by the Queen in 2018 for services to Burundi.

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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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Bethany Heard

Bethany Heard is a pastor’s wife at Calvary Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She and her husband, Bryce, started the church in her home town nearly 22 years ago. Bethany is a graduate of Bible College and she teaches and leads the women’s ministry at Calvary Mansfield. Bethany and Bryce have four daughters and two cockerpoos.

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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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Chris Coombs

Chris is a husband to Emily and also has 2 daughters. He is passionate about skateboarding and has been skateboarding for 21 years. Chris began to follow Jesus at the age of 19 and has used skateboarding ever since to preach the gospel. His ultimate goal is to show people that people need a Saviour, and God, in his mercy provided a perfect one for us! Chris has been involved in youth work for 10 years now and runs a youth club in Woolacombe. Chris LOVES nachos.

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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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Clare 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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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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Danny Webster

Danny leads the advocacy team at the Evangelical Alliance, working with the parliaments, assemblies and governments across the UK to ensure evangelicals are represented and heard in places of influence. With degrees in politics and political philosophy Danny has worked in parliament before joining the Evangelical Alliance. He is passionate about encouraging Christians to integrate their faith with all areas of their life and helped to initiate the Evangelical Alliance’s Public Leadership programme. Danny frequently provides comment for media outlets on current political and social issues.

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David Bennett

David comes from Sydney, Australia where he studied journalism and then international relations. He moved to Oxford to pursue his studies in theology and train as an apologist from a skeptical, atheist background as an anti-Christian gay activist. David now holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology from Oxford, a master’s degree in theology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is now completing his doctorate (DPhil) in theology at Oxford. He specialises in the relationship between queer theory, asceticism and contemporary Anglican theology, especially ethics, and the role of desire in knowing God. He’s in the process of discerning a call to ordination.

David is an author, passionate communicator and budding scholar who speaks and writes on a wide range of topics including theology, desire, beauty, ethics, and sexuality. He is frequently asked to appear and speak internationally in a variety of settings including churches, academic conferences, national radio and TV including VICE Australia, and on BBC platforms such as the BBC One Documentary, Young, Gay, Christian. As a celibate Christian, he is seeking to be a fresh voice on the topics of love, desire, and sexuality in order to show how people can live and flourish through Christ’s teaching. David has recently published his first book, A War of Loves (Zondervan, 2018). It describes his own story from atheistic gay activism to becoming a follower of Jesus, in which he advocates for a positive moral vision of biblical sexuality and discipleship. His other interests include French, Latin, church history and patristics, writing, travel, cooking, reading books, and living in Christian community.

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Derek Thomas
Derek was elected as Member of Parliament for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (St Ives) in 2015 having grown up in West Cornwall. His work in Parliament includes responsibilities such as chair of the Brain Tumour All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and chair of the Diabetes APPG. He serves on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and has a number of other minor responsibilities in relation to topics such as the Armed Forces, healthy homes, the environment and freedom of religion or belief. He is part of a cross-party fellowship group and has nurtured friendly relations with colleagues from all political parties.
He lives with his wife Tamsin, and their three children and together they worship at Discovery Church in Penzance. Prior to his work as MP, Derek has worked in the Christian voluntary sector and in the construction trade.
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Dominic Done
Dominic Done is founder of Pursuing Faith and author of Your Longing Has a Name and When Faith Fails. With a master’s in Theology from the University of Oxford, he has served as a pastor in Portland, Oregon and as a Professor of Applied Theology at George Fox University. He and his family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Elizabeth Neep

Elizabeth Neep is a publisher at SPCK, pioneering the Form imprint and publishing bestselling authors including Katie Piper OBE, John Mark Comer and Brian Heasley. She is also a published novelist, writing under her own name and the pseudonym Lizzie O’Hagan. She loves flat whites, drinking wine with friends, reading in the bath and her little ginger cat.

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Frog Orr-Ewing

Rev Dr Frog Orr-Ewing, is married to Amy, and has three teenage boys. A theologian , conservationist, pastor and poet. He is Rector of Latimer Minster, and teaches Mission at the Univeristy of Winchester, where he is also Canon Theolgian at the Cathedral. He is happiest at Stampwell farm, digging holes, mowing pathways and creating a place of peace and restoration which can be enjoyed by others.

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Geoff Gilbert

After working in global logistics for 22 years Geoff stepped out of secular employment to work with a New Frontiers church in West London.

Geoff and Angela were then called by God to plant a church in North Devon and began an exciting faith journey. They decided to explore the area and walked into Grosvenor Church Barnstaple on Sunday 6th November only to find the church had been praying the previous day for a pastor to launch their Bideford church plant!
To add to the drama the pastor at Grosvenor Church was Geoffs second cousin Tim who they had never met!
Geoff and Angela live in Bideford and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren….which is strange because they both look so youthful.
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Grace Brodersen

Grace currently lives and ministers with her family in Orange County, California after previously serving in ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area for 13 years.

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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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Jon Thompson

Jon Thompson is the Senior Pastor of Sanctus Church, a multi-site church in the Greater Toronto Area where he has been on staff for more than 24 years.

Jon has a Masters of Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary, Toronto and a Doctorate of Missiology from Fuller Seminary, California. Jon is the author of Convergence and Deliverance.

Jon speaks and teaches globally on the convergence of spiritual gifts, spiritual practices, and spiritual experiences in the life of the believer and the local church.

Jon is husband to Joanna and father to three kids – Hannah, Emma, and Noah.

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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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Lucas Bostdorff

Lucas was born and raised in Arizona where he first came to Jesus as young adult in a small church community. His journey with Christ has taken him to bible college and seminary in California before serving with several churches and ministries in Cornwall. He is currently back in the States and on staff with Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Lucas loves traveling, reading, and growing in the way of Jesus with others.

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Michelle Taylor

Michelle currently lives and ministers in the sunny land of California with her husband and three girls!

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Nick Crawley

Nick worked for Barclays Bank for six years, before training for the ordained Anglican ministry at Wycliffe Hall. He then served as a curate at St Stephen’s Church, East Twickenham in London where he and Lucy met and were married. They have four boys. From 1993 to 1999 Nick was Rector of a large Anglican church in central Harare, Zimbabwe. They then moved to a small inner-city parish in central Sheffield for five years. Since September 2004 Nick has been licensed by the Bishop of Bristol to lead Crossnet, an Anglican Network Church which self-defines as a community for Discipleship and Mission. Nick is strongly committed to the ministries of the Word and the Spirit. His main focus of ministry is developing the ‘Bible for Life’ ministry with its associate discipling and coaching ministry. Lucy completed her doctorate in Systematic Theology in 2011 and since 2013 has served as Principal of Westminster Theological Centre. Nick enjoys golf, photography and walking their dog Max. 

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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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Paul Friend

Paul is married to Jo and has 2 boys and they live in Tiverton in Devon. Paul heads up South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) where he has been involved for the last 23 years training and supporting youth and children’s workers across the region. In his spare time Paul loves all sports that involve some kind of ball and a good curry and a movie.

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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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Rob Fowler

Rob is husband to wonderful wife, Jess, and incredibly grateful father to Anna and James. After a career in sales and IT, Rob became a pastor and followed Jesus’ call to Plymouth where he’s been involved in planting new churches. Rob loves making new friends, boxing, football, playing pool and building his confidence around our coasts having been awfully scared of seaweed. Rob’s favourite saying is “Jesus didn’t sit in his hut” because he meets so many folk who’d never just “come to church” yet are keenly open to Prayer – Bible – Friendship…

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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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Simon Lawrenson

Simon was raised in a Christian home in Portsmouth, UK. At the age of 20 He accepted Jesus as His Lord and Saviour and later founded Calvary Chapel in Southampton in 2004 which he continues as the Lead Pastor. Simon has been a Trustee of Creation Fest since 2017 as well as a UK connector for Calvary Global Network. He has been married to Lorrie for 27 years and together they have four daughters and two grandsons.

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Tiva Daka

Tiva Daka, and his wife Sara, have recently stepped out of a church in Redruth, Cornwall, that they planted and led for 7 years. They are currently in a season of transition and are seeking God for their family’s next steps. Tiva and Sara have been married nearly 15 years and have three uniquely amazing children, Elijah, Eliana and Jedidiah.

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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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