There was a great line-up of international speakers at Creation Fest 2019. We’re busy sorting speakers for 2020 right now, so stay in touch via social media or our newsletter and make sure you don’t miss a thing!
Carl Beech is President of Christian Vision for Men (CVM), Senior Pastor of Redeemer King Church and CEO of The Edge, a gospel ministry, church network and bible week. He married to Karen and has two adult daughters. He loves to cook, endurance sport, kettle bells and art!
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.
Ben Jack is the head of Advance: The Evangelists Movement based at The Message Trust in Manchester. Advance is committed to the equipping and multiplication of preaching evangelists in the UK and beyond, and through the Advance 2020 initiative is working towards proclaiming the gospel face-to-face to more than 2 million people across the UK in 2020. Ben has written two books on evangelism and as award-winning DJ Galactus Jack has been performing and preaching the gospel around the world for more than a decade.
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.
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 a memoir with his Mother, ‘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.
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.
At the age of 22, Brian became a Christian. In 1996, Brian and his wife Cheryl moved to London, England, with their four children. In 2000, Brian and Cheryl returned to their native California in order to 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. He 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.
Alex Stark is a student, thinker, and evangelist from Brisbane, Australia. Currently living in Oxford with his wife, he has just begun a fellowship with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
Alex has ministered in a variety of settings loves serving the local and global church. 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.
Dr Andrew Ollerton is a pastor with experience of leading churches and a theologian who makes complex ideas seem simple and relevant. Andrew is author of The Bible Course, a popular resource to help everyone engage with the Bible. Andrew is married to Charlotte and they have three kids and a Collie dog.
Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and a Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audiences of all faiths and none on faith, culture, politics and society. He holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is the author of several books, including The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist.
Andy Hawthorne OBE is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Message Trust
Andy leads The Message Trust which celebrated its 25th year in 2017 and has grown from a one-man band to one of the top 1% of UK charities reaching hundreds of thousands of young people every year. The Message also launched in South Africa in 2014, Canada in 2016 & Germany in 2017.
He is an in-demand speaker at events and conferences around the world and has addressed the UK and Scottish Parliaments on the transformative power of the gospel of Jesus. He is also the author of ten books including his latest small group study, Here I Am.
He was awarded the OBE in 2011 in recognition for his services to young people and in 2018 The Message was recognised at the Sunday Times number Best non-profit to work for and Andy as Charity CEO of the year.
Andy is married to Michele and together they have two children, Sam and Beth.
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 second time, and he’s brought the laughs with him.
Beaver Fleming has been skateboarding since he was 10. Now riding with the Nitro Circus, Beaver is one of the few people who has hit the Giganta ramp on a skateboard, and in the process created some huge World First combos.
In 2017 he made the podium at the Nitro World Games, won the skatercross event at the Clash at Clairemont, and finished in the top 10 at Vans Park Series. We can’t wait to welcome Beaver back to Creation Fest again to get everyone stoked on his high energy, super positive personality and of course, his backflips!
Ben Courson is founder of Hope Generation.
He is the host of a global TV and national radio program, author of ‘Optimisfits’ and an international speaker based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship.
Clare Walker is South West Regional Manager for Home for Good a charity which inspires Christians to step up to caring for the most vulnerable children in our country.
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.
Dan works as part of the church resources team for Youth for Christ. His passion is to help churches reach and disciple young people. His role sees him creating resources for 11-25s as well as travelling and speaking all over the place. He lives in Bidford-Upon-Avon with his wife Charlotte.
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 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.
Emma is part of the leadership team at Wadebridge Christian Centre, where she preaches and teaches regularly.
A Londoner by birth, Emma has lived in Cornwall for 14 years; as well as being married to David and raising their two girls, Emma spends her time writing about faith, life and social justice, and running the Media team at Creation Fest.
Esther is the Director of England for the International Justice Mission (IJM), the largest anti-slavery movement in the world.
Esther is a regular speaker on issues of justice and freedom, and is passionate about the role we all have to play in setting captives free around the world. She is married to Tom, and they live in the beautiful North East of England, where she pretends to surf more than she actually does.
Christ Communicator. Honest Conjuror. Passionate Introvert. Coffachocaholic. Thoughtful troublemaker. Straight talking stutterer. This is Gareth Bell.Through the skills of persuasion and sleight of hand a personal story of embracing one’s weaknesses and overcoming personal confidence barriers.
Gavin Cox has earned two Masters degrees, one in Biblical Studies and the other in Egyptology. It was while living in Egypt that Gavin first became interested in the ancient history and archaeology of Egypt, particularly the connections between Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament. His specific focus on the Egyptians’ beliefs regarding creation and the Flood inspired his M.A. dissertation (for which he was awarded a distinction) and his desire is that this will form the basis for further Ph.D. study in Egyptology.
He is keenly aware of the need for Christians to be given good solid answers to the skeptical questions raised by secularists within western culture, education and the media. For Gavin, the creation issue is not a side-issue, rather the central issue facing the Church in the modern age; therefore it should inform our evangelistic and missionary endeavours.
In April 2017, Gavin was accredited as an associate speaker for CMI (UK/Europe) and he joined CMI’s staff full time in June 2018.
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.
Hannah is a California native currently living in Vero Beach, Florida, 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 and 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.
Ian began working as a nightclub bouncer at the age of 18. By the time he was 24, violence and anger had taken over his life. He lived for bodybuilding but his addiction to anabolic steroids was destroying his health. After a serious fight at a nightclub one night, he pleaded with God to change him. At that moment, love filled his heart and he was born again by the power of God’s Spirit and he was no longer filled with hatred. He is the founder of Tough Talk and travels with the team, sharing his faith in Jesus Christ and the love of God.
James is part of the We Are Tearfund community and works for Tearfund’s youth and emerging generation team. He is active in politics, loves a bit of spoken word and is passionate about seeing all people enter into the fullness of life. He firmly believes in creation care but struggles to keep his plants alive.
Jeremy is the vicar of All Saints Church in Truro, Cornwall. All Saints is a socially active church that lives out the strong link between social justice and the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is co-founder of the Cornwall Refugee Resource Network, leads the Truro Lifehouse Project and is the chair of Churches Together in Truro.
Jim is lead pastor of Calvary Vero Beach, Florida and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East participating in pastoral and leadership training.
Jim is the featured speaker on Step by Step Radio and has developed a 66 part survey course through the Bible as well as authoring devotional commentaries. He is married to Kristie and together they have four grown sons.
Part of Tough Talk, Joe Lampshire is a former powerlifting champion who has won European, Commonwealth and British medals. Before Joe was saved, he was involved in the occult and lived a hedonistic life in the city of London.
Since 2000, Joe has been part of Tough Talk, a Christian charity which works to change lives around the world by presenting the Gospel through weightlifting and testimony. Joe has spoken on national TV about his faith including engagements with New Wine, Spring Harvest and the Gathering.
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 the Lead Pastor/Evangelist at Mountain Springs Calvary Chapel, Calgary, a church he planted 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 Creationfest, Calvary Chapel International, RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries), Fred Stoeker (Every Man’s Battle) and Gravity Canada.
Jordan Tanksley graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2017 with a BA in Biblical Studies. She’s currently in her first year as a Ministry Fellow and a member of the mid-week LAB launch team––Downtown’s new Wednesday night service at Baruch College. In addition to church planting, Jordan has a heart for women and singles. After 12 years in New York City, Jordan understands the importance of a community deeply rooted in Christ.
Jordan also serves on Redeemer’s mercy ministry, the Diaconate, which is aimed at supporting congregants who are financially and spiritually in need.
When Jordan is not doing ministry, she is traveling around the world. Her hidden talents include oil painting, tap dancing and being an exceptionally good whistler. Jordan also knows that life is better with animals in it and invites anyone who needs to hold a cute dog to borrow hers—a 6 lb. miniature dachshund named Heidi who loves to bark!
Born in West Sussex and bought up in Cornwall, I have a deep love for this beautiful part of the world. I have been raised by my parents in a Christian household with my younger sister, however my independent walk with Jesus didn’t begin until I found myself in several desperate situations on the other side of the world. There, prayer became my answer and surrender set my feet upon the solid ground. Since then, God has led me on a spiritual journey through Dental School at Plymouth University, hospital mission in India and now into the Royal Navy as a Dental Officer. I am part of the loving and community-serving Greenbank Community Church in Liskeard, where I have the joy of serving primarily through worship. God is our strength, our song and He has become our salvation; working out our salvation within the work place can be challenging, but God has provided all that we need to embark on His Great Commission; so Go!
Josiah serves with the pastoral team of Grace Community Church near Looe in southeast Cornwall. He’s passionate to see local churches encountering, enjoying, and representing Jesus Christ in ever-increasing fullness. He’s also particularly excited about how deeper theology can lead Jesus’ followers into whole-hearted worship. Josiah shares life with his wife Sarah and two noisy boys. In his down time you’ll find him playing guitar or digging in his little vegetable garden.
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 in 2019.
Lynda lives in Cornwall and has been on the staff at Truro Baptist Church since 2013 as Assistant Pastor (Children). Lynda oversees the Children’s and Family ministry, children’s outreach in the local community and all-age Encounter the Kingdom events. She regularly visits local primary schools to lead assemblies, RE lessons and Reflective Spaces. Over the past 12 months Lynda has established and facilitates the SO What? South West Children’s Network. Her dream is to see children and families know, encounter and be empowered by God.
Mike is a Senior Partnership manager with Compassion UK, a minister and leader of over thirty years experience he is also a passionate believer in the practical power of the gospel.
He is married to Shelagh, has four children and two grandchildren and a kayak.
Michael Smith has been in ministry since 2000 and has served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and assistant pastor. He has been an adjunct professor of science for 8 years, a high school science teacher for 3 years, and a fashion model since 1995. Currently he lives in Chelsea, New York with his wife Kristyn and 2 sons (Cade and Rider) and is the mid-week site pastor for Redeemer Downtown, an ACSM certified personal trainer, and a model with RED NYC.
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 way he can, whether over coffee, at church with the High School students, or on any other platform God allows 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.
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.
A former secondary school PE & science teacher, Niky Dix is the founder and CEO of Intentional Health, a charity inspiring healthier communities through the church. Her pioneering work empowers church volunteers to deliver a life transforming programmes to prevent lifestyle diseases and share the gospel across the UK. A regular at Tubestation church, Polzeath, Niky has also led workshops at New Wine, Creation Fest and recently partnered with Stewardship in London. In 2018 Niky was invited to become part of Windsor Leadership alumni. Niky is husband to Gareth and mum to teenagers Sam and Lewi, and as well as family, especially loves, Jesus, technology and listening to audiobooks and podcasts!
Olly Ryder and his wife Ali lead St Matthias Plymouth, a Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) plant.
They love Jesus and helping others love him too. They have two daughters and a dog called Badger.
Patrick has been a jazz musician for many years and has performed all over the world. He grew up in Cornwall, studied jazz in New York City and is currently Creative Pastor for New Street Church, Falmouth – an exciting new Anglican Church in the heart of Falmouth. His miraculous and amazing testimony has been an inspiration to countless people across the globe. He also loves spending time with his family, travelling, meeting new people, sketching, and being close to the sea.
Richard currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Wadebridge Christian Centre. He had a former career in banking and business consultancy. He loves teaching the Bible and coordinates the prayer tent at Creation Fest. Richard is married to Carly and they have four children and eight grandchildren.
Shaun Hover is a professional skateboarder and the founder of Calling All Skaters. He has a passion to see skaters become disciples of Jesus. He lives in Los Angeles California with his wife and two children. You can see some of his crazy skate maneuvers on his Instagram @shaunhover.
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 one grandson. Simon is a musician and Leeds United fan.
Steph Macleod is singer songwriter and worship leader based in Scotland, UK. His critically acclaimed debut album ‘Light In The Darkest Of Nights’ was released in 2010 and is currently working on his third studio album. “I have a passion for God and for people. It’s my hope that the songs I write will bring them closer together.” Steph shares the hope he found in Jesus Christ through word and song all over the world, and draws inspiration from his lived experiences and freedom from homelessness and addiction. He is committed to sharing the Gospel and the power of God’s saving grace. Steph’s music has featured regularly on BBC Radio 2, BBC Songs of Praise, UCB, and he performs and leads worship regularly. He also has a passion for mentoring the next generation of young Christian musicians and is an activist for mental health awareness. He has toured and performed with Mike Farris, Nathan Jess, Chris McClarney (Jesus Culture), The Humming People, and supported artists like Matt Redman, The Rend Collective, and Martin Smith.
Tim Gilbert is a Pastor from Grosvenor Church in North Devon. Married to Rachel for 21 years, together they have three boys, Noah (21), Sam (19) and Jonah (12). He’s a keen musician (check out the Blushing Ushers this week) with a love of sea fishing, surfing and snowboarding. After 17 years in business working for a telecommunications company God called Tm into full time ministry and in 2013 Tim and his family relocated from Barnstaple to plant a new church in Great Torrington with Grosvenor Church. Six years on and by Gods grace the church is a thriving, vibrant fellowship on a mission to see more of their community reached with the love of Jesus. Tim was there on the green in Woolacombe for the very first Creation Fest and is very excited (and a little bit surprised) that he is being let loose on stage this year! Born in Redruth but living over the border in Devon, Tim continues to be a strong advocate for ‘Cream on top’ alongside his busy ministry commitments!
Tiva is the pastor of The Engine House Church in Redruth, Cornwall. He passionately believes that the local church is key in God’s plan to transform towns, cities & nations.
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!
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 is an associate tutor in Theology at King’s Evangelical Divinity School and serves as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Hastings. He is also an associate speaker & writer 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 has contributed to various publications. His latest books, available from Day One Publications this year are: What does the Bible really say about: Adam & Eve? and Who am I? Human Identity & the Gospel in a Confusing World.
One of the best Christian 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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