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We’ve got a great line-up of international speakers at this year’s summer festival. We’re adding new speakers all the time, so stay in touch via social media or our newsletter and make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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Carl Beech

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!

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Sarah Yardley Ministry and Mission Lead Creation Fest Core Team
Sarah Yardley

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.

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Ben Jack
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.
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Cheryl Brodersen

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.

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Christopher Yuan

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.

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Jo Frost
Jo is director of communications and membership at the Evangelical Alliance. Previously she worked as a communications consultant with a number of Christian charities, including Share Jesus, Release International and Bible Society. Jo teaches and preaches regularly on communications, conflict, whole-life discipleship, mission and leadership.
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Dominic Done

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.

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Ruth Jackson

Ruth is editor of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine. She previously worked at CBBC’s Blue Peter before moving to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, where she helped set up the youth apologetics strand Reboot. Ruth recently contributed to Hope Rising 365, a book for young women. She also plays bass in all-girl rock ‘n roll band The Daisy Chains.

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Brian Brodersen

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.

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Alex Stark

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.

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Andrew Ollerton
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.
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Andy Bannister

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.

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Andy Hawthorne

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.

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Andy Kind

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.

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Arthur White
Part of Tough Talk, Arthur White is a  four-time world champion powerlifter. He has broken over 100 British, European and Commonwealth records and was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame in 1989.
 
Through an addiction to cocaine and steroids and an affair that wrecked his family life, he descended into a world of violence, working as a bouncer and illegal debt collector, fighting on the streets of London for a living. A founding member of Tough Talk, a Christian charity which works to change lives around the world by presenting the Gospel through weightlifting and testimony, Arthur travels internationally speaking on TV, radio, in churches, prisons and anywhere else that will let him talk about his faith. He has been featured in various books and films, written an autobiography The Power & The Glory and has spoken at numerous Christian events including New Wine, Spring Harvest and The Gathering.
 
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Beaver Fleming

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! 

Beaver Fleming website

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Ben Courson

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.

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Chris Goldsmith

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.

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Dan Lodge

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.

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David Bennett

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.

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Emma Fowle

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.

Emma’s website

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Esther Swaffield

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.

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Hannah Buran- Gallagher

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.

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Ian McDowall

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. 

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Jim Gallagher

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.

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Joe Lampshire

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.

Tough Talk website

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Joel Turner

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.

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Jordan Tanksley

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!

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Kristi Mair

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.

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Michael Smith

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. 

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Nate Gallagher

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. 

Listen to Nate on Middle Ground Radio

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Nigel & Molly Watts

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.

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Niky Dix

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! 

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Olly Ryder

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.

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Patti Height
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.
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Simon Lawrenson

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.

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Tiva Daka

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!

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Tommy Fretwell

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.

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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