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Big Weekend

Some of the very best international speakers are contributing to the Big Weekend this year. Whatever your stage of faith – or if you have none at all – there’s something for you at the Creation Fest Big weekend.

Big Shed Speakers

Join us daily on site in Cornwall and at church hubs across the UK for the morning and evening Big Shed sessions, where we’ll be joined by:

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Amy Orr-Ewing

Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is the Co-Director of The OCCA Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She leads a team of pioneering apologist-evangelists and speaks around the world on how the Christian faith answers the deepest questions of life.

Over the last twenty years, Amy has spoken on university campuses, including Oxford, Cambridge, Vienna, Hong Kong, Phoenix, Massachusetts, in the Speakers Rooms and Chapel at the UK Parliament, on Capitol Hill, and to West Wing staff at the White House. She also speaks in banks, businesses, and consultancy firms as well as churches and conferences. Amy has a degree in Theology and a DPhil (doctorate) from the University of Oxford. She is the co-founder of REBOOT, a youth apologetics initiative aimed at helping young people think deeply about faith, which now runs in countries all over the world.

Amy is married to Frog and helps lead Latimer Minster, a church plant and community on a farm in Buckinghamshire, and they have three children.

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Anne Calver

Anne is a Church leader, author and speaker. She is based in London and is pioneering ‘Unleashed’; primarily a home church movement seeking to rescue and release individuals into all that the Lord is calling them to be. Anne is married to Gavin and has two children, Amelie and Daniel. She is a fan of Liverpool football club and the voice of God.

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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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Carl Beech

Carl is a UK-based evangelist and church leader. He is CEO of Edge Ministries, and also president of Christian Vision for Men (CVM).

Under his leadership at CVM he spoke to thousands of men around the world each year and saw CVM expand into a global movement working in countries as far afield as Cambodia. Always a church planter he currently leads Redeemer King in Chesterfield.
Formerly a financial advisor, church planter, youth worker and senior pastor of a large multi-congregational church.
On the Councils formerly of the EA, and currently of Proclaim Trust, Restored and Creation Fest.
Author of several books and founder of the Codelife movement.
Founder and host of The Gathering, a major festival for men in the UK.
Co-host of the Codelife Podcast.
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.
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Christine Caine (via video)

Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded lover of Jesus, a sought-after international speaker, author and activist.

Known for her ability to effectively communicate a message of hope, Christine has a heart for reaching the lost, strengthening leadership, and championing the cause of justice. Together with her husband, Nick, she founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. They also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to celebrate every woman’s passion, purpose, and potential. Christine and Nick live in Southern California with their daughters, Catherine and Sophia.

Christine will be joining us via video link for one of our Big Shed morning sessions.

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Efrem Buckle

Efrem Buckle is the Deputy CEO and Director of Training and Mentoring for London City Mission

An Urban Missionary, Church planter and Pastor of 20 years, Efrem studied at Oak Hill College and the Urban Ministry Program and is passionate about strengthening God’s people for mission to the least reached.

Efrem is one of the Big Shed morning session speakers and will be joining us in person in Cornwall.

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Emma Fowle

A Londoner by birth, Emma has lived in Cornwall for the past 15 years. She is the Deputy Editor of Premier Christianity magazine, and loves to speak and write about everyday faith and social justice. She’s run the Creation Fest Media team for the past few years, and you can find her hosting the main stage at this year’s Cornwall event.

Emma’s website

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Gavin Calver

Gavin Calver is the CEO of the Evangelical Alliance. He has a burning passion to see the church working together to share the Gospel throughout the UK. Formerly the leader of Youth for Christ and chair of Spring Harvest, he’s an ordained evangelist and regular public speaker, and has authored six books. Married to Anne, they have two children, Amelie and Daniel. He loves new challenges, is a passionate AFC Wimbledon supporter and was part of the team that broke the World Record for the longest 5-a-side football match.

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Rachel Hughes

Rachel is the Lead Pastor of Gas Street alongside her husband Tim. She is passionate about communicating the liberating power of God’s truth and seeing His Kingdom come in Birmingham. Rachel has a background in television & media and worked for the BBC in London before joining the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) where she lead the Creativity & Arts Dept. Whilst at HTB, Rachel was involved in teaching and leading whilst also raising four young children; Phoebe, Simeon, Lois and Judah. Rachel has recently pioneered a national ministry to empower women called ‘The Orchard’.

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Rick Warren (via video)

Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church and best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life.”

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Sam Allberry (In Person & Digital)

Sam Allberry speaks around the world as a preacher and apologist, and is part of the leadership team at Immanuel Nashville.

He is the author of Seven Myths About SinglenessWhy Does God Care Who I Sleep With? and What God Has To Say About Our Bodies.

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

Sarah Yardley is the Mission and Ministry Lead at Creation Fest.

A Californian based in Cornwall, she grew up at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and served at Reality Carpinteria before moving to the UK. She’s a preacher, speaker and writer who loves discovering what it means to follow Jesus and inviting others to know and follow Him.

Sarah is one of the Big Shed morning session speakers and will be joining us in person in Cornwall.

Seminar Streams

There will be five seminar streams to choose from at this year’s Big Weekend: all five will be available digitally for Church hubs, and two will also be live at our Cornwall event. Full programme details will be available soon! The following contributors will be taking part in this year’s seminar streams:

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Andrew Ollerton (Digital only)

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 (Digital only)

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

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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Dr Chi Chi Obuaya
Dr Chi Chi Obuaya (In Person & Digital)
Chi-Chi is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS and in private practice, both in London.  He is also the Head of the Clinical Board at The Soke, a private mental health and wellness centre, a Clinical Adviser for a digital behavioural health start-up, Hello Tomo, and a Director for the Mind & Soul Foundation, a charity exploring wellbeing from a psychological and spiritual perspective.
A graduate of University College Medical School, Chi-Chi has an International Health BSc from the University of London and an MBA from Imperial College.
Chi-Chi commonly sees patient with Mood &  Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Eating Disorders, trauma-related mental health problems and perinatal disorders.
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Jon Tyson (Digital only)

Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide Australia, Jon moved to the United States over 2 decades ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority , The Burden is Light, and Beautiful Resistance.  Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.

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Kate Middleton (In Person & Digital)

Kate Middleton is a psychologist with a particular interest in emotional health and flourishing in the face of adverse or testing circumstances, managing difficult emotions and helping people release their full potential.

She loves to combine learnings from psychology and research with the ancient wisdom of the Bible to help us in the challenges of 21st century life – even global pandemic! Kate is a Director of the Mind and Soul Foundation (http://www.mindandsoulfoundation.org), project lead at Headstrong (http://www.beheadstrong.uk), a church leader in Hertfordshire, and also a popular speaker, and author of several books. She spends a lot of time explaining she isn’t married to Prince William but enjoys reading about her good dress sense in the papers.

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Kristi Mair (Digital only)

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 Fellow in Philosophy, Ethics and Apologetics at Oak Hill College. Kristi has written two books; More>Truth was published in 2019 and Healthy Faith was published in 2020.

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Mark Sayers (Digital only)

Mark is the senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about spiritual renewal and the future of the church. Mark is the author of a number of books including Strange Days and Reappearing Church.  Mark lives in Melbourne with his wife, Trudi, his daughter, Grace, and twin boys, Hudson and Billy.

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Pete Hughes (Digital only)
Pete and his wife Bee lead King’s Cross Church in central London while also raising their three kids. They have led this congregation for 11 years and are passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God break through in people’s lives and the social and cultural renewal of all things.
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Sam Allberry (In Person & Digital)

Sam Allberry speaks around the world as a preacher and apologist, and is part of the leadership team at Immanuel Nashville.

He is the author of Seven Myths About SinglenessWhy Does God Care Who I Sleep With? and What God Has To Say About Our Bodies.

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The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen (In Person & Digital)

Prior to becoming the 16th Bishop of Truro, Bishop Philip was the executive leader of the Church Mission Society, enabling networking across the Anglican Communion and beyond.

He was ordained as a deacon in 1988 and priested in 1989. He served his curacy at Gerrard’s Cross and Fulmer in the Diocese of Oxford, and then served as the Vicar of St James’ Church, West Streatham, in the Diocese of Southwark, from 1992 to 1998.

In 1998 Philip joined the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), initially tasked with helping churches develop youth and children’s ministry, then serving as Head of Ministry and ultimately as the deputy general director from 2004 to 2007.

In 2007 Philip moved with his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Kitty, to Paris, where he was the chaplain of St Michael’s Church, in the centre of Paris, a multicultural church with a congregation who spoke around 40 different languages.

In late 2012, he left Paris for his role at the Church Mission Society. Philip oversaw the operation of all CMS’s mission in 40 countries, leading a community of around 3,000 members and supporting around 350 people in mission around the world.

Bishop Philip was consecrated on November 30 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and took up his seat in Truro Cathedral on January 12, 2019.

In December 2018 he was asked by the then Foreign Secretary to investigate how well – or otherwise – the Foreign Office had responded to the global issue of the global persecution of Christians. The recommendations of the final report, published 7 months later, were subsequently accepted in full by the UK government. He retains a significant interest in this area, and also chairs the Church of England’s Partnership for World Mission, the umbrella body which gathers together the C. of E’s various specialist mission agencies.

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Will Van Der Hart (In Person & Digital)

Rev Will Van Der Hart has been an Anglican priest in London for 17 years and is a director of The Mind and Soul Foundation.

His interest in emotional health is wide ranging, reflecting his broad experience in a variety of pastoral contexts. Will is a GiantWorldwide coach, an author and an integrative bible teacher who speaks at a number of national forums. He is a mental health first aider and is passionate about equipping church leaders to look after their own emotional health as well as empowering them to manage the emotional needs of their congregations.

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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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