We love welcoming some of the very best international speakers to Creation Fest each and every year. Drop in for a day and check out this thing called faith, or come for the week and immerse yourself in the best Christian teaching around. Whatever your stage of faith – or if you have none at all – you’re welcome.
Whether you love studying the Bible, wonder what God has to say about the environment, want to think and talk about parenting in the twenty first century, love listening to interesting life stories or are just curious about what happens when we die, there is something for everyone at Creation Fest. Join us for live Q&A sessions and quiz our expert panels, hear from local people who have remarkable life stories and learn from some of the best Christian teachers around. We’re not meeting together in 2020, but here’s some of the speakers we had lined up to join us.
In the meantime, if you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, why not listen to our amazing back catalogue of talks from previous festivals.
Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is a Senior Vice President with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Co-Director of the 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 gained a first-class degree in Theology and a DPhil (doctorate) from the University of Oxford. She is also 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.
A native to California, Tim’s first ten years of church-planting ministry started as the Lead Pastor of Reality LA in 2006, a thriving church in the heart of Hollywood, CA before moving to the UK in 2016. These churches are a part of the Reality family of churches, a movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ.
Tim’s first two books, Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning and The Truth about Lies, were projects which came from lessons learned while living and pastoring in Los Angeles. Pastor Tim and his wife Lindsey care deeply about the ministry of the local church in major urban centres and seek to devote themselves to helping churches begin and flourish in their mission to share and reflect the gospel.
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!
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 occasional caramel latte and taking Bailey for walks.
Dr Andrew Ollerton is a pastor with experience of leading churches and a theologian who makes complex ideas simple. Andrew is author of The Bible Course, a popular and accessible way into the Bible. Andrew and also co-produced Talking Jesus, a course to train Christians to share their faith. Andrew works with Bible Society to help raise confidence in the Bible and to mobilise the church for mission through the Bible.
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.
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.
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.
Westy is the youth minister at St Andrews Church in Sonning, Reading. Once described as a veteran youth worker, he has spent the last 20 years passionately pointing young people to Jesus and helping them find their identity in him. When not with young people he is found in his man cave doing woodwork or coaching his U10’s girls football team!
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.
Gavin Calver is the Chief Executive at the Evangelical Alliance and the Chair of Spring Harvest. He has a burning passion to see the Gospel reach every person in the UK. Formerly the leader of Youth for Christ, Gavin’s an ordained evangelist and regular public speaker, and has authored five 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.
Josh White is an evangelist, recording artist and the founding pastor of Door of Hope, a thriving church community in the heart of Portland Oregon. Josh lives with his wife Darcy, son Henry, daughter Hattie and two Westies, Sonny & Baby.
Portland is the city where he and his wife Darcy met 23 years ago while Josh was playing a show with his then Seattle glam rock band, Man Ray, at the now defunct Satyricon night club. Little did they know that their lives within a few years would be turned upside down and revolutionized by the gospel of Jesus. Since their entrance into ministry in 2002 Josh has recorded 5 worship albums for BEC (3 under the name Telecast) and 5 for Deeper Well (under various monikers) including Liz Vice’s first album “There is a Light.”
When not preaching and leading Door of Hope, Josh is enjoying his family, obsessively reading (he actually is just obsessive), writing and recording songs, designing spaces and currently working on his first book “The Good Death.” Josh often refers to himself as the amateur pastor – for in the words of Robert Farrar Capon, “The amateur—the lover, the man who thinks heedlessness a sin and boredom a heresy—is just the man you need. More than that, whether you think you need him or not, he is a man who is bound, by his love, to speak. The role of the amateur: to look the world back to grace.”
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.
Mike Robins is proud to be a Senior Partnership Manager with Compassion UK, and served as Lead Pastor at New Creation Church in Newquay for twenty six years.
He preaches and teaches extensively in the UK, and has a passion to see transformational churches that bring Christ centred change to the communities that they serve. He is married to Shelagh, has four children and two grandchildren, and his interests are Jesus, family and kayaking… when he can!
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.
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