2023 Speakers

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.

We are yet to announce our 2024 speakers, but until then, check out who joined us in 2023…

Amy Orr-Ewing

Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is an international author, speaker and theologian who addresses the deep questions of our day with meaningful answers found in the Christian Faith. She is the author of multiple books including ‘Where is God in All the Suffering?’ and bestselling, ‘Why Trust the Bible?’ Over the last twenty years, Amy has given talks and answered questions on university campuses around the world. She has also addressed Parliamentarians in the Speakers Rooms and Chapel at the UK Parliament and staffers on Capitol Hill, and at the West Wing of The White House. She regularly responds to invitations to speak in banks, businesses, and consultancy firms as well as churches and conferences. Amy is interested in the intersection of questions of meaning and faith with the marketplace, education and policymaking. Amy holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. She enjoys broadcasting in the media and giving public lectures. Amy is also the co-founder of REBOOT, an innovative youth initiative aimed at helping teenagers think deeply about faith, which now runs in countries all over the world. Amy lives in Oxford with her husband ‘Frog’. They have three boys, JJ, Zach and Benji.  

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Tim Chaddick

Tim Chaddick is the Pastor for Preaching at Reality Ventura and Founding Pastor of Reality Church London and Reality LA. 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, before planting Reality London in the UK in 2016. In 2021, Tim returned to California to take up the Pastor for Preaching role at Reality Ventura.

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 urban areas. Pastor Tim and his wife Lindsey care deeply about the ministry of the local church and seek to devote themselves to helping churches begin and flourish in their mission to share and reflect the gospel.

Brian Brodersen

Brian Brodersen is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California. Brian also serves as president of Calvary Chapel Bible College. He is the featured speaker on the Back to Basics radio program and the director of Creation Fest (UK). Brian is extensively involved in missions and church planting around the world. He has been married to Cheryl for over 40 years; they have four children and have six grandchildren.

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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.

Zach Vestnys

Zach Vestnys is the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Petaluma where he has been serving, near San Francisco, CA for 22 years. He and his wife Kara have been married 22 years and have four children. Having grown up in the church, and receiving his first call to ministry at 21, Zach has a deep desire to be faithful in building up the church, and for her to be faithful to Jesus. 

Hope Virgo

Hope Virgo is an author and multi award winning campaigner for people with eating disorders. Through her talks, Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) deal with the rising tide of mental health issues. Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Good Morning Britain, Sky News, BBC Breakfast and BBC News. She has published two books including best-seller Stand Tall Little Girl, documenting her eating disorder journey. Hope’s third book; You are Free is out in May 2022 which tackles issues around mental health and faith. In 2018, Hope launched #DumpTheScales which called on the government to stop using BMI as the primary measure to determine whether someone with an eating disorder would qualify for NHS support. Her petition generated over 116,000 signatures and was delivered to Number 10 Downing Street.

Amy Hughes

Amy has been leading Trinity Church Nottingham for the last six years alongside her husband Jonny. She is a priest in the Church of England, but spends much of her time being a mum to her four young children. She is also known to squeeze in a home DIY project here and there. Her life passion is leading people into the beautiful presence of Jesus where life is transformed and freedom released.

Anna Mason

Anna Mason leads St Gregory’s Church (; a new Anglican which launched out of KXC. It is still early days of the adventure, having only officially started in March 2023; the vision to wholeheartedly follow Jesus and serve him in Cornwall and beyond.

Arthur White
World champion powerlifter, successful businessman, and happy family man. But Arthur’s life spiralled out of control. Cocaine and an adulterous affair ruined everything, he lost his family and business, all the things that were really important.
Death seemed the only way out.
What changed him?
Cheryl Brodersen

Cheryl married Brian Brodersen in 1980, and for many years, they ministered together at Calvary Chapel Vista, California. In 1996, the Brodersen family moved to London and planted Calvary Chapel Westminster. In 2000, at the request of Cheryl’s father, Pastor Chuck Smith, Brian and Cheryl returned from the UK to California to have Brian transition into the pastorate of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Brian became the senior pastor of the church in October of 2013.

Cheryl currently oversees the Joyful Life women’s Bible study at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. She also hosts a weekly podcast called “Women Worth Knowing,” highlighting women from all walks of life, past and present, and the lives they led for the Lord. Cheryl is also a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and conferences around the world. She has written several books with Harvest House Publishers. It is her joy and privilege to minister biblical truths to women of all ages.

Brian and Cheryl have four grown children and six grandchildren, including five grandsons and one granddaughter.

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!

Claire will be joining us this summer as a host on our Main Stage/

Craig Mason

Follower of Jesus Husband and a father of 4, born and bread in Ilfracombe Devon. Not had the best start in life through bad decisions I made and dealing with addiction, once excepting death and it was just the way it was going to be because of my addiction, to starting a journey to understanding the calling God has given me, working now in full time ministry as a Pastor of Encounter Church Ilfracombe Devon, studying theology, My heart is to see people set free and to equip the church, help people recognise and understand their authority in Christ and stepping into God given destiny

David Bennett

Dr. David Bennett is a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s College of Evangelists and researcher at the Faculty of Theology and Religion looking at the Public Legitimacy of the Church of England with the Centre for Cultural Witness. David is a graduand and recently completed his DPhil (2023), entitled ‘Queering the Queer: An Exploration of How Gay Celibate Asceticism Can Renew and Inform the Role of Desire in Contemporary Anglican Theology.’ From Sydney, Australia originally, he has lived in Oxford for the last decade. Author of the memoir, A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus (Zondervan, 2018), David has taken up a visiting theological residency at Reality Church in San Francisco.

Dominic Done
Dominic Done is founder of the non-profit 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.
Gilbert Lennox

Gilbert Lennox grew up in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He has an honours degree in Modern Languages from Queen’s University Belfast, where he also did research and trained as a teacher. In 1995 Gilbert left his role as Head of Modern Languages in a local Grammar School to devote himself to Bible teaching church planting. He has taught widely at conferences and churches in Ireland and overseas. Now retired from his staff role at Glenabbey Church, Gilbert divides his time between Bible teaching, writing and family. He is also a keen landscape photographer, making the most of living in close proximity to the magnificent Causeway Coast.

Glen Scrivener

Glen is passionate about people meeting Christ and equipping Christians to share their faith. He’s often found speaking at Churches and Universities, producing online media in the studio, or in his office, writing books and other evangelistic material. Glen is married to Emma, and they have a daughter, Ruby, and a son, JJ. 

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.

Jason Huffman

Jason has a passion to see people of all ages grow in a real and right relationship with God and one another. He spent 26 years in Christian education and ministry as a bible teacher and high school principal at Calvary Chapel Schools in Costa Mesa, California. During that time, he also planted a church in Laguna Beach. Most recently Jason stepped into a new ministry role as the lead pastor at Coast Hills Church, a church with a rich 30-year history and a strong testimony in South Orange County, California. He enjoys being able to love God’s people and teach God’s word in his own community. Jason has been married to his wife Deborah for 30 years, and they have 3 great young men, Micah, Danny, and Luke ranging in age from 19 to 23.

Joanna Watson
Joanna Watson is an inspirational British Christian author and speaker, passionate about ordinary people encountering God in extraordinary ways, especially in seemingly impossible situations. Her best-selling book, ‘Light through the Cracks: How God Breaks In When Life Turns Tough‘, contains ten true modern-day miracle stories – starting with the dramatic car accident that could have left her dead or paralysed, during which time she experienced God’s incredible provision and protection. Her Bible-based reflections and beautiful story-telling raise faith, build hope, and encourage people to seek and find God in their own tough times. She lives in Oxfordshire – and loves strong coffee, good books and long walks.
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Joel Harris

Joel spent most of his teenage years growing an online following through YouTube & Instagram, becoming a social media influencer, and travelling the country presenting shows. Despite such success, he struggled with his identity, and the subtle trap of seeking worth through likes and followers. Now working at Kintsugi Hope, he developed and oversees the youth & student work of the charity. He is passionate about helping his generation be freed from the shackles of poor mental health.

Jonny Hughes

Jonny is a father of four, and leads a church called Trinity in Nottingham with his wife Amy, which they planted a little over six years ago.

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 Twelve24 & Social Beingz at The Message Trust and later through their own organisation. They had the privilege of preaching the gospel to hundreds of thousands of young people around the world. 

 In 2021, God hijacked Josh and put a passion in his heart to work for 24-7 Prayer and stir up revival in young people. Since then, a youth movement across the UK and beyond is beginning to stir as young people become awakened to Jesus and equipped in prayer, mission, and justice. 

Josh attends Ramp Church in Manchester and lives in Stockport with his wife Emma and 3 wonderful kids: Liberty, Simeon, and Halle-Rose.

Josh White

Josh White is a speaker, recording artist, writer and founding pastor of Door of Hope, a family of church’s in the urban core of Portland Oregon. Josh lives with his wife Darcy, son Henry, daughter Hattie. 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. When not traveling, preaching and leading Door of Hope, Josh is enjoying his family, obsessively reading — he actually is just obsessive — writing, producing and designing spaces. He just released his first book ‘Stumbling Toward Eternity’ for Penguin imprint, Multnomah press. 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.’

Ross Wilson
Ross Wilson is one of Ireland’s leading artists and sculptors, considered by many to be one of the most relevant and collectible artists of his generation, his work has sold at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s London.
He graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art from the Ulster University and went on to receive his Masters degree from the prestigious Chelsea School of Art, London.
He has been a visiting speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Wheaton Universities, and the National Portrait Gallery London, and was recently a guest speaker at the President’s ‘National Prayer Breakfast’ in Washington DC.
Wilson’s many portrait commissions have included Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney for the National Portrait Gallery London, and the American play-write and Pulitzer Prize Winner Arthur Miller.
His work is contained in many public and private collections worldwide, these include:
The National Portrait Gallery London
The Keats – Shelley Museum Rome
Tate Britain London
Jesus College Cambridge
The Fogg Museum Harvard – Mass USA
The British Museum London
James Joyce Museum Dublin
National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland
Ashmolean Museum Oxford
Private Collection of HRH King Charles III
Ross Wilson believes in community outreach through creativity and educational interaction within marginalised communities in Northern Ireland, and more recently in Rwanda.
He believes passionately in creative interaction with young people, that creativity is an important of well-being and key dynamic within educational development, helping to foster original ideas that bring value, meaning, and influence to a young person’s inner and outer life, and ultimately to their community.
Ross is presently an associate Professor on the Irish Studies Programme with John Brown University USA.
In 2019 New Year’s Honours List, he was awarded a BEM by HRH Queen Elizabeth II
for his services to charity, community outreach and work amongst underprivileged communities in Northern Ireland.
In 2023 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of County Londonderry, a position given approval by
King Charles III
Wilson’s public bronze sculptures are well known, these include:
‘The Searcher’ C.S. Lewis Centenary Sculpture located in East Belfast, the birth place of CSL.
‘Amy Carmichael – A Life and Legacy of Grace’ located in Bangor County Down.
‘St Luke’ Twinbrook. – West Belfast
‘Mother – Daughter – Sister’ South Belfast
‘The Yardmen’ Titanic Community East Belfast.
Ross Wilson’s aim is to, encourage others to see with the ‘Soul of the Eye’.
‘A proper community is a commonwealth; a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another.’
Wendell Berry
Ruth Valerio
Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from King’s College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle:Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth, Just Living:Faith and Community in an age of Consumerism, and the children’s book Planet Protectors: 52 ways to look after God’s world. She also wrote the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, entitled Saying Yes to Life. Ruth is a regular contributor on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.
Shell Perris
We’re delighted to welcome Shell Perris back to Creation Fest this summer to lead our Families 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.
Simon Lawrenson

Simon is Lead Pastor and Founder of Calvary Chapel in Southampton, UK. He and his wife Lorrie have been married 28 years and have four children and three grandchildren. Lover of Jesus, Jazz and Leeds United.

Sol Goremano

Sol Goremano was born in Zimbabwe, spent his teenage years in England, and has called Wales home for the past 16 years. He and his wife Misha co-lead Pillar Community Church with a team of Elders. Sol has also been a primary school teacher for the past 8 years and loves being part of the local community. He is pursuing a degree in theology and counselling, and is passionate about knowing God more deeply and helping others to do the same. He lives near the beautiful Gower area and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Tania Bright
Tania is a national leader with a FTSE100 background in Global Procurement and Contract Negotiation and church leadership. Tarn (as affectionately known) is focused on community renewal through relationships, reform and innovation, lending her professional acumen and 20 years ministerial experience to a variety of high impact organisations.
Tarn, alongside her leadership roles, preaches and teaches across the country (with a bias toward subjects most often avoided!) She is a keynote speaker at Spring Harvest, New Wine, Filling Stations, and many churches and groups across the U.K.
Her first book was published in 2015, with outstanding reviews, forwarded by Jeff Lucas. “Don’t beat yourself up – Living in the wisdom of kindsight” takes a fresh look at how to stay future focused and not living by past regrets.
As a mother of two adopted boys, Tarn has a beautiful new perspective on what ‘family’ means.

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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