Alan will be the Kids and All-age ELT in Skegness. He serves as Facilitator for the Global Children’s Forum, a partnering community working to see children everywhere walking with Jesus. He is Advisor for World Without Orphans and former Chair of Home for Good. Husband to Claire, together they have a fluid family of birth, adopted and foster children.
Alianore Smith is Church and Theology Manager for International Justice Mission (IJM) UK. She is passionate about engaging the church with God’s heart for justice through biblical teaching and storytelling, as well as equipping God’s people to pray, give, and act together until all are free.
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. Travelling internationally, Amy is a regular speaker across university campuses, businesses, parliaments, churches and conferences as well as on TV and radio. She is the author of multiple books including Where is God in All the Suffering? and the bestselling, Why Trust the Bible?
Andy is the founder and chief executive of The Message Trust which celebrated its 30th year last year and has grown from a one-man band to one of the top 1% of UK charities reaching hundreds of thousands of young people and families every year. He’s also addressed the UK and Scottish Parliaments on the transformative power of the gospel of Jesus and written eleven books including his latest, ‘A Burning Heart’.
Andy Kind is a comedian, preacher and writer. He started doing Stand-up on 23rd January 2005. By the September of that year, Andy had gone full-time as a comedian and has made a living from it ever since.
Described by The Scotsman as ‘Terrific’ and by the Yorkshire Times as ‘Tossing out comic gems in an almost profligate manner’, Andy’s stand-up style is the joyful ranting of a redeemed alpha male. He has been featured on BBC1, ITV and Channel 4, while he’s had jokes featured on Dave’s One Night Stand and Live at the Apollo.
Annabelle has worked for Alpha for over 3 years. Alpha is a course that creates a space, online or in person, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about faith, life and God. We are pleased to be offering Alpha content at Spring Harvest this year.
Beki is a Priest in the Church of England, the Principal of the St Edmund Courses in London and oversees one of the Lay Ministry (Reader) pathways for the London Diocese. She is also the Director of the London Centre of Spiritual Direction and practices as a Spiritual Director. She has been involved in teaching, mentoring, direction and accompanying others and leads a church with her husband in the East End of London where they share the house with their two teenage children, various placement students, a hamster and a destructive house rabbit!
Bob has travelled the world telling stories for over 30 years. He has written over eighty books, mostly for children, including The Clever Cub Series, The Rhyming Bible and The Playalong Bible.
Bob lives in Wiltshire, is married to Sue and has two children and five grandchildren.
Research Associate (University of Oxford)
Registered Medical Doctor
Dr Calum Miller is a medical doctor and a research associate in bioethics at the University of Oxford. He has published academic papers on topics such as God’s existence, academic freedom, probability theory, and beginning of life ethics, and has won prizes from the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Psychiatrists for his work on bioethics.
Calum has spoken on these topics to a wide variety of audiences across the world, and regularly appears on mainstream media. He is currently working on two books on beginning of life ethics.
Cheeky Pandas create free resources to encourage children in their faith, and to help them get excited about the Bible and prayer. Their vision is to see children and families develop a beautiful life-long relationship with God… with some panda fun along the way! Churches and schools around the world are using the songs and videos in their services and assemblies, while parents can directly download resources for their children at home.
Chris Duffett loves Jesus. He is married to Ruth and they live in rural Cambridgeshire with their 3 grown up-ish children.
Chris loves to paint prophetically and seeks to bring words from God’s heart that strengthen, encourage and comfort.
Claire is a Mum of 4 brilliant kids, three of whom came to their family through adoption. With a background in youth work (and still with a deep love of teenagers), after planting and leading church for 8 years, she’s now the Director of Content at Home for Good. She’s passionate about the difference the local church can make in their communities, and enjoys laughing deeply with friends.
Clarie Miles is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator for Kintsugi Hope. She is passionate about seeing churches equipped to support people with their mental and emotional health and helping create safe and supportive places for their members as well as providing an invaluable and timely means of serving the local community. She is an accredited CBT therapist with over 16 years of experience working in the NHS, and serves on the pastoral care team in her local church in Bristol, where she attends with her husband and three children.
Reverend and Author Claud Jackson was just six years old when he first held a gun in his hands. Now over twenty years later, he is returning to communities just like the one he grew up in, this time holding a bible.
Guns to God is the incredible autobiography of Claud Jackson, a young boy who became a drug dealer and professional career criminal before giving his life to God through the Alpha course and later being called into ministry.
Rev Cris Rogers is a Church of England church planter, artist, and Star Wars fan. In 2010 Cris and his family moved to Tower Hamlets, one of the toughest estates in East London, and took on the leadership of All Hallows Bow. Their desire was to restart the church, which had shrunk to seven people, and see people flourish. Cris has a deep passion for discipleship and runs the weekly podcast Making Disciples and wider ministry of Making Disciples. He is chair of the Spring Harvest Planning Group.
Daniel Gilman is an advocate against human trafficking, an advisor to Canadian Members of Parliament on human rights, and a PhD student at Cambridge University on campaign to end the slave trade. He is the founder and director of the Centre for Public Speaking through which he coaches pastors, politicians and professors in being dynamic and inspiring speakers.
Danielle is a spiritual leader, justice advocate, communicator and peacemaker. Her aggressive compassion has served people first hand in countries all over the world. From establishing justice departments and church plants, to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new initiatives to mobilise people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates and inspires people to live differently.
David comes from Sydney, Australia where he studied journalism and then international relations. He moved to Oxford to pursue his studies in theology and train as an apologist from a skeptical, atheist background as an anti-Christian gay activist. David now holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology from Oxford, a master’s degree in theology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is now completing his doctorate (DPhil) in theology at Oxford.
Destiny is a soul winning evangelist and member of the badn Saintz. Based at LIGHT, Destiny is passionate about their mission statement in ‘taking the life changing message of Jesus to young people through music’.
Elle has lived her life between two worlds. As the daughter of Delirious? front man, Martin Smith, Elle has experienced stadiums filled with people. As a worship leader and youth pastor in Brighton, she is immersed in her local community, together with her husband and young child.
Gill Lyth is a speaker and the Scotland Representative for Care for the Family. Gill talks widely across Scotland about family support and ministry. Her particular interest is in speaking about mental health through her own experience of living with it, and in reducing stigma around it. She lives in Dunfermline with her husband and two children.
Girma is the Director and founder of Gratitude Initiative UK, which exists to promote gratitude as a formative language that transforms and energises how we approach solving individual and social problems, resulting in harmony and reconciliation, building bridges to make cross-cultural mission possible. He also serves as a City Catalyst for The London Project, focusing on serving diaspora church leaders. Previously he served as a pastor of the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church.
Hannah is the Relationship Manager with the Philanthropy Services Team at Stewardship. She is passionate about seeing the generosity of the Church released into a world that desperately needs it.
Hannah is a worship leader and choir director with a passion for teaching young people about who God is and who we are as His people. She lectures in Worship Studies & Vocals at Nexus ICA and enjoys barbershop, eating ice cream and is an expert in Mario Kart.
Hannah Vincent has over twenty years of professional experience in pastoral care, working alongside teenagers and parents, and she now leads a large pastoral team in a secondary school. She is a Designated Safeguarding Officer, a Child Exploitation Online Protection Ambassador, a trained parenting course facilitator and an emergency mental health first aider.
World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker is a poet and a maths graduate. He writes about important stuff like hope, dinosaurs and German falafel-spoons. His latest collection ‘Unashamed’ was published with Burning Eye in 2022 and he has been sharing poems from it at every available opportunity ever since.
Harvey is a Malawian theologian currently working as the CEO of the Evangelical Mission Association, aka Global Connections, in Leamington Spa. He also teaches at the Church Mission Society (CMS) in Oxford where he leads a master’s program focused on African Christianity in Britain. He has worked in mission in Europe and North America for more than 20 years.
Venerable Dr Hassan John is the Director of Research for the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. He is a journalist and a Community Development worker through peace-keeping initiatives, and educational and entrepreneurial programmes for Internally Displaced Peoples.
In 2010 Hassan became a stringer and local producer for CNN, reporting on the ethno-religious conflicts in Jos from the first bomb attacks on Christmas eve in 2010. Hassan was the local producer that worked with CNN to break the news of the abduction of the 276 Chibok girls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, North-eastern Nigeria. He also produced the award-winning documentary with CNN on human trafficking in Nigeria.
Helen is a gifted worship leader, musician and speaker. She is also an artist and the Holy Spirit will often minister to people through her creative art. Helen loves to sing and speak hope into people’s lives and is part of Elim Sounds worship team.
Janet is a retired art teacher, mum of 2 and foster mum to many. She enjoys all things creative and uses her God given talents serving in ministry to Christian single adults, helping them find understanding around how to live a single life with purpose, that is maximised for Christ.
Jess is the Events Communications Manager at Kintsugi Hope. Jess loves the seaside, coffee and taking photos. Jess has a real heart for making people feel welcome and loved and tries to do this wherever she is.
Rt Revd Dr Jill Duff is Bishop of Lancaster. Her brief includes the oversight of mission, evangelism & church planting in Lancashire. She speaks and teaches widely and has a recently published book Lighting the Beacons. Ordained as priest in 2004, she was previously the Founding Director of St Mellitus College North West and has served as an urban parish priest, school chaplain and pioneer minster church planting.
Joanna is a presenter, actress and dancer and is best known for her role as a presenter on CBeebies. She is passionate about all things creative and Jesus. She will be hosting Big Start.
John has 30 years of church leadership experience including overseeing many church plants. he is an author, most recently of "The Church of Tomorrow- being a Christ Centre People in a Changing World"
Justice in Motion is a physical theatre company, passionate about art and social justice. We create thought-provoking and visually stunning performances, informed by human rights issues to raise awareness, inspire action, and bring about positive change.
Our shows and projects mix dance, theatre, parkour, film, and music to captivate and draw people in, as they shine a light into some of the dark places we can’t normally see. We work closely with academic, statutory, business and charity partners, and inspire collaborative and creative projects directly with communities. We deliver creative residencies, workshops, and skill sessions within the performing arts and disciplines from our practice.
Justin is CEO at the Christian safeguarding charity, thirtyone:eight. He has a background spanning over 30 years in social work and church leadership. Justin is the co-author of two books, Escaping the Maze (SPCK, 2019) and Just Leadership (SPCK, 2021). He has been a committed Christian since the age of 11.
Kath is the Church and Community Mobilisation Lead for International Justice Mission (IJM). She has the joy of talking about how much God loves justice and journeying with churches as they translate this Biblical truth into action, prayer and generosity alongside IJM.
Katy has been involved in childrens ministry for 20 years. She has previously served at Ivy Church, Didsbury and most recently The Message Community Church in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Katy is passionate about creating spaces for little ones to have opportunities to encounter Jesus and is excited to lead the 0-4s team this year. Let’s pray and expect that these mini kids will encounter our Mighty God!
Kick seek to transform young people’s lives, with God’s love. They do this through values-driven physical education, street dance, mentoring, chaplaincy in schools and community KICK Academies. Andrew will be offering Kick Academy training this week, Becks and Louise are back as our dancers.
Leah McFall is an artist from Northern Ireland who first appeared on our television screens in 2013 on BBC's The Voice UK. Leah went on to tour with Will.i.am and Jessie J and released her first independent record called 'INK' in 2017.
McFall released her first book in 2021 with SPCK publishing titled 'More Trust - Giving our dreams to the trustworthy one.' In 2022, Leah released her first worship EP called 'Outside the Lines' and has since been speaking and performing these songs at Christian conferences all around the UK.
Leah will be doing an afternoon special in Minehead and is part of After Hours in Skegness.
Lisa is a Baptist Minister who works as Deeper Church Lead for the National Team of the Baptist Union of Scotland prioritising caring for ministers and encouraging prayer, spiritual formation and discipleship. She’s also part of the Spring Harvest Planning Group and a member of the EA Council.
Lisa Oakley is a professor in safeguarding and knowledge exchange at the university of Chester, she is chair of the British Psychological Society safeguarding advisory group. She has worked in the area of safeguarding in faith contexts for over 20 years and has a focus on creating healthy Christian cultures.
After spending the early part of her working life defending the country, then moving to shaping minds in schools, she is now tackling poverty in her local area” quipped one of her friends! Lorraine loves her role at CAP, leading the region and spreading the word about CAP’s fight against poverty to network and church leaders, and anyone who will listen!! Lorraine lives in Lincoln with her husband Owen and has 2 grown up children.
Luke Aylen is a priest, author, theologian and campervan enthusiast currently living and ministering in Hereford. His background includes a range of creative work in video and stage, including several years as Spring Harvest's creative coordinator.
Lynette trained as a nurse and health visitor, prior to studying at a Bible College in the USA and then serving on team at a Bible school in the West Indies.
On returning to the UK, she worked in a Christian charity for many years, leading the training and publishing teams. Lynette joined Kintsugi Hope in 2020 and supports the Kintsugi Hope movement in managing key relationships and partnerships, supporting the Mental Health Friendly Church initiatives, and developing how we serve regions and nations within the UK- engaging with hundreds of churches and leaders in working towards creating safe and supportive spaces for all to talk and learn about faith and mental health. She is also a qualified Counsellor working with clients in a not-for-profit agency in Hampshire.
Malcolm leads Dundonald Church in Northern Ireland, chairs Elims’ Ethics and Public Theology Talk Force and is theologian in residence for Spring Harvest.
Manuella is a leader in the Young Adults and Worship department in her local church. She has a heart for young people to know and encounter Jesus through prayer and worship. Manuella also has a passion for human rights and justice, and currently works as a human rights paralegal, where she advocates for the rights of the vulnerable/oppressed.
Marie is a speaker, leader in her church and leads the North of England and Midlands for Alpha. With over 10 years experience in ministry her heart is rooted in seeing the local church grow and those who make decisions, discipled and embedded into local community. Wife and mum Marie is also passionate about heathy family life and oversees The Marriage Courses for the UK.
Mark is Director of Ministry for Cambridge and District Youth for Christ and was previously youth pastor at St Johns Harborne. He is passionate about seeing young people encounter God and be equipped to be life-long disciples. He loves coffee, board games, musicals and a good theology book.
Martin Young has been leading and planting churches for over 25 years, with ministry emphases on community engagement, global mission, leadership development, and the arts. Martin also chairs the board of Essential Christian, the parent charity of Spring Harvest.
Naomi loves adventures. Whether it's climbing a mountain or a spontaneous trip to McDonalds, she enjoys spending time with people and in God's creation. She leads Open Doors Youth and has been learning about the adventures and challenges of following Jesus in places where its dangerous and could cost you everything.
Nexus ICA are a Christian Higher Education provider that offer degrees in Popular Music & Worship, Songwriting and Event Technology. This week at Spring Harvest they are leading youth songwriting sessions each morning and hosting a late night party on Tuesday.
Nicola joined the Prison Service after volunteering for three years at her local prison with Prison Fellowship, and has worked in some of England’s busiest prisons throughout the last 22 years - most notably HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey, and HMP Pentonville in Islington. She is currently Governor at HMP Woodhill, a high security prison in Milton Keynes, where she leads a team of around 800 staff. Nikki had a passion to see cultural change within the workplace, and regularly speaks on a variety of platforms about team dynamics, leading through adversity and authentic service.
Olivia is the executive director for the Elim Pentecostal Church having previously worked in senior leadership positions in the NHS. She is also associate pastor of Crosspoint Church, a church plant based in north Birmingham and has a passion for sharing God’s word creatively (lightly sprinkled with a little humour). Olivia is a member of the board of Essential Christian, the parent charity of Spring Harvest.
Patrick is CEO and co-founder of Kintsugi Hope which came about following a series of personal trials and ill health affecting him and his family. Prior to that, Patrick led urban youth charity, XLP which he also founded in 1996 and ran for 22 years. Patrick is part of the Spring Harvest Planning Group.
Paul Kerensa is a British Comedy Award-winning co-writer of TV and radio, including BBC's Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear, C4's TFI Friday, ITV's Royal Variety Performance and many more. He's toured with Bible Society, written several books, and is a frequent broadcaster on Radio 2's Pause For Thought, as well as hosting Sunday Breakfast on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey.
Join Paul as he premier’s his unique new show – The First Religious Broadcast: Re-enacted!
101 years ago, Peckham’s Dr James Boon became Britain’s first religious broadcaster, transmitting an entire service INTO his church from miles away. For the first time in a century, Paul re-delivers his sermon and tells this amazing tale.
Sports Team Leader.
Peter is passionate about people being empowered to worship God with their whole lives, particularly with their physical bodies and abilities. He works as a Physiotherapist and leads a local church in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.
He and his team are looking forward to sharing their love of sport and of Jesus with you with a great programme of competition, keep fit and fun for all ages and abilities.
Phil works for Compassion UK as Senior Partnerships Manager. He is also part of a leadership team steering a local church plant in Warrington. Phil is passionate about the local church, helping others discover their hope in Jesus, and speaking up for injustice to bring restoration and hope. Phil loves connecting with new people, coffee, and an avid Warrington Rugby League fan!
Philippa is known for her relatable songs and soulful, country-tinged vocals, releasing 5 critically acclaimed studio albums and published two books. Philippa has openly shared her teenage battle with anxiety and depression which eventually forced her out of full-time education and a spiritual encounter at a Godfrey Birtill concert in 2004, where she found life-changing faith.
Raff was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and arrived in the UK at 17. After a troubled upbringing he battled drug addiction and a life in crime. Today Raff is a recovering addict, sober for a decade and an ordained Priest with the Church of England. Based at a church in East London, he runs Our Father's House Recovery Ministry which supports addicts and alcoholics.
Riverside Performing Arts is a theatre company passionate about using the performing arts in dynamic and innovative ways to serve the community by communicating Christian truths and values and addressing issues relevant to the various age groups in which we work. We lead performances and workshops in a variety of settings such as schools, youth and community groups, churches, festivals, and professional theatres.
They’ll be the resident theatre company and also doing an After Hours show.
Rob & Nat are presenters, creatives, children’s workers and co-founders of 4Front Theatre - a touring Christian theatre company.
As creators of the YouTube channel ‘Virtual Sunday School’, they are excited to be returning to Spring Harvest to run the 8s-11s programme. We had an awesome year in 2022, and are looking forward to even bigger and better things this year.
Robin is the chief executive of Care for the Family, a national charity that aims to strengthen family life and help those families going through difficulties. He has also planted and led several churches, including within the most deprived areas of the UK. He is married to Hannah, and they have two children.
Ronnie was born in Kampala, Uganda, the eldest of 6 children. When his Dad lost his job the family struggled to feed, clothe and pay school fees for their children. Registered in a Compassion project at 9 years old, Ronnie became a Christian at 16 and studied engineering at University. He then came to the UK via Peckham Urban Mission Placement scheme. Ronnie now works in a primary school, where he completed his teaching training last year.
Rufaro is the YA pastor of !Audacious Church. Rufaro means happiness, and he relishes every opportunity to bring a little joy into every room he enters.
Rufaro is privileged to represent, lead and disciple young adults in his church. He loves Manchester and is heaven-bent on bringing the light of God to the students and young adults of that city.
Rufaro believes church should be seriously fun! It’s his God given mission to live out that mandate.
Saltmine Theatre Company (registered charity Saltmine Trust) is a professional touring company inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus, that has been creating and touring faith motivated arts to churches, schools and theatres throughout the UK since 1980.
Sam & Sara Hargreaves lead Engage Worship, training and resourcing the local church for creative, sustainable and world-changing worship. They love to unite diverse groups of people around Jesus, and are passionate about genuinely inclusive all-age worship. They live in Luton, volunteering at their local church.
Sam is the director of ministry at The Message Trust, overseeing creative mission and community transformation. He has been involved in the Eden Network for over 20 years, and a local church plant in the deprived neighbourhood of Openshaw where he continues to live with his family.
Sammy is an inspirational speaker, evangelist and musician. She is passionate about seeing lives transformed by Jesus’ love. Currently studying Biblical Studies at Nazarene Theological College, Sammy loves digging deeper into God’s word and encouraging others to see the beauty of the gospel. She loves R&B, musicals and meeting new people.
Samuel Nwachukwu is a music producer, songer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Hampshire. Growing up in Nigeria, he and his family moved to the UK when he was 12 years old. He began playing the piano aged 7, after his father bought him a keyboard and he’s sparkled with creativity ever since, working as music director in various churches in the UK.
Sarah recently started a new role as Associate Vicar & Lead Pastor at Christ the King in Kettering. She has a passion for intergenerational ministry and discipleship of young people. She loves being outdoors and eating good food, especially doughnuts.
Sarah began her working life as a primary school teacher in Kent, but soon after felt called into children’s work. Since then she has worked as a schools worker for different Christian trusts including 5 years as Children Worldwide’s development worker. Sarah now lives in the Midlands and works full time for Knowle Parish Church as their children’s minister.
Sarah Rowden is an ordinand, beekeeper, former architect, long-term youth minister, wife, and Mum to two pre-teens and a pre-schooler. She loves good food, good company, a good laugh and good weather. Sarah is passionate about discipleship of young people, creation care, and creativity as a spiritual discipline.
Scott has a passion for seeing young people's lives changed by Jesus, working with young people in the church and in the community. He is also involved in youth work more widely with Youth for Christ Cambridge, Spring Harvest and helping to disciple and train youth workers with Reign Ministries.
Scott is married to Bethan and they have two beautiful children.
Sim is the senior leader of Freedom Church in Romsey, Hampshire. As a church leader for over 20 years, Sim loves to support the local church through investing in leadership and is committed to training, mentoring and releasing leaders for the church all around the world.
Sue is Chair of Association of Christians in Counselling and Linked Professions. She also leads retreats and training for counsellors and pastoral carers with her husband Chris. She have lead Spring Harvest Pastoral Team for 20 years
Terry Waite CBE has led an unusual life, having worked as an advisor to both the Archbishop of Canterbury (the late Robert Runcie); and the first African Archbishop of Uganda (Erica Sabiti). He also spent many years as a hostage negotiator meeting with General Idi Amin, Col. Ghadaffi, Iranian revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah. Taken hostage in Lebanon, he spent almost five years in strict solitary confinement. He has written several books and although long past retirement age he continues to write, lecture and involve himself in many charitable activities.