Pippa is a twenty something advertising manager living and working in London. In her spare time she serves on various youth ministry leadership teams within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She has a heart for people to come into the knowledge that they are fully loved.
Carl is the newly-appointed Director of Church Planting and Church Development for the Elim movement. Previously he headed up Christian Vision for Men, with which he is still closely involved.
Jendella Benson is a photographer, filmmaker, youth worker and writer whose most recent project 'Young Motherhood' has featured in the Guardian and at the House of Commons. 'Young Motherhood' addresses the myths and stereotypes associated with young mothers in society, and previous work has included 'Where The Devil Won't Go', a project that looked at the lives of three teenage gang members turned devout Christians.
Jo is a youth and community work lecturer for the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) in Bristol, and a youth worker for Youth Connect in Bath. She has been involved in youth work for over 13 years, and loves setting up projects that engage young people in new and innovative ways. In the past she has set up a skateboarding project, a graffiti project, and now runs ‘Re:verse’; a spoken word poetry project for young people.
Katie Dowds is a 21-year-old student of French and Russian at the University of Leeds. She loves carrot cake, Jesus and people, and is trying to work out what it looks like to live desirably differently, love radically and raise the bar of 'normal Christianity'. She's not so keen on human trafficking.
Rev Sally is an anglican priest and Head of Department at the largest multi faith university chaplaincy in Europe. She is the founder and director of Diverse Church - a fast growing online community of 200 LGBT young christians. They have just launched Diverse Church Parents, a similar group for the Christian parents of LGBT people. Sally has many years of experience as a regular broadcaster and social commentator and is the current in-house vicar on BBC Breakfast. She is a passionate about people understanding and engaging with Jesus Christ.
Beth is the youth pastor at Christ Church Virginia Water. After a two year apprenticeship at the church, during which she undertook training in Biblical/Theological Studies and Youth Ministry, she has continued to lead the ministry as youth pastor since August 2014. Aside from Jesus and young people, Beth loves tea, bacon, the Queen, quality literature, spending time with friends, and watching pretty much every sporting event under the sun.
Emily is on the leadership team for 'Release' a training initiative for young leaders in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She has a passion for seeing Churches unite under the name of Jesus. Currently she is undertaking a MSc in Physiotherapy and you can often find her hanging out with her husband or cooking for a crowd.
Carrie is the author of ‘The Virgin Monologues’, and has written for Grazia, Company Magazine, the Huffington Post and more. Her experience has covered pregnancy crisis counselling, to pastoring young adults at Bethel School in Redding California. Her passion continues for abolishing sex trafficking, along with speaking to teenagers and young adults about healthy relationships and healthy singleness.
Sam works on youth missions for Latimer Minster church in Beaconsfield. He lives in High Wycombe with his wife Naomi and twin girls Charis and Joey. His passion is reaching unreached youth, planting Christian Unions, revival and seeing youth peer evangelism. He runs a youth American football programme in South Bucks.
Jarrod is a Peace Award-winning nonviolence trainer and activist, as well as being World Vision Australia’s National Advisor on Faith & Activism. He is a former youth pastor who is now teaching Pastor at Westcity Church. Jarrod, with his amazing wife and son Teresa and Tyson, are three of 20 people living at First Home Project ; an innovative community welcoming, housing and empowering refugees.
Andy is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. He's the author of a number of books on youth ministry including Relationships Unfiltered and The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean), and is married with two children.
Mike is a social entrepreneur, policy advisor and experienced practitioner in faith based youth work. He's the National Director of TLG, a charity that help churches deliver Early Intervention & Alternative Education Provision to the most disadvantaged young people. Mike also leads on church engagement for the Cinnamon Network.
Glen is an Anglican minister and evangelist who loves shooting his mouth off about Jesus. He grew up in Australia but now lives on the south coast of England with his wife, Emma and daughter Ruby.
Lucie Shuker is part of a research team at the University of Bedfordshire focusing on child sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence. She is part of the leadership team of City Life Church in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Naomi Stanton is a Research Fellow in Social Policy at Middlesex University in London. She is passionate about youth work in and out of churches. She enjoys cycling, running, baking, eating and spending time with her family (but not all at the same time).
19 year old Bethany is an electrical apprentice by trade and a volunteer youth worker in her spare time. She wants to help young people the way she was helped as a teenager. Bethany is part of the Re:verse Poetry Project at Riverside Youth Hub in Bath.
Matt Valler is working around the world innovating new approaches to using the Bible with young people. He is Director of The Alchemy Project and Ambassador for Youth with United Bible Societies. He also serves as Chair of Soulscape, a schools work charity based in Wokingham.
Pete Ward teaches at Durham University. He has written a number of books including 'Liquid Church' and 'Youthwork and the Mission of God'. He started Oxford Youth Works and was the Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisor for youth ministry. His latest book is on the Gospel and Youth Ministry.