Amie is the Children & Families worker for a small Scottish Baptist church. Along with co-ordinating the children's ministry within the church and local schools, her role involves outreach to families in crisis and supporting fostering or adoptive families. Amie is also a champion for Home For Good, promoting fostering and adoption through Christian families nationwide.
James leads Prayer Storm which gathers people from across the UK to fast and pray for the Nation believing God for a spiritual awakening. Since starting in May 2009 Prayer Storm has become a catalytic movement in seeing many catch a heart intercession, starting regular prayer meetings in churches, schools, universities and work places. James also works for the Message Trust in Manchester coordinating the Prayer Strategy for the movement since 2007 and has seen God provide and do miraculous things through the power of Prayer.
Meg Cannon is a dynamic 26-year-old Essex Girl, with a heart and calling to communicate the Gospel creatively. She works for the Girls Brigade England & Wales and heads up a new project called koko which is launching in early 2014. koko aims to inspire, encourage and challenge teenage girls around the world. Meg loves to meet new people, drink coffee and tell stories.
Shane Claiborne is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus.
Kenda Creasy Dean
Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has authored numerous books on youth and the church, including The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry with Ron Foster, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, and The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root. Kenda hails from a long line of Ohio farmers and Kentucky coal miners, although she herself is a P.K.—a politician’s kid. Her guilty pleasures include watching Downton Abbey with her husband.
Andy Hawthorne is the Founder and Director of the Manchester-based Message Trust, which has birthed a wide range of initiatives from The Tribe, to the Eden bus ministry, to the Genetik evangelist training school. He was also one of the founders of the Hope 2008 initiative. Andy is Manchester born and bred and has a burning passion to see the young people of his city transformed by the gospel.
Ian Henderson is married to Jen and has two daughters. For 12 years, Ian worked for the Message Trust pioneering an Eden project in the most deprived area in the UK, and then joined the leadership team of the Message as Executive director of Mission. He recently launched a new charity called Visible, the work of which includes NAKED TRUTH - a project aiming to open eyes and free lives from the damaging impact of pornography. Passionate about young people, Ian has spent his life working with youth and youth workers.
Josh spent many years in ministry both as a youth leader in Scotland and an evangelist to young people in the very heart of California’s Meth capital. After developing a successful career in branding and online marketing, Josh established World Within as an answer to how we re-inspire the imagination of a generation for Christ. Through his work he consults with ministries and corporations on how to forge 'prolific purpose' and fashion 'contagious culture'.
Len Kageler is chair of the Youth Ministry Department of Nyack College, just outside New York City. Before joining the college in 1993 he spent 20 years as a full-time youth pastor, and continues to volunteer in local church youth ministry to this day. Len is the author of ten books, including The Youth Ministry Survival Guide and his latest, Youth Ministry in a Multi-Faith society. Len is married to Janet and has three daughters. He is a serious runner, and loves backpacking and skiing.
Clive Lewis OBE
Clive Lewis, OBE is a commercial mediator specialising in workplace and employment disputes. He has mediated hundreds of disputes, many of them extremely complex. He is an advisor to the Department for Business and is also a visiting lecturer, speaking on the topic of Human Resource Management. Clive was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Public Service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2011.
Rachel Mann is priest-in-charge of St Nicholas Burnage, and a popular writer and speaker on subjects as diverse as sexuality, cultural theory and Metal music. She is Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral, and her book on spirituality and identity, Dazzling Darkness, was a Church Times bestseller. Her new collection of poems and stories, The Risen Dust, is available now.
Susie Mapledoram is the Diocesan Youth Officer for the Diocese of Manchester. Most of her day-to-day life is involved in supporting, resourcing, training and encouraging youth work and youth workers in and around the parishes of the diocese. She has been resident in the north for nearly 10 years and enjoys a spot of cooking and film-watching, and has a passion for stationery.
Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation, a public charity working to build bridges between the LGBT community and the church through biblical and social education, scientific research and diverse community gatherings. Andrew is the author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation, and since 2010 has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement and theological aspects of reconciliation. Andrew and his wife Brenda are currently living in St. Andrews, Scotland as Andrew pursues his PhD. in cultural anthropology.
Loretta Minghella OBE
Loretta Minghella is a lawyer by training. From 2004-2010 she was Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. She joined Christian Aid in 2010 and, as Chief Executive, is responsible for the charity’s strategy, direction, plans and programmes.
Sarah Percival can lick her own elbow, has a fear of moustaches, and has a terrible poker face. More relevantly she has 8 years of youth work experience and a theology degree. Currently she reads about theology at home, speaks about relationships and sex for Romance Academy and obsesses about coffee all the time.
At the age of 17, Birmingham-born Seth Pinnock launched God’s Bride Ministries, a youth-led movement which hosts various events and initiatives across the year. Now with over 300 volunteers it is best-known for its flagship international event, Midnight Oil Summit, which attracts 2,000 delegates annually. An architecture graduate, public speaker and worship leader, Seth is the Message Trust’s Midlands regional director, championing the cause of faith in young people across the region.
Duffy Robbins is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers and is the author of several books, including Memory Makers, Everyday Object Lessons, This Way to Youth Ministry, Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts (recently revised and updated), and the best-selling Enjoy the Silence.
Canon Chris Russell is Vicar of St. Laurence - a church which invests in the young people of Reading. Regarded as a pioneer of youth church, he also works part-time for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as his special adviser for evangelism and witness.
Nick has been active in Christian youth work for over twenty years and is the director and CEO of the Institute for Children Youth and Mission (CYM). He first got involved in youth ministry and mission as a gap year volunteer with Bath Youth for Christ and, according to his parents, has never had a proper job since! Nick’s focus these days is in teaching and writing about youth ministry and young people’s faith and identity. He is passionate about seeing the church be proactive in mission to serve society and more active in ministry to support young people to grow in their faith. He is also passionate about Crystal Palace FC.
Katharine is a 27-year-old charity worker / blogger / tweeter. She talks about her parents’ dogs, God, depression and cake. She is engaged to be married, and works for Livability on the Community Mission team. She is passionate about God, community, steak, cake and comic book films.