Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as 'a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,' Sinek teaches leaders and organisations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. His TED talk is the 3rd most watched with over 28 million views.
A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Priscilla holds a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and loves nothing more than to serve women in Christ through the teaching of God’s Word. She considers it a privilege to serve believers from every denomination and culture by helping them to know the truths of Scripture intellectually and by encouraging them to experience these truths practically by the power of the Holy Spirit. Priscilla has published numerous books and authored 10 video driven studies on a myriad of Biblical characters and topics. She made her acting debut in the film 'War Room'.
Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in central London which holds 10 Sunday services across 4 sites with a regular attendance of around 4,500 people – most aged between 18 and 35. He is the pioneer of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. Since 1993, more than 29 million people have completed an Alpha in 169 countries. He is married to Pippa, and together they write a commentary on the Bible in One Year, which has over 1.7 million subscribers.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines. He also serves as President of Caritas International, a federation of Catholic relief, development and social service organisations, and of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
Jean Vanier (by video)
Jean Vanier is a French-Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. He is the founder of L’Arche, the worldwide network of communities for intellectually disabled people.
'Preach Christ. He is the hope of the world.' That is the statement and life’s calling of John W. Gray III. John uses all the gifts God has given him to reach people with hope, healing, forgiveness and freedom found in Jesus Christ. From directing, producing or co-producing award winning films, releasing two musical albums, a comedy DVD and appearing on hit T.V. shows Sister, Sister and Tyler Perry’s The House of Payne, John is determined to show that you can use every gift God has given you to build the kingdom of God and bless people. John currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen.
Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. He has authored 20 books on various psychological topics and is a highly recognised public figure appearing on every major TV show, including Oprah, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America; Today; Dr. Phil; 60 Minutes and CNN. He has been interviewed for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and many other leading publications.
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with eight locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is The New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, If and the latest release, Chase the Lion.
Miranda Hart is a writer, comedian and actress. She is best known for her award winning sitcom Miranda and her much loved role ‘Chummy’ in Call the Midwife. She made her Hollywood debut as ‘Nancy’ in Spy, alongside Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law, and is soon to appear in The Nutcracker with Helen Mirren. In 2014, Miranda completed her stand-up arena tour My, What I Call, Live Show culminating in five shows at London’s 02. She is the author of bestselling Is It Just Me? and her latest book Peggy and Me.
Miriam Swaffield is the Student Mission Leader for Fusion, a movement that helps connect students to local churches and inspires and equips them for a life of mission at university. Miriam lives in York, helps lead her local church, G2, and once drove a VW camper van to every university location in the UK.
Jonathan T.M. Reckford is chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a global Christian housing organisation that, since 1976, has helped more than 6.8 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. Reckford graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He was also the recipient of a Henry Luce Scholarship, which enabled him to do marketing work for the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee and coach the Korean rowing team in preparation for the 1988 Olympics. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector, including executive and managerial positions at Goldman Sachs, Marriot, The Walt Disney Co., and Best Buy.
Nikki was raised in the jungles of West Papua amongst the stone age Dani tribe. Having worked in the prison service for over sixteen years, she is currently Deputy Governor at a high security prison, leading a team of around 800 staff and agency workers. She has a Masters in Criminology and Management at the University of Cambridge. Her research into knife crime was published as a book called Why carry a weapon? and referenced in the House of Commons.
Father James is Parish Priest of Saint Benedict Parish, Canada, the Founder of JPII Media - a Christian media charity - and author of Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission and the Divine Renovation Guidebook. He is a speaker on the topics of Parish Renewal and the New Evangelisation, and has hosted two internationally acclaimed DVD Series – Catholicism 201 and Dogmatic Theology.
Toby is a strategic leader who is passionate about developing leaders and accelerating a healthy leadership culture within organisations. He is a Senior Associate at GiANT Worldwide, which is committed to raising up leaders everyone wants to follow, leading organisations everyone wants to work for.
Clare Chapman is a non-executive director and Remuneration Committee Chair at Kingfisher PLC. Prior to this Clare has held executive roles leading HR in some of the world’s largest enterprises. Clare has also served on a number of expert bodies, including the Good Work Commission and the Modern Apprenticeship Taskforce. She was appointed as Low Pay Commissioner in 2015.
Sarah is part of the Leadership College London team. Her particular passion for deep discipleship amongst 20s and 30s has been the driving force behind her involvement in a number of nationwide initiatives to engage the emerging generation with issues of faith. She is also on the board of the young leaders organisation Onelife.
Jason and Rachel Gardner
Jason and Rachel Gardner have been youthworkers in North London for the past fifteen years. Rachel is founder of the Romance Academy, President of the Girls Brigade and a director at Youthscape. Jason is newly ordained with a focus on intergenerational youth mission.
Dr Jane Williams is Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College. She is the author of several books, including Perfect Freedom, Who Do You Say That I am? and most recently, Angels. She teaches all over the world and is involved in promoting theological education in other parts of the Anglican Communion.
Andrew Carruthers is a founder of Novastar Ventures, which invests in businesses providing basic goods and services such as education, healthcare, energy and information to low-income consumers in East Africa. Andrew was previously a founder of SPARK Ventures, a listed UK investor in the information and bio-technology sectors operating in Europe, India and China.
Katharine is an advocate for mental health provision in the UK. She also blogs and speaks about issues relating to mental health, suffering and how the church can better respond to those living with the challenges that arise from these issues. Katharine is married to Mike and spends most of her time running around after her dog Monty and son Elijah.
Will Van Der Hart
Will is Pastoral Chaplain at HTB and a director of Mind and Soul - a non-denominational organisation exploring Christianity and Mental Health. His interest in emotional health is wide ranging, reflecting his broad experience in a variety of pastoral contexts. Will is an integrative and practical bible teacher who speaks at a number of national forums. He is passionate about equipping church leaders to look after their own emotional health as well as empowering them to manage the emotional needs of their congregations.
Tom and Sarah Jackson
Tom and Sarah are both on the staff team at HTB. Sarah is CEO of the Church Revitalistaion Trust (CRT) which supports church planting across the UK and was formerly HTB Group Chief of Staff. Tom is ordained and oversees Cultural Impact at HTB including the HTB Entrepreneurs Network. He is also the founder and chief executive of Resurgo Ventures and its Spear programme and was co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice think tank in Westminster.
Paul is an ordained vicar and is Bishops’ Advisor for Prisons and Penal affairs. He the founder of ‘Caring for Ex-Offenders’ (CFEO), which helps local churches to support and mentor ex-offenders on release from prison. Paul was awarded an MBE in 2015 from Her Majesty the Queen for ‘Services to Ex-Offenders’.
Ken Costa is a financier in the City of London. He previously served as Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, where he worked for over thirty years, before being appointed as Chairman of Lazard International. Ken is Chairman of Worship Central and Dean of Leadership College London. He is the author of the book and film series God at Work, and Know Your Why: Finding and Fulfilling Your Calling in Life. He is Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College.
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is Bishop of Kensington and President of St Mellitus College. He was a curate in Exeter before returning to Oxford as Chaplain of Jesus College and tutor at Wycliffe Hall, where he eventually became Vice Principal. He then moved to London to help launch what eventually become St Mellitus College, of which he was the first Principal. He is the author of many articles and books.
Baron Dr Maurice Glasman is an influential political and social thinker, academic and Labour life peer in the House of Lords. His research interests focus on the relationship between citizenship, faith and the market. He is the founder of Blue Labour and Director of the Common Good Foundation.
Leah is the Manager of Caring for Ex-Offenders and is responsible for managing CFEO’s activity at HTB and around London, training new volunteer team members and aiding mentors as they support those leaving prison. She is passionate about social justice and the church as the leading light in serving a hurting world.
Fi Costa has worked with older people, both within and outside the church context, for the past ten years. Fi originally trained at the Royal College of Music and, as a research fellow at the University of Roehampton, is currently involved in a number of research projects exploring the effectiveness of music in reducing anxiety, depression and stress in the older population, including those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Nicky and Sila Lee
Nicky and Sila Lee are the pioneers of The Marriage & Marriage Preparation Courses, The Parenting Children & Parenting Teenagers Courses. They regularly speak to thousands of guests at training events and conferences worldwide. Nicky and Sila are both on staff at HTB where Nicky is Associate Vicar. They are co-authors of The Marriage Book and The Parenting Book.
Jo is a member of the clergy at HTB and has been involved with Caring for Ex-Offenders at HTB since the 1990’s. Jo is a prison chaplain and runs Alpha in HMP Pentonville and trains and supports volunteers in a number of prisons.
Pete is the founder of Onelife Leadership, a Curate at HTB and Director of HTB Leadership College London. Before joining the staff at HTB, Pete was on the senior team at St Andrews Chorleywood. He has an interest in entrepreneurial leadership and developing young leaders.
Ben is Creative Director at HTB and was previously Worship Director at Soul Survivor. He has many widely known and loved worship anthems including Love Came Down and Saviour Of The World and Guardian.
Sam is the Director of Worship at HTB. He has led worship at events such as Soul Survivor and New Wine. Sam is also a songwriter and is passionate about seeing faith back at the heart of culture.
Matt Maher an eight-time Grammy nominated songwriter, worship leader, contemporary Christian music artist and a practicing Catholic. In addition to co-writing five No. 1 radio singles, Matt has released seven solo albums and, in 2015, was awarded his first RIAA Gold Certification for his popular single Lord I Need You.
Daniela is the Assistant Worship Director at HTB and heads up the HTB Leadership and Worship Year, training up young worship leaders to serve the local church. She released her first EP called Arms Wide Open in 2015.
Anna is the worship pastor at St Luke's Gas Street in Birmingham, as well as being part of the Worship Central team as a songwriter and worship leader.
Luke helps to lead Worship Central with Tim Hughes and is based at St Luke’s Gas Street Church in Birmingham. He has written many songs including, Spirit Break Out, Ready for You and Stand Up.