Seminar speakers


Graham Tomlin


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 St Mellitus College, of which he was the first Principal. He is the author of many articles and books, including Bound to be Free and The Provocative Church.


Sarah Snyder


Canon Sarah Snyder is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation; helping the Church to be an agent of reconciliation and conflict-transformation. She has worked for many years to promote faith-based reconciliation, most recently as Director of Partnerships with Religions for Peace International, an organisation affiliated to the United Nations. Sarah is Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation, based in the north of England, offering safe space in which to address misunderstanding of the 'other', particularly those of different religious traditions. 



Pete Greig


Pete Greig is a pastor, best-selling author and bewildered instigator of the 24-7 Prayer movement, which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, Guildford, an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund and teaches at St Mellitus Theological College in London. For 7 years Pete served with the senior leadership team at HTB and Alpha International. Pete's publications include, Red Moon Rising, God on Mute, The Prayer Course and Dirty Glory. He loves art galleries, live music and knocking down walls.



Rachel & Tim Hughes

@rachelemhughes & @timhughes77

Rachel and Tim lead St Luke’s Gas Street Church in Birmingham. Rachel has a background in media and has previously worked for the BBC and at HTB as head of the Creativity & Arts Department. She also pioneered a ministry for mums of young children. Tim is a worship leader and songwriter known for songs such as 'Here I Am to Worship', 'Happy Day' and 'Hope and Glory'. He also co-founded Worship Central, a movement of musicians with a desire to see people encounter God, and be equipped as worship leaders, so that the local church is empowered. 



Ken Costa


Ken Costa is active in the financial sector. He was 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 the Leadership College London. He is the author of the book and teaching series, God at Work, and Know Your Why: Finding and Fulfilling Your Calling in Life. He is Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College. Ken is married to Dr Fiona Costa and they have four children.


Kate Middleton


Kate Middleton is a psychologist with a particular interest in emotional health in the face of adverse circumstances. She's a Director of the Mind and Soul Foundation, a church leader working with Hitchin Christian Centre and also a speaker and author. Kate spends a lot of time explaining that she isn't married to Prince William but enjoys reading about her good dress sense in the newspapers. She lives in Hitchin with her husband and two children.


Lou Yeoh


Lou Yeoh is the Executive Director of FrogAsia, an education technology company implementing a virtual learning platform in all 10,000 government schools in Malaysia. Lou believes passionately in making a difference through education and champions equal access to technology for all, to empower and equip the next generation with the tools and opportunities made possible by the internet. Lou was the only Malaysian selected to join the Young Global Leaders Class of 2017 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the international organisation for public-private cooperation committed to improving the state of the world.

Robi Damelin


Robi Damelin is an international speaker on peace and reconciliation. She is the Israeli spokesperson for the Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF), a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members to the conflict and who work together for a just resolution. In 2015, Robi was named a Woman of Impact by Women in the World. In 2014, she was selected by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice as one of four Women Peacemakers. She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.



Fr. James Mallon


Fr James Mallon is Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Besides being a speaker on parish renewal and the New Evangelisation, Father James has hosted two internationally acclaimed DVD series - Catholicism 201 and Dogmatic Theology, produced through the JP II Media Institute which he founded in 2005. He is the author of the best-selling book Divine Renovation: Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission, and in 2016 authored the Divine Renovation Guidebook, a step by step manual for transforming your parish. 

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Al Gordon


Al Gordon leads St John at Hackney, a thriving church on a mission to bring hope to the heart of East London. He is married to Olivia, an architect, and they have three children. Al is a trustee of Alpha International and Charity:Water.


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Will & Louie van der Hart


Louie van der Hart is a freelance writer and social media manager. She also teaches on the HTB Parenting Children and Marriage Preparation Courses. Louie is married to Will who is Pastoral Chaplain at HTB and specialises in emotional wellbeing. Together with Dr Rob Waller, Will established The Mind and Soul Foundation – a think-tank combining Christian theology with the latest pyschological principles. Will and Louie live in London with their three children.


Nicky & Sila Lee


Nicky and Sila Lee are the founders of The Marriage & Parenting Courses and, over the last 30 years, have developed resources to help support family life through the local church. They have authored several books accompanying these courses, and regularly speak to thousands of guests at training events and conferences worldwide. Nicky and Sila are both on staff at Holy Trinity Brompton in London where Nicky is Associate Vicar. 


Fi Costa


Over the last ten years, Fi Costa has been involved in various projects for the specific inclusion of older people. As well as holding a series of regular concerts and teas for older people at HTB, Fi has undertaken a number of research projects using music to improve the wellbeing of care home residents, including those with dementia. Fi originally trained at the Royal College of Music and is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Roehampton.


Paul Marshall


Sir Paul Marshall is CIO and Chairman of the global hedge fund Marshall Wace LLP. He is Chairman of Ark Schools, the leading academy provider, and founder and Chairman of the Education Policy Institute. In April 2015, he co-founded the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at LSE. Paul Marshall served as Lead-Non-Executive Director at the Department for Education from 2013 to 2016. Knighted in June 2016 for services to education and philanthropy, Marshall has written several books including The Tail: How England's Schools Fail One Child in Five.


Alice & Paddy Richardson


After five years living in Singapore, Paddy and Alice Richardson moved back to the UK in 2015 with two young children and one on the way. Soon after getting home, their second child, Hazy, became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with a very rare form of leukeamia. As the circumstances of their lives were turned upside down, the family experienced first-hand what it means to rely on God as the only source of strength, hope and comfort in the storms of life.


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Bobby Gruenewald


Bobby Gruenewald serves as Pastor and Innovation Leader at Oklahoma-based Life.Church. Prior to joining the Life.Church team in 2001, Gruenewald started and sold two technology companies as well as serving in advisory capacities for a number of startups and venture capital funds. Gruenewald is passionate about innovation and finding practical ways to leverage new ideas for the global church. He founded the YouVersion Bible app in 2008, which has since been installed on over 300 million devices worldwide. Gruenewald was named in Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.


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Najwa Saadeh


Born in Bethlehem, Palestine, and now married with two daughters, Najwa Saadeh is a member of the Bereaved Parents Circle Families Forum, which works to build a better future for everyone, based on forgiveness. She lost her twelve-year-old daughter Christine in 2003, when the Israeli army opened fire on the car she was in with her family. Since then, Najwa has devoted her life to seeking peace in Palestine and Israel by finding ways to stop the bloodshed and to achieve justice for all.



Selina Stone


Selina Stone is Tutor and Lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College. She is also a part time PhD student at the University of Birmingham researching discipleship, citizenship and justice in Pentecostal theology and ministry. Before joining St Mellitus, Selina worked at the Centre for Theology and Community in East London with churches seeking to engage with issues of justice through community organising. She has also worked in youth development at Ascension Trust with Street Pastors, exploring a church response to youth violence. 



Krish Kandiah


Dr Krish Kandiah is the founding director of Home for Good, a charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children. He is an adopter, foster carer, activist for refugee resettlement and a theologian. Krish has a passion for engaging with contemporary culture theologically, and is a prolific blogger and popular speaker. He has authored eleven books including the award winning ‘Paradoxology’. Krish serves as a theology and strategy consultant for a number of organisations, and is an ambassador for Tearfund.  


Andy Keighley


Andy Keighley is the Senior Pastor of the Lighthouse Church in North London, which is home to the Camden Spear Centre and North London Sozo Inner Healing Ministry. Coming from a secular, often dysfunctional home, Andy’s life was profoundly transformed by Jesus’ love in his mid-twenties. Moving from commercial lawyer to full-time ordained minister over the next twenty years, his motivation has been to teach and impart the fullness of life in the Spirit. 



Charlie Mackesy


Charlie Mackesy is a Brixton-based artist, originally from Northumberland, who always preferred drawing cartoons to studying at school. Having briefly explored the relationship between fine art and theology at university, Charlie began as a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press, before being taken on by galleries. He has lived and worked in South Africa and New Orleans, and his work has been exhibited in New York, London and Edinburgh. 



Todd Proctor


Todd Proctor serves as Church Networks Director on the Lead Team of Alpha USA. He was a founder and long-time Lead Pastor of Rock Harbor, a church of communities across Southern California with a call towards raising up a new generation of Christ followers. Todd is passionate about investing in young leaders, and developing experiences that foster greater church unity. He and his wife and Lisa are currently leading the pioneering team of a new house-church based community in Orange County.



Tom & Sarah Jackson

@ TomJackson_uk

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.



Jason Ballard


Jason is the executive producer and co-host of the Alpha Youth Series. He is a pastor at his home church, Christian Life Assembly in Langley, British Columbia, where his focus is on youth and young adult ministry and preaching. He works with Alpha to develop training resources for local churches. Jason and his wife Rachael have three children who frequently feature on his Instagram.