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Michael Todd has been the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since Feburary 2015, when he was entrusted with the church's leadership by its founding pastor after 15 years of operation. Pastor Michael's personal philosophy and driving passion is re-presenting God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ. He aspires to reach his community, the city and the world with the gospel presented in a relevant and progressive way. Michael is married to Natalie and they have three beautiful children.
Craig Groeschel is the co-founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, a US-based church known for creating the YouVersion Bible App which has been downloaded in every country of the world. The Life.Church Open Network has resourced over half a million leaders and pastors for ministry, and the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast was listed in the Forbes top 15 inspiring podcasts for professionals. He is an internationally renowned speaker and New York Times best-selling author.
Alongside her husband Craig, Amy Groeschel co-founded Life.Church – an innovative, pacesetting church meeting around the United States in multiple locations and globally online. Amy leads the Life.Church women’s ministry and is also the founder of Branch15 – a non-profit housing ministry that provides care and support to women on the path to recovery. She has authored Bible studies for women, including The Pursuit, The Hope and The Call. With a passion to see marriages strengthened and restored, Amy and Craig co-authored From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage. The two have been married for 28 years and have six children and one grandchild.
A powerful communicator – speaker and author – known for her practical, humorous and passionate application of God's word. Her passion is to build the local church across the earth, to see people reach their full potential and to develop and strengthen leadership. As well as leading Life Church in England, Charlotte hosts the annual Cherish women's conference, which in 2018 expanded into Europe.
Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in central London across five sites with a regular attendance of 4,500 people – most aged between 18 and 35. He is the pioneer of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. Since 1993, millions of people have completed Alpha and it has been translated into 112 different languages. He is married to Pippa, and together they write a commentary on the Bible in One Year, which has been tried by over 3.5 million users.
Originally from Northumberland, Charlie Mackesy preferred feretting, drawing cartoons and swimming in the River Tyne to attending school. After two false starts, he did eventually go to university, studying the relationship between fine art and theology at Cambridge. Charlie has lived and painted in South Africa and America, at one point making endless studies of jazz clubs and gospel bands in New Orleans. He worked as a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press before being taken on by galleries, and has since exhibited drawings in New York and Edinburgh and London, where he now lives in Brixton.
Rebecca started her career in banking and consulting, with HSBC and then Ernst & Young, before moving in to the field of executive search. She led the finance practice for the London office of Heidrick & Struggles, then joined Alpha International as Head of Alpha UK. Over the following twelve years Alpha and HTB grew significantly and Rebecca served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff before being appointed as Group Chief Executive of the HTB Group. In 2015 Rebecca founded Goldstar Partners, specialising in recruitment and strategic consulting in the non-profit sector. Rebecca is married to Alex and they have two children.
Since 1987, Prem Watsa has served as Chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, a holding company with revenues of approximately $16 billion. One of ‘the world’s greatest investors’ (MoneyWeek Magazine), Prem sits on the Board of Directors for Blackberry, for the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation and for St Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto. Formerly he was also Chancellor of the University of Waterloo and on the Boards of the Bank of Ireland and ICICI Bank.
David Oyelowo is a classically trained stage actor who is working successfully and simultaneously in film, television and theatre. Notably, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 2014 film Selma, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2000, he played the title role of Henry VI, becoming the first black actor to play an English king for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Jessica Oyelowo’s career began in theatre, appearing in West End productions including Hurly Burly alongside Andy Serkis. She went on to star and support in many BBC television productions before she and her actor husband David moved to the USA with their four children. She has worked with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and in 2016 she made her writing and directorial debut with the short film, After the Storm. Jessica has developed her passion for storytelling into content creation and now gets behind the camera to see her love of stories, music and the complicated truths of life come alive on the big screen.
HTB Worship is a team who are passionate about the presence of God and leading people into a place of encounter. They lead in a local church setting, week in and week out, across the HTB sites in London, and have recently released a new single called ‘Love All Along’ which can be accessed via all the usual listening platforms.
Matt Redman has been a full-time worship leader since the age of 20, and this journey has taken him all over the world. He has sung in venues such as Madison Square Garden, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Matt is well-known for his songs 'The Heart of Worship’ and 'Blessed Be Your Name'. More recent music includes the double Grammy award winning ‘10,000 Reasons’. Matt is married to Beth and they have five children.
Al Gordon leads Hackney Church, 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.
Andrew Morley became International President of World Vision in February 2019, having previously worked for brands such as Google, Motorola Mobile, Sky Television, Harrods Group and Ford Motor Company, and as CEO of Clear Channel UK. He is an ordained curate at Holy Trinity Brompton Church and is married to Vanessa, with two teenage children.
Ben Woodman is a co-host of the Alpha Youth Series. He and his wife live in Vancouver, where – before joining Alpha – he was a youth pastor for ten years. He is a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Bob Goff, and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven from Stranger Things). One of the themes to his life and his teaching is how God loves to use ordinary, imperfect people to do extraordinary things.
Bobby Gruenewald is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the global Church. He serves as Pastor and Innovation Leader at Life.Church, a multi-site church based in Oklahoma, where he has helped shape the church's missional approach to technology. Prior to joining the Life.Church team in 2001, he started and sold two technology companies, and served in advisory capacities for various startups and venture capital funds. He was also named in Fast Company’s list of the Most Creative People in Business.
David Kinnaman is a bestselling author and President of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.
David Spademan is a minister with Assemblies of God and has been a prison chaplain for about seventeen years. In April 2013 he was appointed Managing Chaplain at HMP Onley where he leads the multi-faith chaplaincy team. David is very enthusiastic about getting church leaders into prison, and breaking down the walls of separation to help those who worship as part of a prison community integrate into life as worshippers ‘on the out'.
Eleanor Smith is the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Home Affairs team, vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity, and a member of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee. Before becoming an MP, Eleanor worked in the NHS for over 40 years as a nurse.
Emma Waring's pioneering work combining her cardiac specialist nursing with her sex and relationship therapy was recognised when she won the Nursing Times Rising Star award in 2004. She has set up an internationally renowned clinic, authored a book, and regularly speaks to healthcare professionals and in churches on how couples can nurture lasting sexual enjoyment and manage common difficulties. She writes a column for Liberti Magazine and is an ambassador for National Marriage Week.
Fr James Mallon is Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has written several books including the bestselling 'Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance to a Missional Parish' which inspired tens of thousands of pastors worldwide to seek help with community transformation. In response, Divine Renovation Ministry was set up, and Fr James serves in this ministy with half of his time.
Fr Simon Lobo was ordained in 2009 as a priest of the Companions of the Cross. As the campus minister at Wayne State University in Detroit, he witnessed nearly a hundred students coming to faith. He has served in parishes throughout Ottawa, joining the team at Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, in July 2015 where he experienced parish renewal and learned about the essential role of leadership. Fr. Simon is now the Pastor of Saint Benedict.
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is Bishop of Kensington and President of St Mellitus College in London. He taught Historical Theology for many years within Oxford University and was appointed the first Dean of St Mellitus College which is now one of the largest Anglican theological colleges in the world. He became Bishop of Kensington in 2015, and was very involved in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. He is the author of thirteen books.
Guvna B is a double MOBO award winning rapper and author from London. His latest album, Hands Are Made For Working, was released in May 2018, and has been streamed over 5 million times. In 2017 his debut book Unpopular Culture became an Amazon bestseller. He has a passion to see young people turn away from serious youth violence and to help them fulfil their purpose.
Hannah Steele is a lecturer at St Mellitus College London where she teaches on mission and evangelism. She also oversees the training of pioneer ordinands. Hannah studied for a PhD on the emerging Church at King's College London, and has previously worked in student ministry. She is active in her local church in Peckham which she attends with her GP husband and three sons.
Jason Ballard is one of the hosts of the Alpha Youth Series and a pastor at his home church, Christian Life Assembly in Langley, British Columbia. Jason and his wife Rachael have three children. He is a host on the Youth Ministry Team Podcast and Hidden City Podcast.
Jassie Virk is one of the co-hosts of the Alpha Youth Series and works as the Global Youth Ambassador at Alpha Canada. She has a dog named Toby, and loves talking about Jesus and eating Oreos. After coming to know Jesus in high school, she has been passionate about people encountering Jesus for themselves.
Jeanne Stevens is one of the lead pastors of Soul City Church in Chicago. Prior to this, she served on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church for 11 years and on the staff of North Point Community Church for 4 years. As an author and Bible teacher, she has spoken into the lives of thousands of people around the world, encouraging them to live boldly, from the fullest part of themselves.
Jo Rice is Managing Director of Resurgo and the founder of Resurgo’s Spear coaching programme, completed by more than 5,000 unemployed young people, who have overcome significant disadvantage to enter into – and remain in – work. Jo is also accredited by the International Coach Federation and works with a wide range of companies and charities in developing a healthy corporate culture. She is a trustee of International Justice Mission UK.
Jody Jonsson is a Partner and Member of the Management Committee of Capital Group, one of the largest US mutual fund companies. She is a global portfolio manager in three of Capital’s equity funds. Jody and her husband, Eric, have three adult children and live in Manhattan Beach, California. She is a board member of Alpha International and Alpha USA, a member of the National Council of American Enterprise Institute and an instrument-rated private pilot.
Dr. Johannes Hartl is the Director of the House of Prayer in Augsburg which he founded together with his wife Jutta in 2005. Since 2011, this has been a place where prayer never ceases, 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. Previously, Johannes has been involved for many years in evangelistic work amongst teenagers and the National Executive Committee of the Charismatic Renewal. A regular conference speaker throughout Europe and online, on tv and on radio, he is also the author of twelve books on spirituality and prayer.
John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty (CAP) in his hometown of Bradford in 1996, bringing with him personal experience of the devastating impact that money struggles can have on relationships and families. Since then, CAP has expanded its Debt Centre network across the UK, and established programmes such as the CAP Money Course and CAP Job Clubs to bring expert help to those overwhelmed by debt. Working in partnership with local churches, CAP leads the way for others to bring freedom and good news to the poor in every community.
Jon Tyson is an author, pastor and church planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide Australia, Jon moved to the United States 20 years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.
Dr Judith Stephenson has been a Church of England Chaplain to HMP Wormwood Scrubs, in a multi-faith chaplaincy team, since October 2018. Prior to this, she worked as Chaplain to West London YMCA, where she was responsible for prayer; promoting the Christian ethos, and partnerships with local churches. Before this, she was Anglican Chaplain to the University of Hull. She has a PhD in Chemistry and taught in the Midlands for nine years before training for ordination.
Kate Middleton is a psychologist with a particular interest in emotional health in the face of adverse circumstances and helping people reach their full potential. She's a Director of the Mind and Soul Foundation, Assistant Pastor at Zeo Church in Hertfordshire, and also a speaker and author of several books. She lives in Hitchin with her husband and two children.
Kiera Phyo works for Archbishop Justin Welby on his Reconciliation priority, where she is the Director of the Reconciling Leaders Network, mobilising a generation to live out their calling as peacemakers and reconcilers for a just and flourishing society, and working with the church as a beacon of peace in the midst of conflict. Kiera regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 as a Pause for Thought contributor. Previously, she led Tearfund’s engagement with young people, pioneering a lifestyle response to global poverty. Kiera and her husband live in London with their young family.
Kitty Kay-Shuttleworth is the Director of Strategy Execution and Alpha in a Catholic Context at Alpha International, where she has been part of the team since 2003. Kitty also oversees Alpha’s focus on Unity, which is one of its four core values. She is married to David and has three children.
Mark Sayers is the Senior Leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He provides visionary leadership and teaching for Red Church and is gifted in prophetically speaking into the intersection of faith and culture. Mark is married to Trudi, and they have three children. Mark has written a number of books that speak directly into leadership, culture and identity, including the 2014 publication 'Leviathan: Leadership, influence and creating in a cultural storm'.
Mathew Neville joined Alpha International as the CEO in January 2017, setting the strategic direction of Alpha and overseeing its development. Prior to this, he worked at World Vision, providing leadership for fundraising and marketing efforts in twenty-two countries, with $2.7bn of annual income. He has also worked at Orange as Corporate Development Manager and as Head of ‘Fixed Voice’.
Matt Boyes was ordained in 1999 and spent twelve years in parish ministry. Since 2011, he has worked at HMYOI Feltham, which is the largest young offenders institution in Western Europe. Matt is a Governor-grade member of the senior management team of the prison. He is married to Becky and has four children aged between 3 and 24.
Miriam Swaffield is the Global Student Mission Leader for Fusion – a movement that helps students meet Jesus and local churches connect with university students. She has a Masters degree in Theology and travels all over the world to speak at events. But one of her greatest joys is living in Middlesbrough and loving her neighbours.
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'. They have been married for over 40 years and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
Nikki Marfleet was raised as a child of missionary parents in the jungles of West Papua. Returning to the UK after secondary school she became a volunteer worship leader in her local prison, and went on to join the prison service where she has now worked for nearly 18 years. She is currently Governor at HMP Woodhill (a high security prison) leading a team of around 800 staff and agency workers. Nikki has a Masters in Criminology and Management and her research into knife crime was published as a book and referenced in the House of Commons. Nikki sits on the Council of Reference of Onelife and is a trustee of Charis Tiwala.
Patrick Butcher is Chief Financial Officer at Capita plc, a tech services company employing 65,000 people and serving 35m customers a week. Following senior roles at Network Rail, the Go-Ahead Group and now at Capita, a Times journalist asked if 'Patrick Butcher was making a career out of being the CFO at Britain’s least popular companies.' Patrick understands challenging times and how to stay focused on your core purpose and that of your organisation. He is passionate about helping people maintain balance across the various dimensions of their lives.
In 2005, Rev Paul Cowley founded the charity Caring for Ex-Offenders (CFEO), which helps local churches to support ex-offenders on release from prison. He is also the pioneer of Alpha for Prisons. Paul was awarded the MBE in 2015 from Her Majesty the Queen for ‘Services to Ex-Offenders’. He is the Bishops’ Advisor for Prisons and Penal affairs in London, having worked with the poor and marginalised for over 20 years
Pete is the Leadership Pastor at HTB, where he founded and is the Director of the Leadership College London, training distinctively Christian leaders across every sphere of society. He also launched the youth organisation Onelife, working with young leaders across the UK, for which he remains a trustee. Pete lives in London with his wife Sarah and their three children.
Pippa Baker is a full-time missionary within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Her mission is to see young adults raised up as radical disciples of Jesus, to see the Body of Christ further united, and to encourage the Catholic Church and beyond to explore our primary call to be worshippers of Jesus.
Priscilla Khor May Chen is part of the Alpha Asia Pacific team. Prior to joining the Alpha family, she was part of a church planting team, working with youth and students and then served as a worship leader. Priscilla loves to help people discover the power of communion with God in the secret place, and loving others from an overflow of that relationship with him.
Rachael Wooldridge is an Ordinand at HTB, training at St Mellitus College, London. Prior to this she ran School of Theology at St Paul's Theological Centre. She has an MA in Biblical Studies from Manchester University and is currently completing a PhD in Theology at Exeter University. She lives in North Kensington with her husband and their baby daughter.
Rachel Wolff has served World Vision in some of the world's most troubled places. Variously a writer, media expert and programme officer, she has also spent three years overseeing World Vision's global safeguarding programme. In her current role, she heads up the complex Rohingya refugee crisis response in Bangladesh – a $16 million emergency operation.
Dr Rob Waller is a Consultant Psychiatrist working for the NHS in Scotland. He is a Director of the Mind and Soul Foundation and an experienced speaker and author. Rob wants to see the church equipped to help people with mental health problems to work alongside other healthcare providers. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two sons.
Sam Collier is a speaker and host at Northpoint Ministries (founded by Andy Stanley) which has 40,000 members within its six main churches. He is also the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group which reaches over 13,000 churches worldwide. Sam hosts the nationally syndicated podcast 'A Greater Story with Sam Collier'. As a top 20 Gospel Billboard producer, he has written for artists including India Arie and One Chance. He co-founded a faith based consulting firm and a non-profit organisation No Losing Inc. which empowers young people.
Sarah Kaczmarek serves as the Associate Director of Alpha Catholic, is a co-founder of The Millennial Church conferences, co-founder of Kindred Collective, and the Pastoral Director of Encounter Ministry School. Prior to joining Alpha, she served as the Director of Youth Ministry for 11 years in Detroit, MI. She is pursuing an MA in Evangelisation.
Sarah Snyder is a trained mediator and theologian specialising in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. She has worked for many years to promote faith-based reconciliation, most recently as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation. Previously, Sarah worked at the United Nations as Director of Partnerships with Religions for Peace International. Sarah is now Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation - an international centre of reconciliation based in the north of England.
Stephen Foster is the Preaching Pastor at HTB and heads up Alpha UK. He oversees Alpha and Discipleship at HTB, and leads the Bible in One Year project. Stephen read Law at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge, and worked as a barrister for six years, specialising in criminal law. He is married to Beth, and they have four beautiful girls.
Steve Burston served with the Metropolitan Police investigating gang-related violence and drug crimes in London before putting it all aside for a life serving the church. He leads St John’s Crawley – an HTB plant. Steve is married to Liz and they have three daughters.
Tom and Sarah Jackson are both on the staff team at HTB and are campus pastors at HTB Queen's Gate. Sarah is CEO of the Church Revitalisation Trust (CRT) with a vision for church planting across the UK. She was formerly HTB Group Chief of Staff and ran an international design company. Tom is ordained and oversees Social Transformation & Cultural Impact at HTB including the HTB Entrepreneurs Network & Screen & Stage Network. He is also the founder and CEO of Resurgo including its Spear programme and was a co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice think tank in Westminster.
Rev Will van der Hart is Pastoral Chaplain of HTB and a director of The Mind and Soul Foundation. He has been an Anglican vicar in London for 15 years. Will is the author of a number of books including, ‘The Worry Book’, ‘The Perfectionism Book’, ‘The Guilt Book’ and most recently ‘The Power of Belonging’. He is a board member of Mercy UK and on the advisory board of TLG. Will is married to Lucinda and they have three young children.