For thousands of years God’s Word has radically impacted lives, communities and even societies.

In 2017 we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, when Martin Luther asserted that his conscience was ‘captive’ to that Word. At Keswick 2017 we’ll see how this powerful Word brings life, reveals Christ and motivates mission. By God’s Spirit it will captivate our hearts and minds, and transform our lives, families and churches.

All three weeks have at their heart the theme of Captivated: Hearing God’s Word. In hearing the written word, we meet the living word, Jesus Christ.

In week 2, we are thrilled to be able to welcome Alistair Begg back to Keswick for Bible Readings on the Psalms. In the evening celebrations, we have a series on Luke’s gospel, Encountering the Living Word, Jesus Christ. We’re very glad that Jim Turrent and Steve Midgley can join us, and that Martin Salter, who helps lead our Youth Work, will also be speaking. In the afternoon, for the Word@2:30, we will be looking at the reformations of Hezekiah and Josiah at the end of 2 Chronicles.

Our morning seminars give varied opportunities to earth the Word in our lives in different ways. Steve Midgley will helps us think and act biblically as we face pastoral issues; Paul Keeys will Walk us Through the Bible; Pete Williams will tackle four of the thorniest moral objections to the Scriptures; Tricia Marnham will help us to feed on the Word personally and in the home; Clare Heath-Whyte will look at two great examples from history of godly women. And we’ll also have the chance to have our eyes opened so we can see and join with those looking to make God’s word known to, in and from the UK.


Sundays at Keswick

Please join us for our All Age Service at 10.30am in the Main Tent or visit one of the many local churches to hear one of our Convention speakers.


Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri. 9.30–10.30am

How will they hear? & Migrants in the Bible and today- (Main Tent) with James Poole, Steve Smith and Steve Bell.

Handling pastoral issues biblically and pastorally- (St John’s) with Steve Midgley.

Putting the Bible at the heart of the everday life & Women of the reformation- (Southey Street) with Tricia Marnham and Clare Heath-Whyte.

Walk through the Old Testament- (Base Camp) with Paul Keeys.

Answering moral objections to the scriptures- (Derwent Site) with Pete Williams.

Keswick Lecture

Wed. 9.30–10.30am.

Do we really need to defend the Bible? - Pete Williams

Bible Readings

Mon – Fri. 11.15am–12.30pm

Psalms, Alistair Begg

Psalm 19
Psalm 1
Psalm 119:97-112
Psalm 130 Psalm 100

Evening Celebrations

Sat – Fri. 7.30–9.00pm

Mary - Trust (Luke 1:26-38; 46-55)
Peter - Discipleship (Luke 5:1-11)
Sinful woman - Love (Luke 7:36-53)
Leper – Gratitude (Luke 17:11-17) Service start at 7.15,not 7.30 (BBC Radio 4 recording)
Zacchaeus - Repentance (Luke 19:1-10)
Luke 24:36-53 (Missions Night)
Cleopas – Hope (Luke 24:13-35)

The Word@2.30

Mon – Fri. 2.30–3.30pm

2 Chron 29: First things first
2 Chron 30: Joy unbounded
2 Chron 31:1-32:23: Blessing and Abundance
2 Chron 32:24-33:25 Three Kings, Two Things, One Hope
2 Chron 34-35: Heart, Word, Hope.


Alistair Begg - Photo 2017

Bible Reading Speaker

Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world. He graduated from theological college in London and served two churches in Scotland before moving to Ohio. He is married to Susan and together they have three grown children and four granddaughters.

Steve Bell - Photo 2017


Steve Bell

A mission leader, analyst, trainer and author, Steve is a recognised communicator with 40 years' experience in 100 countries.
He taught Muslim children in a British inner-city school and then adults in the Middle East. He studied Islamics at Nottingham University, All Nations Christian College, Evangelical Seminary Cairo and Southern Cross College Sydney and has directed Carey College, Action Partners (formerly SUM) and currently is National Director for Interserve.
Steve is a regular speaker for Spring Harvest, the Keswick Convention, New Wine, Word Alive, FIEC and AOG. He also networks with Mosque and church leaders on constructive interface; mission and church leaders on ‘Islam and Christian witness’ and advises parliamentarians on the issue of ‘social cohesion’.



Alasdair Paine

Alasdair Paine started as Vicar of The Round Church at St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, in January 2011. He is married to Rachel and they have three children. He became a Christian at university and was a teacher for ten years before being ordained. He has previously served at St Leonard’s Exeter and Christ Church Westbourne, Bournemouth.

Bruce Kuhn


Bruce Kuhn

Bruce Kuhn performed on Broadway (Les Miserables) and in repertory theatres, and now tours his solo shows Luke, Acts, Tales of Tolstoy, and Marcus (Mark’s Gospel in Dutch) worldwide. He also partners with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) to train others to tell the events of the Bible the way an eyewitness would. Students of his three month Word by Heart school learn a Gospel in their heart language, and there are plans to start schools on four continents. He has performed for many conferences, including Urbana, and Keswick, and has taught his storytelling course in nineteen countries and two seminaries: Regent College in Vancouver as an Artist in Residence and Oxford University (Wycliffe Hall). He is father to Frits and Juliette, and husband to Hetty, a landscape artist.

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James Robson

Revd Dr James Robson is Ministry Director for Keswick Ministries. Before joining the organisation, he served as Senior Tutor and Tutor in Old Testament and Hebrew, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Previously he taught at Oak Hill College, London. His passion is that the whole of the Bible should shape the whole of the church to the glory of God. His most recent book was Honey from the Rock: Deuteronomy for the People of God, published by IVP. He is married to Bridget, and has two teenage daughters. He enjoys golf, mountain-biking, hill-walking, growing vegetables and armchair cricket.

Jim Turrent - Photo 2017


Jim Turrent

Jim is married to Jane and they have a son called Ally. He is originally from Glasgow. Jim worked as an engineer-surveyor before studying theology at the Scottish Baptist College. He is lead pastor at Central Baptist Church, Dundee; a church that is committed to preaching, planting new churches and discipleship. In his spare time Jim likes to read and cycle, he is also and incurable Rangers fan.

John Risbridger 2014


John Risbridger

John Risbridger is Chairman of Keswick Ministries and serves as Minister and Team Leader at Above Bar Church in Southampton. After coming to Christ at a young age he studied Mathematics and Economics in Nottingham and was very active in the Christian Union. He spent 10 years on the staff of UCCF after 5 years in NHS management. He has a deep love of expository Bible teaching, along with a particular interest in the theology and practice of Christian worship. He is married to Alison and they have two daughters.

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Jonathan Lamb

Jonathan is minister-at-large for Keswick Ministries, supporting the work in the UK and often speaking at other Keswicks around the world. He previously served as CEO of Keswick Ministries and has served on the charity’s Council (Board of Trustees). He is the author, with Ian Randall, of ‘Knowing God Better: the vision of the Keswick movement’, and has also published a Keswick Foundations title ‘Preaching Matters: encountering the living God’ (IVP). He also serves as a Vice President of IFES.

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Martin Salter

Martin is Associate Pastor at Grace Community Church, Bedford. He is married to Sarah and they have three children between the ages of six and twelve. Before moving to Bedford Martin trained for ministry at Oak Hill College, and, in the last twelve months, has completed a PhD in ‘missional ethics’. In his spare time he enjoys running.

Mel Lacy


Mel Lacy

Mel Lacy teaches at Oakhill College, and is thrilled to be involved with the formation and training of men and women to serve in the local church to facilitate the passing on of the great truths of God to the next generation. Her vision is to see young people equipped to share their faith with those around them, she has been involved in biblical youth and children’s ministry and training for many years. Mel has served as a deacon in the Church of Ireland, and more recently as a youth minister in St John’s, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Paul Keeys - Photo 2017


Paul Keeys

If you cut Paul in half you’d see the words ‘Walk Through the Bible’ imprinted all the way through. He attended his first Old Testament event aged 11 and has been involved in the ministry ever since. Walk Through teaches the Big Picture of the Bible to over 3 million people around the globe each year, helping everyone get to grips with the grand sweep of the Bible’s storyline, as well as inspiring them to keep digging deeper.

Peter Williams - Photo 2017


Pete Williams

Peter J. Williams (PhD Cambridge) is Principal of Tyndale House, Cambridge, an institution committed to promoting trust in the Scriptures. Formerly Senior Lecturer in New Testament in the University of Aberdeen, he’s also a member of the English Standard Version committee and Chair of the International Greek New Testament Project. Blissfully married for 21 years to Kathryn, they have a daughter, Magdalena, and a son, Leo. The family is regularly involved in United Beach Missions in France and Belgium.

Peter Maiden


Peter Maiden

Peter Maiden retired from the role of International Director of Operation Mobilisation in August 2013. He now serves as International Director Emeritus. His new role gives more time for preaching and teaching which today is his main ministry role. He serves Keswick Ministries as minister-at-large. Peter enjoys family life with his wife Win, their three grown children and nine grandchildren.

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Steve Brady

Steve Brady was born in Liverpool where he was converted in his teens. After a number of pastorates, he is presently Principal of Moorlands College and author of a number of books including Colossians and Galatians in the Keswick Study Guides series, and The Incredible Journey, an Advent book published by BRF. A keen sportsman, he hates gardening and still has an irrational attachment to Everton Football Club!

Steve Midgely - Photo 2017


Steve Midgely

Steve Midgley is the Senior Minister at Christ Church Cambridge and the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK. Steve’s interest in biblical counselling developed through taking the courses provided by CCEF (The Christian Counselling and Educational Foundation) and he is now a Visiting Lecturer in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College as well as a Board Member of CCEF. Before beginning full time church ministry 20 years ago, Steve trained as a psychiatrist.

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Tom Putt

Tom is married to Anna, they have 3 children and Clemmie the dog. Tom is the Associate Minister of St John’s and St Andrew’s in Yeovil, Somerset as well as chaplain for the 6th Form College. He has been coming to Keswick since he was a teenager, traces his call to ministry back to the Youth Tent and leads the Children’s work in week 2. He is passionate about telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.

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Saltmine Productions

Darkness Falls is Saltmine Theatre Company’s remarkable re-imagining of the Gospel of John. Moving, funny, poetic and fantastical, the play mixes vivid storytelling with live music to bring you a timeless story as you’ve never seen it before.

Steve Smith - Photo 2017


Steve Smith

Steve Smith is married to Gwyn and has three children. Steve was appointed the Director of Serving In Mission (SIM UK) in 2014. Steve served as founding pastor of Grace Church, Worcester Park, a thriving Co-mission church plant. Before this, he was sent overseas with his family to Kampala, to teach at the Kampala Evangelical School of Theology and provide grass-roots Biblical training for churches. Most recently, he has been working with a number of mission organisations to scope church-based mission needs amongst refugees and migrants in Europe.

James Poole - Photo 2017


James Poole

James is director of Wycliffe Bible Translators, helping churches and individuals serve the 1.5 billion people who don’t have the Bible in their own language. Previously he lived in Kenya training church leaders in preaching, and led the international ministry at St Andrew the Great church, Cambridge. His work takes him around the world, and to churches across the UK. He and his wife Caroline have four children and are members of St Ebbe’s church, Oxford.

Colin Webster 2017 Speaker

Music will be led by

Colin Webster

Originally from Stonehaven in Scotland, Colin worked in the oil industry on exploration rigs. He spent three years on the road with the Saltmine Band, followed by several years working at Westminster Chapel where he met his wife Vicki. After studying at Moorland Bible College he was called to serve as a minister and evangelist at Cornerstone Church in Nottingham where he has been serving for 20 years. Colin and Vicki have two children, James and Ben. He writes worship songs and is greatly inspired by old hymns.

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