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.

We are delighted that Ivor Poobalan is able to join us for Bible Readings on Hebrews. In the evening celebrations, inspired by the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation which heralded a fresh awareness of the power and sufficiency of the Word of God, we will be looking at striking images for the Word of God. We are pleased to welcome Elaine Duncan and Andy Prime to come and speak, and that Nick Tucker, who helps lead our Youth Work, can also join us. In the afternoons, we have a special series for the Word@2:30, unpacking the five ‘solas’, the five ‘alones’ that formed the backbone of the Reformation. We are thrilled to be able to welcome Dan Strange to speak, as he applies these great Reformation truths to our hearts and lives.

You will enjoy a great set of seminars designed to help you earth the Word in your life. Three examples to whet our appetites. Matthew Sleeman will be focusing on 1 Peter in our School of Biblical Studies; Sharon Dirckx will be tackling some of the barriers to hearing God’s word, including questions around suffering; Andy Prime will be unpacking the practical wisdom of the book of Proverbs and how we might teach it. We will have the opportunity to hear about the many opportunities we can engage with in making God’s Word known in and from the UK.

Week 3 will again feature our creative arts track, Keswick Unconventional. Come and explore the Word of God through music, drama, comedy and much more. Everyone is welcome!


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? & Understanding and answering Islam- (Main Tent) with James Poole, Steve Smith and Andy Bannister.

School of Biblical Studies - 1 Peter- (Cinema) with Matthew Sleeman.

Preaching and teaching Proverbs- (Southey Street) with Andy Prime.

Virtually human: flourishing in a digital world- (Base Camp) with Ed Brooks and Pete Nicholas.

Creative for Christ- (St John’s) with Ally Gordon.

Life’s Big Questions -(Derwent Site) with Sharon Dirckx

Keswick Lecture

Wed. 9.30–10.30am.

Why the Reformation still matters, Mike Reeve

Bible Readings

Mon – Fri. 11.15am–12.30pm

Hebrews, Ivor Poobalan

Hebrews 1:1 – 2:18: Paying careful attention to the message
Hebrews 4:12 – 5:10: Approaching the throne of grace with confidence
Hebrews 10:19 – 39: Spurring each other to love and good works
Hebrews 12:1 – 24: Running the race with perseverance
Hebrews 12:28 –13:17: Worshipping God acceptably

Evening Celebrations

Sat – Fri. 7.30–9.00pm

Word Pictures

Rain (Deut 32:2; 32:1-14), James Robson
Food (Deut 8:3; 8:1-10), Elaine Duncan
Anchor (Heb 6:19; 6:1-20), Andy Prime
Light (Ps 119:105; 119:105-112), Elaine Duncan
Mirror (James 1:23; 1:1-27), Andy Prime
Seed (Mark 4:14; 4:1-20), Jonathan Lamb
Sword (Eph 6:17; 6:10-20), Nick Tucker

The Word@2.30

Mon – Fri. 2.30–3.30pm

Reformation Solas, Dan Strange

‘Captive to God’s Word’, (Sola Scriptura),
‘Nothing in my hand I bring’(Sola Gratia)
‘Leaning my whole weight on Him’, (Sola Fide)
‘In Christ alone’, (Solus Christus)
‘Living for God’s glory’, (Soli Deo Gloria)


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Bible Reading Speaker

Ivor Poobalan

Principal Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka since 1998. Graduate of London School of Theology (BA Hons), Trinity International University, Illinois (ThM in OT & Semitic Languages), University of Cape Town, South Africa (PhD). From 1983-1993 I served as a youth pastor of the Kollupitiya Methodist Church, Sri Lanka. Married to Denisa for 27 years and we are parents to two daughters, Anisha and Serena. Enjoy family, preaching, teaching (Seminary and Sunday School), singing, song-writing, youth-guidance, rugby, and Sri Lankan cricket.

Sharon Dirckx


Sharon Dirckx

Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and has a Ph.D. in brain imaging. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts, and has appeared on BBC Songs of Praise and BBC Radio. Sharon’s areas of interest include the interaction of belief in God with science and with suffering, the latter of which is the subject of her book, “Why?”. Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two children.

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Mike Reeves

Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology, UK. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is the author of numerous books including: Why the Reformation Still Matters, The Unquenchable Flame, The Good God, and Christ our Life. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters.

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Andy Bannister

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He speaks widely throughout the UK and internationally, on issues relating to faith and culture. He is the author of several books: his latest, “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist” is a witty and very readable response to New Atheism. Andy also holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and has 20 years' experience sharing the Gospel with Muslims.

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Andy Prime

Andy is a graduate from Oak Hill College and was an Associate Pastor at Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh. In September 2014, he joined 20schemes to become a church planter in Gracemount, Edinburgh. He is married to Sarah, and they have a son called Reuben and a beagle called Sanka.

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.

Elaine Duncan


Elaine Duncan

Elaine is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society, having previously worked with Scripture Union Scotland and UCCF. The focus of Elaine’s work has always been to encourage people to know God better as they interact with his Word. Her involvement with national events such as the Keswick Convention and Spring Harvest Word Alive has been an expression of this. Elaine says fresh air, exercise, good coffee, stimulating friends and food go into making a good day! Elaine is originally from Cumbria. She now lives in Glasgow, works in Edinburgh and supports the Scottish rugby team!

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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.

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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.

Matthew Sleeman


Matthew Sleeman

Matthew teaches New Testament at Oak Hill College, and is passionate about teaching the Bible to people of all ages and experiences – especially the book of Acts. His life goal is to follow 2 Timothy 2:2 by being a faithful disciple, discipler and a discipler of disciplers. If he lives to see West Brom win a trophy, that will be a bonus.

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Nicki Rogers

Singer, songwriter, realist and dreamer. Nicki Rogers' heart and music takes you through the duality of life without allowing questioning or pain to detract from hope or beauty. Her music is drawn from the complexities of life – faith and doubt, joy and sadness, the subliminal and the sublime.
Nicki is passionate about God, life and music – all three are inextricably linked for her and she questions and explores them as only someone who believes in all three and has been disappointed with all three, can.

Her voice has been described as “beautiful…healing…ethereal… crazy unbelievable” and comparisons have been drawn with Tori Amos, Nicole Norderman and even Kate Bush. She is an Indy Music Award finalist and regularly performs all over the UK and Europe.

Jez Carr


Jez Carr

Jez Carr is curate for All Souls St Margarets in South West London. Prior to getting ordained, he worked in a variety of roles in the music and recording industries. He is passionate about helping artistic Christians follow Jesus faithfully.

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Richard Everett

Richard Everett is an actor, playwright and screenwriter. He is the author of 7 published stage plays including the much-acclaimed “Entertaining Angels” which originally starred Penelope Keith on a sell-out UK national tour and has since had over 100 productions worldwide. He has 200 children’s animation scripts to his credit as well as 2 feature films, 3 plays for BBC radio 4, and a published collection of award winning sketches and meditations entitled ‘Sound Bites ’. Richard also runs drama workshops for the L’Arche Community of adults with Special Needs.

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Bryn Haworth

Bryn is an acclaimed slide guitarist and singer songwriter who has been delighting audiences with his own unique brand of rock, country and gospel blues for over 35 years.

Bryn came to London from Lancashire in the late sixties and joined “Les Fleur de Lys” a motown/soul band which became house band for Atlantic Records in England. He left the band in '69 and travelled to California; from there he toured extensively in the US in various American bands and was a founder member of Wolfgang, a band put together and managed by the legendary Bill Graham, appearing on bills with Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and others. In 1973 he returned to England and was signed to Island Records where he made his first LP, “Let The Days Go By”.

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Gareth Davies-Jones

Held in high regard by many commentators as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC Radio’s Bob Harris, Iain Anderson & Frank Hennessy are all fans), his music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic, forged amongst the landscapes and atmosphere of his native Ulster and now adopted home in Northumberland. A natural story teller through song, many reviewers have placed Gareth’s performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition. Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, the attention to musical detail is evident throughout his now extensive back catalogue (7 solo & 3 collaborative albums) playing a variety of instruments and featuring a keen sense of melody woven around a rich, distinctive voice.

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Pete Nicholas

A Church of England minister and speaker, Pete co-leads Inspire London Church based at ‘Silicon Roundabout’, the technology hub in central London. After graduating from Oxford University Pete worked as a strategy consultant in communications and high-tech industries. Pete’s passion for seeing the Christian faith integrated into all aspects of life was further strengthened through studying theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Pete also works for Christians in Sport.

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Dan Strange

Daniel Strange is Acting Principal of Oak Hill Theological College, London where he lectures in culture, apologetics and public theology. His book, Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions (Zondervan, 2015), received an Award of Merit in Christianity Today’s 2016 Book Awards. Dan is married to Elly, has seven children and is the elder of East Finchley Baptist Church. He watches West Ham United and listens to a lot of classical and jazz music.

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Ally Gordon

Alastair Gordon is an artist, writer and co-director of Morphē Arts, a mentoring charity that supports Christians in the Arts. His paintings can be seen in art fairs and exhibitions both in the UK and further afield, most recently in Los Angeles. Alastair also lectures at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. He is author of Beyond Air Guitar: A Rough Guide for Christians in the Arts and God Art: Signs of Faith in Contemporary Art. He lives in London with his wife, Anna and their daughter Lilli and serves on the leadership team of his local church.



James Cary

James Cary is a comedy writer for BBC TV and Radio. He co-wrote the first two series of Miranda and co-created Bluestone 42 for BBC3 with Richard Hurst. He also created and wrote Hut 33 and Think the Unthinkable for BBC Radio 4.

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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.

Nick Tucker


Nick Tucker

Nick has been on the staff at Oak Hill College for the last 8 years, but straight after Keswick he and his family will be upping sticks and moving to Edgbaston in Birmingham where he will be Vicar of St Bartholomew’s Church.  Before working at Oak Hill, Nick served with UCCF in the West Midlands and at a church in the Wirral. After he got too old and broken to play rugby Nick took up Jiu-Jitsu which had the reassuring effect of keeping him familiar with the local A&E department. Nick is married to Sam and they have 3 children. He is also on Twitter @NJCTucker.

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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.

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Ed Brooks

Ed is based in Oxford, where he combines research in theology and ethics with a role as Director of the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative, which seeks to help students from around the world develop the character qualities needed for leadership roles. Ed’s passion lies in bringing the resources of classical theology to bear on some of the pressing questions and challenges of modern life - not least how we can live well in a world of digital technology.

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Stui Chaplin

Stui Chaplin is the Pastor of Bush Hill Park Community Church in North London. He is married to Katherine (who he met on team at Keswick) and has three wonderful children. In his spare time, he continues to follow the rising fortunes of Southampton Football Club.

Lewis Green

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Lewis Green

Lewis and his band regularly lead music at various Christian conferences around the UK and have served at Keswick for nearly 10 years as part of the youth programme. Lewis is passionate about writing music to commend the Christian worldview, and his album ‘Behind the Treeline’ is a collection of songs from the last few years doing evangelism among students. Lewis and his wife Susie live in Oxford where they both until recently served with the work of UCCF running the graduate discipleship programme ‘Relay’.

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