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!

Programme

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.

Seminars

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri. 9.30–10.30am

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Keswick Lecture

Wed. 9.30–10.30am.

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Bible Readings

Mon – Fri. 11.15am–12.30pm

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Evening Celebrations

Sat – Fri. 7.30–9.00pm

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The Word@2.30

Mon – Fri. 2.30–3.30pm

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Contributors

Ivor Poobalan - Photo 2017

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

Speaker

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.

Mike Reeves - Photo 2017

Speaker

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.

Andy Bannister - Photo 2017

Speaker

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.

Andy Prime - Photo 2017

Speaker

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

Contributor

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

Speaker

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!

James Robson

Speaker

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.

Jonathan Lamb - Photo 2017

Speaker

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

Speaker

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.

Mel Lacy

Speaker

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.

Peter Maiden

Speaker

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. Peter enjoys family life with his wife Win, their three grown children and nine grandchildren.

Tom Putt - Photo 2017

Speaker

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.

Lewis Green

Music will be led by

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’.

Other Information

Children (3-11s)

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Youth (11-18s)

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19-24s

Everyone wants to be aged 19-24 at Keswick! A programme of relevant Bible teaching, discussion and prayer, with evenings being spent together in Costa for more teaching, interviews, conversation, question panels and much more...