Bible Reading Speaker
Vaughan came to faith as he read through Matthew’s Gospel for himself as a teenager. After studying law at Cambridge University and a brief spell doing student ministry in South Africa, he moved to Oxford to study Theology at Wycliffe Hall and has lived in the city ever since. In 1991 he joined the staff of St Ebbe’s Church and since 1998 he has been Rector. He is also the Chairman of the Proclamation Trust.
Duncan was born and raised on a large council estate in London, where he now serves as a pastor. He’s been involved in overseas missionary work, and in the UK: prison ministry, drug rehab work, & youth outreach on various council estates. He and his wife Shay have an urban music ministry. They have 4 children they home-school. Duncan runs the Urban Ministry Program to equip people to make disciples who make disciples in the urban context.
I’m married to Sarah, have three kids between the ages of 13-7, and live and work in Bedford as Associate Pastor at Grace Community Church. In my spare time I enjoy running (more plodding). We’ve been involved with (and absolutely loved) Keswick Convention for the last 17 years.
I am Associate Director of The Faraday Institute in Cambridge and Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University, where my research interests concern the properties of DNA. I am a former chairman of Christians in Science. I am passionate about the positive interaction between science and Christian belief, and I have special interests in bioethics and genetics. I am a licensed lay minister in the Church of England. I am married to Sheila and we have three adult children.
Rebecca McLaughlin holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College. Her first book, “Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion” (Crossway: 2019) aims to convert roadblocks to Christian faith into signposts to Christ. Rebecca believes Jesus is the answer to all our longings and that all our questions find their “yes” in Him.
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 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.
I am the CEO of Crossways Community, a Christian mental health charity based in Tunbridge Wells. We provide homes and support for those living with poor mental health alongside a social enterprise and a community cafe. We are passionate about helping people in our community understand their own mental health and build better mental resilience. We also want to help Christians understand more about this topic so we can end the stigma around mental health and support one another better.
Tim Chester is the chair of Keswick Ministries. He is the pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, a faculty member with Crosslands Training and the author of over 40 books.
Trained as an aircraft fitter and telephone engineer, Pete worked with BT’s Community Programme until redundancy intervened. After 15 years with Prospects (now Livability), equipping churches and festivals to include adults with learning disabilities, Pete and his wife felt God’s call to set up Count Everyone In. They long for churches to be welcoming and accessible to people who are often forgotten. Married for 42 years, Pete and Christine live in Newbury. They have two married sons and five grandchildren.
Paul has been working at Torch since 2016, initially in the Production department printing large print books and magazines etc and now part of the Presence Team leading Torch’s new initiative, Sight Loss Friendly Church. He is passionate about the local church and its importance in the community. With this new initiative we want to enable churches to include, and make church accessible for, people with sight loss, through raising awareness, resources, advice and training.
Music will be led by
Established in Sydney, Australia and now based in Oxford, Emu Music has a global ministry teaching church leaders and musicians about what a Biblical approach to singing looks like, in theology and practice. Their ‘Word In Song’ conferences balance Bible teaching with hands-on training.
Alanna lives in Oxford where she works for Emu Music and St Ebbe’s Church. She is married to Rohan (who designs airplanes!) and together they love photography, travel, crime dramas, coffee and snow.
Philip, married to Kate, leads the music at St Ebbe’s, Oxford and heads up the ministry of Emu Music. He is author of Then Sings My Soul, a book on Biblical music ministry, and composes songs for churches. Website: emumusic.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/emumusic/