Bible Reading Speaker
Ray Ortlund has earned degrees from Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, The University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Aberdeen. He was ordained in 1975. In addition to teaching Old Testament for nine years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, Ray’s primary ministry has been as a pastor – in California, Oregon, Georgia and now at Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee. Ray and his wife Jani have been married for 47 years.
Dr Amy Orr-Ewing is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Director of RZIM. She leads a team of pioneering apologist-evangelists and speaks around the world on how the Christian faith answers the deepest questions of life. Amy gained a DPhil (doctorate) in Theology from the University of Oxford. She is also the co-founder of REBOOT, a youth apologetics initiative aimed at helping young people think deeply about faith.
Dai is a 42 year old follower of Jesus from Wales. He is married to the beautiful Michelle and they have 4 children, 2 rabbits and a dog! Dai is pastor of Redeemer - a diverse inner-city church that he planted in Cardiff in 2017. Dai heads up Red Community - a gospel-centred anti-slavery charity, and is a director of Manumit - a coffee roasting business that employs survivors of modern slavery. He has also written a few books.
Matt works for the South Central Gospel Partnership as Director of Training, and loves to help people get to know the Bible better so they can know their Lord better. He particularly loves teaching from the Psalms, helping people see how they are a gift from God to us to help us relate to him in all areas of life.
Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter, an author, and is the founder of the Rabbit Room, a ministry committed to fostering spiritual formation and Christ-centered community through story, art, and music. He lives in Nashville with his wife and three children, but he has an unreasonable fondness for English footpaths.
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.
Liz Cox works as the Minister for Women and Community at St Giles, Derby. She moved to Derby from Sydney, Australia in 2004 with her husband David and their three children Rachel, Olivia and Jordan. Since then their family has expanded to include two sons in law, twin grandchildren and a cat. Liz likes drinking tea, watching films and series, cooking and eating out. Most of all she enjoys talking, and especially talking about the Bible.