Faith in the Second Half online seminars

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Faith in the Second Half online seminars

October 15 2020

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In this post-Covid world it has become more challenging for the older person to flourish in their Christian life and service. In response to this and as a taster for next year’s Faith in the Second Half conference we are partnering with Faith in Later Life to run two online events on 15th October 2020:

Enabling those in later life to flourish (11am – 12.15pm)
Aimed at church leaders and those involved in leading ministry with older people. Topics will include the theology of old age (Garry Williams), empowering the ministry of the older person (Carl Knightly) and providing pastoral support and engaging with older people (Debs Fidler with Carl Knightly). There will be time for Q&A.

Flourishing in later life (2pm – 3pm)
Aimed at the older person wanting to understand that God still has a plan for them (Ian Knox with Carl Knightly) and how they can be involved in ministering to others and serving God (Pippa Cramer with Carl Knightly). There will be time for Q&A.


Download the Faith in the Second Half leaflet


Garry Williams

Garry serves as the Director of the Pastor’s Academy at London’s Seminary, which provides theological teaching and support for pastors. He oversees the work of the Academy and teaches on the doctrine study days, the master’s course and the PhD programme. He also supervises pastors who work on doctrinal topics for their study projects. He is Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Michigan). He serves as an ordained elder at ChristChurch, Harpenden.


Ian Knox

Ian qualified as a Solicitor in 1966, aged 22, was National Evangelist with the Covenanters from 1970 to 1973, returned to the law, and finally became a senior solicitor with Coventry City Council before joining the Church Pastoral Aid Society in 1982. He became Director of the 40:3 Trust in 1986, engaging in evangelism and teaching throughout the British Isles and across Africa until his retirement in 2009. He was made a Canon of Webuye Cathedral in the Diocese of Bungoma, Western Kenya in 1999 and ordained priest there in the Anglican church in 2005. He continues an active preaching ministry across Africa and in England and is author of ‘Finishing Well: A God’s-eye view of ageing‘.


Debs Fidler

Debs is a church community worker in Greater Manchester and is passionate about the biblical role and value of older people. She is studying for a BA in Third Age Mission and Ministry and coordinates an inter-church befriending service.



Pippa Cramer

Pippa is Pastoral Care and Seniors Minister at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate in Surrey. She is an Occupational Therapist by training and worked for many years in the NHS specialising in neuro-rehabilitation and care of the elderly. She currently heads up Connections – one of the largest weekly gatherings in the UK for seniors, and post Covid-19 is co-ordinating a large Cascade of Care for 150 older people in the local community. She is also a founder member of Daily Hope – free phone line of Hymns, Prayers and Reflections which was set up in April this year which is bringing comfort and hope to thousands of older people, not connected to the internet.


Carl Knightly

Carl leads Faith in Later Life, a national Christian charity seeking to provide a focal point for churches ministries with older people. Carl previously headed up communications activity for Pilgrim’s Friend Society; and leads evangelism and outreach at his church.


Registration for these online seminars is free. To register for one or both of them please complete the following registration form. Simply select the number of people you are registering for each seminar in the ‘Quantity’ dropdown list and complete their details for each seminar.


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