Meet the Team

James Robson

Ministry Director

I grew up in a loving home, but did not become a Christian until I was a student in Oxford, where I studied Classics and then Experimental Psychology. I knew Jesus Christ had died for me. I knew, because of the resurrection, that he was alive and could be known personally. There are many things I love about Keswick Ministries, but perhaps the most significant is the ‘spine’ of Hearing God’s Word, Becoming Like God’s Son, Serving God’s Mission. God’s Word is central, not for its own sake, but so we live Christlike lives and serve Him in His world. The Lakes has always been special to me and to my wife – we met here. I particularly love walking in the Fells, the variety and the beauty.  My favourite Bible verse is Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” 

James Devenish

Local Minister

I am the pastor of Lake Road Chapel in Keswick. I came to faith as a child, being privileged to have Christian parents, and God saved me through their witness. I appreciate many things about Keswick Ministries, but one thing I particularly am thankful for is the refreshing and peace I feel when in the main tent, after a busy season of work and ministry. I love Keswick, and the Lake District. I love getting away to the top of Latrigg, only a short distance away, looking down on the town of Keswick “in all weathers, rain, snow or shine!” My favourite Bible verse is: 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Simon Overend

Company Secretary

I grew up in a Christian family and made a commitment of faith at the aged of 14.  I have attended the Keswick Convention since 1997, and joined the staff team in 2004.
I have always loved the very real sense of being all one in Christ Jesus; the sense of family, and the centrality of God’s Word, that are so special to the Convention, alongside the stunning location.
It has been wonderful to move to the Lakes and bring up our two boys amid the beauty of God’s creation.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” has meant a great deal to my wife and I, and we have it engraved on the inside of our wedding rings.

Elizabeth McQuoid

Commissioning Editor (part-time)

Seeing Christianity modelled by my parents and hearing the Christmas story afresh as a teenager was how God brought me to faith. I love many things about Keswick Ministries – the history, the legacy, and the fact that God is at work. Perhaps the greatest thrill is being in the main tent with a huge crowd of people eager to worship God and hear from him. It is a brief glimpse of heaven! Each time I come to Keswick I look forward to going down to the lake – the calm majesty of it is good for the soul! My favourite Bible verse is Hebrews 13:20-21: “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,  equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Lucy Goldie

Volunteer & Teams Manager

I came to faith as a teen through being part of a very encouraging youth group and supportive Church. There are many aspects that I like about Keswick Ministries, the main part being that since it started in 1875, it has used the same strapline, ‘Galatians 3:28: “All one in Christ Jesus”. It doesn’t matter what denomination of Church we normally worship in, ultimately we are all one through him. My all-time favourite Bible verse would be: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Many of my life accomplishments have been made with the mindset of this verse.

Carolyn South

Carolyn South

Training & Fellowship Coordinator

I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home and came to faith as a young teenager through the teaching at our local church and at home. I have attended the Keswick Convention regularly with family and friends for a number of years and one thing I love is that sense of unity in the main tent when God’s people from all over the world come together in worship and under the teaching of his Word. One thing I love about the Lakes is, no matter where you turn, you are surrounded by God’s awesome creation. A favourite Bible verse is Psalm 62:1-2: “My soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

Murray Lawrie

Murray Lawrie

Facilities Manager

I became a follower of Christ just before my teenage years due to the reality of my father’s faith and awareness of my personal need to respond to God’s gift of salvation. It is truly amazing how KM impacts not only the lives of many in the UK but across the world with biblical teaching and training. I have benefitted from this teaching in various events and through the audio resources over many years. Coming from “Bonnie Scotland” my appreciation of the beauty of the Lake District is growing daily and I look forward to discovering more on foot and bicycle. I’m not a “favourites” person but the Bible verses that always direct my life are Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, … It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Jodi Whitehouse

Operations Director

I had the blessing of growing up in a Christian home and I came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ at a young age.  Over the years, as I have grown in my knowledge and understanding of who God is and what He has done for me, my love for Him and my passion to live for Him has deepened.  God has very much remained faithful to His promise of directing my path as I have trusted in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Since 2010 I have attended the Keswick Convention every year – and what an incredible blessing it has been to sit under the faithful teaching of God’s Word and sing praises to Him with thousands (!!) of brothers and sisters in Christ.   A glimpse of Heaven!

There are so many Bible passages that I would say are my favourite, but the verse I pray will be true of me each day is this, “…My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace”.

Ruth Lawrie

Partner Finance & Bookkeeping Manager

Privileged to have been brought up in a Christian home, I came to faith as a child. As my faith and obedience to God grew, I became aware of the importance of the right Christian husband to move forward with. I am now blessed to be able to assist my husband, Murray, on a daily business within Keswick Ministries (and at home of course!).
The Convention is a great opportunity to have time away with all the family around God’s word. The other conferences and teaching events that have been run have also been of great value over the years.
After moving from the Highlands of Scotland, my love for the scenery of the Lake District is growing. Such a great reminder that we have an amazing creator God who has given us all this to enjoy.
Proverbs 3v 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your ow understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” My mother gave me this verse at my baptism in my teens. It has remained a firm favourite to this day

Matt Holden

Children and Youth Ministry Leader

I was brought in a Christian home with parents who knew and loved the Lord, so I was taught all the classic Bible stories from an early age. I personally put my trust in Jesus at a Christian Sports Camp at age 11. I distinctly remember the conviction I felt, that I needed forgiveness from God for all my sin, and that trusting in Christ was the only way I could be right with God. The lakes is very special to me as my wife and I got engaged on the shores of lake Coniston. I am excited about being part of the Children’s and Youth team here at Keswick and can’t wait to see more children and young people put their trust in the Lord Jesus and go back to their local Churches equipped and excited to serve King Jesus. My favourite Bible verse is:  “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15.

Emma Cooper

Executive Assistant to James Robson

I became a Christian through the faithful witness of my parents and Church family which led me to make a personal commitment to Christ in my early teens. My faith really grew however, during my university years and early twenties through discipleship of friends and mentors.

A school friend brought me along to the Convention in my teens and I have enjoyed coming along ever since. The rich Bible teaching and fellowship through the Convention is wonderful to experience, especially in my own home county.

My favourite Bible verse is Isaiah 26:3, You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

 

Michael Jeary

Building and Maintenance Support

As a child I was sent to Sunday school so grew up with the knowledge of God and his salvation. There is no particular moment that I can say that I gave my life Christ but there are many milestones in my journey with Him.

In 1992 I attended a mission conference and felt a calling to the mission field. Nine months later I was in Mozambique using my practical skills in house maintenance. A number of years later I joined a church planting missionary in Botswana. Having lived in a semi desert region the rain and green hills of Keswick is a great blessing. What I enjoy about the Convention is the things taken away from it. A monthly prayer meeting, new friends, messages that you remember years later.

My favourite verse is 1 Peter 1:2 “You have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” This is the verse I go to when feeling low.

Emma Harrison

Head of Communications and Development

When I was a teenager, I was invited by a friend to my local church youth group which was where God used those around me to point me to Jesus and a full life in knowing Him. It was during my time at university, being part of a church family and Christian Union, which really grew my faith through Christian fellowship and the support and wisdom of those working in ministry.Volunteering at the Keswick Convention in previous years, I have always been so encouraged by the unity and passion which everyone has for sharing the gospel and I love seeing a glimpse of the new creation when God’s people come together to worship Him.

One of my favourite passages is Psalm 121 is very relevant in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick: ‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…’

Debbie Harris

Bookings Manager

As a child, I went to Sunday School, but it wasn’t until I was in my mid-30s that I discovered what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. Since then I have been to churches local to where I lived. I moved back to Lincoln in 2013 and friends introduced me to the Keswick convention and immediately it became a special place. During lockdown I struggled with living on my own and working from home, I realised that although my current role was supporting people, I wanted a closer relationship with God and wanted to fulfil whatever plans he had for me, and I believe the role at Keswick Ministries is the start of His plans. Moving 200 miles North on my own should have scared me but I have felt peace about the decisions I have made, and prayers have been answered as seemingly difficult issues have been resolved.

The verse that I hold onto is Jeremiah 29:11 11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

Minister-at-Large

Jonathan Lamb

Writer / Teacher

Jonathan is a writer and teacher, travelling internationally as a minister-at-large for Keswick Ministries, a Vice President for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, and a training facilitator for Langham Preaching.

Jonathan came to faith at the age of 5 through the godly influence of Christian parents and a clear gospel presentation at a children’s mission in London.

Jonathan is very committed to Keswick Ministries’ core priorities of Hearing God’s Word, Becoming like God’s Son, and Serving God’s Mission.

He loves kayaking on Derwentwater.

Favourite Bible verse: ‘The Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’ (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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