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.”
My role is varied, including bookkeeping, administrating the Mission Hospitality Fund, and working on the Convention Handbook. I came to faith as a child, having been brought up in a Christian family. One of the great privileges in working for Keswick Ministries is speaking to people calling the office and hearing about how the Convention has impacted them over the years. I love living in West Cumbria – there aren’t many places where you can have the sea and mountains and lakes all in such close proximity! Also, the Solway sunsets are spectacular. One of my favourite Bible passages is Ephesians 3:14-21 which includes the words: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
I was brought up in the Anglican tradition and worshipped at St Mary’s, Apuldram. Later, I came to appreciate the power of the Bible alone as the source of God’s message of salvation through faith and by his grace. I now attend Spicer Street Church in St Albans. The Lakes have always provided a special place of solace and one my simplest delights is looking down from Walla Crag with its commanding views over Keswick, Derwentwater and the fells beyond. I love Keswick Ministries’ heart to see the faith of Christians deepened so we are better able, as Jesus tells us in Matthew 28, to “make disciples of all nations.”
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.”
I also am the pastor of Lake Road Chapel in Keswick itself. 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.”
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.”
I came to faith through the witness of my mum, who herself became a Christian after taking me along to a church toddler group when I was two. Entering into secondary school (and its many pressures) was a time when I remember particularly having to count the cost of following Jesus, but subsequently it was also when I really started to understand that only he could offer the lasting joy, relationship and life that I needed and longed for. I love that Keswick Ministries gives so many people the opportunity to be refreshed by the beauty of God’s creation in the Lakes, and most of all by God’s Word. I really like Psalm 8; a Psalm bookended with the triumphant verse: “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Keith has lived in Keswick for 19 years with his wife Tracey and 2 girls running a bed and breakfast. He has worked full-time for Keswick Ministries for over 18 years as caretaker of both the Skiddaw Street and Rawnsley sites. You will normally see him cycling back and forth between sites during the Convention. He enjoys snowboarding and cycling.
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.
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.”
I came to faith as an adult. My 9-year-old son, having heard the gospel at school, kept asking me to take him to church, so I took him along. I immediately knew a sense of peace that I had never felt before and gave my life to Christ within a few weeks of that first visit.
The family value at Keswick Ministries is exceptional, especially that of our volunteers, many of whom give up their time to serve here during the Convention, often year after year.
I moved to Cumbria several years ago now and love many things, in particular I appreciate the invigorating coastline, which I enjoy each morning before driving to Keswick.
My favourite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
I became a Christian when I was a child, having grown up in a Christian home. However, my faith really grew as a teenager onwards. There are lots of things I appreciate about Keswick Ministries. For me the most special moment is hearing thousands of Conventioners singing praises to God in the main tent during the Convention.
Keswick has always been my ‘go to’ place – that place I go to for a time of refreshment and to be inspired – so to live here all-year round is a huge privilege!
My favourite Bible verses are Hebrews 12:1-2 which speaks of running with perseverance the race marked out for us: “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith”.
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.
Tracey is originally from Nottingham, but has lived in Keswick for 19 years running a bed and breakfast with her husband Keith and their 2 girls. When she gets the chance she enjoys walking and cycling.
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.
His favourite Bible verse is ‘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).
Taught the stories of Jesus on my mother’s knee, I fell in love with Him at a very early age. I cannot remember a day when I have not loved the Lord Jesus, though many days when I have not loved Him as I should.
There are many things I love about the ministry of Keswick, but its impact on my children and grandchildren has been huge and a real blessing to us as a family. I love Keswick and the Lake District and have spent many, many hours in the mountains as my hobby is fell running.
My favourite Bible verses: Romans 8:1-4, “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… who do not live according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit”.