We are planning a full programme packed with teaching, worship and activities for people of all ages.
There will be a complete childrens and youth programme, a full adult and student track, and an international student track. In addition we have a track for those with learning disability, Equip for those involved in church leadership, and Leadership Network which focuses on developing leaders within the worlds of music, art, politics, theology and education.
We’re delighted to have Mike Cain coming to do our Bible Readings. Other speakers include Ted Turnau, Glynn Harrison, and Karen Soole.
Mike came to faith in Christ through the witness of his best friend at school. After serving in churches in Wimbledon and Leipzig he has now landed in Bristol where he helps to lead Emmanuel Bristol - a family of churches seeking to plant more churches across the city.
He is married to Clare, has two children, and he loves kayaking, fishing and theatre.
Ted Turnau was born in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S., but grew up in rural Pennsylvania. Faith-shaking questions raised in college Greek and philosophy classes at the University of Virginia drove him to seek an M.Div. at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He decided to stay on and get a Ph.D. in Apologetics (he did his dissertation about Ricoeur and popular culture). After graduating from Westminster in 1999, Ted and his family moved to Prague, Czech Republic so he could be an acadmic missionary with Global Scholars
Ted teaches cultural and religious studies at Anglo-American University and cultural studies at the Center for Media Studies at Charles University. He also teaches on “Popular culture and Christian worldview” at Union School of Theology in Wales. Ted has been married to Carolyn for decades (and enjoying it immensely). They have three children, Roger (25), Claire (21) and Ruth (18), three cats (Marbles-14, Saffron-3, and Loki-3), and one rabbit (Shadow-3). They sometimes invite students into their home for movie discussion nights or study sessions.
Ted has written articles on faith and culture, and in 2012 published his first book, Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective. He’s currently working on two other books: one on engaging popular culture with kids, and one on engaging post-Christian culture creatively. Ted enjoys jazz, blues and roots music (as well as the occasional electronica), good film and television, American football, Japanese samurai and kaiju movies, and anime.
Glynn was formerly Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, where he was also a practicing Consultant Psychiatrist. He now speaks widely on issues at the interface between Christian faith and psychology, pastoral ministry and psychiatry.
He, and his wife Louise, are members of Emmanuel Church, a plant from Christ Church, Clifton. His new book A Better Story: God, sex and human flourishing is published by IVP.
Karen is the women’s worker at Trinity Church Lancaster. She chairs the Northern Women’s Convention, helps out on North West Ministry Training course and supports student and women’s ministry across the North West through training and speaking regularly at evangelistic events. She is author of Unleash the Word a book on how to do small group bible studies. Karen lives in Lancaster, is married to Martin who is a church planting GP and mother to Lizzie, Polly, George and Max most of whom have flown the nest. She loves films, Arsenal and long walks with the family labrador.
Nick is Vicar of Edgbaston in Birmingham where he went to university and met Sam, who is (to his continued delight and surprise) now his wife. They returned to the area in September 2015 with three children and a dog called Monty.
Nick worked for UCCF before attending Oak Hill where he received his MTh. He served his curacy at St Andrew’s Bebington, before returning to Oak Hill where he served on the staff for 8 years. He is currently tantalisingly close to finishing his PhD thesis, on Romanticism and Theology.
Nick’s most dangerous hobby used to be Rugby; his first sermon at Bebington was preached with several stitches under his right eye. Now he is too old and broken for proper sport he increasingly prefers activities which can be done sitting down (like cycling).
Ruth Naomi Floyd
Ruthis a vocalist and composer who leads her own multi-faceted ensemble and her discography consists primarily of original compositions and African American Spirituals. Critics both nationally and internationally praise her music for its distinctive sound of progressive ensemble jazz that is seamlessly blended with the messages of hope, faith, redemption and love.
Ruth is passionate about the intersection of art with culture and community through the lens of social justice. A committed music educator, she is the Director of Jazz Studies at Cairn University and teaches music at The City School in Philadelphia.
Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She is Founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust).
Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma. She has visited communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia, helping to establish the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR) with late former President Abdurrhaman Wahid.
Recent publications include Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs (with Catherine Butcher); This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, with John Marks and The Very Stones Cry Out, The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise, with Benedict Rogers.
Olly is married to Kirsty and they have two young children, Caleb and Rose. Olly studied Politics at Kent University and he’s been based in Canterbury ever since. He leads the worship team at The City Church. He is passionate about Christ-centered worship that’s full of Biblical truth and music that’s creative and stirs the heart. Olly has been leading worship at UK and European conferences over the last few years and has written songs such as My Treasure and Fountain of Goodness that feature on his album The Stream. When he’s not doing music Olly loves photography, going running and drinking coffee. He enjoyed leading at Word Alive in 2017 and is excited to be involved again in 2018.