Joel Houston is a world-renowned songwriter and worship leader. He is a Creative Director for Hillsong Church globally and he currently lives in New York City. Joel travels the globe with Hillsong United who desire to see a generation across the earth awakened to real love, rise up with hearts as one and find value in the broken, hurting and lost. Joel’s other passion is his family, being the husband to Esther and father to his newborn son Zion.
RT Kendall is a prolific Christian writer, speaker, and teacher who pastored Westminster Chapel for 25 years. He is author of more than 50 books, including Holy Fire and Total Forgiveness; and has a gifting in helping people understand how Biblical passages are relevant today.
Beth Redman is a speaker and author. She’s written a number of books such as ‘Soul Sister’, ‘Beautiful’, and ‘God Knows My Name’. Beth, together with her husband, Matt, have also written popular songs such as ‘Let My Words Be Few’ and ‘Facedown’. They have five children and spend their time between the UK and USA.
Jake Isaac is a songwriter and musician from London. Signed to the iconic Sir Elton John’s Rocket Music, Jake has worked with and supported Ella Eyre, Paloma Faith, Angus and Julia Stone, and Elton John himself. His debut album, “Our Lives” has played sold-out shows and tours in the USA, Belgum, UK, Netherlands, France and Germany
Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States over two decades ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority and The Burden is Light. Jon Lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.
Lucy has bachelor’s degrees in both English and Theology. She completed her MA in Systematic Theology at King’s College, London, and her PhD through the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Lucy’s research interests are Christ and the Spirit, Charismatic theology, discipleship, and 1 Corinthians. She and her husband, Nick Crawley, lead Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol. They have four sons.
Matt Redman is married to Beth and they have five children. His journey as a worship leader and songwriter has taken him to countries such as South Africa, Japan, India, Australia and the Czech Republic. Along the way he has sung in venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley stadium, and the Royal Albert Hall – as well as recording in iconic studios such as Abbey Road in London and Capitol Records in LA. Matt’s best known songs include The Heart of Worship, Blessed Be Your Name, Our God – and the double-Grammy winning 10,000 Reasons. More recent co-writes include Do It Again and Build my Life.
Mark Sayers is the Senior Leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He provides visionary leadership and teaching for Red Church and is gifted in prophetically speaking into the intersection of faith and culture. Mark is married to Trudi, and they have a daughter, Grace, and twin boys Billy and Hudson. Mark has written a number of books that speak directly into leadership, culture and identity.
Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist, Ruth holds a doctorate from King’s College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24-7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle:Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living:Faith and Community in an age of Consumerism, and has written the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, entitled Saying Yes to Life.
Pete Greig is a best-selling author, pastor and founder of the 24-7 Prayer movement which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is also the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund, and teaches at St Mellitus Theological College in London. Pete’s books include ‘Red Moon Rising’, ‘God on Mute’, ‘The Prayer Course’, ‘Dirty Glory’ and most recently ‘How to Pray’.
Sammy, along with her husband Pete, team leads Emmaus Road in Guildford. Working together in team ministry since they were first married more than 20 years ago, Sammy & Pete have planted two churches. With a background in business, Sammy is a proud mum to two teenage boys, and can often be found reading highbrow books in quiet corners of local coffee shops. Less impressively, she admits to having watched the Bridget Jones movie more than thirty times, and to having once been lead singer in a pub covers band.
Ken Costa has worked in investment banking for over 40 years, and now runs his own consulting firm. In 2016, he was nominated as one of the top 5 deal advisors of the last twenty years in Europe. Ken is passionate about people, and particularly young people as they enter the workplace. He has written two books, God at Work and Know your Why. He has been involved at HTB for over 40 years, where he preaches regularly.
Gemma Hunt is a BAFTA award-winning TV presenter. Gemma has been working on TV since 2003, on CBBC and CBeebies programmes including the pirate gameshow Swashbuckle. She also presents live at festivals around the UK and runs workshops. Gemma is also the face of Alpha film series.
Singer, songwriter Seth is an entrepreneur who leads the Chosen Inc group which includes many ventures such as Symphony Co, a UK based charity seeking to build platforms and create spaces to better serve the community, culture and church. He attends I Can Community Church in East London and is the Head of ACE at Tearfund.
Pete Hughes, with his wife Bee, leads KXC, an Anglican church in the heart of central London. They planted the church in 2010 with the simple vision to recklessly give themselves away to God, each other, and the people of King’s Cross and beyond.
Tim is the Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church Birmingham, which he leads alongside his wife, Rachel. He is a worship leader and song writer known for songs such as “Here I Am to Worship”, “Happy Day”, “The Way”, and “Hope and Glory”. He also pioneered Worship Central, a movement of worship leaders and musicians with a desire to see people encounter God, be equippedas worship leaders so that the local church can be empowered. He has four children, Phoebe, Simeon, Lois and Judah.
Ness is married to Rich, they have two daughters, Amelie and Lauren. Ness is the Team leader of Open Heaven Church in Loughborough which was planted with a bunch of friends in 1993 when they graduated from Uni together. Open Heaven is now 1 church with 3 expressions and has sent out a couple of church plants. Ness is the Pioneer UK Leader and a champion for women in leadership.
Praise Ship Orbitron is a praise party run by Chip Kendall and his awesome crew, jam-packed with music, games, costumes and fun that will not only entertain but lead children to a new dimension on their spiritual journey of worship.
Presence Project was created by DJ and composer, Andy Hunter, born out of a desire to draw closer to the source of his inspiration and creativity. Andy wanted to find a way to ‘be’ in God’s presence, to reflect, meditate & pray. Presence Project weaves together music, film, poetry and photography to deepen people’s connection to God.
Dot leads Tearfund’s youth and young adult team. She is passionate about seeing people find their place in the global story, understanding the connections and impacts our lives can have. When Dot’s not excitedly talking about the world, you will find her digging foundations for a garage or playing in a good Welsh park with her family. Dot is on the leadership team for the Youth venue at Wildfires.
Brian is the International Prayer Director for 24-7 Prayer, having previously served as the National UK Director; he has served on the International Oversight team throughout this time. Brian also works at Lambeth Palace as International Ecumenical Lead for “Thy Kingdom Come”, an initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Prior to this, Brian and his wife, Tracy, pioneered the work of 24-7 Prayer in the party area of Ibiza, Spain, where they lived for 8 years, developing rhythms of prayer and mission, with a heart to bring about change in a place the British press once described as Sodom and Gomorrah. His book, “Gatecrashing”, tells the story of 24-7 Prayer in Ibiza. Before living in Ibiza, Brian was the Senior Pastor of a thriving church in Norfolk, England. Brian is a gifted and passionate communicator with a real heart for prayer, mission and justice. He is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives in England. Brian and Tracy have two adult sons.
Yo Street Zone’ is a professional football skills coaching organisation based in Margate, Kent. They specialise in teaching skills, ball control, freestyle and panna football, helping football players to be more confident and creative with the ball. They believe that football skills coaching is a vital ingredient in developing the footballers of tomorrow!
John has been involved in Christian ministry for over 30 years. He helped plant a church which later became the first Vineyard church in Scotland, and has travelled in various nations speaking on prophecy, spiritual gifts, and healing. Over the last number of years he has seen signs, wonders, and miracles and have ministered in various contexts throughout the world. He lives in Glasgow with his wonderful wife Anne and his delightful son Jaz. He has been married to Anne for 29 years. His passion is to see a generation that will display the wonderful works of God in all of life.
Rachel is married to Tim and together they have 4 young children. She is the co-lead Pastor of Gas Street in Birmingham; a church they planted in 2015. Rachel has a background in Television & Media and also served on the staff team at HTB for several years. She is passionate about seeing God’s Kingdom come in Birmingham, and communicating the freedom and transformation that comes through a relationship with Jesus.
Mike with his wife Stella, leads Global Generation Church (Glo) in Margate and is part of the the 24-7 Prayer International oversight team. Part of his role at 24-7 Prayer is to oversee Wildfires Festival. He was recently awarded the Queens honour for his commitment to creating innovative solutions to community transformation and the reduction of poverty. He passionately believes in a gospel of salvation and transformation.
Bee Hughes, along with her husband Pete, leads KXC, an Anglican church in the heart of central London. They planted the church in 2010 with the simple vision to recklessly give themselves away to God, each other, and the people of King’s Cross and beyond.
Adam has been part of Emmaus Rd for several years and joined the staff team in April ’18 as our Strategic Director and Evening Service Pastor which he leads with his wife Hannah. Adam also heads up operations for the global 24-7 Prayer movement. He is a graduate from Southampton University and trained at Bethel Church in Redding, California.
REBOOT is part of the Zacharias Trust. They meet in major cities across the globe to explore questions such as ‘How can we know God exists?’, ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ and ‘Hasn’t science disproved God?’. REBOOT provides a place for young people, with or without any faith or church background, to raise their objections and investigate different perspectives on life.
Josh Rouse is the worship pastor at St Swithin’s Church in Lincoln and is passionate about seeing young people encounter God in worship. Josh has also been historically involved in the youth programme at Spring Harvest.
Roger Ellis has 2 obsessions: raising up a generation to change the world… and carp fishing (which he will talk about to anyone who will listen. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!) When he’s not up to his waist in pond water, Roger oversees 24-7 Prayer’s training and development. In the past, Roger has pioneered and led the UK student ministry Fusion and Revelation Church, Chichester. He is the author of several books including ‘Essence: The Manifesto of Jesus’… and runs his own fishing business.
Matt teaches Old Testament and serves as Academic Dean at WTC. Matt is the author of Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and various articles on the Old Testament. He also co-hosts a podcast on biblical studies (onscript.study) and blogs regularly at theologicalmisc.net. Matt is particularly interested in helping students grasp the theological and literary contours of the Old Testament, wrestle through its ethical and historical challenges and understand its ongoing significance. Matt is married and has two children.
Jasper was born in the Netherlands and lived there for the first 18 years of his life. After studying Theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium, he moved to Scotland for further study and has just finished his PhD studies at the University of St Andrews. While in St Andrews, he met his wife and they have been married for 2 years. One of Jasper’s main passions is to show the church today what beauty, wisdom, and truth can be found in the theology of the early church.
Rich leads Fusion, a movement that is passionate about student mission seeking to equip students, serve churches and develop student workers all across the world. Rich is married to Ness and they live in Loughborough with their two daughters.
Jill Weber works at 24-7 Prayer as Director of Spiritual Formation. She is also the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, a lay ecumenical religious order. She is a trained spiritual director and a writer. Jill is passionate about helping others be awake and responsive to the presence and the activity of God in their lives.
The Killer Groove is a covers band that have played regularly together for over 5 years. They are made up of high level London-based session musicians.
Paul is the leader of New Generation Church in Sidcup. He serves on the leadership team of Pioneer network of churches and the leadership for Spring Harvest. Paul’s passion for the church saw him llaunch ‘Lark in the Park’ in 1996 which is now Sidcup’s main summer event, attracting around 1,500 people every day. He is also the visionary behind Hope Community School, Bexley’s first free school which opened in September 2013. Paul is married to Paula and they have two children.
Steve Morris spent several years in Cape Town, South Africa, working as part of the CEO Team for The Sozo Foundation; an NGO employing 36 staff and working with over 150 young adults a day on the township of Vrygrond. Steve was one of the key pioneers of the Sozo Youth Café, an innovative project helping unemployed young people find work through skills’ training run in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Social Development. He now lives, along with his wife Diana and three children, in Ramsgate working at Glo and supporting businesses through coaching.
Liz is the Executive Director of One Life, an organisation which exists to equip young people and students to become exceptional leaders in every sphere of society.After being a youth worker for 11 years, Liz started working for Onelife. Her passion for young people and discipleship fuels everything she does. Liz loves spending time in Cornwall with her husband, Stew and two children. Liz is on the leadership team for the Youth venue at Wildfires.
Jess Bailey has been teaching History and Politics in Surrey for the last 8 years. Having done many different pastoral roles, she is very aware of the pressures during exam season so will be on hand with emergency pick ‘n’ mix and a whole lot of prayer. If you are passionate about education, love stationery or just fancy a chat about the Cold War…then she’s the one to find. Jess leads the Revision Space at Wildfires.
Paula co-leads New Generation Church in Sidcup with her husband, Paul and has invested specifically in developing Sparkles, the church’s preschool project which has grown significantly over the years. Paula has a passion for the supernatural and loves to see lives impacted by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
Stella, with her husband Mike, leads Global Generation Church (Glo) in Margate with her focus specifically on developing the spiritual and pastoral care of the congregation. Stella is passionate about seeing the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit changing lives in the community and runs a regular Healing Rooms ministry in multiple locations throughout the area.
Dan is a Children and Families worker at Revelation Family Church, Chichester. He loves messy play and being creative in bringing God’s story of our rescue to children of all ages. He has a bubbly and energetic young family and can’t wait to share in the Wildfires journey with them this year. Apart from that… he loves good coffee, artisan bread, being on the beach and one day would like to have a goldfish. Dan leads Sparks, the 3-4’s venue at Wildfires.
Sam grew up in the north-east of Scotland before moving to Guildford where he attends Emmaus Road. Sam works with in the children and youth work at Emmaus where he is passionate about creating a safe place for young people to have fun and be themselves and to experience the kingdom of god. Sam leads Ignite, the 8-10’s Children’s Venue at Wildfires.
Rachel is married to Toby and has three children. Rachel takes a lead on the teaching programmes at Glo Torbay and loves helping others to find truth that transforms them in their everyday life. Rachel also finds time to run a Sing ‘n’ Sign franchise, helping little ones with early communication. Rachel leads the 0-2’s Children’s Venue at Wildfires.
Naomi founded Growing Hope a charity providing free therapy for children and young people with additional needs in partnership with local churches. She works as an occupational therapist with Growing Hope as part of the KXC staff team and is also Head of Accessible Church ministry for New Wine. Naomi leads the adult accessibility team at Wildfires.
Naomi is married to Ayd Halse with two young boys, and is the Children’s Pastor for Global Generation Church. She has a passion to see children experience and know God in every way they can and help them to build an everlasting relationship with God. Naomi has been part of the children’s work at Glo for more than 7 Years and is also on the oversight team. Naomi also leads the 5-7’s Children’s Venue at Wildfires.
Matt, a keen runner, mountain biker and formula one fan, heads up the youth and kids work at Emmaus Rd Church in Guildford. Originally from Southampton, he studied youth & community work with applied theology before moving to Guildford to join the team 6 years ago. Matt is married to Paz who he met in Spain whilst at a 24-7 Prayer gathering. He is passionate about seeing young people realise their potential, discover their gifts and get to know Jesus. Matt is part of the leadership team for the Youth venue at Wildfires.
James has been working with young people in the area of Thanet, Kent since the age of 18 and has a real passion to see them reach their full potential in whatever area of life they want to go in to. He has been the Youth Pastor for Global Generation Church in Margate for the last 5 years and runs a Youth and Community charity, called Pipeline, within the local area. James is part of the leadership team for the Youth Venue at Wildfires.
Josie is the Additional Support Pastor at Global Generation Church and lives with her husband Ben in Broadstairs. Originally from Gravesend, Josie has experience of working in specialist schools in Kent and has a huge passion for inclusion and supporting those of all ages with additional needs.