Eleanor Mumford, along with her husband John, planted the SW London Vineyard in 1987. They also led the Vineyard movement in the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. Currently they are co-ordinators of the Vineyard International Executive and involved with the development of the global Vineyard movement. Eleanor speaks and teaches across the Vineyard and the wider body of Christ.
Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), and we are thrilled to welcome him to Wildfires. Pastor Enoch was listed as one of the fifty most powerful people on earth by Newsweek magazine and we’re so excited to learn from a revival leader and receive a fresh impartation of faith. The RCCG is one of the fastest-growing church movements on earth. 1 million people attend their monthly prayer meeting just outside Lagos, Nigeria. 40,000 attend their all-night prayer gatherings at London’s Excel Centre. They have spread into 198 nations and they are planting new congregations at a phenomenal rate.
John Mark Comer is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church, right in the centre of the city, and also the author of My Name is Hope, Loveology, Garden City, and most recently, God has a Name. John Mark has a Masters Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary and lives in Portland, OR, with his wife Tammy and three kids – Jude, Moses and Sunday.
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. He has also written a number of books that speak directly into leadership, culture and identity. Mark is married to Trudi, and they have a daughter, Grace, and twin boys Billy and Hudson.
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
Miriam is the Global Student Mission Leader for Fusion, mobilising the local church to reach students and students to share Jesus all over Europe and beyond. She lives in Middlesbrough in the North East of England where she is having a brilliant time learning how to love her neighbours.
Billy Kennedy is Senior Leader of New Community Church, Southampton and the leader of the Pioneer network of churches. He also serves as a Visitor for 24-7 Prayer’s Order of the Mustard Seed community.
Kiera Phyo works for Archbishop Justin Welby where she is Director of the Reconciling Leaders Network, and is developing a global movement of peacemakers.
Simon Benham is the Senior Pastor of Kerith Community Church. He is married to Catrina and is also a proud father to Zak, Jacob & Alice.
Steve Morris is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and works 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. Currently, Steve holds specific responsibility for developing The Sozo Foundation’s social enterprise programme. Steve has been 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.
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.
Gemma Hunt is a BAFTA award-winning TV presenter. She has been working on TV since 2003, on CBBC and CBeebies programmes including the pirate gameshow Swashbuckle. Gemma also presents live at festivals around the UK and runs workshops. She is also the face of Alpha film series.
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 also on the Pioneer Core Team and is the Regional Leader for Pioneer Midlands and a champion for women in leadership.
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.
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
Brian is the International Prayer Director for 24-7 Prayer, having previously served as the National UK Director. Brian also works at Lambeth Palace as International Ecumenical Lead for “Thy Kingdom Come”; an initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Before this, Brian and his wife Tracy pioneered the work of 24-7 Prayer in Ibiza, Spain, which he has written about in his book Gatecrashing. Brian is a gifted communicator with a passion for prayer, mission and justice. He is married to Tracy and they 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!
Carla is the National Director for 24-7 Prayer Great Britain. Her life was hijacked by God in 1999 during a two hour stint in the first ever 24-7 Prayer Room. Carla lives in Chichester, UK with her husband and their two kid. She is passionate about singing, food with friends and helping people learn to pray.
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.
King’s Village is a group of worshippers, creatives and musicians from Arun Church on the south coast of England.
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’, and ‘Dirty Glory’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Heather is the Operations Director for 24-7 Prayer and leads the evening congregation for Emmaus Rd. He lives in Guildford with his wife Hannah and their daughter Thea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen is WTC’s Dean of Theology for the Local Church and the Director and primary teacher of Tent Theology. For over two decades he has been delivering real theology to thousands of Christians around the world in churches, universities, schools, festivals, political party conferences, youth camps, newspapers, magazines, television and podcasts.
Maggie works as a Business consultant within McKinsey and freelance. She provides Executive Coaching, facilitates leadership development journeys and large scale culture transformations for big companies. Previously she founded and directed Lifecentre charity providing specialist support services for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Prior to that she led Revelation church.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah is part of the Wildfires Event Team as well as being involved in Global Generation Church in Margate, where she is helping to develop the discipleship within the church especially around new believers. Sarah and her husband Jamie moved to Margate a couple of years ago, after living in London for 10 years where they enjoyed leading a student ministry together.
Dan belongs to St Werburgh’s Church in Derby and has been involved in leading youth work for over 10 years. He is married to Esther and works in a secondary school in Nottingham as Head of Philosophy and Religion.
Christian is the Chief Executive of Justice and Care, an NGO fighting slavery in the UK and overseas by supporting survivors, partnering with police to stop human traffickers and working with Governments to create systemic change. Before joining Justice and Care he worked in 10 Downing Street as a Special Adviser to David Cameron, responsible for poverty and social justice policy. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank working in British politics to solve some of the country’s deepest social problems. Christian recently helped lead a review of the Modern Slavery Act for the UK Government. He is married to Rebecca and they have three young children.
John is married to his beautiful wife Eleanor they both played a significant leadership role within the Vineyard family of churches, both in the UK and overseas for over 20 year where in 2015 they stepped down.
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.
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.
Sam grew up in the north-east of Scotland before moving to Guildford where he attends Emmaus Rd. Sam works with 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.
Ella grew up around Guildford, Ella has taken on the role as the children and youth intern at Emmaus Rd where she is passionate about helping children and young people to feel safe and loved and watching Jesus impacting their lives as they grow in faith (and size).
Hannah is originally from Northern Ireland and has also lived in St Andrews, Scotland where she studied theology under NT Wright. She is a regular speaker and Bible teacher at Emmaus Rd in Guildford. Hannah works for 24-7 Prayer and is passionate about seeing a generation discipled in radical intimacy. Hannah is married to Adam and they have a little girl called Thea. Together they lead the evening service at Emmaus Rd.
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.
Heather is the Site Pastor at Kerith Blackwater Valley. She has a passion for the local church, for God’s word and creating the soil where God transforms lives. She lives in Hampshire with her husband Ben, her son Jasper and their over-sized, fluffy dog Wilbur.
Rich & Lydia DiCas are wild worshippers whose hearts burn to see God’s love transform people wherever they go. Having experienced the incredible healing power of the Father’s love, they are passionate about seeing the most broken and abused come into freedom and fullness of life. They have been married for 7 years and are parents to River and David Joshua. They now live in Tunbridge Wells where Rich works as UK Event Director for David’s Tent.
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.
Pete is the Associate Leader at KXC in London. He is married to Ana and together they have two wonderful boys.
Matt teaches Old Testament and serves as Academic Dean at Westminster Theological College. 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. He is married and has two children.
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.
Adam Dyer is leader of Yeovil Community Church in Somerset. He is a speaker, a strategic advisor and a consultant for churches and councils in community transformation. He is author of Unknown: what if God’s not like that. He is also regional advisor for Cinnamon Network. He is married to Rachel and father to Jacob, Emilia, Zachary and Elijah
Theo, with his wife Sarah, lead the Central congregation at New Community Church, Southampton.
Andy Flannagan is a Luton-based, Irish singer-songwriter. His album “Drowning in the Shallow” was described as a “near-perfect album” by Cross Rhythms magazine, but he is still disappointingly imperfect – www.andyflan.com. A key driving passion of Andy’s is to see a just re-wiring of the global economic system. He is also Executive Director of www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk taking the message of positive political engagement to the church.
Jo Herbert-James is The Justice Conference UK Director and works for Tearfund as their Theology and Networks Manager (USA & Europe) taking holistic mission theology to wider audiences. Her Masters in Theology in Ministry from King’s College London specialised in the faith of Millennials, the impact of consumerism and ethical living.
Joshua Luke Smith is a wordsmith packed with ammo. As a preacher, poet and producer he creates from the mandate to ‘Speak Into The Chaos’. Joshua has a unique perspective on the world from both education and experience. After being Born in London, and raised in Pakistan, he ultimately settled in Bath, U.K. where he studied Philosophy. At 21 years old he founded the creative community and record label “Orphan No More” and at 25 became a Pastor at Bath City Church. 2018 saw his TED Talk X talk being released, a US and EU tour, a million streams of his debut EP as well as a collaboration with renowned hip-hop Veteran, Oddisee and features in Clash magazine, Complex and BBC 1xtra. In 2019 you will find Joshua at work on new music, writing and publishing his first book, as well as touring and traveling the world, playing music and speaking on matters of justice, creativity and transformation.
James is a founder of Phoenix Equity Partners, a private equity firm. Until 2018, he was a Managing Partner at which point he went part time in order to spend more time on his charitable interests. Ten years ago, having been impassioned about the issue of modern day slavery, James and his wife Julia backed a small group of professionals working in India to form Justice and Care. They were convinced that another approach to tackling the issue was needed. Today it has front line operations in Europe and South Asia. James and Julia have three children.
Zoe Clark-Coates BCAh is an award winning charity CEO, business leader and TV show host. Following the loss of five babies, she co-founded the charity ‘The Mariposa Trust’ (widely known by the name of its primary division ‘sayinggoodbye.org’) with her husband Andy, enabling her to use her training as a counsellor, as well as her business expertise. As an innovative leader, she has steered the charity to become a leading support organisation in the UK and globally, providing support that reaches over 50,000 people each week. She has her own TV talk show called ‘Soul Tears’ where she interviews celebrities and people of note about their journeys through loss. In March 2018 she was appointed by the Sectary of State for Health as co-chair of the National Pregnancy Loss Review, this is the first government review ever conducted into the care and support provided to all people, who lose babies prior to 24-weeks gestation.
Cristina Gavrilovic is the Europeans Programme Manager for Justice and Care
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