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    We have some amazing people contributing towards Wildfires 2023:
    Tyler Staton
    Lead Pastor of Bridgetown Church, Portland, Oregon

    Tyler Staton

    Lead Pastor of Bridgetown Church, Portland, Oregon

    Tyler’s burning passion is the formation of a community established through prayer, that is unexplainable apart from the love and power of God. He is the Lead Pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, where he lives with his wife, Kirsten, and their three sons. He is also honoured to be the National Director for 24-7 Prayer USA. Tyler is the author of ‘Searching for Enough’ and is currently working on a second book, on the topic of prayer.

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    James Aladiran
    Leader of Prayer Storm

    James Aladiran

    Leader of Prayer Storm

    James leads Prayer Storm a movement of worship & Intercession which equips the church to be in prayer as well as gathering people from across the UK to fast and pray for the Nation believing God for a great spiritual awakening. Since starting in May 2009 Prayer Storm has become a catalytic movement in seeing many catch a heart intercession, starting regular prayer meetings in churches, schools, universities and work places.

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    Damilola Makinde
    Evangelism Pastor at KXC, London

    Damilola Makinde

    Evangelism Pastor at KXC, London

    Rapidly emerging as a key voice in the evangelism conversation within the UK church, Damilola Makinde is gifted to hear God speak, and committed to inviting those around her into an encounter with Him. Damilola is the Evangelism Pastor at KXC and Advocacy Engagement Lead at the Evangelical Alliance. Born in London, raised in Ireland and of Nigerian heritage, it is not unusual for people to be stumped by her accent!

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    Tim Hughes
    Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church, Birmingham

    Tim Hughes

    Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church, Birmingham

    As one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival, Tim is best known as the worship leader and songwriter behind songs such as ‘Here I Am To Worship’, ‘Happy Day’ and ‘The Way’. He has a desire to see people encounter God and be fully equipped as worship leaders, so that the local church can be empowered. As a result of this, he pioneered Worship Central – an international movement of worship leaders and musicians. Tim is also the Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church alongside his wife, Rachel, and they have four children.

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    Nick and Becky Drake
    Founders of Worship for Everyone

    Nick and Becky Drake

    Founders of Worship for Everyone

    Since 2010, Nick and Becky’s faith-based movement Worship for Everyone has resourced churches, schools and families with Spirit-filled songs that are engaging for both children and adults. Nick and Becky are now based in Birmingham where Becky works as a School Chaplain at The Blue Coat School while Nick is ordained in the Church of England at Gas Street Church. They have four children and together also run ‘Family at 4’ – an interactive Facebook Live show launched in 2020.

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    Rachel Hughes
    Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church, Birmingham

    Rachel Hughes

    Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church, Birmingham

    As one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival, a powerhouse of creativity, leadership and teaching, Rachel is the Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church with her husband, Tim. She is passionate about communicating the liberating power of God’s truth and seeing His Kingdom come in Birmingham. Rachel has a background in television and media, and worked for the BBC in London before joining the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) where she led the Creativity & Arts Department while also raising four young children. More recently, Rachel has pioneered a national ministry to empower women called ‘The Orchard’.

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    Ness Wilson
    Team Leader of Open Heaven, Loughborough & Pioneer UK Leader

    Ness Wilson

    Team Leader of Open Heaven, Loughborough & Pioneer UK Leader

    As one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival, Ness is a true champion of women in leadership and is the Team Leader of Open Heaven, a church in Loughborough which was planted with friends in 1993 when they graduated from university together. Open Heaven is now one church with multiple expressions and has sent out a number of church plants. Ness is the Pioneer UK Leader and relentlessly empowers and raises up other female leaders. She is married to Rich who heads up Fusion, the national student movement.

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    Pete Greig
    Founder of 24-7 Prayer & Team Leader of Emmaus Road Church, Guildford

    Pete Greig

    Founder of 24-7 Prayer & Team Leader of Emmaus Road Church, Guildford

    Pete Greig is the increasingly bewildered founder of the 24-7 Prayer movement, Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, and a leader at Waverley Abbey. He is an Ambassador for Tearfund, a member of The Order of the Mustard Seed, and a co-host for the Lectio365 daily devotional. Pete’s latest book is How to Hear God: A Simple Guide for Normal People.  

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    Sammy Greig
    Senior Pastor of Emmaus Road Church, Guildford

    Sammy Greig

    Senior Pastor of Emmaus Road Church, Guildford

    Sammy Greig serves alongside Pete as Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, parent to two adult sons and owner of Crumble the dog. Having lived for many years with her own chronic illness, she now runs her own private counselling practice helping clients process past trauma. Pete and Sammy split their time between a barge on the River Wey and a cliff-top retreat on the Isle of Wight where they host and mentor leaders from around the world.

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    Pete Hughes
    Lead Pastor of KXC, London

    Pete Hughes

    Lead Pastor of KXC, London

    Pete is one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival. KXC is an Anglican church in the heart of central London serving God’s purposes to make all things new. Along with his wife, Bee, Pete Hughes planted the church in 2010, establishing a community with the simple vision to recklessly give themselves away to God, each other, and the people of King’s Cross and beyond. Pete is a highly-regarded figure in the UK church, who has written a book on joining God’s story of recreation, called ‘All Things New’.

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    Bee Hughes
    Lead Pastor of KXC, London

    Bee Hughes

    Lead Pastor of KXC, London

    The driving prophetic force behind King’s Cross Church, Bee Hughes, along with her husband Pete, leads KXC in the heart of central London – a community pursuing God’s redemptive purposes for the city with courage, compassion and creativity. She is a strong advocate for raising up women into leadership, and for fuelling faith in families and children. Bee is one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival.

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    Ken Costa
    Author and Business Leader from Holy Trinity Brompton, London

    Ken Costa

    Author and Business Leader from Holy Trinity Brompton, London

    As one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival, Ken is primarily passionate about Jesus and about people, particularly the emerging generation entering the workplace.
    With over 40 years’ experience in investment banking, he now runs his own consulting firm. In 2016, he was nominated as one of the top 5 deal advisors of the last 20 years in Europe. Ken has written two books, ‘God at Work’ and ‘Know your Why’ and regularly preaches at HTB.

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    Gas Street Music

    Gas Street Music

    Believing everything we do should be woven in worship, Gas Street Music is a worship community based at Gas Street Church in Birmingham, with the shared focus to wholeheartedly lead people into an encounter with Jesus.

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    Nick Herbert
    Prayer Pastor at Gas Street Birmingham

    Nick Herbert

    Prayer Pastor at Gas Street Birmingham

    An ASCAP award winning UK-based songwriter, speaker and worship leader, Nick has worked for several large churches in central London as a worship pastor whilst developing his gifts in songwriting. As Prayer Pastor at Gas Street Church, he helps host Kingdom Come events that have an emphasis on Spirit-led prophetic worship, and is also the songwriting developer for Gas Street Music. Nick regularly runs Capitol Publishing song camps for the next generation and travels to the US to write. His passion for co-writing and encouraging artists has led him to write with many different people, bringing a unique, fun energy to the room!

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    Dan Swires-Hennessy
    Children and Families worker at Revelation Family Church

    Dan Swires-Hennessy

    Children and Families worker at Revelation Family Church

    Dan loves messy play and getting creative in bringing God’s story of rescue to children of all ages, which makes him a captivating Children and Families worker for Revelation Family Church in Chichester. He has a bubbly and energetic young family and can’t wait to share in the Wildfires journey with them this year. He is leading Sparks, the 3-4s venue at Wildfires.

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    Martha Goshawk
    Kids Pastor at Gas Street Church

    Martha Goshawk

    Kids Pastor at Gas Street Church

    Martha is from Birmingham and is the Kids Pastor at Gas Street Church. She’s been part of the GS team since 2018, having worked in Kids, Youth and Love Your Neighbour. She’s passionate about kids loving Jesus and loving church, and about showing Jesus’ love to kids outside of church! Martha likes houseplants, greyhounds, coffee and all things yellow

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    Rich Wilson
    Fusion

    Rich Wilson

    Fusion

    Rich has championed the central role of local churches in student mission for over 25 years, inviting a generation to ‘a call less ordinary’. He leads Fusion, which is a movement passionate about student mission, seeking to equip students, serve churches and develop student workers all across the world. Rich is married to Ness, Team Leader of Open Heaven and Pioneer UK Leader.

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    Sam Rae
    Childrens Pastor Emmaus Rd

    Sam Rae

    Childrens Pastor Emmaus Rd

    All the way from the north-east of Scotland, Sam moved to Guildford where he works with the children and youth at Emmaus Road. He is passionate about creating safe spaces where young people can entirely be themselves, have fun, and experience the Kingdom of God. Sam is leading Ignite, the 8-10s children’s venue at Wildfires.

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    Josh Green
    Youth Director for 24-7 Prayer

    Josh Green

    Youth Director for 24-7 Prayer

    For 14 years Josh helped lead evangelistic mission bands Twelve 24 & Social Beingz, preaching the gospel to hundreds of thousands of young people all around the world. In 2021, God hijacked Josh and put a passion in his heart to work for 24-7 and stir up revival in young people. Josh wants to see young people grow into an army focused on prayer, mission, and justice. This forms the foundation of his role as Youth Director for 24-7 Prayer and head of Youth at Wildfires. In 2017, Josh helped plant SOULCITY Church in Manchester where he lives with his wife Emma and three kids.

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    Grace Wheeler

    Grace Wheeler

    Grace is a follower of Jesus who loves travelling and sharing her faith. Grace is passionate about faith, travel, interior design and spending time with those she loves. She is married to Nathan and they have a little girl called Bonnie-Rae. They have lived in the Midlands for many years but have recently bought a camper van and moved to Cornwall.

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