Maverick City started with a dream to make space for folk that would otherwise live in their own separate worlds. To break the unspoken rules that exist in the CCM and Gospel World! But more importantly to be a mega phone for a community of creatives that have been pushed to the margins of the industry of Church Music. What brings them together, and that sound that is vivaciously smacking you in the face the first time you hit play on on a Maverick track, isn’t the sound of a community that centered around their deprivation, it’s the audacious sound of true belonging: The beautiful harmony of long lost family.
Jonathan and Melissa Helser are worship leaders who have pursued a multi-generational vision to see the love of God transform the Earth. They are passionate lovers of Jesus and believers in people. They love the global Church and getting to lead worship around the world. In addition to leading worship and the Cageless Birds collective, Jonathan and Melissa give the majority of their year to discipleship. One of their strongest desires is to see the children of God walking in the fullness of their identities and building strong, sustainable friendships with the Holy Spirit that will continue to serve them their whole lives.
Ness 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 a champion for women in leadership. She is married to Rich, they have two daughters, Amelie and Lauren.
Tim is the Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church Birmingham, which he leads alongside his wife, Rachel. He is a worship leader and songwriter 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 equipped as worship leaders so that the local church can be empowered. He has four children; Phoebe, Simeon, Lois and Judah.
Rachel is the Lead Pastor of Gas Street alongside 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 & media and worked for the BBC in London before joining the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) where she lead the Creativity & Arts Dept. Whilst at HTB, Rachel was involved in teaching and leading whilst also raising four young children; Phoebe, Simeon, Lois and Judah. Rachel has recently pioneered a national ministry to empower women called ‘The Orchard’.
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’.
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.
Nick and Becky Drake founded Worship For Everyone in 2010. Worship for Everyone is a Christian faith based movement resourcing churches, schools and families with excellent songs that are engaging for both children and adults. They 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.
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.
Mike with his wife Stella, leads Global Generation Church (Glo) in Margate and is part of the the 24-7 Prayer International Team Leader. 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.
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.
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.
Gas Street Music is a worship community based at Gas Street Church in Birmingham, UK. They believe everything we do should be woven in worship, with a focus to wholeheartedly lead people into an encounter with Jesus.
Adam has been part of Emmaus Rd for several years and joined the staff team in April ’18 and also headed up operations for the global 24-7 Prayer movement for several years. He is a graduate from Southampton University and trained at Bethel Church in Redding, California. Adam is now the Regional Team Leader for Emmaus Road.
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.
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.
Joel is originally from Dagenham in East London and is now the Youth Pastor of Emmaus Rd Church. He’s has been working with young people for 8 years and has a degree in youth work and theology. He loves movies, music, video games, FOOD, American sport and is passionate about discipleship and helping young people live their lives to the full!!
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.