Jonathan David and Melissa Helser lead worship from a confident vision to see the love of God transform the Earth. They are passionate lovers of Jesus and the global Church. As well as leading worship and the Cageless Birds collective, Jonathan and Melissa invest heavily in discipleship. They want 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.
Bold and innovative, Stephen Chandler’s preaching is as encouraging as it is life-giving. He is the founder and senior pastor of Union Church in Columbia, which has grown into a community of thousands since it began in 2011. Under his charismatic leadership, Union Church has become known for its culture of pursuing God-given purpose, and its focus on leading whole families into a passionate relationship with God.
Author of ‘The Art of Neighboring’, Jay Pathak is a sought-after speaker, coach and leader committed to engaging and impacting those outside the church walls just as much as those within. Jay is the National Director of Vineyard USA and Lead Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard (MHV), and strategically guides the mission and vision of all the MHV neighbourhood churches. Along with his team, Jay has worked to build the church into a vibrant community, developing partnerships throughout the city and across denominational lines, effecting Kingdom transformation at every turn.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Pete Portal is originally from London but has lived in Cape Town since 2009. Pete and his wife Sarah live with young men coming out of gangsterism and drug addiction and, along with a team of friends, disciple and re-parent these young men into faith, freedom and wholeness.
Pete’s first book, No Neutral Ground, drew on his experiences from a decade working and living in Manenberg as well as his theological studies.
Dr Krish Kandiah – director of the Sanctuary Foundation and Chair of the government’s Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. His book God is Stranger offers biblical inspiration for unlocking the power of hospitality in your life.
In 2007, Zoe and Andy suffered the loss of their first baby. It was a devastating experience, that was sadly followed by two more losses, prior to the birth or their first daughter in 2009. Tragically they went on to lose a further two babies, prior to the birth or their next daughter in 2011. Having walked through this traumatic period, the couple were not only shocked at the scale of baby loss in the UK and globally, but at the lack of support that existed.
In 2012, they decided that they would use their expertise as international event and marketing directors, to organise a national service of remembrance for anyone who had suffered baby loss, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
Zoe and Andy are both strong campaigners for support and change to current bereavement care, with Zoe co-chairing the Governments ‘National Pregnancy Loss’ review as well as being a best selling author of three books on baby loss, loss and grief.
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’.
Professor John Wyatt is an academic, medic and author who is fascinated by the challenges of cutting edge technology and how these raise new questions about what it means to be human. He co-edited a recent book The Robot Will See You Now: Artificial Intelligence and Christian Faith. He podcasts at Premier Unbelievable: Matters of Life and Death and his website is johnwyatt.com.
Lucy is one of the UK’s leading teachers on spiritual formation and Christian doctrine. A prolific author and theologian, she holds an impressive number of degrees(!) and has been Principal at Westminster Theological Centre since 2013. Lucy’s wide-ranging research interests include discipleship, anthropology, and women in the Bible. She is part of Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol, which is led by her husband, Nick Crawley.
As one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival, Pete is the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd churches in Guildford, Woking and Aldershot, and the bewildered founder of 24-7 Prayer International. He is an Ambassador for Tearfund, a member of the Order of the Mustard Seed (OMS) and a host of the Lectio 365 daily devotional. His latest book is How To Hear God: A Simple Guide For Normal People
|Mark is at the forefront of the conversation on the future of the church and spiritual renewal. He is an author and respected commentator on culture (well-known for the podcast ‘This Cultural Moment’ as well as books including ‘Strange Days’ and ‘Reappearing Church’). Mark is the Senior Leader of Red Church in Melbourne where he lives with his wife, Trudi, and their three children.|
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.
As one of the founding convenors of the Wildfires Festival, Sammy is the senior pastor, alongside Pete, of Emmaus Rd churches in Guildford, Woking and Aldershot. She is also a qualified integrative Christian counsellor. Sammy and Pete split their time between a barge on the River Wey near Guildford, and a house perched on a clifftop on the Isle of Wight. She is a proud mum to two adult 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 30 times, and to having once been lead singer in a pub covers band.
Unique and United is a prayer resource being developed to empower the UK church to pray and act against racial injustice in our part of the world. The team (members of Emmaus Rd, Gas Street, Southhampton Lighthouse International and Naujavan) have a deep passion to see genuine transformation & healing in the area of cultural unity. Their go-to scripture is Revelation 7:9-11, and they love to laugh together… a lot!
As a speaker, teacher, mentor, mother of two, wife, and entrepreneur, Leah Chilengwe is just getting started. With years of corporate experience speaking both to businesses and individuals, Leah’s passion is to see people embracing their core identity so they can live authentic lives; especially in this current tumultuous climate. Leah is also the author of her debut book ‘All Grown Up’.
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’.
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.
Rachel is the Director of Partnerships at Youthscape and has a background in youth work. She was involved in developing the Romance Academy, a national project to promote healthy relationships with young people, which kickstarted with a series on the BBC. Rachel continues to support the work of The Girls Brigade as their President and has written several books to help support young people, especially, young girls, to develop their confidence and identity. Rachel moved north with her husband and family to help lead a church in Preston.
Peter’s passion is rooted in the intersection between faith and culture. Formerly a barrister and theology student, he is now the UK director of the Evangelical Alliance which has a 176 year history of sharing the gospel, lifting voices of hope, and building unity in making Jesus known. He co-leads the Being Human project with a mission to inspire and equip Christians to understand, articulate and participate in the biblical vision of humanity. Peter serves at Causeway Coast Vineyard and makes regular appearances as a media commentator.
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.
Dot wants to see people find their place in the global story, understanding the connections and impacts our lives can have. She is the Youth and Young Adult team leader at the NGO Tearfund. 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.
Liz is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief of Staff at Tearfund, with responsibility for embedding effective change management and inclusion across the internal culture and external programming. She is also a trustee and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Conciliation Resources, a peacebuilding NGO. She is the author of a chapter in ‘Theologies and Practices of Inclusion: Insights from a faith-based relief, development and advocacy organisation.
Hannah leads Tearfund’s work supporting churches to respond to the climate crisis. She is passionate about seeing people capture God’s heart for justice and respond through a life of worship. She lives in West London with her husband, Dan, and their two young children. She also has a slight obsession with loose leaf tea.
Jack is a Senior Campaigner at Tearfund, supporting Christians to speak up, live differently and join the movement for climate justice. He’s passionate about Jesus, zero-waste and mountain climbing.
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.
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 in their spiritual journey of worship.
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!
For over 30 years, John has witnessed signs, wonders and miracles as he’s ministered in different nations and contexts. His involvement in various aspects of Christian leadership has taken him around the world, training and activating thousands in prophetic ministry, spiritual gifts and healing. He also helped to plant the first Vineyard church in Scotland and currently lives in Glasgow with his wife Anne and son Jaz. His passion is to see the people of God equipped to hear God for themselves and for others, in order for the Church to become all that she should be as the bride of Christ.
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.
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
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
Dan is the Youth Director for Hope Together and has also been working as a youth pastor in his local church in Lancashire for over a decade. He is passionate about seeing young people in the UK stirred for mission and evangelism.
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.
Zeke has been involved in youth work for the last 17 years and has a passion to see young people come to know and love Jesus. He works for Dreaming The Impossible as part of the senior team, the youth pastor at Vineyard 61 church and lives in London. His best friend happens to be his wife Ellie and he loves football, good food and his dog Gus.
Everything Liz does is fuelled by her passion for young people’s character development, leadership skills and deep-end discipleship. After 11 years as a youth worker, she began working for Onelife, an organisation which exists to equip young people and students to become exceptional leaders in every sphere of society. She is now Executive Director, encouraging the team, young people and churches nationwide to reach for the potential before them. Liz is on the leadership team for the Youth venue at Wildfires