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THE NATIONAL YOUTH MINISTRY WEEKEND
Tim Hughes leads Worship Central, and along with his wife Rachel has recently pioneered a new church in the city centre of Birmingham, St. Luke’s Gas Street - our venue for NYMW. Tim has written many songs including, Here I Am to Worship, Happy Day, The Way and Hope & Glory. Worship Central is a movement of worshippers who long to see the worship of Jesus Christ made central throughout the world.
Tim and the Worship Central team will be leading worship at NYMW.
Kenda Creasy Dean
Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry.
Kenda is the author of numerous books on youth and the church, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church.
Kenda will be speaking in one of the main sessions at NYMW, and also contributing to our seminar programme.
Pastor, poet, author and missiologist Gerard Kelly is Director, with his wife Chrissie, of The Bless Network, a training and church-planting agency based in Normandy, France. Gerard has worked with Youth for Christ and Spring Harvest in the UK and has lead churches in the Netherlands and France. His books include the novel The Boy Who Loved Rain, published in English, French and Dutch and the recent The Seven Stories That Shape Your Life, a comprehensive guide to finding your place in the mission of God.
Gerard will be speaking in one of the NYMW main sessions and contributing creatively across the programme.
Miriam Swaffield leads all things Student Mission for Fusion, a movement that helps local churches connect with students, and students share Jesus with their mates. She is passionate about raising younger leaders, dabbles in spoken word poetry, and is trying to finish a Masters in theology. She lives in the North, loves the local church, and travels all over the place to equip the church for mission.
Miriam will be contributing to one of our main sessions
Calvin Samuel took up the role of Principal of London School of Theology in January 2017. In his first career, he was a bank manager, but then retrained as a Methodist minister and moved into academia. He is passionate about holiness and Christian discipleship. He is married to Ramona, also a Methodist Minister, and they are parents to Tiana and Fletcher.
Calvin will be speaking in one of our main sessions.
Anji Barker is an Aussie recently transplanted to Birmingham after 12 years living in Bangkok’s biggest slum, Klong Toey, with her family. She and her husband Ash founded ‘Urban Neighbours of Hope’ (UNOH), a mission order of Christians living intentionally in deprived urban areas. Anji is a trained social worker, a passionate speaker, a social entrepreneur and currently works as a chaplain and community builder as part of a local neighbourhood school.
Anji will be telling her story in one of the main sessions at NYMW.
Chris Russell is the vicar of St Laurence, Reading which has a particular mission amongst young people, and he is also Advisor for Evangelism and Witness at Lambeth Palace. He was ordained in 1996 and served on staff at Soul Survivor Watford before becoming vicar of St Laurence, Reading in 2001. He was made a Canon of Christchurch Cathedral Oxford in 2013 and has written a book, Ten Letters (DLT 2012). He is married to Belinda and has three lovely girls.
Chris will be speaking in one of our main sessions.
Rachel Gardner is the Relationship Lead at Youthscape, responsible for pioneering new ways to engage young people in healthy relationships. A best selling author of a number of books for young people, Rachel speaks widely on youth and faith related topics. Outside of her role at Youthscape, Rachel is the President of the Girl’s Brigade England and Wales and a volunteer youth leader at her local church.
Rachel will be hosting our late night programme and contributing to our main session programme.
Patrick Regan is the Founder and CEO of urban youth work charity XLP, an organisation which aims to create positive futures for young people and make a sustainable impact on poverty and educational failure in London. Patrick is the author of several books, the latest of which, When Faith Gets Shaken, explores how we find God in times of suffering. He lives in Chelmsford with his wife Diane and their four children.
Patrick will be contributing to a main session, and taking part in a late-night discussion at NYMW.
Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in New Testament studies with a special interest in the writings of Paul. She works as Director of Mission Learning and Development for the Birmingham Diocese in the Church of England and lives in Birmingham with her husband and two teenaged daughters.
Paula will be speaking in one of our main sessions.
Andy Flannagan is an ex-medic, Irish singer-songwriter with a driving passion to see a just re-wiring of the global economic system. He also annoys MPs at parliament and trains not-yet-politicians as the director of Christians On The Left and Christians In Politics. Andy loves curating organic, interactive worship experiences that address all of God’s character rather than just his warm fuzziness. He lives in Luton with his wife Jen and their two small children.
Andy will be leading worship at NYMW.
As well as being Mental Health Project Manager at Youthscape, Ruth is the team’s resident authority on Love Island, lipstick colours and car purchases. With this eclectic knowledge she’s fairly irreplaceable. Ruth is proud to have been the seventh ever guest on the Youthscape podcast, where she revealed some of the deeper secrets of her past life as a social worker and her Salvation Army childhood. She lives in Buckinghamshire where her two cats, Bluebell and Tetley, tolerate the presence of Ruth and her brilliant husband Matthew in their home.
Ruth is one half of Christendom’s newest and most exciting double-act, Tom ’n’ Ruth. Together they’ll be hosting the main sessions during the weekend.
Tom Clark is the Head of Youth at HTB. Previously he oversaw Alpha - Youth & Students, globally. And before that he was an evangelist and youth worker in York. Tom has a passion to see every young person come to know Jesus and thrive. As of March 2017 he became a dad, thanks mostly to his wife Charlotte. This bright-eyed photograph was taken before that.
Tom will be co-hosting the main sessions at NYMW.
Megan DeWald is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry (IYM) at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she oversees Princeton’s Certificate in Youth and Theology Program and digital content production for youth ministers. Megan has been a devoted practitioner of youth and young adult ministry in a variety of contexts and traditions, from camps and congregations to nonprofits and social movements. Believing in the power of personal story to transcend the boundaries we build between us, Megan is also a writer, poet, activist, and musician.
Megan will be contributing to the seminar programme at the NYMW.
Tim Chaddick is the founding pastor of Reality LA, a thriving church in the heart of Hollywood, California and has since moved to London where he now serves as the Lead Pastor for Reality Church London. Tim has written two books, Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning and The Truth about Lies, both of which were drawn from lessons learned while living and leading a church in LA. Tim and his wife Lindsey live in London with their children.
Tim will be speaking in one of our main sessions.
Abigail Visco Rusert
Abigail Visco Rusert is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry (IYM) at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, USA where she oversees programs that prepare leaders and pastors for the theological task of ministry with young people. Abigail has had the opportunity to work with youth on three continents and in six churches. She worships at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown Pennsylvania, where her husband, Thomas, serves as Pastor. Abigail and Thomas have two daughters, Dorothy and Solveig, who daily inspire dance parties in their kitchen.
Abigail will be contributing to the seminar programme at the NYMW.
Tim has been CEO of Worth Unlimited, a national Christian charity and social enterprise committed to enabling Christians to build hope, unlock potential and realise worth with marginalised young people, since 2002. Professionally qualified in youth and community work, Tim has an MA in Community Education and another in Youth Ministry and Theological Education. With his wife Ria and two daughters, Tim is part of Common Ground an intentional Christian community in an estate in East Birmingham and they have been foster carers for 15 years. Politically active, Tim was a local Councillor in Birmingham for 4 years. In his spare time as well as films, reading, good food, watching sport he likes nothing better than getting out on his bike and has completed Lands End to John O'Groats.
Tim is contributing to our seminar programme.
A life and ministry coach, speaker, author and bible college lecturer, Liz Dumain currently works for the Church of England in Birmingham as Director of Growing Younger, leading teams supporting local youth ministry and mission consultancy, and leads ‘Encounter’ an experimental congregation in her church. Liz longs to see everyone explore an exciting life-long journey of ‘life in all its fullness’; filling her own with coffee, interesting conversation, speciality gin and Jesus (not necessarily in that order!)
Liz will be leading a seminar during the weekend.
Andy and his wife Emma imagined life having a distinctly West Coast US vibe until God caused them to fall in love with a small housing estate in North East Birmingham. 13 years on Andy helps steer Urban Devotion Birmingham (UDB) - an amazing, prayer-orientated team working in Perry Common and 3 nearby estates to support children, young people and families in being all that they were created to be. As well as adoring his wife and 3 daughters Andy is into beards, coffee and cycling.
Andy will be leading a seminar at NYMW
Victoria Etherington works for York Methodist Circuit and the York and Hull District as youth ministry leader. She has a Masters of Divinity and a Master of Arts (Youth Ministry) from Princeton Seminary and has worked as a youth minister in the US and England, for different denominations, as well as being a consultant for Ministry Architects. Victoria believes in ministry by youth as well as for youth and oversees a scheme that not only encourages young people in innovative ministries in their churches but pays them as well!
Victoria will be sharing in our seminar programme.
Len Kageler loves youth, youth ministry, and youth workers. His career, spanning decades, includes full time youth pastoring as well as volunteering and he now teaches youth ministry at Nyack College just outside of New York City. He has written many books including, Don’t Do This…. Learning From the Screw Ups of Youth Ministry Leaders (with J. Hobbs, Youth Cartel, 2016). He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and loves to connect research of all sorts to practical youth ministry applications.
Len will be contributing to our seminar programme, and will also be part of the pastoral team at NYMW.
Jamie Cutteridge is the Salvation Army's Youth Discipleship Specialist. Originally from Worcester, he recently saw the light and now resides in Luton with his awesome wife and half a goldfish. Jamie is passionate about young people and the Church, but also about NFL, films and Star Wars, and is working towards a retirement-career as a professional swan dancer. He holds a firm belief that speaker bios should only be one sentence long.
Jamie will be leading a seminar at NYMW.
Since becoming Deputy CEO at Youthscape, Martin has spent a significant amount of time on a train. He leads Youthscape's innovation process (among other things) and is committed to developing new and exciting things to equip and resource youth workers as they serve in their community. Despite being a wannabe Lutonian, Martin lives in Reigate with his wife, tribe of children and a dog to round them all up. Martin is Youthscape's resident Extreme Extrovert, which means all the staff know plenty about his passions outside of work. Football, cricket, film and the secret life of grasshoppers. He's also the inspiration for "Doing A Saunders" but you'll have to ask the Youthscape team what that means.
Martin will be wherever the other people are during NYMW. Please talk to him.
Chris is the Chief Executive at Youthscape, having been the founding schoolsworker when it started out as the Luton Churches Education Trust back in 1993. His vision for youth and schools work in Luton has led to the growth of the work both locally and nationally, including selfharmUK, schoolsworkUK and the National Youth Ministry Weekend. When he's not at work, Chris comes to work, doubling as the caretaker at Bute Mills - Youthscape's state-of-the-art HQ. The three-year fundraising and renovation project for this led to rumours that the Tom Waits song, What's He Building In There? was composed as a prophetic forerunner for Chris' work. When he's really really not at work, Chris is currently training his puppy, Molly, to take over as CEO when he finally retires.
Chris will be at NYMW. Molly won't. Probably.
Mike Royal has years of experience both in local church youth ministry and having been the National Youth Leader of one of the Pentecostal denominations. He is the national pioneer of TLG The Education Charity that has enabled churches to engage with young people who are not thriving in mainstream education. He has been involved in policy formulation and statutory responses to young people involved in negative peer groups and those in the secure estate. Mike leads on church engagement for the Cinnamon Network and lives in Birmingham.
Mike will be participating in one of our late night discussion panels.