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THE NATIONAL YOUTH MINISTRY WEEKEND
Tim leads Worship Central, and along with his wife Rachel have 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. Worship Central was founded by Tim Hughes and Al Gordon in 2006 with a vision to encounter God, equip the worshipper and empower the local church. Since launching, over 100,000 people have attended training events around the world and used the online resource worshipcentral.org where the Worship Central course is available to download for free. Worship Central has also released three live albums; Let it be Known, Spirit Break Out and Set Apart. There are 20 hubs all over the world from Australia to India, Hong Kong to the Netherlands for people to connect with the movement from wherever they are.
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
The Revd Dr Samuel took up the role of Principal of London School of Theology in January 2017. He is a Methodist minister who came to LST from the University of Durham where he held the roles of Academic Dean of St John’s College & Director of Wesley Study Centre. Dr Samuel has a wealth of experience in leadership in a variety of contexts. In his first career, he was a bank manager. His previous roles include Research Administrator in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing within the University of Manchester and Assistant Director of Research & Faculty Administration at London Business School. He teaching specialism is New Testament and Leadership in Christian ministry and 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.
Reverend Canon Chris Russell is the Advisor for Evangelism and Witness at Lambeth Palace and vicar of St Laurence, Reading.
Chris trained for the Ordained Ministry at Ridley Hall during which he also did an M Phil in Dogmatic Theology at Cambridge University. He was ordained in 1996 and served his title post at St John with Holy Trinity Deptford (Southwark), after which he 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).
Chris will be speaking in one of our main sessions.
Rachel 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 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 an advocate for the young people he works with, often commenting on social justice issues within the media. Patrick’s Christian faith motivates him in what he does, and he is passionate about seeing those of all faiths and no faith engaging with those on the margins of society and working together for the common good.
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 a Luton-based, 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. Bring your anger and lament as well as your adoration. Hands in the air perhaps, but feet most definitely in the dirt.
Andy will be leading worship at NYMW.
Ruth is Youthscape's Mental Health Project Manager and a qualified Social Worker, she is responsible for overseeing the many various strands of SelfharmUK and dreaming up new exciting ideas. Ruth brings a huge amount of passion and knowledge to the project and is keen to drive the project into a new direction, to ensure as many young people as possible are reached. Ruth has 16 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families. She is keen to ensure that Youthscape becomes a leader in supporting not only young people through self-harm and other mental health issues, but parents, carers, teachers and all who work alongside them. Ruth lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two cats, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and watching musical theatre.
Ruth will be co-hosting the main sessions at the National Youth Ministry Weekend.
Megan 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. Prior to working at Princeton Theological Seminary, Megan served as the Site Coordinator of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer Program in Nashville, Tennessee. Believing in the power of personal story to transcend the boundaries we build between us, Megan is also a writer, poet, activist, and musician. She completed her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010, and holds is a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of St. Thomas in Texas.
Megan will be contributing to the seminar programme at the NYMW.
Tom 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.
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. These churches are a part of the Reality family of churches, a movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ. Tim's first two books, Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning and The Truth about Lies, were projects which came from lessons learned while living and leading a church in Los Angeles. Pastor Tim and his wife Lindsey care deeply about the ministry of the local church in major urban centres and have sought to devote themselves to helping churches begin and flourish in their mission to share and reflect the gospel.
Tim will be speaking in one of our main sessions.
Abigail Visco Rusert
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry (IYM) at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, USA. She oversees programs and events 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. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she served most recently as the Associate Pastor at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Abigail completed her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Music from Valparaiso University in Indiana. 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.