We’re excited to announce our line up of guest speakers for the event:

Keynote Speakers

Mark Griffiths (Morning)

Mark GriffithsMark is a Church Strategist, Christian Author, Trainer & Lecturer and above all a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Over the last two decades of Christian leadership Mark has worked at numerous churches around the UK (both CofE and free church denominations), as well as engaging with nationally training youth and children’s ministers and overseeing the 0-14s ministry for New Wine.  He has spoken in a wide range of church contexts both nationally and internationally and is the author of six books. In 2009 he completed a PhD in child evangelism and church growth. He is married to Rhian and they have three children, Nia, Owen & Elliot.

Jason Gardner (Afternoon)

Jason GardnerJason heads up Fuse, a thinktank & consultancy focussed on helping organisations connect relevantly with emerging generations. Prior to this he led the youth work project at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He’s also the author of Mend the Gap: Can the church reconnect the generations, and has been a volunteer youth worker all his adult life.

Seminar Speakers

Claudia Bell

Claudia Bell works as a safeguarding and policy advisor for CCPAS. As a qualified social worker for over 15 years, she has worked in the field of child protection within a busy London Borough and within a leading Independent Fostering Agency working with children who have complex needs resulting from abuse. Claudia also spent five years voluntarily leading Youth Work in her local church and is acutely aware of the growing challenges that churches face. The growth in technology has created a desperate need for guidance on e-safety which is evident from the number of calls that the CCPAS helpline receives. Claudia is passionate about getting the balance right and helping frontline workers, parents and young people themselves to exercise caution in what is fast becoming a virtual world.

Becky Coster

Becky is chair of Hope in Bedfordshire, a local expression of Hope Together, born out of Hope 08. She has worked for 7 years as a teacher in a local lower school. Becky has been involved in children’s and youth ministry for the last 15 years, having been Youth Coordinator at Cotton End Baptist Church for 12 years. She is passionate about building meaningful relationships with children and young people. She has spoken at Youthwork: The Conference and is a regular contributor to Youthwork magazine. Becky is engaged to Adam May and is looking forward to their wedding in December.

Alison Dayer

Alison spent ten years teaching in primary schools and two years at London Bible College before joining Scripture Union. Based in Bedford, as under-5s consultant, she helps churches develop their outreach to children and families, meeting training needs and leading events such as holiday clubs and praise parties. In addition, she coordinates the national ‘Tiddlywinks’ training programme. Her vision is to see churches reaching out to their communities, particularly to children and families; to raise awareness of the spiritual needs of children under 5 and enable others to meet these needs, seeing children and families growing in their relationship with God. She also leads Bible story and craft sessions in local toddler groups and foundation stage classes.

Jamie Hill

After 15 years in youth and music ministry, Jamie now works at the Bible Society as their youth and student manager. His role is to restore the Bible’s place in the lives of young disciples and literally renewing minds around scripture. He lives in Cheltenham with his wife and soon-to-be arriving first child.

Karen Hodges

From a young age Karen has had a passion and a heart to share the love of God with children, inspired by the passage from Mark 10:13-16. Before starting with Scripture Union, she worked as an associate worker, with Primary schools being her main focus. Having also been a Nursery Nurse, she completed a diploma in Children’s Evangelism and Nurture. As a development worker, Karen is passionate about equipping and training others to do schools work and seeing them grow in their ministry, as well as supporting and encouraging those engaged in schools work. She also writes some of the material for SUPA Club, for groups that meet in Primary Schools.

Chris Johnson

Chris is project co-ordinator for The Fountain, an exciting venture to set up a youth and community social enterprise in Bedford town centre. He’s worked with young people in the town for the last 5 years as a church youth worker and an outdoor adventure activities instructor. Prior to this he trained in stage management and technical theatre, which he still loves to engage with in his (rare) spare time. Chris loves to see young people form friendships and support each other in achieving their dreams and fulfilling their calling.

Adam May

Adam began his current role in January 2011 which involves supporting and enabling Christian based night-time economy projects to grow and develop. Until December 2010, he served as Project Director of Bedford Street Angels since September 2009 and was previously Director of Communications for Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District. Adam dislikes labels feeling himself as a Christian first and foremost but if pushed would usually describe himself as a liberal catholic with an evangelical background, charismatic tendencies and Orthodox influences. In his spare time, Adam enjoys reading, listening to music and chatting to friends as well as singing loudly in the shower! Adam is engaged to Becky Coster and plans are afoot for their wedding later in the year.

Rev Pam Smith

Pam is priest in charge of i-church, the experimental online Christian community founded by the Diocese of Oxford. She is also interested in offering online support for those involved in pioneer ministry and fresh expressions of church. Before she was ordained, Pam worked chaplaincy with young and adult offenders.

Amy Stock

Amy is Director of schoolswork.co.uk, a project that exists to resource, inspire and train Christian visitors to schools. Passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young people through work in schools, when she’s not writing resources or updating the schoolswork.co.uk website can be found taking assemblies or drinking coffee in staffrooms in Luton schools.

David Tree and Ally Pool

David and Ally are renovating a house in which the network cables get sorted before the wall colour gets chosen! Ally is in her final year of teacher training for 5-11s and has been involved in children’s and youth ministry since 2004, while David has a degree in Digital Animation and is an Apple Certified Technician. Together they are able to combine ideas about how to use technology in ways to inspire the younger generation – when they are not wedding planning, decorating or playing Portal!

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