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Philip Yancey

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, where he worked for ten years as Editor and then Publisher.

Philip then became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for varied publications, while providing a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine.

He has written over thirty books, including Where Is God When It Hurts (1977), Disappointment with God (1988), and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? (2006). His books have won thirteen Gold Medallion Awards from the Christian Publishers Association; more than fifteen million copies have sold in English; and they have been translated into over fifty languages. Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? received the same award in 1998. His most recent books are The Question That Never Goes Away (2013) and Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? (2014), and he is currently working on his memoir.

Philip Yancey and his wife Janet lived in downtown Chicago before moving to the foothills of Colorado, where they enjoy mountain climbing, skiing, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.

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Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is a pastor and writer based in Maidenhead, UK, and a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He is an editor and a writer for The Gospel Coalition and the author of a number of books on Christian belief, including Why Bother With Church?, James For You, and the bestselling Is God Anti-Gay?

Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He worked at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford where he oversaw the ministry to university students and then at St Mary’s Church in Maidenhead where he has been based since 2008. He is an ordained minister in the Church of England and was recently elected to serve on its governing body, the General Synod.

Sam speaks widely on issues of sexuality and identity and continues to minister as a Bible teacher and pastor. He is currently working on projects concerning singleness and the Christian understanding of the body.

In his spare time Sam enjoys hiking, American history, and slowly perfecting his recipe for Thai green curry.

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Bishop Ken Clarke

Bishop Ken Clarke grew up in the same town as Rory McIlroy…. Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. They even went to the same school…but not at the same time!!

He is married to Helen. They have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Bishop Ken (often known as Fanta) has served in churches in Northern Ireland, in Chile with the South American Mission Society (SAMS), and in Dublin. He was Rector of Coleraine Parish for 15 years and then Bishop of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh for 12 years. He has led missions and preached at Conferences and Conventions in different parts of the world. He enjoys reading, sport, supporting Manchester United, walking, golf, and has a particular interest in church growth and leadership issues.

 

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Morning Bible Teaching

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Rikk Watts

Initially an aeronautical engineer, Rikk later worked with IBM (retail systems) while undertaking further study in philosophy, art history, and sociology at LaTrobe University.  He later joined a parachurch organization that provided Christian awareness in public schools and crisis accommodation for the urban poor. During this time he also helped found a major Australian Christian magazine and supported his family as a professional drummer. Realizing a need for theological training, he then completed two Masters degrees (OT & NT, Gordon-Conwell) and a PhD (Cambridge). Deeply devoted to Jesus and committed to Scripture, he has a keen interest in the history of ideas and, in particular, the gospel’s creation of the modern world and what this means for theology, business, and design thinking. He was a founding member of Regent’s Marketplace Institute, a major contributor to the Reframe series (theology for business), and is on the board of reference for A Rocha Canada (a Christian creation-care organization), serving as a theological consultant with A Rocha International. After 20 years of teaching at Regent College, Vancouver (where he remains Research Professor of NT), Rikk and Katie recently returned to Australia where he is the Dean of the School of Theology at Alphacrucis College. He is also an Adjunct Professor of NT at Westminster Theological Centre (UK). He and Katie enjoy Sydney’s beaches, walking, travel, and when they can, sailing.

 

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Worship Leaders

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New Irish Arts

New Irish Arts is a Christian Charity which organises around 30 public events per year. Whether performing on the stage of the Belfast Waterfront, on BBC Songs of Praise or in a simple concert, their aim is to use the Arts to encourage people to worship God. They have been involved in New Horizon for a number of years and are delighted to be returning, led by Jonathan Rea, Suzanne Bennett with additional guests to be confirmed.

Rebecca Wright and Ian Vennard have been serving as part of the Livewire band for several years. Hailing from Portadown, they are delighted to be bringing a new band to the New Horizon MainStage on Wednesday evening.

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