Rosaria Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University.
She converted to Christ in 1999, in what she describes as a “train wreck”. Her first book, a personal memoir entitled The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, chronicles her journey from a life identifying as a lesbian and engaging with her lesbian partner in lobbying for LGBT aims and the cataclysmic fallout of her conversion to Christianity in which she says she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ. Her second book, Openness Unhindered, addresses questions of sin, identity, and repentance. Her heart’s desire is for people to put the hands of the hurting into the hands of the Saviour, who equips us to walk and grow in humility.
Rosaria’s third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key, blends memoir and theology to warmly invite readers into her home, sharing from her life and experience how “radically ordinary hospitality” can allow strangers to become neighbours, and by God’s power, those neighbours can be part of God’s family.
Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother. She is zealous for hospitality, loves her family, cherishes dogs, and enjoys coffee.
Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands Training and chair of Keswick Ministries. He is the author of over 40 books including A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community And Mission Around The Table. His latest book is Enjoying God: Experience the Power and Love of God in Everyday Life. He was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund and has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. He is married to Helen and has two daughters.
Morning Bible Teaching
Gilbert Lennox grew up in Armagh under the influence of godly parents and committed his life to Christ in his final year of primary school. He has an honours degree in Modern Languages from Queen’s University and trained as a schoolteacher. It was during his time as a student that he developed his involvement in Bible teaching and church planting. In 1995 Gilbert left teaching to devote himself to Bible teaching and leadership within Glenabbey Church which he helped to found in 1988. He has taught widely at conferences and churches in Ireland and overseas. He is married to Heather and they have 4 children, 7 grandchildren. Now retired from Glenabbey he is focussing on teaching, writing and having more time with family. He enjoys movies, music, gardening and lots of coffee drinking. A keen landscape photographer he is often to be seen wandering the Causeway Coast and remote headlands in Donegal.
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 church concert, their aim is to use the Arts to encourage people to worship God. A key area of growth in recent years has been New Irish Youth, which runs residentials preparing young singers and instrumentalist for worship and Christian service. New Irish Arts is delighted to serve at New Horizon once again under the leadership of Creative Director, Jonathan Rea. With special guest Stuart Townend on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring Sylvia Burnside on Wednesday evening.
Rebecca Wright and Ian Vennard
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 their band to the New Horizon MainStage on Monday & Tuesday evenings.