Who are these lovely people running the workshops? Let’s take a look…
Rebecca Nye (Workshop: Children’s Spirituality: How to tread carefully) – Dr Rebecca Nye is a children’s spirituality researcher and consultant. Her work addresses schools, churches and hospital contexts. Originally a psychologist, she conducted a landmark research about spirituality with David Hay (The Spirit of the Child, 1998). She introduced ‘Godly Play’ to the UK in 1998 and is an accredited Godly Play trainer. Rebecca is also an Associate Lecturer in psychology and childhood studies at The Open University and supervises postgraduates in the Cambridge Theological Federation. She is also the author of ‘Children’s Spirituality: What is is and why it matters‘.
Nigel Pimlott (Workshop: The Future of Youth Ministry). Nigel has worked extensively in youth and community work in a number of settings, most notably working for Frontier Youth Trust for 15 years. He currently works part-time for the Methodist Church as well as undertaking freelance writing, project work and working as a volunteer in his local Anglican Church. His latest books are Embracing The Passion: Christian youth work and politics and Social Activism: a youth worker’s guide. He lives near Newark, supports Manchester City and enjoys gardening, photography and a wee dram!
Suzanne Morton (Workshop: Who Let The Dads Out?) – Full time community outreach worker at Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield. She has two boys, one cat and a dog. She is passionate about ministry to men and those in their Third Age.
Miriam Kearney (Workshop: The Value of School Chaplaincy) – Miriam is a lay School Chaplain at Cathedral Academy in Wakefield and the Development Worker for Chaplaincy Central, a national organisation that seeks to support existing Chaplains and those exploring Chaplaincy in an educational context. When she is not working, she can be found drinking copious amounts of tea (Yorkshire of course) and walking up ridiculously big hills.
Jody Wigfull-Coy (Workshop: Identity Matters: Working with sexuality and LGBT issues) – Jody is a qualified youth and community worker with extensive experience working in a variety of settings, including education, health, looked after children homes (LAC) church and youth and community settings. Her field of expertise includes sexual health, teenage pregnancy, LGBT issues and supporting vulnerable children, youth and families.
Matty Hawthorne (Workshops: Adventurous Discipleship) – Matty works for Scripture Union as a Pioneer Development Worker in the North East and Yorkshire, previously he has spent 17 years in youth ministry and church leadership, working extensively with those on the margins. Matty has a passion to see Christian leaders and young people engaged in mission.
Nick Harding (Workshop: Being Church Together and Boys, God and the Church) – Nick has been in Christian ministry for 30 years, and was a teacher. He works for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham where he advises churches on children’s and family ministry. He is on the C of E General Synod, writes books and resources for churches, does conference speaking and training, and is on the Event Leadership Team at Spring Harvest Skegness. Nick is a magistrate in Nottinghamshire, has two adult sons, and is married to Clare, head-teacher of a large primary school.
PAIS Team Worker (Workshop: Schools Ministry (Primary and Secondary) – Unconfirmed member of the PAIS team, UK.
James Brown (Workshop: When does online cross the line?) – James is the Student Worker at St Thomas Crookes, Sheffield. He has also worked for Alpha International. He loves the North, pies and is disappointingly not the godfather of funk.
André Adefope (Workshop: The Dating Dilemma: How to inspire God-centred Relationships) – André Adefope is the Head of Relationship Development at Naked Truth, the co-author of the Dating Dilemma book, and oversees the Naked Truth Relationships project. He has years of experience teaching and supporting people in the area of building God-centred relationships, and overcoming the issues of porn dependency.
Jenny Lambourne (Workshop: Embracing Children’s Spirituality in Play) – Jenny is the Director of Time and Space for Children. She is a parent and grandparent with a lifelong commitment to working with children in church, school and community contexts. 10 years as the Children’s Advisor in the Diocese of Sheffield, Godly Play storyteller, Certified Play Therapist, working with children with various emotional and behavioural issues and a Clinical Supervisor of other play therapists. ‘Embracing Children’s Spirituality’ was published in May 2017 and courses run in church and community contexts around the country.
Tom Butler (Workshop: Boys to Men) – Tom Butler is head of UK mission of the Message Trust a charity focused on reaching the hardest to reach young people with the message of Jesus. He was a youth pastor for ten years before working for the Message and also led Salt and Lights national youth ministry. He has a passion for evangelism and discipleship being hand in hand. He was part of the pioneering team that ran Higher in Manchester and oversaw the Higher bible project. Tom is married to Sarah and they have two kids together. They lead a small group at LifeChurch Manchester which is their home church. He enjoys football particularly and any sport you can shout at, good food, traveling and has an itch to renovate any home he lives in.
Gail Adcock (Workshop: All Together Now: becoming an intergenerational church) – Gail Adcock is the Family Ministry Development Officer for the Methodist Church and has forged a career in supporting children and families alongside shaping work, ministry and practice in the church and beyond. Her background is in primary school teaching and local church based ministry. Her book – A guide to Family Ministry – is to be published later this year. She enjoys reading, crochet, hearing music live and noisily supporting Tottenham Hotspur with her sons and husband, Matt.
Annabel Stott & Hannah Redeyoff (Workshop: Discipling Young People: how to engage young people in discipleship, what can you do, how can you see growth, creative ideas etc) – Centenary Project workers Annabel & Hannah work with young people in Doncaster; covering 6 churches, several schools, and hundreds of people in their local communities. With a combined love of fancy stationary, Pinterest and Jesus this pair of mischievous youth workers are sold out on reaching teenagers with the love of God to bring them into his Kingdom, in lots of different ways.
Katie Mclean (Workshop: Preparing Young People for University) – Katie is the Church Relations Developer for Fusion – committed to championing a Kingdom student movement through: Equipping Students, Serving Churches and Developing Student Workers. Katie’s role with Fusion is to linkup students and churches. You’ll find Katie on the student team at Trent Vineyard, by the seaside or taking photos anywhere and everywhere.
Rachael Newham (Workshop: Mental Health: Keeping healthy, avoiding the paths to poor mental health) – Rachael (@RachaelNewham90) is the Founding Director of ThinkTwice, a mental health awareness and training charity. She writes and speaks widely on issues of mental health and faith. Rachael lives in Rickmansworth with her husband Phil, two bikes and countless books.