1 - 3 February 2019
Pastor, biker, bishop (but don't tell anyone), mathematician and our main speaker
Maths may not be at the centre of most peoples lives but it has been an important part of Mark's journey. A love of Jesus and Maths took Mark to Oxford where he also met his lovely wife, Lindsay and from then on his path was set...
Youth work in the church followed quickly by ordination (and marriage) meant that Mark has been able to follow his passion for serving the church and sharing Jesus. A curacy on the Wirral was followed by time serving as a vicar in both Doncaster and Ripon (heading north all the time), this was followed by 5 years as warden at St John's College in Durham.
Following directly in the footsteps of Thomas Sparke, died 1572, Mark was consecrated Bishop of Berwick in October 2018 (they obviously had to wait a long time to find the right person).
When not being a bish' Mark is a regular rider for blood bikes and loves fiddling around with old land rovers, so, the easiest question to get Mark talking?
If you had a choice of a 1958 long wheel base Land Rover with a safari roof or 1982 GL500 Silver Wing which would it be?
Mark & Lindsay have two children, Jonathan and Pippa.
3 - 5 March 2017
Theologian, evangelist, really nice guy and our main speaker
Paul was born into an evangelical Christian home near Preston. "My Dad is a Methodist local preacher, and I followed in his footsteps, beginning to train as a local preacher when I was fourteen. As I grew up, I saw many people become Christians in our home, and this gave me a deep confidence in the power of the gospel".
Paul studied theology at Kings College London and did a PhD on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the writings of puritan writer and Congregationalist Thomas Goodwin. "I went with a conviction that the Word of God could not be out-argued or undermined so long as we begin and end with Christ Jesus."
Whilst finishing his PhD Paul also lectured in Greek and Hebrew and went along to Speakers Corner in London with his wife, Liz. Paul engaged with radical Muslim speakers and arguments against the Bible from every angle which further built his unshakeable trust in the power of the Word of God and of Jesus being at the centre of every page.
In 1995, Paul trained to be a Church of England minister at Oak Hill theological college, North London before joining All Souls Church, Langham Place, London as an Associate Minister (Theology). Paul is the author of the Book by Book teaching series which he co-hosts with Richard Bewes (formerly All Souls Langham Place) and is the Chief Executive of Biblical Frameworks.
In early 2008, Paul and his family moved to Lancashire, where he led an exciting church plant based around a farm shop, in the autumn of 2014 he moved to lead a new church plant in Neath, South Wales where he now lives and in the spring, 2017, Paul and his family will be moving to London to work on an exciting new church plant in the centre of London.
Paul and Liz have two sons, Jonathan and Paul and a daughter, Anna.