Our guests this year include:
Bible Study with Rev. Dr Liz Kent
The Revd Dr Liz Kent will lead ECG2020’s Bible Studies in the Grand Hall.
Liz is director of the Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham and a circuit minister in Chester le Street. Prior to training for Methodist Ministry, she trained as a lawyer at Liverpool University. She is a gifted bible teacher and theologian. Married to Ian, also a Methodist minister, they have two daughters.
She is that rare person who combines real theological depth with successful Circuit ministry. She is interested in questions of holiness and completed PhD research at Durham University exploring the Church and Eating Disorders. Passionate about the ways in which theology can inspire and equip the Church to live out it's calling, she will be exploring our theme 2020 Vision through the book of Acts.
Creative Bible Study Ashley Cooper and the Cliff College Team
Revd Ashley Cooper is leading the creative bible study this year. Ashley has been principal of Cliff College since September 2017, following his role as Senior Minister at Swan Bank Methodist Church in Stoke and the Superintendent of the Burslem Mission Circuit. He is well known to ECG being one of the founders of the conference back in 2007 and has been part of the leadership ever since.
He will be heading up a team from Cliff College, exploring the theme through an innovative and creative bible study.
Mark ministers at www.highstreet.church in Harpenden, a dynamic and growing Methodist Church. He is passionate about leading an inclusive church where all can belong, contribute and be transformed by God’s love, as together we seek to follow Jesus. Mark has a growing following on Twitter - @revhammond - where he posts a devotional verse and prayer each morning.
Tony is the only half Spanish half Scottish hybrid working comic in the world. Born in Malaga he was subsequently raised in the Costa Del Preston, Lancashire. When he was only a toddler his father looked around saw the sea, the sand and the sunshine of the Andalucian coast and thought, “We need to be nearer Wigan Pier”.
He has been a pro comedian for over seven years, touring both nationally and internationally. A finalist in the 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. Tony is best known for the way he seamlessly mixes well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick-witted responses.
His life and interests are wide ranging, and so is his material, all performed in a warm, friendly and non-offensive style.
Esther is the England Director for the International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is the world’s largest anti-slavery organisation, partnering with governments and local authorities across the world to rescue children and families from oppression.
Esther is a regular speaker on issues of justice and freedom, and is passionate about the role we all have to play in setting captives free around the world. She is married to Tom, and they live in the beautiful North East of England, where she pretends to surf more than she actually does.
Jasmine was Youth President of the Methodist Church 2019-20. Growing up on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London, she came to faith after watching a tele-evangelist, and began to attend St Mark’s Methodist Church on Tottenham High Road, where she was inspired by meeting young people with “high aspirations”.
Clive McKie will be leading the early communion services this year. Clive founded Taketime and he is currently employed full time by the Methodist Church to pioneer it as a Fresh Expression and global mission project.
Each morning, these contemplative services will allow worshippers to experience a different Taketime guided meditaio. Taketime is inspired by IgnatienSpirituality and is very accesible and powerful.
Lucy is working for a Methodist Circuit in Gateshead as a community development worker. She runs Gateshead's first Poverty Truth Commission. If you are not sure what this is ask her - she loves to talk about it!