While we are putting our 2020 programme together, here is the contributors list from 2018..
Including: John Roberto, Beth Barnett, Andrew McDonough, Dr. Anne Richards, Neville Emslie, Alison Webster, Ian Macdonald, Gail Adcock, Dean Pusey, Yvonne Morris, Mike Harrowing .
There is just not another John Roberto. He serves Vibrant Faith as the project coordinator for our Certificate and Innovation Labs programs. In addition, John is a sought after speaker and workshop leader.
There is no one who comes at the process of the formation of faith with such an extensive grasp of past and current research AND a vision for the future. We are so grateful to have him giving those insights to you through Vibrant Faith. John’s publications include books, articles, and his own Lifelong Faith Journal.
John is married to Linda, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Beth Barnett is a post-colonial, post-Christendom, post-modern Australian practitioner, teacher, artist and resource writer. Thinking about, theologising, facilitating and advocating for children and families, as both vulnerable and vibrant participators in the community of the cosmos, of which Jesus is the resurrected and revealed Lord, has been at the heart of Beth’s service in pastoral, local mission and denominational consulting roles.
Beth blogs at multivocality: “some people know me as a musician, some as a teacher, some as an advocate and resourcer in Children and Families ministry and mission. Some people know me as a prophet, some a theologian, some a writer. The people I care most about in the world know me as a mum, a wife, a sister, a friend. I guess it depends where we met on the journey…I hope to you, whoever you are, I am a fellow traveller, who walks the path of peace and an agent of grace.”
Andrew McDonough is the author and illustrator of the popular Lost Sheep stories used in churches and schools around the world. Andrew belongs to the WestCare community, an inner city mission working amongst the homeless, supporting people struggling with addictions and advocating for refugees. He regularly visits school & churches to tell stories, conduct workshops, preach and lead all-age worship services. His passion is to provide high quality biblical storytelling resources to children’s workers, pastors and parents. His 32 books include Cecil the Lost Sheep, The Image of God, and his latest title Jesus was a Refugee. Andrew’s Australian, trained as a Baptist Pastor, married to Roslyn and they have three adult children.
You’ll find Andrew’s stories at lostsheep.com.au
Known as a prolific writer and speaker, Dr Anne Richards is the Church of England’s National Adviser for Mission Theology, New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities. With the Mission Theology Advisory Group she has produced a vast range of resources on Spirituality, Theology, Reconciliation, Evangelism and Mission, including the inspirational book Sense Making Faith. She is also the author of Children in the Bible and (with Peter Privett) Through the Eyes of a Child.
Neville Emslie is the Director of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of Canterbury and have worked in ministry formation in the diocese for ten years. “I am married to Hilary, a URC minister, and have three grown up children in my home country of New Zealand. This means I wear my All Blacks jersey every day under my shirt. My other loves include cricket, art, poetry, espresso coffee and rare steak. I’m completing a PhD on emotional intelligence of Anglican clergy. I’m interested in people, young and old, and middle age ones where I seem to have been stuck for quite some time.”
Gail Adcock is the Family and Intergenerational Officer with The Methodist Church. Her background is in primary teaching, she was Family Pastor for ten years in a Luton church and recently led on the ‘We Are Family’ research project. She’s written a guide to family ministry due for publication in 2019. She enjoys hanging out with her husband and sons, especially when supporting Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Ian Macdonald is a youthful middle-aged geek who seeks to serve his twin passions of Stand Up Comedy and Youth Ministry usefully, trying to bring creativity and playfulness to both. He works within the Mission department in the Oxford Diocese as the Youth Adviser, but also working closely with discipleship and spirituality. He describes himself as a follower of Jesus, and as a broken messy happy hopeful human-becoming. He is interested in everything (which makes a bio difficult to write) but is currently most excited to have been invited to speak on a ski trip, meaning he can claim his ministry is going downhill!
Dean Pusey has been a Diocesan Youth Officer in the Church of England most recently in St Albans from 2011-2018 and Southwark Diocese 2003-2009 in the same role and worked across statutory and voluntary sectors prior. He is passionate about Jesus and Justice. Married with two teenagers he loves Soul Music and Soul Food, travelling and people. Dean has been involved in youth ministry for a while!
Yvonne Morris is a wandering wonderer playing in the adventure of life with God (and she loves it when children show her how to be a better player). She is the Adviser in Children & Family Ministry in Oxford Diocese, Worships and ministers at St Matthew’s Church in South Oxford, has authored two books on talking with children about faith. She has one husband, two children, three guinea pigs, four pet fish and five pairs of running shoes (…or maybe 6 pairs of running shoes…well, 7 if you include the cross country spikes).
Alison Webster is the Deputy Director of Mission for the Diocese of Oxford, with responsibility for social justice and community engagement. She is also author of a number of books on themes of identity, wellbeing, gender and sexuality.
Mike Harrowing: Hello! I live in West Kent with my wife and two (mostly) wonderful little children. I am passionate about sharing and celebrating faith with children – I’m particularly keen on exploring new forms of story telling and equipping children to engage in the spiritual life. Through my schools outreach project – ‘High Hopes’ – I have spent the last 15 years experimenting with schools chaplaincy and evangelism, holiday clubs, sunday schools and various festive shenanigans. …when I’ve got time for other hobbies (which I don’t!) I love to eat really good beef burgers, and DJ at any party I’m invited too.