2018 contributors

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David Bebbington – Professor of History at Stirling University and Visiting Professor at Baylor University; creator of the ‘Bebbington quadrilateral’, his definition of evangelicalism.

Baroness Elizabeth Berridge – Member of the House of Lords, with a wide range of interests including international freedom of religion and belief. Baroness Berridge will be in Bristol only.

Alistair Brown – Recently-retired President of Northern Seminary, Chicago, and former BMS General Director. Alistair will be in Birmingham only.

Gary V Nelson – President and Vice Chancellor of Tyndale University College & Seminary, Canada. He served for ten years as General Secretary of Canadian Baptist Ministries and has written the Church’s engagement as a missional influence both locally and globally.

Ron Choong – Theologian of science and biblical archaeologist; founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Christian Thought in New York.

Ruth Gledhill – Multi-Media Editor at The Tablet, author and commentator; former Editor of Christian Today, and previously religious affairs correspondent for The Times. Ruth will be in Birmingham only.

Paula Gooder – Director for Mission Learning and Development in the Diocese of Birmingham; previously Theologian in Residence at the Bible Society.

Rosie Harper – Vicar, Chair of the Oxford Nandyal Education Foundation, writer and activist on issues of justice and equality within and beyond the Church.

Stanley Hauerwas* – The Gilbert T. Rowe Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School.

Harry and Chris – Harry Baker is a world poetry slam champion, and his childhood friend Chris Read is a jazz musician; together, they are the wonderful Harry and Chris.

Rula Khoury Mansour – Lecturer at Nazareth Evangelical College; specialist in conflict resolution.

Amy Orr-Ewing – Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Amy will be speaking on her doctoral research on the work of Dorothy L Sayers.

Adrian Snell –  Musician; Adrian’s music is renowned worldwide, with albums including Alpha and Omega and Song of an Exile. Adrian will be speaking on his amazing work as a music therapist, as well as playing live.

Anne Wafula Strike MBE – Anne was the first wheelchair racer to represent Kenya, where she was born; she has since become a Paralympian with Team GB, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and is an author and sporting ambassador.

Helen Coffey – Helen Coffey is deputy travel editor at The Independent and Evening Standard. Helen will be speaking on how to navigate working in the media as a Christian and the challenges we face living out our faith in the context of a national newsroom. Helen will be in Bristol only.

And finally, Catalyst Live 2018 is hosted by Mark Woods – Editor of Christian Today, former Consulting Editor of the Methodist Recorder, author, commentator and very good friend of BMS!

* In a specially filmed interview for Catalyst Live.