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Inspiring Speakers


As in 2011, we are inviting some of the most challenging and inspiring teachers and practitioners from Canada and beyond to share their stories and insights into the Biblical themes of creativity and justice.  This year you will be able to choose between the main stage and four workshop streams - justice, arts, spirituality and youth.  Here are some of the initial speakers lined up for 2012 (lots more to come)...






Pete Rollins
Peter Rollins is the author of , and .  A widely sought after storyteller and public speaker, he is also the founder of ikon, an Irish faith group based in Belfast that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call 'transformance art'.  


Joyce Rees
Joyce served as the director of Jacob's Well, a relationally focused ministry in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, Canada's poorest neighbourhood. Joyce served as a pastor for 6 years prior to taking her role at Jacob's Well and led a small congregation in the downtown eastside. In addition she has spent the last 9 years teaching extensively about justice. Joyce brings a vital challenge to the church regarding current paradigms of ministry with marginalized people.  She is currently exploring what it means to serve the poor in suburbia.

Bob Ekblad
Bob is founder and Director of Tierra Nueva and The People's Seminary in Burlington, Washington. For ten years, Tierra Nueva has worked with migrant, impoverished, and imprisoned populations in northwestern Washington state. Bob is known internationally for his courses and workshops on reading the Bible.  Bob is the author of and . His passion is to see leaders recruited, equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to minister to society's least.
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Aaron White is a leader in the 24/7 prayer movement and director of 614 – an intentional community who live and minister incarnationally in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.  Aaron is the author of Futurize, Revolution, and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Kingdom. He loves Jesus, loves authentic Christian community, loves reading, and loves eggnog.
Cheryl Bear
Cheryl is from the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation (Bear Clan) in the Carrier Nation located in BC. Cheryl, and her husband Randy, pioneered the Street Church in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.  She is a sought after international speaker and twice award-nominated recording artist who has worked with Indigenous people across Canada, the US and around the world raising awareness of the value and uniqueness of our Indigenous people and our culture.
Tom Sine
Tom is the founder and cultivator of imagination at Mustard Seed Associates, enabling Christians to create new responses to tomorrow's challenges. Tom and his wife Christine live in an intergenerational community called The Mustard Seed House in Seattle.  He is the author of multiple books such as Mustard Seed versus McWorld, and The New Conspirators.

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Christine Sine
Christine is the Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and author. Her most recent book is To Garden with God. She blogs about gardening, liturgy and worship at Godspace.

Craig Greenfield
Craig is the International Coordinator of Servants (formerly Servants to Asia's Urban Poor) and co-founder of the Servants Vancouver community.  He is the author of and co-author of .  Before moving to Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Craig and his family lived in Cambodian slums for six years, pioneering ministries amongst children orphaned by AIDS.


Dr Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith is the co-founder and co-executive director of Sanctuary, a non-profit that assists Church communities to become places of welcome and care for people living with mental illness.  Sharon is currently adjunct faculty at the School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and she consults for Vancouver Community Mental Health services where she assists mental health professionals to integrate spirituality into mental health care.

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Brad Jersak is an author and teacher. Through his books such as ", and seminars, Brad teaches that anyone can learn to hear God's voice through the simple practice of "listening prayer." Those who practice listening prayer find that God's love heals wounded hearts and empowers them to heal this broken world.  Brad is based in Abbotsford, BC and is finishing a PhD in the area of political theology. 

Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller is the Executive Director of REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity), an organization that provides care for trafficked women and works to unmask the structures of oppression behind commercial sexual exploitation. For the last eleven years she has been standing in solidarity with marginalized women in Asia and in North America. She is passionate about love, public truth-telling and demystifying structural injustice.


Steve Frost
Steve is an artist and a poet, passionate about being an advocate for artists, particularly within the church. He is rooted in a little mustard seed community called Mosaic in Vancouver. He works with The Work Of The People, a community of artists who create visual media for the church to re-orient God's people around Jesus' good news and mission to make all things new.


Bethel Lee
While holding onto a reverence for tradition, Bethel is particularly interested in the new, risky and often disruptive ways of being Church we're called and challenged to birth and nurture.  Bethel is the founder and director of Yoga Chapel, a new ministry that weaves together the art of Christian storytelling and reflection with the wisdom of the physical yoga practice. 

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