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Leaders’ Conference 2018

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Riviera Conference Centre, Chestnut Ave, Torquay TQ2 5LZ


Monday 12th November 2018 at 14:00


Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 14:45


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This conference is for all leaders or staff members in FIEC churches, as well as leaders from churches that are considering FIEC affiliation.


Here & Now
Communicating the gospel in our post-Christian culture

In a culture searching for this…

Top 5 searches in the UK in 2017 via

Meghan Markle, iPhone 8, Hurricane Irma, Fidget Spinner, Manchester Bombing

. do you give Christian answers?


The purpose of our 2018 Leaders’ Conference is to better prepare you to give those answers. We’ve invited speakers who can give you greater insight into our culture and encourage you to share the gospel with clarity and faithfulness.

The conference is for anyone in a leadership role in an FIEC church, as well as those considering joining the Fellowship. More than 800 people attended in 2017 but our excellent venue in Torquay can take plenty more.

Leaders' Conference main meeting

It’s a unique opportunity to gather as leaders from across FIEC so that we can be trained and envisioned together. You can also hear about the work and ministry of FIEC and our AGM takes place on the Tuesday afternoon. So come along and meet others in ministry, learn more about our gospel vision and be refreshed in your faith.


We’re delighted to have a team of speakers who will not only encourage your faith in Christ, but who will help you to leave the conference better equipped for the task you’ve been called to.

Don Carson will help us to understand the times we minister in, encouraging us to have confidence in the gospel as we press on in faithful ministry.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from David Robertson, who’s coming to the conference to deliver a two-part seminar series. His sessions will look at the issue of apologetics, both in the local church and the public square.

Don CarsonDon Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and president of The Gospel Coalition. He has written or edited around 60 books, including ‘The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism’, ‘The Intolerance of Tolerance’ and ‘Christ and Culture Revisited’.

David RobertsonDavid Robertson is minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Director of The Solas Centre for Public Christianity and is a chaplain at the University of Dundee. He is regularly involved in the media through writing newspaper articles and contributing to radio programmes. David has authored five books and was Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland in 2015/16.

Amongst the other seminars on offer, Karl Faase will explain how the gospel has shaped public life in the West, while Helen Thorne will offer seminars on reaching women and the elderly with the gospel.

Jonty Allcock and Ray Evans will take on the theme of effective communication, while Daf Meirion-Jones and Pete Woodcock will look at evangelism training in the local church.

Bible teaching this year will come from a three-part series in Acts. Mike Kendall will open the conference, Johnny Prime will speak on Tuesday evening, while Dave Gobbett will preach in our final plenary session.

Jonty AllcockJonty Allcock is the pastor of The Globe Church in London, which was planted in September 2015. He is married to Linda and they have three boys. Having studied Chemistry at university he served at a church in Enfield for fourteen years before moving to central London. He is passionate about people meeting Jesus through the pages of the Bible and then seeing them trained, equipped and sent out for a lifetime of serving Jesus.

Ray EvansRay Evans is married to Jenny and they have four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. After completing two degrees at Cambridge, Ray moved to Bedford in 1980 and has served in the leadership of Grace Community Church for 35 years. He serves part-time as FIEC’s Church Leadership Consultant and has authored ‘Ready, Steady, Grow’ and ‘Church Leadership’.

Karl FaaseKarl Faase is the CEO of Olive Tree Media which produces programmes for Christian media and local church use around the world. Their latest production is ‘Jesus the Game Changer’ which looks at how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world and why it matters. Karl is a speaker with a special interest in leadership, ministry development and communicating to those exploring faith.

Dave GobbettDave Gobbett has served as Lead Pastor of Highfields Church in Cardiff since 2014, having previously ministered in Cambridge, Washington DC, and with UCCF in the North East of England. He is a regular speaker at university mission weeks and is a trustee of Word Alive. A native of East London, Dave is married to Sally, and they have four young children, whom they’re bringing up to support English rugby, despite increasing Welsh pressure!

Mike KendallMike Kendall is married to Debs and they have three children. He is also the Pastor of St Neots Evangelical Church and is Vice-Chair of the FIEC Trust Board. Mike is involved with the East Anglia Gospel Partnership and enjoys running in his spare time.

Daf Meirion-JonesDaf Meirion-Jones has been Senior Pastor of Chessington Evangelical Church (CEC) for two years, before that he was Vicar of All Saints Preston in Lancashire. Like most Christians he feels a bit of a wimp when it comes to personal evangelism and yet is utterly convinced of the need for all people to hear the gospel. He has been hugely encouraged by the passion of folk at CEC to see people come to Christ and their willingness to invite them both to events and to read the Bible 1-to-1.

Johnny PrimeJohnny Prime became FIEC’s Pastoral Ministries Director at the beginning of 2018. Johnny is married to Sandra and they have three grown-up daughters. He trained as a Scottish lawyer and worked as a litigation lawyer for nine years. He served for 21 years as pastor of Enfield Evangelical Free Church and was involved in sending out church planting and revitalisation teams.

Helen ThorneHelen Thorne is the Director of Training and Mentoring at London City Mission and a trustee of Biblical Counselling UK. She has a passion for seeing women come to Christ and grow in Christ whatever their circumstances of life. Helen serves at Dundonald Church, Wimbledon where she is involved in both pastoral care and teaching the Bible to older women who have English as a second language.

Pete WoodcockPete Woodcock is Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church Kingston, London. He is married to Anne, and they have two children. Over the years, Pete has started and been directly involved with a number of evangelistic and gospel outreach ministries, including ‘Good News Bus Ministries’ and ‘the Big Issue’, a youth-leaders training day.

Dates and Venue

The conference takes place from Monday 12 November to Wednesday 14 November.

Registration will begin at 2pm on Monday, with the first plenary session at 4:30pm. The conference will close at 2:45pm on Wednesday.

Mealtime at the conference

The venue is:

Riviera International Conference Centre
Chestnut Avenue

How to Book

Step 1: Book your event pass

Book your pass by clicking the ‘Book for event’ button near the top of this page (click here for full terms and conditions). The price per person is £210.

Please note that bookings will close on 1 November because we need to give final numbers to the venue for our catering arrangements.

Your event pass includes access to all the conference sessions as well as evening meal on Monday night, lunch and evening meal on Tuesday, and lunch on Wednesday. These meals take place around tables to allow you to have fellowship with others in ministry.

Your pass also includes tea and coffee in the scheduled breaks, access to the leisure facilities at the conference centre, a car park pass and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Arrange your accommodation

Your event pass does not include accommodation or breakfast so you will need to book this separately. There are specially selected hotel rates starting from around £30 per person, per night, on the conference accommodation website.

Not all of the featured hotels are a comfortable walking distance from the conference centre so please check before you book or be prepared to drive in every day.

While the hotel rates on the website offer the most convenient way to book, you may also wish to search for accommodation on a price comparison website. If you do that, please bear in mind that a lot of these deals are offered on a “room only” basis so you will need to arrange your breakfast.

Of course, there are also hotels further afield along with a vast number of self-catering cottages in and around Torquay.

Step 3: Organise your travel

You can book discounted rail travel to Torquay with GWR Trains. There are deals available from places like London, Bristol, Swansea, Cardiff, Bath and Hereford. For example, an anytime return from London Paddington to Torquay costs just £49. A full map of routes along with the prices can be found at…

To book simply click on the link to the GWR website and choose “Torquay Conference” as your destination.

Alternatively you can fly to Exeter Airport from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, London City, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich:

If you are driving to Torquay don’t forget that a car parking ticket for the conference centre is included in your event pass. However, parking spaces are limited so we would recommend leaving the car at your hotel where possible.

Photo of Meghan Markle by Genevieve719 on Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Photo of floral tributes in Manchester by Odder on Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).