Meet the Speakers

This year, Justin Brierley will welcome John Lennox, Andy Bannister, Beth Grove, Jeremiah J Johnston with more to be announced. Find out all about them! 


Conference Host & Speaker

Justin Brierley

Presenter of Premier Christian Radio’s faith discussion show Unbelievable? and senior editor Premier Christianity magazine.

Speaker Line-up

John Lennox

John Lennox is a world renowned Christian thinker and speaker. He is professor of mathematics at Oxford University and a widely published author of books on atheism, science and faith. He has debated many of the leading advocates of 'new atheism', including Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens and Lawrence Krauss.

Andy Bannister

Andy Bannister a gifted apologist and communicator. He is director of Solas Centre  for Public Christianity and adjunct speaker for RZIM. He is passionate about engaging atheists, Muslims, and those of other faiths with the case for Christianity. His most recent book is "The Atheist who didn't exist".

Beth Grove

Beth Grove is the European Director of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, a Christian research and teaching ministry set up to equip Christians worldwide to confidently engage Islam. She has lived among Muslim communities in London for 20 years, enjoying theological discussions with close Muslim friends from many nations. She currently travels and teaches for the Pfander Centre, which publicly engages Muslims on faith issues, asks probing questions of Islam’s history and theology, and trains Christians to confidently communicate their faith in helpful ways for the Muslim mind.          

Jeremiah J. Johnston

Jeremiah J. Johnston is a New Testament scholar, professor, pastor, apologist, and regular speaker on university campuses, at churches, and at conferences. His passion is equipping Christians to give intellectually informed accounts of what they believe. Jeremiah serves as the founder and president of Christian Thinkers Society, a Resident Institute at Houston Baptist University, where he also serves as associate professor of early Christianity. 

Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston, with a heart for pastors, youth, and the Gospel, has accomplished much as an author, communicator, filmmaker, and transmedia fundraiser. Author of eleven books, Jerry serves as the launch director of The Christian Thinkers Society and is also the National Spokesperson for the American Association of Christian Counselors,

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson is deputy editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work magazine and head of youth apologetics. She previously left the BBC to set up a media unit at RZIM / OCCA before joining Premier and she plays bass guitar in all-girl rock ‘n roll band The Daisy Chains.

Jamie Cutteridge

Jamie is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work and doesn’t like overly long bios. 

Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster is a researcher, teacher, and speaker for the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, a ministry focused on bringing the gospel to the muslim mind. From her engagements at Speakers Corner, Christian Muslim dialogues, and in other settings, Sarah has developed a passion to equip Christians to confidently engage Islam and help bring Muslims to faith.

Now heading up the Youth Apologetics arm of Pfander, Sarah is helping to develop apologetical and polemical materials for youth leaders and young people.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit world to his role as Vice President of Development for Museum of the Bible. Most recently, Tim was chief development officer at Food for the Hungry, a Phoenix-based nonprofit seeking to end world hunger, where he managed the organization’s global fundraising and marketing activities.

Yemi Adeshina

Yemi Adeshina is a youth minister who established the London Youth Apologetics Conference. He works as Business Development Manager at OHTV and is MD of SaltLight Group. He wants to see young people find the answers they are seeking.



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