Speakers

Meet our
Easter Convention
Speakers and Guests

Kirk Patston

OT Lecturer, SMBC

Kirk Patston

Kirk has a background in speech pathology and Presbyterian ministry and has been lecturing at SMBC since 2000 where he has a new role as Director of the Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. He’s interested in understanding the Bible well and applying it in a complex world.

Kirk and his wife, Lisa, share an interest in connections between art and faith and enjoy the creativity of the Springwood Presbyterian Churches. They are the parents of two adult sons and among the Founders of ‘Our Place Christian Communities’ – a ministry seeking to support accommodation and discipleship for adults with intellectual impairment.

Paul Tripp

Pastor, Author & Conference Speaker

Paul Tripp

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, speaker, and best-selling author. His driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, of 50 years, and they have four adult children.

Matt Fuller

Senior Minister, Christ Church Mayfair

Matt Fuller

Matt Fuller is the Senior Pastor at Christ Church Mayfair, where he has served since it was planted in 2001. He oversees the city centre ministry to families, students and workers. In God’s kindness they have been able to plant numerous other churches into diverse settings and Matt sits on the board of the Co-mission network of churches. He lives in central London with his family and is the author of several books. Prior to ministry he worked for several years as a school teacher of History and Politics which remain a great pleasure to him.

Don Carson

Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Don Carson

Don A. Carson is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He serves as Theologian-at-Large for The Gospel Coalition. He has written or edited about sixty books, including the Pillar New Testament Commentary volume on the Gospel according to John, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, The Intolerance of Tolerance, Christ and Culture Revisited, the long-popular New Testament Commentary Survey, and The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures.

Peter Williams

Principal and CEO, Tyndale House

Peter Williams

Peter J. Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House, and he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He is Chair of the International Greek New Testament Project and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. He assisted Dr Dirk Jongkind in Tyndale House’s production of a major edition of the Greek New Testament and his recent book Can We Trust the Gospels? was published in late 2018.

Special Guests

Nicole Starling

PHD in Australian Religious History

Nicole Starling

Nicole is married to David and together they have four children aged 9-18. She has recently completed a PhD in Australian religious history at Macquarie University, researching the relationship between religious belief and secular morality in the temperance movement during the middle decades of the nineteenth century. She and her family are part of Chatswood Baptist Church.

Nicole will be giving a special biographical talk on the Kindness of God in the life of Elizabeth Saunders.

Louise Gosbell

Dean of Students & Lecturer, NT, Mary Andrews College

Louise Gosbell

Louise Gosbell is the Dean of Students and Lecturer in New Testament at Mary Andrews College in Sydney. Louise’s PhD, which looked at disability in the gospels, was completed at Macquarie University in 2015 and was published in 2017. Louise has a keen interest in the issue of disability and has been involved in various aspects of ministry and academic writing in this area for over 20 years. Louise has recently completed writing a disability handbook which will be launch in April this year which aims to help churches to become more inclusive of people with disabilities and their families. Louise is married to Mark who is a Principal at a special school and they have 3 teenage daughters.

Louise will be joining us to give her testimony at KEC this year.

Quiz Worx

Australian Children's Talk Ministry

Quiz Worx

Quiz Worx shares the Good News of Jesus with primary aged kids in creative, fun and engaging ways. Since 1998 Quiz Worx have had the privilege of performing more than 6,000 shows, for more than 750,000 people. Quiz Worx performs live shows with puppetry, music, art & stories at schools, churches, outreach events, afternoon kids clubs and Holiday Kids’ Clubs all over Australia. Quiz Worx have had a long-standing partnership with KEC.

Quiz Worx will be leading our kids talks for the Primary program and provide children’s on-demand content.

Dan Warlow

Australian Children's Music Artist and Entertainer

Dan Warlow

Dan Warlow is an Australian Christian Kids’ Music artist and entertainer performing in schools, churches, festivals and community events. As a children’s ministry entertainer, Dan has multiple presentations for any occasion, as well as specific Christmas and Easter shows, community events entertainment, and multi-generational church services. His albums feature songs that are rich in biblical truth and catchy in style, making them a fantastic resource for churches, ministries and families wanting to point young hearts to know God more.

Dan will be performing for the onsite children’s programs and curating the children’s on-demand content.

 

Tom Israel

K-12 Minister, St Philip's South Turramurra

Tom Israel

Tom is the K-12 Minister at St Philip’s, South Turramurra on Sydney’s North Shore. He is passionate about bringing the good news of Jesus salvation to school-aged kids and loves teaching from God’s word. Other than ministry, Tom is passionate about 2 things. Making good food and anything basketball related. He only recently married to Abi and they are loving serving the Lord together!

Tom is super honoured and excited to be speaking to the Junior High kids at KEC.

Karl Bonner

Young Adults Minister, St Stephen's Normanhurst

Karl Bonner

Karl lives with his wife Lani, their son Ambrose, their cat, and their dog. He became a Christian in his teenage years, and has had a passion for sharing the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ ever since. When not working, he enjoys all things creative and is known for taking on an endless list of DIY projects. Whether cooking, painting, writing, filmmaking, or just having a nap; Karl tries to make the most of each day believing every living moment to be a graceful gift of God to be embraced. Karl is responsible for Young Adults ministry at St Stephen’s Normanhurst.

Karl will be our guest speaker for the Senior High program and delivering on-demand talks for our Youth Program.