Flame Speakers and Performers
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Born in Crosby, Liverpool, on 8 November 1945, Vincent Nichols studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome from 1963 to 1970, gaining licences in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome on 21 December 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
Matt Redman joined us last time for Flame 2 and was a huge hit!
A full-time worship leader since the age of 20, and has performed in South Africa, Japan, India, Australia, Germany and America, to name but a few. He has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and the Angels baseball stadium, Los Angeles. He is a Grammy award winning artist for his album “10,000 Reasons” and his songs include “The Heart of Worship” and “Blessed be Your Name.”
For more information about Matt Redman visit his website: mattredman.com
Bea is currently working for CAFOD in the Nottingham Diocese and as a school chaplain at Trinity School Nottingham. She first got involved in youth ministry when volunteering at The Briars Retreat Centre in Derbyshire, and then on CAFOD’s gap year, ‘Step into the Gap’. She visited Peru with CAFOD, but her Spanish is still pretty terrible!
Outside of work, Bea loves spending time with her three brothers, Morris, Angus and Felix. She loves food, dancing and anything arty and fun! At Flame 2 in 2015, Bea was part of the flash mob, and did the worm on stage!
Nana-Adwoa Mbeutcha (aka Nage) is a part time Radio Producer and Presenter for Premier Christian Radio and Premier Gospel, and a full time mother to three very young children!
Nage got her first taste of working in radio whilst living and working in Dublin on a Discipleship Training School run by Kerygma Teams. They had the privilege of launching a Christian radio station which at that time, Ireland didn’t have.
In her spare time…Correction, if Nage had spare time, she’d enjoy travelling, dance classes and simply chilling with friends.
David Wells is Director of Adult Formation and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Plymouth, and also served as an RE teacher for a number of years. As a teacher, as a parent, and as a Confirmation catechist, David has years of experience in working with young people, and is internationally renowned for his creativity and humour – a style which creates space for young people to relax and then to hear deep truths of faith presented in a context of great joy. David has spoken in Australia and America, including as the “Arena Speaker” at the Los Angeles RE Congress – to 35,000 young adults and those who work with them. David will anchor our Congress as MC, and will also give input during the day.
Fr Augusto Zampini Davies
Fr. Augusto is an Argentine RC priest currently working full time as the theological adviser to the UK aid-development agency CAFOD, and is an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University and Stellenbosch University.
Trained as a lawyer and moral theologian in Argentina, he holds a Masters in Wellbeing and Human Development (University of Bath, 2009-10), a PhD in Theology (Roehampton University, London’ 2010-2014), and has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge (2013-2014).
His area of research is social ethics. After studying the connection between international development economics -as informed by Amartya Sen’s capability approach- and Catholic Social Teaching, Fr Augusto has conducted research on environmental ethics in the light of the Catholic tradition. He has also been a contributor to mainstream and Catholic media on matters pertaining to Pope Francis, Catholic Social Teaching, and social Catholicism more generally.
As a priest, Augusto is presently helping at Holy Apostles, Archdiocese of Westminster, London, and is an ad-hoc adviser to Cardinal Vincent Nichols on environmental issues. Fr Augusto has previously served as an assistant priest and chaplain in different parishes and institutions in Argentina, many of them located in the poorest neighbourhoods of Greater Buenos Aires.
Sarah Teather is Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK – part of an international Catholic organisation that accompanies, serves and advocates on behalf of refugees around the world. In the UK, JRS runs a day centre supporting refugees who have no financial support, a hosting scheme for homeless refugees and outreach services for those in immigration detention. Sarah has also worked for the head office of JRS in Rome, with whom she travelled extensively, seeing JRS school and home visit teams for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East, education projects in remote areas of South Sudan and JRS work in key pressure points in Europe at the height of the media crisis about refugees in 2015.
Prior to joining JRS, Sarah was a Member of Parliament for 12 years in inner London, including serving for two and a half years as a Government Minister for Education. When she was first elected she was the youngest MP in Britain. Throughout her time in Parliament, she was consistently drawn to social justice issues, taking a particular interest in refugee and asylum matters, human rights, housing and poverty.
Sarah decided to leave Parliament after doing a month long silent retreat called the Spiritual Exercises. She says “I didn’t know where I would work next at that point. But gradually I realised how much I wanted to work for JRS, an organisation I hugely admire. The opportunity to live out my faith, use my skills, and work alongside refugees in this role is a great gift. I am richly blessed.“
In 1993 Mike Pilavachi founded charismatic Christian festival called Soul Survivor which helps thousands of young people and families live their Christian faith.
Mike is an internationally acclaimed speaker who has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people about the Gospel and is the lead pastor of Soul Survivor church in Watford.
Interesting fact: Matt Redman (performing the music at Flame) was in the youth club run by Mike in at St Andrews Church of England, Chorleywood and was a worship leader in the early Soul Survivor Camps.
When meeting refugees, Leah and Ryan shared messages of hope and solidarity from CAFOD supporters in the UK. The messages are part of a campaign led by CAFOD, CSAN and the Jesuit Refugee Service. Today we invite you to join the campaign and the 10,000 reasons to hope challenge by writing a message of hope to refugees.
One Hope Project
One Hope Project is a group of friends who enjoy meeting up, being creative and worshipping God, the God of love. We are learning that worship is what we, humanity, are made to do and that we are designed to be in His presence. Our understanding of being in His presence is where all can experience God’s gifts of love, joy, healing and peace. We want to be inspired and to inspire others to connect with the heart of God through music, worship, serving others and being creative.
RISE Theatre is a professional Christian theatre company with a passion for delivering exciting, original, transformative theatre. We are run as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company working at schools, churches, events and festivals across the UK with the aim of inspiring people of all ages to realise their full potential in life.
Konverse Dance Academy
Konverse Dance Academy is based in the borough of Barking and Dagenham and currently rehearses weekly at The Salvation Army, Barking on a Friday.
Within the borough there are not many youth facilities/programmes available for our young people, especially within the creative arts.
Therefore, Elvire Mavusi Matu at the age of 15 decided to create a Dance Crew called Konverse to attract young people. It keeps them entertained and make new friends. The children enjoy it and are being educated and motivated simultaneously.
Follow them on instagram @KonverseDanceCrews