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CONTRIBUTORS

ERWIN RAPHAEL MCMANUS

Erwin Raphael McManus has committed his life to the study of genius and the pursuit of God, never knowing that the two worlds would one day collide. He is an iconoclast, entrepreneur, storyteller, fashion designer, filmmaker, and cultural thought leader whose singular intention is to violate our view of reality. McManus is the founder of Mosaic, a church movement based in the heart of Hollywood with a community that spans the globe, and is the acclaimed author of The Way of the Warrior, The Last Arrow, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity.

UPPERROOM

Based in the design district just west of downtown Dallas, UPPERROOM is a dynamic church focused on the truth that the presence of God transforms lives. UPPERROOM Music is made up of worshippers committed to prayer morning, noon and night. UPPERROOM Music releases songs that are marked by the presence of God.

AMANDA COOK

Amanda Cook is a multi award-winning artist, writer and musician. Her music explores the intersections of faith, doubt, love, loss, hope, despair and FUN. She’ll be joining us at Renaissance to lead worship.

MIKE PILAVACHI

Mike Pilavachi spent 26 years heading up Soul Survivor ministries and continues to pastor the associated church – Soul Survivor Watford. He has written a number of books the latest of which is called ‘Lifelines’. He will be joining us to speak at Renaissance.

LEROY LOGAN

Leroy Logan is one of UK’s most highly decorated and well-known black police officers. A highly respected and well-regarded commentator on policing and wider social justice issues, he believes that there is still much work to do in creating a more equitable and fair criminal justice system. Leroy’s early career was recently depicted in Red, White and Blue, the BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning episode of director Sir Steve McQueen’s acclaimed Small Axe series.

KATE HAMPTON OBE

Kate became CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in March 2016, having run CIFF’s Climate Change team since 2009. Kate’s career spans roles in government, finance, consulting, a think tank and NGOs, including at Climate Change Capital, where she was Head of Policy. She has also advised policy makers in several roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the United Kingdom’s G8 and EU presidencies in 2005.

JAKE ISAAC

Jake Isaac is a worship leader and singer/songwriter from South London. Jake has written 'Greater than it all', 'Love song for a city', 'As in Heaven' and 'Final Say', and has worked with artists Gabrielle, India Arie, Cat Burns, Paloma Faith and Elton John.

RUTH AFOLABI

Launched in 2009, initially as a one off event at Durham University, Magnify has evolved into a global platform and network focused on empowering ambitious women of faith. Through our bi-annual print magazine, regular digital content and events, we have a community of almost 25,000 women based in cities from London to Lagos to Los Angeles and beyond. Through our platforms we’ve had the privilege of interviewing Christians from every sphere of life from the likes of Jerry Lorenzo (the designer behind Fear of God), Letitia Wright (Black Panther) to Jo Malone and many inspiring everyday women and men. Our vision is ultimately to use media and creativity to change the narrative of the Christian faith and demonstrate how a personal relationship with God can anchor us and enrich every area of our lives.

SLIDER CUTS

Mark Maciver, aka SliderCuts, has been cutting hair professionally since 2003. He states that the very foundation in which SliderCuts has been created is a reflection of his Christian faith. Since opening the doors he has nurtured an impressive client list, which includes basketball player Lebron James, world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua, TV personality Reggie Yates and high-hitting UK rappers Stormzy and Tinie Tempah, amongst others.

TOM HERBERT - ENTREPENEUR

Tom Herbert is a baker, food equality pioneer and co-founder of The Long Table and Wayfarers monastery. Tom won multiple awards before presenting three seasons of Fabulous Baker Brothers for Channel 4 and Discovery. Always championing great produce and connecting people around food, his most recent book is called 'Do Wild Baking'.

NICKY BROWN - MUSICIAN & PRODUCER

Nicky Brown is a producer, songwriter, composer and musician, with experience of working across the music industry, including with the London Community Gospel Choir. He is joining us at Renaissance to lead worship with the SAINT Music Collective.

MEL ZULU - GARDENER & FLORIST

Mel Zulu is Head Gardener at SAINT, curating and bringing beauty to all our green spaces. She'll be joining us at Renaissance with outdoor pop ups in St John at Hackney Church Gardens that tell us all about the SAINT story.

DAVID GARDNER OBE

David Gardner is an entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the gaming sector. He is a co-founder and general partner of LVP, and is joining us at Renaissance to discuss entrepreneurship in the church.

FARIDA MATTHEWS

Farida is an actor and Ordinand at SAINT. She’ll be opening Renaissance conference on Friday morning.

MEREDITH SCHOMBURG

Meredith Schomburg is a Brooklyn based artist and illustrator. She loves to create worlds highlighting the human form in optimistic, colorful and dynamic ways. Her approach to illustration is heavily influenced by an education and career in graphic design. Having worked in both tech and agency worlds before going full-time freelance she brings a unique perspective on the role illustration plays, from the smallest moments in product to larger applications in brand campaigns. She loves to apply her work to all kinds of mediums—from digital to print to large scale murals—and has worked with the likes of Airbnb, Apple, Cosmopolitan, TED, Youtube, Lululemon and Outdoor Voices.

DAN MAUDHUB, CEO, WONDERFUL GROUP

Dan is a multi award winning entrepreneur and founder of the Wonderful Group; a diverse group of organisations with a common mission to deliver lasting change in lives, businesses and communities. Dan has worked with hundreds of businesses and leaders globally to deliver growth and transformation programmes and is passionate about empowering brands and leaders for a digital future. Dan is married to Claire and has two boys, aged 11 & 13. He has active leadership roles in several not-for-profits, networks and media platforms.

ANNTOINETTE BRAMBLE

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble has been a local councillor since 2010, and is currently the Statutory Deputy Mayor of Hackney and Cabinet for Education, Children’s Services and Young People. Anntoinette’s portfolio includes: ethical governance and democratic services, schools, Young Futures Commission and the Youth Parliament. Cllr Bramble leads on policy development, campaigning, and setting priorities for Hackney Council on these policy areas.

HOSTS

AL GORDON

RECTOR OF SAINT

THANDO ZULU

EXPERIENCES DIRECTOR - SAINT

NAOMI MAXWELL

DISCIPLESHIP DIRECTOR - SAINT

AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED