We are grateful to these men and women who bring theological expertise and excellent teaching skills to the Biblefresh movement. Our Bible Champions are people who desire to see the church going deeper into God’s Word and living out truth in their daily lives. They are our advisors and spokespeople.
Click on a name below to see more information about each Bible Champion.
- 1 R David Muir
- 2 Ali Martin
- 3 Andy Croft
- 4 Andy Frost
- 5 Bishop Donald Allister
- 6 Bishop Paul Williams
- 7 Chris Wright
- 8 Christina Baxter
- 9 Colin Sinclair
- 10 Dave Burke
- 11 David Bradley
- 12 David Jackman
- 13 David Meredith
- 14 David Miller
- 15 David Wilkinson
- 16 Dotha Blackwood
- 17 Elaine Storkey
- 18 Gordon Kennedy
- 19 Greg Haslam
- 20 Howard Marshall
- 21 Jamie Grant
- 22 Jason Clark
- 23 Joe Kapolyo
- 24 Joel Edwards
- 25 John Stevens
- 26 Jonathan Lamb
- 27 Jonathan Oloyede
- 28 Kate Coleman
- 29 Lee Rayfield
- 30 Martin Allen
- 31 Martin Lee
- 32 Martyn Atkins
- 33 Matt Summerfield
- 34 Michele Guinness
- 35 Nick Baines
- 36 Nicky Gumbel
- 37 Nims Obunge
- 38 Olu Ojedokun
- 39 Paula Gooder
- 40 Phyllis Thompson
- 41 Professor Tom Wright
- 42 Richard Bewes
- 43 Robert Beckford
- 44 Roger Forster
- 45 Rose Dowsett
- 46 Simon Downham
- 47 Simon Steer
- 48 Stephen Gaukroger
- 49 Steve Brady
- 50 Steve Holmes
- 51 Stuart Bell
- 52 Terry Virgo
- 53 Wallace Benn
- 54 Watcyn James
R David Muir
David is a political scientist and a theologian. He is a former policy director at the Evangelical Alliance and founding director of Faith in Britain.
David is married to Pauline and members of the family are active in the local church ministry.
'Let's unite around God's Word in 2011. I commend Biblefresh wholeheartedly.'
Ali is on the leadership team of Soul Survivor and Soul Survivor Watford church.
She is married to Joel and they have a son called William.
"It’s in the pages of the Bible that our lives make sense; it’s in the context of God’s story of love, grace, mercy and redemption that we find our meaning and purpose. That’s one of the reasons it’s a privilege to be involved in Biblefresh and to be a part of something that’s encouraging and helping people get into God’s word."
Andy is Associate Director of Soul Survivor Ministries and he heads up the ‘Called to Lead’ course.
Andy is married to Beth.
"Reading the Bible isn't about gathering information, how many chapters or books we've read or whether we can reel off verses from memory. It's about a relationship. Understanding this is at the heart of what it is to read the Bible and receive life from its pages... If we read the Bible just for the sake of it, it’s likely to become dry and lifeless. But if we read the Bible because we want relationship with the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Life, then it's quite different. It becomes a way of getting to know our Friend."
Andy Frost is Director of Share Jesus International. He is also an author and popular speaker.
Andy is married to Jo and loves to surf!
"When I was reading about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and that prayer that he prays, 'not my will be done, but yours'..[it] really impacted me at that time in my life."
Bishop Donald Allister
The Rt Revd Donald Allister is the Bishop of Peterborough. It is his express hope that he can help to build people’s confidence in their faith, and to unite all Christians around their love for Jesus Christ.
Donald Allister is married to Janice, and they have three grown up children and a grandson.
"The Bible is God's voice and God's breath: we need to hear and feel him as we read it."
Bishop Paul Williams
Paul is the Bishop of Kensington.
Bishop Paul is married to Sarah and they have three boys. He is enthusiastic about all sport, especially football and sailing, and is keen on fell-walking and English choral music.
"I am delighted to support this exciting Biblefresh initiative celebrating the extraordinary gift we have in the Bible as God’s living word. There is no book like it – nothing compares. Through the Spirit the Bible is able to change hearts and minds, transform communities and nations, create a more just society, and renew the Church in its mission to the world. It’s time for Christians everywhere to be more passionate about the Bible, like we would a letter from someone who has won our heart."
Chris Wright is the International Director of the Langham Partnership.
Chris is an Irishman who lives in London and is married to Liz.
"BibleFresh is right on target not only in marking a signficant year - 400 years since the King James Version began seeping through the cultures of the English-speaking world -- but also because nothing is needed more than a Bible-driven reformation in the church's mission, discipling, living and giving. At every level of the church's life we need to re--centre the Bible. Only then will we have some hope of generating Bible influence in our wider culture."
Christina is Principal of St John's College, Nottingham and Lay Chairman of the Church of England's General Synod.
"When I was about 15, I was looking for a verse in the book of Joshua, which actually comes in the last chapter, but the Lord spoke to me through Joshua 1:7-8 - and called me to study theology. This has been my life’s work, and it all started by reading the Bible."
Colin is the Minister at Palmerston Place Church. He is also a former General Director of Scripture Union Scotland.
"I am delighted to commend Biblefresh. When the Authorised Version of the Bible was completed 400 years ago its aim was to put God's word into the hands of the people so they could hear it, share it, live it and be transformed by it. Biblefresh seeks to do the same thing today."
Dave Burke is Pastor of Bethany City Church in Sunderland.
Dave is married to Cathie who works for Action for Blind People, and has two adult children, Jonny and Emma.
"I became a Christian as a result of reading Luke's gospel. As I read, the Holy Spirit made the Bible sing... and occasionally sting! Thirty-six years later it is still shouting, comforting, whispering, challenging and cajoling me along in my spiritual journey. I am right behind Biblefresh because it is a unique opportunity to set people moving along that same path."
David Bradley is General Director of Keswick Ministries.
David is married to Liz, a teacher and lives in Northwood, NW London.
"I want people to get a 'wow' factor when they read the Bible, whether that's a humbling experience or an exaltation, to be really enthused by the Bible as the 'living and active Word of God' and put it into practice."
David Jackman is the founder of the Proclamation Trust.
David is married to Heather, and together they have two grown children.
"[My prayer for Biblefresh is that] the Bible will be restored to its rightful place 'in the driving seat' of our individual lives, in the priorities and plans of our churches and at the heart of our nation. May this initiative be a great step forward by which the Spirit of God takes the Word of God to accomplish the will and work of God."
David is the minister of Smithton-Culloden Free Church of Scotland and the moderator of the General Assembly in 2010.
He is married to Nina and they have four children.
David Miller is Vice-Principal & Lecturer in Mission Studies at International Christian College in Glasgow and spent nearly ten years in Japan with OMF.
David is married to Jeanette and they have three children.
"..it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an earth-shattering sense of God’s Word leaping out at you in letters of burning fire every time you read the Bible. We read the Bible as much to get our heads round the big story of God at work in the world through Jesus and His Spirit as we do for a personal spiritual experience. These experiences will come, but they come out of a deepening relationship, and reading Scripture really helps that relationship to grow."
David is Principal of St John's College, Durham.
"My prayer for the Biblefresh initiative is that people would simply be excited with the gift of the Scriptures, the gift of God’s own word in a way that’s accessible to us every day. But further, my prayer would be that we learned to understand and live Scripture rather than just knowing about it."
Dotha Blackwood is Lecturer in Theology & Biblical Studies at Moorlands College.
"My prayer is that through this initiative many, many hundreds and thousands of people will begin to read and engage with the Bible and find in there the joy, fun, guidance and help that I and many others have found."
Elaine Storkey is an author, international speaker, President of Tearfund and Chair of Fulcrum.
Elaine is married to Alan and has three sons.
"I don’t think it’s a challenge at all to get people engaged in the Bible; you just have to read it. You just have to let them see how exciting and dynamic it is... I think we just have to do it. Open the Bible and do it."
Gordon Kennedy is Minister of Stranraer St Ninians.
Gordon is married to Fiona and has two sons.
"A few weeks after my father died my sister and I found a scrap of paper inside one of his books. On this piece of paper he had used a typewriter to copy out Psalm 27:4, “One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life”. In the weeks following, I was, and remain, encouraged with the hope that these words expressed the faith which my dad had and which held him into that eternal presence of his Father. Since then, I have found in Bible reading that the desire of the Lord is to dwell with his people and to have us live together with him. This is not a minor theme in Scripture but a great hope which shines from every page."
Greg Haslam is the Senior Pastor of Westminster Chapel, London.
Greg is married to Ruth and has three adult sons.
"My whole Christian life of some 42 years now has been punctuated with many vivid occasions when God has spoken to me through the Bible. Perhaps the most significant was in the third year of my ministry when I was desperate about the state of the church I was pastoring. The letter to the Laodicean church in Revelation 3 came alive to me in a remarkable way. I was gripped by its message and knew that in preaching from it our church would never be the same again."
Howard Marshall is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen.
"Unwritten traditions have a habit of silently changing over the years. One mark of what we would have called a ‘keen’ Christian in my younger days was the habit of regular daily Bible reading following some scheme (such as those produced by Scripture Union). I wonder how many of us maintain this vital practice nowadays? I see Biblefresh as a means of recalling us to pick it up again and offering helpful new approaches through which fresh light and truth can break forth from God’s holy Word and guide us. I pray that this may be its effect."
Jamie Grant is Vice-Principal and Tutor of Biblical Studies at Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Inverness.
Jamie is married to Iwona and has two daughters and a son.
"We all struggle with our personal devotions from time to time but the important thing is not to give up. If it's really hard, don't try to bite off more than you can chew. Read smaller passages and ask God to make them real to your life. Don't feel guilty about it, but bring your struggle with your devotions to the Lord in prayer."
Joel Edwards is the international director of Micah Challenge, a global campaign to mobilise Christians against poverty, and to influence leaders of rich and poor nations to fulfil their promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Joel is married with two adult children.
John Stevens is the Director of Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC)
"The Bible is not just a history book recording what God said in the past, but is the living and active word of God. God inspired the writers of the Scriptures to speak his word by his Spirit, and God gives us his Holy Spirit so that we can hear and understand his voice in the Scriptures today. God speaking in the Scriptures reveals himself to us, makes us wise for salvation by faith in Christ Jesus, and thoroughly equips us to serve him and others."
Jonathan is the International Program Director of Langham Partnership International, a group of ministries committed to the strengthening of the church in the Majority World through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and doctoral scholarships.
"There are many good reasons for supporting Biblefresh, but I am specially grateful for three strategic emphases. First, it is a joint enterprise that brings the Bible back into the centre of the church's life and mission, an urgent need within the evangelical community let alone the wider church and nation. Second, it injects a refreshing burst of ideas and creative initiatives that will help churches and agencies to re-engage with the powerful dynamic of God's Word and provoke us to communicate its truth more effectively. And third, it encourages us to do this together, another vital component in the mix if we are to extend the impact of that Word at all levels of our culture. I commend Biblefresh wholeheartedly."
Jonathan Oloyede is one of the Senior Pastors of Glory House, a multi-cultural church in East London and Convener of the London Global Day of Prayer. Jonathan is married to Abbih with two children.
"I just want to commend the Biblefresh campaign to you because the Bible in our society will transform a whole generation. I believe that this is a generation that needs to have a grasp of the Bible. I want to ask you as a church and organisation to push this campaign. Let’s get the Bible into the hands of every young person in this nation."
Kate Coleman is a popular preacher, teacher, speaker, lecturer and strategic advisor to high-level events, committees, church councils, local communities and specialist groups.
"Inspiring people to re-engage with the life transforming message (and author) of the Bible has long been my passion. The Biblefresh initiative releases such a vision on a far grander scale. May God profoundly bless and multiply its impact!"
Rt Rev Dr Lee Rayfield is the Bishop of Swindon and prior to ordination was an immunologist teaching medical and dental students in London.
Lee is married to Liz and has three children.
"There is a huge amount of ignorance and misunderstanding about the Bible. Biblefresh has the potential to make a real difference to how the Bible is viewed and valued – not just in churches but in wider society."
Martin is the minister of Chryston Parish Church, near Glasgow.
"Only the Bible can help me think and live christianly in a christless culture. Its pages provide the nourishment I need to wage war against the world, the flesh and the devil! I warmly endorse the Bible Fresh initiative at this time".
Martin is the Executive Director of Global Connections and is passionate about mission being at the centre of all church life and people working together.
Martyn is the General Secretary of the Methodist Church and secretary of the Methodist Conference. He is the author of several books, including 'Resourcing Renewal: shaping churches for the emerging future'.
Martyn is married with three grown sons, is a lifelong supporter of Leeds United football club, cricket mad and a bookaholic!
Matt Summerfield is the Executive Director of the youth and children's missionary movement, Urban Saints and is passionate seeing the church envisioned and equipped to reach and release the rising generation of children and young people into their full God-given potential.
Matt is married to Jo and has two sons, Andrew and Daniel. He enjoys nothing better than a good movie, a meaty pizza and some Ben & Jerry's to follow.
“It’s inspiring to see so many organizations working together to ‘shout out loud’ about God’s amazing story, revealed in the Bible.”
Michele Guinness is an author, speaker and freelance journalist.
Michele is married to Peter, now Vicar of St Marks’, Gillingham, and they have a grown up son and daughter, and two grandchildren.
"No other book is as chock a block full of story, poetry, drama, song, romance, adventure and wisdom – oh, and don’t forget betrayal, murder, mystery and sex! What a way to start the day. No other book is as relevant or life-changing as when it was first written. No other book fillets my selfishness from self-giving. Or shows me what God wants and expects. Or assures me that I am loved. Without it, I’d be lost."
Nick Baines is the Bishop of Croydon. He has written a number of books and for many years he has regularly contributed to Pause for Thought on Radio 2.
Nick is married to Linda and has three adult children.
“Biblefresh has got it right – the biblical text might be very old, but its message comes through to each generation with fresh power. The Bible points us not to itself, but to ‘the Word made flesh’ – Jesus. Biblefresh is commendable for taking the Bible with fresh seriousness and pointing us to ‘the Word’.”
Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton and the pioneer of the Alpha course. He is also Vice President of Tearfund.
Nicky is married to Pippa and they have three children.
"We are so pleased to be a part of this exciting initiative which we hope will bring fresh perspective on the relevance for the Bible in our daily lives and for the world today."
Nims Obunge is the Pastor at the Freedom’s Ark Church, in Tottenham, and Chief Executive of the Peace Alliance, which created London’s annual Week of Peace.
Nims loves playing table tennis and on the Wii with his kids.
Olu works as a Field Director with Friends International in the UK, and serves on the Board of the African and Caribbean Alliance
Olu is married to Ola and they have two daughters.
"In a world where i face many uncertainties, doubts and confusions, the bible offers me an endless certaintity, eternal truth and the absolute clarity."
Paula Gooder is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral and visiting lecturer at King's College, London. She is also a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies as well as a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod.
Paula lives in Birmingham with her husband, Peter, and two children, Susie and Ruth.
"Biblefresh is bringing the Bible back to life! Many people today struggle to read the Bible, Biblefresh presents such a wealth of ideas, background, and resources that there will be something here for everyone."
Professor Tom Wright
Tom Wright is best known for his writing and is one of our foremost New Testament scholars with an international reputation. He has written over thirty books and has also broadcast regularly on radio and television.
Tom is married to Maggie, and they have four children and two grandchildren. Tom enjoys music, hill walking and golf and is a life-long supporter of Newcastle United FC.
Part of the joy of Christian faith is that you can't just bottle it and hand it on. It has to come up fresh each time round. Reading the Bible is the central way by which this happens, and that's why Biblefresh is such a great project.
"It has the capacity to open people's eyes and hearts to the extraordinary riches at the heart of our faith, and to get churches looking out into the wider world that needs the Bible's message more than ever."
Richard is a preacher and writer and the Former Rector of All Souls, Langham Place.
Tim has three children and four grandchildren.
Robert is a British academic theologian and a reader in black theology and popular culture at Oxford Brookes University.
Roger is the founder and leader of Ichthus Christian Fellowship. He is also the Chairman of the Council for the Evangelical Alliance and Honorary Vice President of Tearfund.
Roger is married to Faith and they have three married children.
'Biblefresh inspires men and women to breathe in God’s inspired words.'
Rose Dowsett is a former missionary with OMF international, author, speaker, teacher at International Christian College and Vice-Chairman of the WEA's Mission Commission.
Rose is married to Dickn and they have three adult children and five grandchildren
'My prayer for Biblefresh is that up and down the country, young and old will learn or re-learn the joy of listening to God for themselves as they read and listen to Scripture. Every period of authentic renewal in church history has been accompanied by a hunger to hear and internalize God’s Word. Today’s church in the UK faces deep challenges. We need God’s equipping – and the Scripture is an essential part of that.'
Simon Downham is the Vicar of St Paul's, Hammersmith. He is in increasing demand as a speaker around the UK and has given the main Bible readings at New Wine.
Simon's great passion is the history of art and he is also a life long supporter of Carlisle United. Simon is married to Anna and has four children.
Simon Steer is the Principal of the London School of Theology.
Simon is married to Julia and they have three children. A keen sportsman, Simon enjoys playing cricket, golf and tennis and is a lifelong supporter of Chelsea football club. He also completed the 2009 London marathon.
"The Bible competes with A Brief History of Time for the dubious honour of being the least read best seller... Biblefresh has the potential do something truly significant for individuals, for the Church and even for the wider community. I am delighted to commend and be a part of this excellent initiative."
Stephen is Director of Clarion Trust International and is a senior church leader in the UK, having pastored two large churches and served as President of the Baptist Union.
Steve is married to Janet and they have 3 adult children.
'Confident communication of God’s word has never been more needed – make sure your church is part of Biblefresh as it gets the church hearing God’s word again.'
Steve is Principal of Moorlands Bible College and preaches widely at conventions both in the UK and abroad.
Steve thoroughly enjoys football, squash and running – and hates gardening!
'Our great need is to know the Word of the Lord so that through it we may know the Lord of the Word. Biblefresh will encourage to do just that. I heartily commend it.'
Steve is Senior Lecturer in Theology, Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of School of Divinity at St Andrew's University.
'I pray that all of us .. [would realise] what a treasure God has given us in the Scriptures, and just how powerful they are. And as a result, we wouldn't leave the Bible in a box under the bed - or on a table beside the bed - but would use it to change God's world, for God's glory.'
Stuart is Rector of St Michael's, Aberystwyth.
"After 45 years of reading the Bible regularly and preaching from it several times a week I am constantly amazed by its relevance to every aspect of life. What else should we expect with the Holy Spirit as the one who inspired it?"
Terry is the is the founder of Newfrontiers. He is a well-known Bible teacher, speaking at conferences internationally and hosts the annual Together on a Mission conference in the UK, which draws thousands of delegates from around the world.
Terry is married to Wendy and they have five grown up children.
'When God’s church hears and obeys God’s word, the Spirit is at work, lives are changed and communities transformed. Join the Biblefresh initiative and let’s see what God will do amongst us.'
Wallace Benn is the Suffragan Bishop of Lewes. He is a well-known speaker and writer, and is particularly keen to see the Word of God upheld in every aspect.
Wallace is an enthusiastic rugby watcher and supporter and also enjoys motor racing. He lives with his wife and family in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
"This is an excellent and imaginative way of helping people re engage with Bible reading. God’s Word brings light and life and its neglect impoverishes us, as well as denying us the joy of knowing and experiencing His gracious promises to us."