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Sola Ayodeji

Sola Ayodeji

Sola is part of our Genetik Sessions team, teaching dance and leading discipleship sessions with young people every week. Having previously been both a church youth worker and a youth offending officer, Sola has a passion to see young people grasp the hope found in Jesus. He is also a key member of our Prayer team.

Carl Beech

Carl Beech

Carl is Deputy CEO of The Message. A seasoned church planter and leader, Carl is also President of CVM and an in-demand platform speaker. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycling, endurance challenges and, yes, watercolour painting.

Tom Butler

Tom is Head of Missions Development and brings 10 years’ experience as a youth pastor to our staff team. His focus is on developing the missions teams and partnering with other churches and organisations working to reach and disciple young people.

Andy Hawthorne OBE

Andy is Founder and Chief Executive of The Message and an in-demand international evangelist and communicator. He was awarded the OBE in 2011 in recognition of his services to young people.

Jo Hirst

An Associate Minister with AOG, Jo is one of our Prison Outreach Workers.  She has a passion for seeing people set free from the cycle of brokenness, crime and addiction and realising their God-given potential through a relationship with Jesus Christ. In free time she loves fell walking with hubby Mike and dog Ron.

Sarah Hockley

Sarah Hockley

Sarah helps lead our Message Academy course and is also responsible for helping make the Higher Tour happen across the UK. A qualified and experienced youth worker, she has also worked with YFC and Spring Harvest. She loves good coffee, cinema and Chester Zoo!

Ben Jack

Ben oversees the Advance: The Message Evangelists Movement, committed to the equipping and multiplication of preaching evangelists around the UK and beyond. As award winning DJ Galactus Jack he has performed and preached the gospel extensively around the UK and internationally.

John Williams

John Williams

John leads Enable, a team engaging with people with seen or unseen disabilities. John is passionate about seeing people connect with the good news of Jesus, connect with and serve the local church and be released into the fullness of life that God has for them.

Sam Wright

Sam Wright

Sam is part of the Partnerships team at The Message and spends most of his time engaging churches and other organisations in our work. He’s passionate about sharing the gospel and his own story of transformation.

Simon Sullivan

Simon is MEC Supervision and Discipleship Manager. His job is to help our team members grow in their faith and reach their God-given potential. Before joining the team, Simon worked for ten years in prisons, with juveniles, young offenders and adults.

Mat Walls

Mat Walls is our Message Evangelist and runs the Evangelism Boot Camps, helping equip and release everyone to share their faith more effectively. Mat brings years of evangelism training and outreach experience and is a passionate Gosepl communicator. He previously ran Message Academy for 7 years and was a Student Pastor before that.

Sam Ward

Sam is National Director of the Eden Network. Sam joined Eden Openshaw as a volunteer in 2000, taking leadership of both the team and its partner church in 2007. Today he is focussed on growing the health and reach of the network across the UK.

Sid Williams

Sid Williams

Sid leads our Eden Bus team, acting as a catalyst for local ministry to young people on tough estates. He has a real passion for reaching people with the good news of Jesus.

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How do I book a speaker?

In the first instance, please contact us by email with as many details as you can provide (preferred date, nature of event, etc). We will get back in touch with you as soon as we can.

Can I choose which speaker we have?

We will do our best to accommodate your specific request. Some of our speakers (especially Andy and Carl) are booked for Sundays up to a year in advance, so we may suggest a great alternative.

How much does it cost?

We would normally expect you to cover travel expenses and other costs incurred. Any additional gift to The Message is entirely at your discretion.