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Sola Ayodeji

Sola Ayodeji

Sola is part of our Genetik Sessions team and helps lead our Message Academy course. 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.

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.

Cyril Wilding

Cyril Wilding

Part of our Fleet and Facilities team during the week, Cyril’s life was radically transformed by Jesus while he was serving a prison sentence. He’s a passionate communicator and loves sharing about the hope he has found in Christ.

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. 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.

Jane Sullivan

Jane and her husband Simon head up The Oaks, The Message’s 12 bedroom house in Wythenshawe that is a Christian community that both supports our MEC team members as they rebuild their lives, and blesses the local area. Jane has previously worked for ‘Children of Hope’ – a charity working in Uganda to break the cycle of poverty.

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.

Laura Wilding

Laura Wilding

Laura is part of our Shine Hair and Beauty enterprise team, mentoring ex-offenders and sharing her faith through her work. She’s passionate about telling her story of radical transformation from addiction to freedom.

Les Hutchinson

Les is the head of HR at The Message and has been a part of the team for seven years. A Licensed Lay Reader in the Church of England, Les has a passionate heart to engage the local church with the work of The Message.

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 our Oaks House Manager. His job is to help our Enterprise team members grow in their faith and reach their God-given potential. Along with his wife Jane he runs The Oaks, a home and support for MEC team members. Before joining the team, Simon worked for ten years in prisons, with juveniles, young offenders and adults.

Tom Grant

Tom Grant

Tom is Head of Eden UK and oversees the growth and health of the network. He has led the Eden team in Netherton, North Liverpool for five years, still lives on the estate and is part of the church leadership team there.

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 Director of Ministry at The Message Trust. Sam has been involved in the Eden Network for over 17 years, initially as a volunteer and subsequently leading a team and a local church plant in Openshaw, Manchester. Sam has played a crucial role in planting Eden teams across the UK and beyond.

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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 Hawthorne and Sam Ward) 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.