Show Up Weekend: Speaker profiles

The Show Up Weekend will be an exclusive opportunity to get to grips with how faith and politics can relate with input from church leaders, theologians and MPs. 

Here's a little bit about just some of the speakers you'll be hearing from:

Krish Kandiah

Krish Kandiah is President of the London School of Theology, a college that combines a strong academic reputation with faithfulness to Scripture and a commitment to God’s mission in the world. Krish is also Founder and Director of Home for Good - a charity that finds loving adoptive and foster homes for vulnerable children - and Vice-President of Tearfund an international development charity.

Krish also has a keen interest in politics and to these ends wrote 'Just politics: no sleaze, no spin, no scandal', which explores how Christianity and politics can work together for the common good.

Twitter: @krishk

Os Guinness 

Born to missionary parents in China during World War II, Os was educated in England and subsequently worked as a BBC reporter before eventually moving to the US in 1984 where he has established himself as a leading social critic.

Os has written or edited thirty books on a wide range of themes, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, A Case for Civility and A Free People’s Suicide. 

Among othere achievements, Os also established the Trinity Forum, drafted the Charter for Religious Freedom and been a keynote conference speaker, including an appearance on TED Talks. This is a rare opportunity to hear from Os in the UK and we are very excited to host him!

Twitter: @OsGuinness

Ness Wilson

Ness Wilson heads up the leadership team of Open Heaven church in Loughborough, which has a particular heart for reaching and discipling students while at university. 

Ness is a regular speaker at a number of Christian conferences including Spring Harvest and Soul Surviror and she is particularly keen to invest in emerging female leaders and is involved in a number of forums to equip and encourage young women.

Twitter: @NessWilson

Andy Flannagan

Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter who was previously a hospital doctor but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. His campaigning songwriting dragged him into the political arena, so he can often be found annoying MPs around Parliament as the Director of Christians on the Left and one of the Co-Directors of Christians in Politics. 

Andy is a passionate communicator and his recent book Those Who Show Up which challenged Christians to get off the side-lines and onto the pitch of political life has inspired Christians all over the country - including Archbishop Justin Welby who wrote the forward.

Twitter: @andyflannagan

Jonathan Oloyede

A convert from Islam, Jonathan Oloyede came to the UK from Nigeria in 1991. Ordained two years later, Jonathan has over twenty years experience in ministry and currently leads City Chapel in London. 

Jonathan is also the key catalyst for the National Day of Prayer and Worship. His vision is to see the United Kingdom saturated with prayer and so initiated the Year for London and National Canopy of Prayer which was a five year long daily 24-hr prayer chain for the Nation. This prayer initiative has held and supported several stadium events including Wembley 2012 where tens of thousands of people have gathered in unity to pray and worship.

Twitter: @JonathanOloyede

Anna Rowlands

Anna Rowlands is a Lecturer in Contemporary Catholic Theology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University. Previously she has been a Lecturer in Theology and Ministry at King’s College London and worked for seven years in ministerial theological education at the Cambridge Theological Federation. 

Anna specialises in Political Theology, Moral Theology and Practical Theology and has a particular interest in Catholic Social Thought and also works closely with a number of Faith-Based Organizations including, Citizens UK, CAFOD and the Caritas Social Action Network.

Twitter: @AnnaRowlands1

Gary Streeter MP

Gary Streeter is the Conservative MP for South West Devon. First elected in 1992, Gary has held a number of positions including junior minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department, Shadow International Development Secretary and member of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission.

Gary is also chair of Christians in Parliament - an all-party parliamentary group - and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and is keen to see more Christians taking up the call to engage in politics.

For more details about the weekend including how to book, click here.