Bible study & worship

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Find out what they think about Bible study and worship fitting into a relaxed holiday.

Scroll further down the page for a list of 2022 speakers and worship leaders.

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Every week at Le Pas Opton you’ll find quality Bible teaching with popular speakers from Spring Harvest and other Christian organisations. Our optional morning Bible study gives you an opportunity to grab a coffee and croissant and enjoy the teaching on offer.

The topics are thought provoking and provide spiritual food for the day. From July to the end of August, with kids’ clubs running concurrently with the Bible studies, you can sit back and relax with the peace of mind that our team of children’s workers are looking after your little ones.

Then, later in the day, evening celebrations are a great place to join with family and new friends for a short time of worship, prayer and a short talk.

On Sunday morning the week culminates in a family celebration, with kids presenting a drama, song or story from their groups. The whole service is family-focused, with all-age worship, prayer and preaching.

Speakers & worship leaders

16 May
Tom & Ruth Duncanson
Tom Duncanson

Tom has been a Baptist minister for over 30 years. Prior to becoming Minister of a church in Heathfield East Sussex four years ago, he worked for nearly seven years as Hospice Chaplain in Eastbourne. Married to Ruth, he has two children called Helen & Mark, as well as seven grandchildren.

    David & Melanie Churchyard
    David Churchyard

    David & Melanie have been sharing their faith and encouraging fellow pilgrims on their journey with Jesus for more than 30 years. They have served in church leadership and worked for various Christian trusts and charities. David is a song writer and musician who has also written several murder-mystery plays!

      23 May
      Micha Jazz
      Micha Jazz

      Micha is Guardian of St. Cuthbert's Oratory, a home of prayer, reflection and retreat. A qualified spiritual director, spiritual coach and retreat leader, he is the writer of the popular daily Bible reading notes Every Day with Jesus.

      “Over the past few years my wife Jayne and I have enabled many people to find new rhythms, greater depth and fresh life in their relationship with God” says Micha. “We’re excited and looking forward to sharing with guests at Le Pas Opton in its unique holiday environment.”

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        28 May
        Neil O'Boyle
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        Neil is National Director of British Youth for Christ. He is passionate about evangelism and has a wealth of experience in visionary leadership and team building, innovation and communication, as well as knowledge and understanding of missiology, culture and religious diversity.

        And if all that sounds a bit confusing, you can be sure Neil's a great communicator who builds natural rapport with young and old alike!

          Damian Herbert
          Damian Herbert

          Damian is a Growing Younger Facilitators for the Church of England in Birmingham. He previously worked for Riverside Church as Worship Minister, and has much experience ministering to little people through BIG Ministries. He's a graduate of London School of Theology.

          6 June
          Gareth Hillier
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          Gareth, often known as Gaz, is the Faith in the Family Networker at Care for the Family. He is a church leader with a passion for equipping churches and parents to build and inspire faith in the home as well as reach and impact the communities around them. Gaz is a passionate, sport-loving Welshman married to Lois and they have two young children. As a family they love to travel and go on adventures – the next one will be in France in June!

            Luke Bacon
            Luke Bacon

            Luke is a London based singer, songwriter and worship leader. His journey has seen him live in five countries, spending many years in Botswana before settling in the UK in his teens. As well as writing and performing his own music, Luke is passionate about leading worship and has been involved in leading at churches, events and festivals across the UK and Europe.

              13 June
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                Pete James
                Pete James

                Based on the south coast of England, Pete is a songwriter and worship leader. He has many years of experience as a worship leader and worship pastor and leads regularly at his local church while also travelling frequently to play at conferences, festivals and other churches. He's a big friend of Le Pas Opton and a regular worship leader at our holidays, where he will escape to the surfing beaches when the opportunity arises. Pete's also the inspiration behind the Cheeky Pandas and other all-age worship resources.

                20 June
                Rachael Orrell
                Rachael Orrell

                Rachael is CEO of Saltmine Theatre Company. She has also been a speaker at Spring Harvest for many years. Passionate about the Bible, creative communication and building God's church, she's been a regular favourite at LPO for many years.

                  Dave Stephenson
                  Dave Stephenson

                  Dave leads one of the congregations of Rising Brook Church in Stafford – the church led by regular Spring Harvest speaker Martin Young. He studied music and worship at Nexus Academy and music production at Staffordshire University.

                    27 June
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                        4 July
                        Brian More
                        Brian More

                        Brian leads the team at Newton Mearns Baptist church in Glasgow and is involved with Spring Harvest.

                        A former fisherman, he likes the challenge of teaching the Bible in today’s society. Married to Janet, they have two children who are LPO fans!

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                            11 July
                            Damian Wharton
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                            Damian is the general director of Scripture Union Northern Ireland who have a vision to see all people transformed by God’s good news.

                            In his spare time you’ll find him spending time with his family, going out for a run or drinking good coffee!

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                                18 July
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                                  Jafeth & Sifra Bekx
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                                  Jafeth and Sifra are passionate about worship, music and God's world. They are the heart of Dutch worship band Insalvation. Jafeth wrote the song Fill this House with your Glory which has been recorded on Spring Harvest's live album by Kees Kraayenoord. They are fluent in English and looking forward to leading an international gathering in praise. Jafeth & Sifra have two young daughters.

                                  25 July
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                                      1 August
                                      Pete & Nicki Sims
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                                      Pete and Nicki are worship leaders and songwriters and are also the senior leaders at their amazing home church, CGC Chelmsford.

                                        Pete James
                                        Pete James

                                        Based on the south coast of England, Pete is a songwriter and worship leader. He has many years of experience as a worship leader and worship pastor and leads regularly at his local church while also travelling frequently to play at conferences, festivals and other churches. He's a big friend of Le Pas Opton and a regular worship leader at our holidays, where he will escape to the surfing beaches when the opportunity arises. Pete's also the inspiration behind the Cheeky Pandas and other all-age worship resources.

                                        8 August
                                        Gavin & Anne Calver
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                                        Gavin is the CEO of the Evangelical Alliance and has been involved with Spring Harvest for most of his life. He is passionate about seeing the local Church fulfil its calling to take the gospel of Jesus into every community.

                                        Anne is pioneering Unleashed Church, and has co-authored three books. She is passionate about seeing people meet Jesus and released to grow into all their potential in Him.

                                          Kees Kraayenoord
                                          Kees Kraaynoord

                                          Kees grew up in the traditional Dutch Reformed Church. At 17, he became involved with YWAM and now works with Worship Central.

                                          Kees has released a number of albums and now leads worship both in his native Netherlands and internationally.

                                            15 August
                                            Phil Knox
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                                            Phil Knox is the head of mission to young adults at the Evangelical Alliance. He lives to see people come to know Jesus and Christians inspired and equipped to share their faith.

                                            He has a passion for his generation, the local church, loves learning and has degrees in law and mission and evangelism.

                                            Phil is married to Dani and they have two sons, Caleb and Jos.

                                              Stu Barbour
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                                              Originally from Scotland, songwriter Stu Barbour now lives with his family in West Sussex where he is the worship pastor at The Point Church of England in Burgess Hill. As well as writing songs about his Christian faith, he writes songs about social justice and the environment.

                                              Recently he has had the privilege of taking some of his worship team from The Point to lead worship at prayer meetings for the government at The Houses of Parliament in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

                                                22 August
                                                Rachel Jordan-Wolf
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                                                Rachel is Chief Executive of Hope Together, a catalyst bringing churches together to transform their communities. She was previously an advisor on evangelism to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She has a PhD in church history, and has worked amongst prostitutes and drug addicts in Amsterdam’s red light district.

                                                John Fisher
                                                John fisher

                                                John Fisher played drums for Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Denise Williams and London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) before starting IDMC Gospel Choir. IDMC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 with a 30-date international tour.

                                                Steeped in Gospel music from an early age, John has worked with LCGC’s Basil Meade and Karen Gibson of Kingdom Choir, now famous for their part in the 2018 Royal Wedding.

                                                John’s schools project We sing, U sing has helped thousands of young people to learn and experience Gospel music for themselves – including spectacular finale concerts with the IDMC choir and band. His teaching experience, musical genius and above all his love for Jesus Christ blend together as he leads and inspires.

                                                29 August
                                                Clive Burnard
                                                Clive Burnard

                                                Clive is a Baptist Regional Minister who has led and planted a number of churches in a lifetime of Christian leadership. Passionate about Jesus, his Church and his disciples, he has preached, taught and trained Christian leaders and teams in the UK and internationally.

                                                  Sue Rinaldi
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                                                  Sue loves LPO and has led worship as well as spoken at LPO over the years. She travels internationally to help churches and individuals develop their worship. She also works with our sister companies in the Essential Christian group to develop artists and music products.

                                                    5 September
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                                                        12 September
                                                        Chris Sinkinson
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                                                        When he’s not lecturing at Moorlands College or doing an archaeological dig in Gallilee, Dr Chris Sinkinson may be found playing board games.

                                                        He has written various books and articles, and also speaks at churches and events and on radio, around the UK and beyond.

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                                                            19 September
                                                            Mike & Sandy Fitton
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                                                            Mike is UK National Chairman of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He and Sandy travel across the UK and beyond, often by motorbike of course, speaking at bikers gatherings and churches.

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