Bible study & worship

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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. With kids’ clubs running concurrently with the Bible studies (from May half term to 2 September), 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. Translation into French and Dutch is available in certain weeks via headsets.

Speakers & worship leaders

13 May
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.

    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!

      20 May
      Tom & Ruth Duncanson
      Tom Ruth Duncanson

      Tom is now retired after 40 years in Baptist Ministry including 7 years as a Hospice Chaplain. Ruth, a registered nurse, retired after 18 Years as a school matron at a very large Secondary School. They now live in Eastbourne. Their experience is wide and varied. They have two children and seven grandchildren. When not involved with the family they have a fairly active social life!!

      Tom has been a companion in the Northumbria Community for many years.

        Jimmy Orr
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        Jimmy is a Worship Leader, Poet, Husband, Singer/Songwriter, Speaker, Son, Brother, Artist, and Dad… though not necessarily in that order! He's been part of several worship bands playing various roles, facilitated and curated worship experiences from small lofts to big marquees, middle-sized churches to the Houses of Parliament. He has a passion for creatively expressing the full range of human emotion in a real and worshipful way. It's a privilege for Jimmy to be back serving at LPO.

          25 May
          Neil O'Boyle
          Neil O Boyle

          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!

            Theo Lawrence & Katie Minnis
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            Theo and Katie are based in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, where they are involved in local mission. After spending a year touring with Youth For Christ's mission band, Katie and Theo now lead the worship and the youth work at their church. They have a heart to see the Church enter into God's presence through worship, and also to see young people transformed by the Gospel. Isaiah 6:3

              3 June
              Ruth Morgans
              Ruth Morgans

              Ruth is the Families Pastor at Woodlands Church in Bristol where she lives with her husband, 2 children and a crazy Cockerpoo called Cookie.

              Ruth is also part of the speaking team for Parenting for Faith, and particularly enjoys seeing parents, churches and church leaders inspired, equipped and encouraged in their discipleship journey together - pursuing a life of faith, connection and relationship with Jesus.

                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.

                  10 June
                  Peter & Michele Guinness
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                  A former maths teacher with a mechanical engineering background, Peter was vicar of St Thomas's, Lancaster, for over 18 years, before exchanging a church full of young people for a church in an area of high urban deprivation. He has a passion to teach the whole Bible, putting the New Testament into the context of its Hebraic roots.

                  Brought up in a practising Jewish family, Michele rocked the boat by becoming a Christian, and marrying a vicar. After working in the media for six years, she moved into PR, eventually becoming Head of Communications for the NHS in Cumbria and Lancashire. She has written twelve books, and spoken at Spring Harvest, New Wine and churches everywhere.

                  They’re officially retired (time permitting!), have two children and six grandchildren, and live half the year in France.

                    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.

                      17 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 and Ruth Stephenson
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                        Dave and Ruth Stephenson are part of the leadership team at Rising Brook Church in Stafford. Dave is a minister and Ruth heads up the Children, Youth and Family department. Together they have worked with Spring Harvest in some capacity for the last 17 years and are excited to return to LPO for more worship and fun during Creative week. They can usually be spotted with their three children in tow; Morley (12), Erin (10) and Tilly (9).

                          24 June
                          Nick & Marjorie Allan
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                          Nick & Marjorie are the joint leaders of The Well Sheffield, a growing church with many young adults and students, and a track record in reaching the unchurched, raising young leaders and new church plants. They are passionate about worship and mission and discipleship to Jesus in current culture. They love investing in the next generation and drinking good coffee. They have a lively home with three teenagers, a border collie dog and students. In 2020 they published an award-winning book, 'The XYZ of Discipleship : Understanding and Reaching Generations Y & Z'

                            Evie Loose
                            Evie Loose

                            Evie Loose is a worship leader and songwriter from Eastbourne, UK. She has led worship as part of Bright City, the worship collective from St. Peter’s Brighton, and now she studies in Cardiff and leads worship at her local church. As a student herself, she is passionate about seeing young people truly know the joy and love found in Jesus.

                              1 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!

                                Suzanne Hanna
                                Suzanne Hanna

                                Suzanne is a Worship leader, Songwriter, Teacher, Speaker and Musician based in Northern Ireland. Suzanne currently serves on the Elim Sound Core team and is the Regional Coordinator for Ireland. Suzanne and her husband John serve on the Core team of Coastlands Elim Church, Holywood where Suzanne also ministers as Worship Coordinator.

                                  8 July
                                  Cris & Beki Rogers
                                  Cris Beki Rogers

                                  Cris and Beki Rogers have been leading a church in East London for the last 14 years called All Hallows Bow. Beki is the Director of the Centre for Spiritual Direction. Cris chairs the Spring Harvest planning group and leads the ministry Making Disciples. They have two children who are both in their late teens.

                                    Pete James
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                                    Pete James is the creative behind the charity Swell Revolution. His 12 years as a worship pastor have equipped Pete to create songs, stories and video resources to help all ages grow in their faith. He leads worship frequently in his local church and at festivals and events. He is keen biker and boarder and enjoys snow and water sports.

                                    15 July
                                    Olivia Amartey
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                                    Olivia Amartey is executive director for the Elim Pentecostal Church having previously worked in senior leadership positions in the NHS and the Third Sector. She is also associate pastor of Crosspoint Church, a church plant based in north Birmingham, and has a passion for sharing God's word creatively. Much appreciated for her sense of fun, Olivia was a lively contributor to David Wilbourne's well-received York Course, You Can Be Serious! (2023), and the upcoming 2024 York course, The Gift of Christ. She is a regular contributor to UCB and Radio 4’s (DAB) Daily Service. Olivia loves to travel and is a self-confessed addict to Strictly.

                                      Dave & Bettina Prigent
                                      David and Bettina Prigent

                                      Dave and Bettina have been leaders of the French worship band "Antydot" for 20 years. They love to bring people closer to God through worship and song and also love to worship with their 3 children.

                                        22 July
                                        Lisa Holmes
                                        Lisa Holmes

                                        Lisa is a Baptist Minister with over 25 years experience. She has recently joined the National Team of the Baptist Union of Scotland prioritising caring for ministers & encouraging spiritual formation & discipleship. She’s also part of the Spring Harvest Planning Group & a member of the EA Council. She is married to Mike with 2 young adult children, loves music, the outdoors and drinking coffee.

                                          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.

                                          29 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!

                                            Sam Blake
                                            Sam Blake 2

                                            Sam is a British Worship Leader, musician and songwriter, based in West London. Married to Rachel, they have four children; Caleb, Levi, Talitha & Naomi. Sam currently serves as both the Worship Pastor of a large, vibrant multi-ethnic Elim church, in Ealing, and as National Director for Elim Sound.

                                              5 August
                                              Gavin & Anne Calver

                                              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. After work with YWAM and a calling to be a worship leader, Kees now leads worship both in his native Netherlands and internationally (he has released several albums). Kees and Nicole founded, and now pastor, a church movement in The Netherlands called Mozaiek.

                                                  12 August
                                                  Pete & Nicki Sims
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                                                  Pete and Nicki are Senior Leaders of Skylark International, a relational network of churches, charities and ministries with a vision to rebuild ruins, build bridges and create culture in the UK and beyond. Together, they also lead Skylark Church in Chelmsford, a vibrant church family committed to taking God’s love and hope into every arena of society. Pete and Nicki are passionate about the local church as a change-agent in the world and love equipping people to live out their faith wherever God has placed them. They are proud parents to two daughters, Aria and Seren, who keep them on their toes!

                                                    Stu Barbour
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                                                    Originally from Scotland, Stuart is the son of a pastor. He now lives with his wife, Andy, in Burgess Hill in West Sussex. They have a son Kyle who is an intern at St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith and a daughter Holly, who is in sixth form at St Paul’s Catholic College. Stuart is the worship pastor at St Andrew’s CofE in Burgess Hill. He will be joined by musicians from France.

                                                      19 August
                                                      Phil Knox
                                                      Phil Knox 2

                                                      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.

                                                        Gospel week 4

                                                        IDMC includes up to 25 members from various Christian backgrounds plus a small group of professional musicians. They have amassed nine albums including one recorded at Le Pas Opton in 2012.

                                                        The choir were finalists in BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in 2018 when they also won Premier Radio’s Gospel Choir of the Year and an Urban Music Award for Best Gospel Act 2018.

                                                        26 August
                                                        Andy du Feu
                                                        Andy du Feu

                                                        Andy serves as principal of Moorlands College, where he has worked for the past 12 years. He comes with plenty of experience of pastoral leadership, youth work, and opening up Scripture. Between Moorlands and three adopted children there is never a dull moment!

                                                          Dan Hebden
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                                                          Dan is the worship pastor at St George's Church, Leeds. He is married to Elliemae and they have a 4-month-old baby. He is excited to sing praise to God with and get to know the great people at LPO. As an avid Leeds United fan, he knows about the highs and lows of life...”

                                                            2 September
                                                            Jean de Garis
                                                            2022 Jean de Garis

                                                            Jean is a Guernsey man serving as vicar of St Francis Church, Salisbury. Sue and Jean have 4 children who love making music together. Whenever possible, Jean enjoys riding his motorbike – and praying!

                                                              Matt Brooksbank
                                                              Matt Brooksbank

                                                              Matt is a worship leader from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and regularly leads worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Hope Whitby. Along with his wife Emily, they run Re-fuel worship ministry and lead a young adults group at their local church.

                                                                9 September
                                                                Neil Richardson
                                                                Neil Richardson

                                                                Neil is pastor at Longheath Baptist Church, a small council estate church in Croydon. He married Abigail in 2022 and God gave them Nathaniel in 2023. Neil is a keen board gamer (he was the 7 Wonders Duel champion on his first visit to the Board Games Holiday) and a runner, and loves to share Jesus with people.

                                                                  Rachel Retallick-Cheel
                                                                  Retallick Cheel

                                                                  Rachel Retallick-Cheel is worship leader along with her husband Bob at St Boniface Church, Quinton. Founding member of worship collective MULTITUDE, she have also led worship at events for British Youth For Christ and Moorlands Bible College.

                                                                    16 September
                                                                    Ian & Ruth Coffey
                                                                    Ian Ruth Coffey

                                                                    Ian and Ruth Coffey have been involved in Christian ministry for five decades and, in that time, have served in a variety of leadership roles from local church to national organisations. They spent the last fifteen years on the staff of Moorlands College until they retired in 2022. They continue to travel, teach, preach and write extensively They live in a small village in East Dorset.

                                                                      Phil Wade
                                                                      Phil Wade

                                                                      Phil is an former animateur at Le Pas Opton! Currently he's Worship Director at All Saints Worcester, a Church of England resourcing church. Having trained at Moorlands College and the Worship Foundation, Phil is passionate about equipping and coaching local worship leaders and teams.