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. With kids’ clubs running concurrently with the Bible studies (from May half term to 3 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.

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
        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!

          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
              Martin Lewis
              Martin Lewis

              Martin is Chaplain at Guinness Pro 14 club Cardiff Rugby having played 400 first class games for Bridgend, Penarth and Abertillery. The 6ft 7in gentle giant loves to get alongside sports people whether they are Christians or not and shares with energy and passion from God's word.

                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.

                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
                    Emma Pickersgill
                    Emma Pickersgill

                    Emma is passionate about training, equipping and investing in student ministry for the sake of the Kingdom. She's excited to see students discover the transformative love of Jesus and step further into their calling. Based in Liverpool, Emma works with churches to disciple, mentor and equip students for mission. When she’s not working you’ll find her making cocktails, being reunited with the family dog, in coffee shops with friends, or playing board games.

                      Katie McLean
                      Katie Mc Lean

                      Katie is part of the Fusion team working with churches to help students find hope in Jesus and home in the local church. It was at university that Katie learned what it meant to follow Jesus, and she wants to see a generation of students invited to do the same. She loves it when students are bold in their faith and churches are creative in reaching students.

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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!

                            Dan Hebden
                            Dan Hebden

                            Dan is the worship pastor at St George's Church, Leeds.

                              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!

                                Jim Rogers
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                                Jim currently leads worship at Harbour Church - Christchurch.

                                He first led worship at LPO in 2017, and together with his wife and two children he has been back every year since!

                                  18 July
                                  Cathy & Mark Madavan
                                  Mark and Cathy Madavan

                                  Cathy and Mark have been part of the Spring Harvest family for many years, speaking both at the Easter event and in France. They are looking forward to their latest return visit to LPO.

                                    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
                                    Martin Young
                                    Martin Young

                                    Martin has been leading the work of Rising Brook Church in Stafford for over 20 years with an emphasis on church planting, social transformation and cross-cultural mission overseas. He is now working with churches and leaders, pursuing evangelism, and running projects that engage people with the creativity of the Kingdom of Heaven. He is the Chair of the Spring Harvest Board of Directors.

                                      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.

                                        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
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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.

                                          8 August
                                          Gavin & Anne Calver
                                          Calvers

                                          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
                                                Stu barbour

                                                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
                                                      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.

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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.

                                                            Bob & Rachel Retallick-Cheel
                                                            Retallick Cheel

                                                            Bob and Rachel Retallick-Cheel are worship leaders at St Boniface Church, Quinton. Founding members of worship collective MULTITUDE, they have also led worship at events for British Youth For Christ and Moorlands Bible College.

                                                              19 September
                                                              Mike & Sandy Fitton
                                                              Mike and Sandy Fitton bikers

                                                              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.

                                                                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.