Breakfast Talks

       Sir Jeremy Cooke
Jeremy qualified as a solicitor in 1973, admitted to the bar in 1976 and a QC in 1990. He specialized in commercial law, then was appointed a High Court Judge in 2001 and retired in 2016, although still sits as a deputy judge occasionally. Jeremy has been involved in various charitable work and is a Lay Reader in the Church of England.
June 2018

       Carol Bostock
Carol works with Jennifer Rees-Larcombe at Beauty from Ashes, a place of healing prayer ministry.
April 2018

       Stephen Addison
After gang membership and an early career in crime, Stephen became a Christian and started a charity, Box Up Crime, that encourages young people into the gym and out of gangs. He is working hard to counter knife crime and his work has been recognized by the Mayor of London.
March 2018

       Chris Naylor
Chris is CEO of A Rocha International, a Christian organisation engaging communities in nature conservation operating in 20 countries.  He has a Masters degree from Cambridge University and a PGCE from Nottingham and is married with three children and spoke to us on “Is Caring for the Environment just a matter of survival or is it really important?”
December 2017

       Jeremy Marshall
Jeremy was Chief Executive of Hoares Bank until ill health forced an early retirement. For the last 18 months Jeremy has endured an ongoing struggle with cancer and other afflictions yet remains very positive.
September 2017  

       Dr Andrew Fergusson
Andrew qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital in 1975 and worked in general practice in SE London from 1979-89. He was General Secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship until 1999, elected member of the General Medical Council from 2000-2003, was President of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois in 2005-6, and returned to Christian Medical Fellowship from 2007-11. He has written several hundred articles and two books, and edited half a dozen others on subjects at the interface of medicine and Christianity, and is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV. He chaired the anti-euthanasia coalition HOPE throughout the 1990s and until 2106 continued with the Advisory Group of Care Not Killing. He is a trustee and Vice-Chair of the Christian publishers IVP and chairs its Publishing Board. He lives in Faversham, Kent and relaxes by reading classic detective fiction and supporting Millwall FC.
June 2017  

       Lorraine Jones
Lorraine’s son Dwayne Simpson was a few months short of his 21st birthday when he was fatally stabbed in Brixton in February 2014. Dwayne was from Brixton’s Angell Town Estate and had created a boxing club to address its lack of facilities for young people. A respected church minister, Lorraine relaunched the boxing scheme as Dwaynamics to honour his memory. The scheme helps young people develop life skills through boxing and fitness, training, mentoring and employability workshops.
March 2017  

       David Garratt
David is married with two teenage children. He trained as a designer at De Montfort University and worked as a freelance illustrator for a number of years. Later he trained as a secondary school teacher, teaching briefly, before being ordained in the Church of England in 2007. He worked in parish ministry for seven years after which he begun working as a School Chaplain in Eastbourne where he is now. He has a Master’s degree in theology and his area of study was looking at the consequences of what we believe, whether Christian or otherwise. He continues to paint and draw and is working towards exhibiting his work in the not too distant future.
March 2017  

       Linvoy Primus
Linvoy Primus MBE is one of the most liked and humble former English footballers from this generation. Linvoy spent twenty years playing football, finishing his amazing career in the Premier League with Portsmouth FC in 2010. Born in Forest Gate, England to Caribbean-born parents, Linvoy began his professional career at Charlton Athletic where he made four league appearances. He then moved on a free transfer to Barnet and established himself as a first team regular in the lower divisions of English football before earning a £250,000 transfer to Reading.
December 2016  

       Tom Elliott
Inspirational speaker, comedian and magician, Tom has travelled extensively across the UK and abroad. His skills have seen him appear numerous times on television, radio, in theatres, churches, conferences and schools, reaching thousands of people with his contagious laughter and gift of inspiring others. September 2016  

       Andy Robertson
Andy is from Ealing in West London. He works 3 days a week for a homeless charity and 2 days a week for his local church where one of his responsibilities is promoting social justice issues. He is a school governor, volunteers for a human trafficking charity and has recently begun to get active with Christians in Politics.
June 2016  

       Prof. Julia Downing
Professor Julia Downing is an experienced palliative care nurse, educationalist and researcher, with a PhD that evaluated palliative care training in rural Uganda. She has been working within palliative care for 25 years. She has been involved in a number of research studies, and regularly teaches research skills.
March 2016 

       Simon Marchant
Simon is Chief Operating Officer for XLP, a Christian charity that works with under privileged children on the tough estates of London,mentoring them and getting them into employment and out of difficult situations.
March 2016 

       John Lawson
John has been a bouncer, enforcer, bodyguard, debt-collector for the underworld, extortionist, kidnapper, prisoner and is now an international evangelist and teacher. Listen to what brought about his change of direction. September 2015 

       Tim Hudson
Tim endured hard discipline at home which pushed him towards a life of drink, drugs, crime and  time in prison.
June 2015 

       Jamie Kidd
Jamie served with the elite Parachute Regiment in the Reconnaissance Platoon for 8 years and trained as a close protection officer shortly after leaving until realising the call to Christian ministry. He is married to Amy, a qualified solicitor & fitness instructor and together they have 3 young children. March 2015 

       Andy Economides – Soteria Trust
Andy is an international speaker and author. Soteria Trust exists to bring life and peace through its unique and different approach. Soteria inspires, equips and shares the empowering Good News. Soteria has humanitarian projects in Africa assisting the vulnerable and poor to help themselves, and provides educational scholarships for the young in Nigeria.
December 2014  

       Julie Sheldon
A former ballet dancer Julie, received a remarkable healing from an incurable neurological illness. The subsequent years have been spent speaking about God’s healing and love through many life difficulties .An international speaker/evangelist for over 25 years with a particular calling to the healing ministry. Author of Dancer Off Her Feet, The Blessing of Tears and One Step at a Time. October 2014 

       Justyn Larcombe
Justyn left the army and found his way into a high-powered job in the City of London. He began to accumulate all the paraphernalia of success. The addiction problems began with a small £5 bet on a rugby match which then led to more & more gambling until he lost everything and was left with large debts. Listen to his recovery from this devastating low point.
September 2014 

       Mark Leakey
Mark joined the RAF and flew Harriers in Germany, Hawks in Wales and F-16s in the US. He commanded No 1 (Fighter) Squadron; he survived a catastrophic accident when his Harrier hit the sea. He led the Plans division as an air commodore. Mark is now the Director of the Armed Forces’ Christian Union and also chairs Flame International, which has a ministry of healing and reconciliation, principally in Africa.
December 2013 

       John Parmiter – Town Planning Consultant
John has been a company chairman, partner in a major property firm and a local government officer; he now runs his own practice. He has been involved in marketplace ministry for many years, alongside David Prior at Midweek in Mayfair and is now an Associate Speaker of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. June 2013 

       Gary Grant – The Entertainer
Gary and his wife started a toy shop in 1981 and now have a chain of over 65 shops.  They don’t open on Sundays & are very selective about the toys they stock – listen to this fascinating story. March 2013 

       Ali Herbert
Journalist, author and worship leader. A regular contributor to Woman Alive magazine and Bible Reading Fellowship, also the communications manager of St Stephen’s Church in Twickenham.
March 2013 

       James Niblett – Hospices of Hope
James speaks about Hospices of Hope, whose mission is:“…to improve quality of life for the terminally ill and their families in Romania, Serbia, Moldova and other countries in the region through increased provision of and access to palliative care services and training”.
December 2012  

       Michael Farmer
Senior treasurer of the Conservative Party, and life peer. In 2004, Michael was a founding partner of Red Kite. He has led two of the biggest copper and nickel trading companies. Michael is also Chairman of the Great St. Helen’s Trust, is a trustee of the Kingham Hill Trust through which he is also on the Oak Hill College Council. Michael has been a Christian since the age of 35 and has been a Warden of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, for many years.
June 2012 

       Liesel Parkinson – Part of His plan
Liesel Parkinson, who is not only a soldier’s wife but also a daughter of a military family. Leads the Armed Forces Christian Union, a Methodist lay preacher and author.
April 2012  

       Fiona Castle – Living Simply
Fiona trained as a dancer and singer and worked in the theatre till she married Roy Castle in 1963. Together they had 4 children and she became a Christian aged 35 and has since been passionate about evangelism. Fiona has worked with numerous organisations and charities including Spring Harvest. October 2011 

       Ian Roberts – Tear Fund
Listen to Ian speak on a Christian view of disasters.  Ian has worked for Tear Fund for 25 years and has been ill in 14 third world countries! September 2011 

       Dr Gareth Tuckwell “Better despite the treatment?”
Gareth shares a little of his own story, reflecting on 40 years as a Christian doctor and some of the challenges he faces along the way. CEO of Burrswood Hospital, Groombridge and a trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support. He was Clinical Director of Hospice in the Weald until September 2007.
June 2011

Otford Methodist Church