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Speakers & leaders

We look forward to welcoming talented speakers & leaders from all over Ireland & beyond.

Ray Ortlund

President of Renewal Ministries and Canon Theologian and Deacon in the Anglican Church of North America

Ray Ortlund (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MA, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is president of Renewal Ministries and an Emeritus Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He founded Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and now serves from Immanuel as pastor to pastors. Ray has authored a number of books, including The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, and with Sam Allberry, You’re Not Crazy: Gospel Sanity for Weary Churches. He and his wife, Jani, have four children.

Shane Deane

Elders in Passage Baptist Church and teaches Biblical Interpretation and Teaching at Munster Bible College

Shane was born in Cork, where he met and married his wife Luana, originally from Brazil. Shane serves as one of the Elders in Passage Baptist Church and works with Irish Baptist Missions. Shane holds an MDiv in Pastoral Studies and ThM in Practical Theology. He has just completed his Ph.D. in Expository Preaching through Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He teaches Biblical Interpretation and Teaching at Munster Bible College.

Morning Bible Talk

Robert Johnston

Pastor of Knock Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Born in County Fermanagh, Robert moved to Belfast to study biology at Queen’s University Belfast and worked in environmental monitoring before being called into pastoral ministry. In particular he loves being involved in children’s camps and youth ministry. He is married to Julie and they share the blessings of three teenage children.

Morning Bible Talk

Chris McBurney

Director of Christian Unions Ireland

Chris has worked with Christian Unions Ireland over the past 5 years, serving as Northern Team leader and as Queen's University Staff Worker. Chris became a Christian through attending his CU during his time in Canterbury which has fuelled Chris' passion to give every student on university campuses the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus. Chris and his wife Katie have two wonderful daughters, Orla and Ava.

Missions Seminar Tracking: United in Mission

Elin Williamson

Christian Unions Ireland Assistant Southern Team Leader and Connacht Staff Worker

Elin has worked with Christian Unions Ireland for the past 3 years, moving from her home in Wales to Galway with her husband Eli. Elin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, serving in student ministry as a staff worker in Wales prior to coming onto staff with CUI.

Missions Seminar Tracking: United in Mission

Colin Creighton

Pastor of Carrickmacross Baptist Church and a tutor for Crosslands Training.

Following an early career as a Maths teacher, Colin completed studies at Oak Hill Theological College and the Irish Baptist College, with a particular focus on Augustine and the Doctrine of People.

Christian Living Seminar Track: United in Marriage

Tanya Creighton

Tanya is married to Colin who is the Pastor of Carrickmacross Baptist Church. Together they have three girls and three cats. Tanya loves lake swimming, running, dancing, reading and smiling.

Christian Living Seminar Track: United in Marriage

Damien Burke

Minister of Drogheda Presbyterian Church in Co. Louth since 2017

Damien is originally from Kilkenny and is married to Sarah and they have four children. He studied economics and geography in UCC. Damien was IFES Ireland Munster staff worker (CUI) for a number of years before going on to study for pastoral ministry at Oakhill Theological College, London and Union College Belfast. In his free time Damien enjoys running, coaching an underage hurling team, supporting Kilkenny in the hurling and is also a Manchester United fan.

Bible Understanding Track: One United Story

Davy Ellison

Director of Training at Irish Baptist College and elder in Antrim Baptist Church

Davy has served in several youth ministry and pastoral roles in the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland before being appointed Director of Training at the Irish Baptist College in 2019. Although his passion is the Old Testament, he teaches biblical studies across both testaments and preaching. Davy’s writing has appeared at The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, 9 Marks and in Evangelicals Now. His two most recent books are Meekness & Majesty and Raised According to the Scriptures: Easter in the Old Testament. In 2010 he married Tracy and together they love drinking copious amounts of tea.

Bible Understanding Seminar Track: God United

Further details about our speakers will be available shortly