Convention 2014 Dates

In a world of so many competing truth claims, is it really possible to find ultimate reality?

Our 2014 theme is “Really? Searching for reality in a confusing world.” Across all three weeks we’ll be hearing superb bible teachers and apologists strengthening our conviction that ultimate reality can be found — and is really found — in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.



Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri. 9.30–10.30am.

  • Talking about Jesus without sounding religious - Becky Manley Pippert
  • Mission Issues of the day - Peter Maiden
  • How the Bible fits together - Alasdair Paine
  • Recognising Suffering as the Doorway to Discipleship - Ivor Poobalan

Keswick Lecture

Wed. 9.30–10.30am.

The Apologetic of Evil - how evil demonstrates the existence of God - David Robertson

The Word @ 2.30

Mon – Fri. 2.30–3.30pm.

Really? Big Questions of Faith

  • Mon - Alasdair Paine
  • Tue - Ivor Poobalan
  • Wed - Elizabeth McQuoid
  • Thu - Steve Brady
  • Fri - John Risbridger

Bible Readings

Mon - Fri. 11.15am-12.30pm.

Studies from Romans 1-8

Vaughan Roberts

Evening Celebrations

Sat – Fri. 7.30–9.00pm.

Studies in Mark

  • Sat - Steve Brady
  • Sun - Becky Manley Pippert (Communion)
  • Mon - Ivor Poobalan
  • Tue - Alasdair Paine
  • Wed - Ivor Poobalan
  • Thu - John Risbridger
  • Fri - Becky Manley Pippert

Other Activities

Thurs. 3.00 - 4.00pm.

Main Tent, Skiddaw St - £4 per person, £12 family ticket

From Eden to Eternity - Saltmine Theatre company


Vaughan Roberts

Bible Reading Speaker

Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan came to faith as he read through Matthew’s Gospel for himself as a teenager. After studying law at Cambridge University and a brief spell doing student ministry in South Africa, he moved to Oxford to study Theology at Wycliffe Hall and has lived in the city ever since. In 1991 he joined the staff of St Ebbe’s Church to lead the student ministry and since 1998 he has been Rector. He is also the Director of the Proclamation Trust, an organisation that encourages and equips Bible teachers. In his spare time Vaughan writes books and plays cricket and golf.

Ivor Poobalan


Ivor Poobalan

Ivor has served as the Principal of Colombo Theological Seminary (CTS), Sri Lanka, since 1998. A graduate of the London School of Theology (UK), he gained a ThM in Old Testament and Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Deerfield (USA). He is currently working on a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Ivor is married to Denisa, and they have two daughters, Anisha and Serena. His other interests are songwriting, rugby, and Sri Lankan cricket.

Becky Manley-Pippert


Becky Manley Pippert

Becky Pippert is recognised internationally as a speaker, author and evangelist. She and her husband, Dick, are the founders of Salt Shakers Ministries: a global evangelism training ministry. Described by the late Chuck Colson as one of the ‘liveliest and most effective communicators of the gospel in the world today,’ Becky trains and equips University students and churches in personal and small group evangelism. For the past 4 years they have lived primarily in Oxford. They have 4 adult children and one granddaughter.



Alasdair Paine

Alasdair Paine started as Vicar of The Round Church at St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, in January 2011. He is married to Rachel and they have three children. He became a Christian at university and was a teacher for ten years before being ordained. He has previously served at St Leonard’s Exeter and Christ Church Westbourne, Bournemouth.

David Robertson


David Robertson

David Robertson is the minister of St Peter’s in Dundee. He is also the Director of The Solas Centre for Public Christianity and a chaplain at the University of Dundee, being a regular speaker at student conferences and missions. David is married to Annabel and they have three children. He is regularly involved in the media through writing newspaper articles, speaking on radio programmes and more recently doing some work for TV’s Channel 4. David has also written four books. His hobbies are reading, music, history, politics, hill walking, languages and travel, films, football and cycling.

Elizabeth Mcquoid


Elizabeth McQuoid

Elizabeth McQuoid is a Trustee of the Keswick Convention and speaker at women’s events. She has written The Amazing Cross with her husband Jeremy as well as several Bible study guides. She earned her Master’s of Divinity degree at Trinity Divinity School and now serves in Deeside Christian Fellowship Church in Aberdeen where her husband is the Teaching Pastor. Jeremy and Elizabeth have three sons.

John Risbridger 2014


John Risbridger

John Risbridger serves as Minister and Team Leader at Above Bar Church in Southampton. After coming to Christ at a young age he studied Mathematics and Economics in Nottingham and was very active in the Christian Union. He spent 10 years on the staff of UCCF after 5 years in NHS management. He longs to see a passion for the glory of God and the supremacy of Christ energising our theology, our worship and our mission. He is married to Alison and they have two teenage daughters. He loves walking in the New Forest (and the Lakes of course!), eating cream teas and curry (not at the same time!) and listening to classical music (especially choral).

spk 2012 Steve Brady


Steve Brady

Steve Brady was born in Liverpool where he was converted in his teens. He is married to Brenda and has two children and four grandchildren. After a number of pastorates, he is presently Principal of Moorlands College, a trustee of Keswick Ministries, and author of a number of books including Colossians and Galatians in the Keswick Study Guides series, and The Incredible Journey, an Advent book published by BRF. A keen sportsman, he hates gardening and still has an irrational attachment to Everton Football Club!

Peter Maiden


Peter Maiden

Peter Maiden retired from the role of International Director of Operation Mobilisation in August 2013. He now serves as International Director Emeritus. His new role gives more time for preaching and teaching which today his is his main ministry role. Peter enjoys family life with his wife Win, their three grown children and nine grandchildren.

spk 2012 Colin Webster

Music will be led by

Colin Webster

Originally from the coastal town of Stonehaven in Scotland, Colin worked in the oil industry on exploration rigs. He spent three years on the road with the Saltmine Band, followed by several years working at Westminster Chapel where he met his wife Vicki. After studying at Moorland Bible College he was called to serve as a minister and evangelist at Cornerstone Church in Nottingham where he has been serving for over 15 years. Colin and Vicki have two children, James and Ben. He writes worship songs and is greatly inspired by old hymns.

Other Information

Children (3-11s)

Kids love to come to Keswick, and whether it’s your first year or you have been several times before, there will be great team members to meet and new friends to be made. All this, while getting to …more

Youth (11-18s)

Keswick Youth is committed to teaching God’s word to young people. If you are between 11 & 18 then this is definitely for you. Keswick Youth is a chance to get stuck into God’s Word - to find out …more


A Crèche marquee on the Skiddaw Street site is fully equipped with a live TV relay of the meeting and plenty of toys!  Parents are responsible for their own children in this venue.


Abide will be running their programme for 19-24s in this week.

Hard of Hearing

A loop system operates in the centre of the Main Tent at Skiddaw Street, and at the majority of the Seminar venues around the town. In the Main Tent, those wishing to benefit from the provision of BSL Interpreters are invited to sit in the designated area in front of the platform.

Visually Impaired

In the Main Tent all songs are projected onto screens and televisions. Large print and braille songbooks are available for those who would find them useful - please ask a Steward. For copyright reasons, and for the benefit of others, these are for loan only and must be handed in at the end of each meeting.