Speakers

Mike Pilavachi

Mike Pilavachi

Mike is the founder and Director of Soul Survivor, an organization based in Watford, England that seeks to reach, encourage, and equip young people to live their whole lives for Jesus.

Soul Survivor run four events each summer which all-together attract around 30,000 young people, the values of which are engaging with God through worship, learning from the Bible and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. Mike spends much of his time traveling and speaking at events abroad including countries that have Soul Survivor bases such as Australia, America, South Africa and New Zealand.

He is also Pastor of the Soul Survivor Watford church, which was planted in the early 1990s from St Andrew’s Chorleywood to reach the young people of Watford.

Mike has a passion for social justice and was one of the driving forces behind the set up of SOULINTHECITY London in 2004, SOULINTHECITY Durban in 2009, Soul Action (a joint initiative between Soul Survivor and Tearfund to help young people engage in issues around justice) and HOPE (an initiative to encourage UK churches to serve their communities with the love of Jesus).

Debby Wright

Debby Wright

Debby, together with her husband John, lead Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland and are senior pastors of Trent Vineyard church in Nottingham UK, which they started 22 years ago.

Debby lived in Chile until she was 14, with earthquakes and military coups most days! Upon returning to England, Debby trained as a dancer and artist and married John. She was part of St Andrew’s Chorleywood where she first encountered John Wimber and later trained under him at the Anaheim Vineyard.

John and Debby helped start the first Vineyard in Europe and have been serving together in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. She has two sons, two fabulous daughters-in-law and one beautiful grandson.

Jay Pathak

Jay Pathak

Jay is the Lead Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard where he strategically guides the mission and vision of the church as a whole, is the main teaching pastor, and provides oversight to each of our neighborhood churches.

Committed to engaging and impacting those outside the church walls just as much as he is to those within, Jay and his team have worked to build MHV into a vibrant community that engages and impacts the city at every turn. In addition, Jay co-wrote the book The Art of Neighboring with Dave Runyon. In their unique book, they dare to challenge us to wonder what would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally, by loving our actual neighbors.

Jay has a BA in Philosophy from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute. Prior to planting our church in 2001, he served as a leader in the Columbus Vineyard’s young-adult ministry, Joshua House, and as an intern to the senior pastor, Rich Nathan, in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife, Danielle, were married in 1998 and have two daughters, Jasmine and Sofia.

Putty Putman

Putty Putman

Putty started the School of Kingdom Ministry, and oversees the healing, prophetic, deliverance, and evangelism ministries at The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois.

Putty was pursuing a doctoral degree in theoretical physics at University of Illinois when God thrust him headfirst into the supernatural. After a dramatic supernatural encounter in China, Putty began to gather and train people in power ministry and pursuing an intimate relationship with God. What began with four people as a small group grew to multiple groups, then the first campus of the School of Kingdom Ministry, and now multiple locations around the world.

He is a gifted communicator with a powerful message of identity.

Steve Nicholson

Steve Nicholson

Steve is senior pastor of the Evanston Vineyard outside of Chicago and has served the Vineyard movement for 40 years training church leaders and church planters around the world.

Steve began ministering as a college student through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the early 1970s. After graduation, he moved to the Chicago area where he and several other twenty-something leaders founded a church (now the Evanston Vineyard) that placed a high priority on contemporary worship, biblical teaching, openness to the Holy Spirit, and committed relationships as a church family.

The Evanston Vineyard is now a diverse congregation from over 50 nations of the world with no majority racial or cultural group. Currently it is one church with three campuses or congregations. Since 1986 the ministry of the Holy Spirit has been a regular and ongoing strength and emphasis of the Evanston Vineyard. In addition over the last 40 years, the Evanston Vineyard has planted ten other congregations in the Chicago area, and another fifteen in other cities and countries.

Steve and his wife, Cindy, live in Chicago. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

Phil Strout

Phil Strout

Phil is the National Director of Vineyard USA, an association of approximately 600 congregations nationwide. He brings 35+ years of experience in church planting, pastoral leadership, cross-cultural missions and is a self-described “contemplative activist” – with a focus on the deepening interior journey of the Christian being the catalyst for sustainable, fruitful longevity in life, faith, and mission.

For several years, Phil served in the Vineyard on the board of directors for Vineyard USA, as a Regional Leader, and as the Senior Pastor of Pathway Vineyard Church, a multisite church based in Lewiston, Maine. He has also done extensive work in church planting around the world, especially in Latin America, and along with his wife, Jan, is bilingual (English/Spanish).

Phil is the author of God’s Relentless Pursuit: Discovering His Heart for Humanity, and THRIVE: How to Successfully Navigate the S-Turns of Leadership.

He brings a non-hyped, down-to-earth, passionately authentic spirit and vision to leading the Vineyard Movement in its divine assignment.

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