Dangerous Dreamers: NLC 2016

Vineyard National Leaders’ Conference

25th – 28th January 2016

NLC 2016: Dangerous Dreamers

We are thrilled to invite you to The National Leaders’ Conference in Nottingham this coming January. It’s such a great opportunity for us all, as leaders, to gather together to worship, to meet with God, to be inspired and to spend time with friends, old and new.

Over the last year it has been exciting to hear stories of people who are dreaming with God, taking risks and living a kingdom focused life. We are seeing God’s kingdom break out across our nation with healings, salvations and powerful stories of changed lives and communities.

This year the theme of the conference will be ‘Dangerous Dreamers’. Both within the church and way beyond its walls, we are called to run with the dreams God gives us, advancing His kingdom in extraordinary ways.

Bookings are now open, so to avoid missing out we would encourage you to book on sooner rather than later. We are so looking forward to welcoming you to the conference in January.

Our hand in His
John and Debby Wright

National Directors, Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland


Speakers so far confirmed include Greg Thompson (Trinity Church, Charlottesville), Dave Smith (Kingsgate Community Church, Peterborough), Mary Cusack (Love the One, India), Ben Cooley (Hope for Justice), Ele Mumford, Paul Cowley MBE (William Wilberforce Trust), Tre Sheppard (Causeway Coast Vineyard) and ourselves, John and Debby Wright.

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson became Senior Pastor of Trinity Church, Charlottesville in 2006. His primary responsibilities in this role are providing spiritual and strategic oversight to their staff and leadership, preaching and other forms of public leadership for their congregation, and interacting on behalf of their church in their larger community. As an expression of this work, Greg also serves as the Executive Director for New City Commons, a Christian educational organization that seeks to support Christian institutional leaders as they labour to embody faith and seek the common good in a secular age. Greg holds a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia and an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Courtney, live with their neighbors in the City Parish, where they are raising three daughters and one son.


John and Debby Wright

John & Debby are the National Directors of the movement and have been serving together in pastoral ministry since 1990. John initially trained and worked for a number of years as a jeweller before studying at London Bible College. Debby lived in Chile until she was 13 and later moved to Nottingham to train as a dancer and artist.

They first got involved with the Vineyard movement in 1982 and in 1987 they spent 8 months as interns at Anaheim Vineyard (under John Wimber the leader of the Vineyard Movement in the USA). Following their time at Anaheim they returned to England to help John and Eleanor Mumford start the first UK Vineyard in London. They worked at South West London Vineyard for 9 years before moving back to Nottingham to set up Trent Vineyard.

In January 2015 it was announced that they would take over as the National Directors of Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland, whilst continuing to lead Trent Vineyard.

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Mary Cusack

Mary Cusack is a paediatrician who has lived and worked in India for the past 9 years. Having completed her specialist paediatric training in Nottingham, and spending a number of years being part of the Trent Vineyard family, she was quite unexpectedly catapulted out to the other side of the world!

Together with her best mate Cat Morris they founded the charity Love the One, which is known for combining health, education and loving care for the poorest children they meet. Mary is known as having a fierce heart for justice, a passion for children and a love for adventure and risk! She lives full time in India and is kept busy with caring for her fabulous foster son and three boisterous labradors!

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Ben Cooley

Ben Cooley is CEO of Hope for Justice, an organisation with a practical approach to ending slavery. Since Hope for Justice was established in 2008, Ben has overseen its growth to six offices on three continents.

He leads a growing team of professionals, working in partnership with law enforcement and pioneering model anti-trafficking programmes in the UK, US, Cambodia and Norway.

Ben’s an incredible communicator and is invited to encourage and inspire audiences around the world, to take hold of their own potential to shape society for the better. He and his family live in the UK.


Eleanor Mumford

Eleanor Mumford studied history and art history at St Andrew’s and Edinburgh Universities before training at Cambridge as a teacher.  Having married John in 1978, together they planted the SW London Vineyard in 1987. They also led the Vineyard movement in the United Kingdom & Ireland for over 20 years, before handing over its leadership in 2015.  Currently, they are Co-ordinators of the Vineyard International Executive, increasingly involved with the development of the global Vineyard movement.  Eleanor also finds herself being invited to speak and to teach both within the Vineyard as well as the wider Body of Christ in this country and abroad.

Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Dave was born in Barking, Essex, in 1963, but spent most of his childhood roaming around the Lee Abbey Estate in Devon, where his father, the retired Bishop of Hertford, was chaplain. Later, his family moved to the Home Counties where, despite some very turbulent teenage years, he continued his education and won a place at Oxford to study Modern History. Dave’s love of academic study has not diminished and two degrees and one doctorate later, he still finds himself looking at study courses he might pursue!

As a student, Dave was invited by some college friends to a service at St Aldates’ Church, and in 1983 he became a committed Christian. After he married his wife, Karen, they settled Oxford and became part of a small and lively house church, which eventually led to them being invited to Peterborough in 1988 to start a church – which is now KingsGate Community Church.


Tre Sheppard

Tre Sheppard grew up in the Deep South of the USA, but has spent the last 20 years living in the UK. During that time he founded and helped to lead a discipleship community with YWAM called “The Factory” connecting with over 3000 emerging young leaders from more than 50 nations.  As the lead singer and songwriter of the band, Onehundredhours, he toured worldwide for 12 years, and helped to found EngageHIV, fighting poverty and HIV in Africa for more than a decade. Tre has a passion for culture, justice and equality and has been a long time champion of young people and the poor. He’s married to his girlfriend from High School, Tori, and they have two teenage children, Aidan and Elena.


Paul Cowley

Paul is the Executive Director and founder of The William Wilberforce Trust and Caring for Ex-Offenders. He is an ordained minister and has 20 years experience of working with people inside and outside prison, and with socially excluded and vulnerable adults. Paul is on the board of trustees of Eden London and is an adviser to the Ministry of Justice on reducing re-offending. This year Paul was awarded the MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the Recent Honours list for his work in aftercare.