olafWith extensive experience of Christian leadership at senior levels in para-church and local church, Olaf’s vision is to see a nation of ‘churches, leaders and Christians connected to the Person, Power and Mission of Christ’. God impressed the message of ‘connection’ on him in 2008 from John 15:17, since when the resources of C4L have been developed for use in the wider church.

‘I believe that God has given this message for our generation in a simple and fresh way – connection with Him brings life. This life to the full brings with it a clear sense of identity, value and purpose from which people derive much needed security, happiness and motivation. The resources of C4L are easily used and understood and can mobilise your church to impact your community for Christ.’


In 2004 Michael Harvey gave up a high-flying job in the City of London to teach church leaders to see new possibilities, using an approach that has quickly become established as Back to Church Sunday. Now through his Unlocking the Growth Seminars Michael likes to challenge churches of all sizes to double their congregation in a day. In 2010 at least 80,000 new people came to church in Britain through this approach, with around 10,000 becoming being added to the church. Over the past 12 months he has travelled to five continents and helped to establish the practice of invitation across 17 countries.


Graham Cray is a Bishop in the Church of England and currently Archbishops' Missioner and Leader of the Fresh Expressions Team. Previously he was Bishop of Maidstone, Principal of Ridley Hall Cambridge and Vicar of St Michael le Belfrey in York. He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Soul Survivor Youth Ministry.



The UK’s first “Simeon Chaplain to Older People,” working in the market town of Alton in Hampshire, broadcaster Debbie Thrower was for many years a face of both BBC and then ITV in the South.

She trained as a newspaper journalist, but her broadcasting career began at Radio Leicester, and Radio Solent. She was a national BBC newscaster for the One, Six and Nine O’Clock News, presenter of “Songs of Praise,” the science series “The Thrower Report,” Channel Four’s “Collector’s Lot,” “You and Yours” and “Sunday” on Radio Four, and had her own daily afternoon show on Radio Two for five years. She returned to news and current affairs back in the South, once again rejoining co-host Fred Dinenage on “Meridian Tonight.”

Debbie became the country’s first “Simeon Chaplain to Older People” for the Simeon Trust in 2010; working with residential care homes in Alton and in the wider community under her married name Debbie Thompson. A patron of the Winchester Churches Nightshelter and a lay minister (Reader) in the Church of England, she is married with a daughter and son.