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Hillsong London's Gary Clarke: How we've grown our church

When Hillsong first started in the UK, they attracted around 100 people to their Sunday services. Now a whopping 14,000 people turn up every week at the church's campuses across the UK. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's editor Sam Hailes, the leader of the church explains how he's dealt with criticism along the way. He also pushes back against the assumption that Hillsong attracts a large amount of celebrities and young people. For Gary, the growth of Hillsong London...


Bishop Joseph D'souza: The Dalit Freedom Network founder who is standing up for India's outcastes

Bishop Joseph D'souza is the leader of the largest growing church movement in India, the Good Shepherd Church. He's also a human rights activist for the poor and marginalised people called Dalits, also referred to as untouchables. Premier Christianity's deputy editor Megan Cornwell met Bishop Joseph on his recent visit to the UK to find out more about his organisation The Dalit Freedom Network. The Bishop also explains why Christians need to be more careful with their use of language when...


Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal: From Sikhism to Christianity

Inderjit Singh Bhogal is a leading theologian and a former President of the Methodist Conference. Originally from an Indian Sikh background, he was just 11 years old when his family moved from Nairobi to the West Midlands. There were only two Sikh temples in the UK at the time, and Inderjit's nearest place of worship was a Methodist chapel. "I arrived in this chapel and was made to feel welcome," he remembers, finding the atmosphere to be "a real contrast" with school, where life was more...


Baroness Cox: A voice for the voiceless

Spurred on by her Christian faith, Baroness Caroline Cox has spent most of her political career drawing attention to the plight of persecuted people both at home and around the world. And she hasn’t been afraid to court controversy in the process. Most recently, she has argued the UK is prolonging the war in Syria and failing to acknowledge that Islamic State is far worse than the Assad regime. Previously, while president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), she was criticised for her...


John Stevens: The former lawyer is now helping 600 independent evangelical churches flourish

John Stevens is the national director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), a family of 600 local churches who are "united by the gospel and by a common purpose". In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's editor Sam Hailes, John explains how he first came to Christ and how early on in his Christian life, thought he might be ordained in the Anglican church. As time went on, John came to the realisation he "wasn't an Anglican". As well as explaining the...


Rachel Gardner: The sassy youth worker talks candidly about sex, adoption and feminism

Some of Rachel Gardner’s first words during this one-hour conversation were a warning. “I’m going to bring plenty of sass to this interview.” She didn’t disappoint. Adjectives such as ‘bubbly’, ‘gregarious’ or ‘extroverted’ somehow feel insufficient when it comes to the president of Girls’ Brigade England & Wales. Sassy is a much better descriptor. Whether preaching, writing or campaigning, Rachel combines her determined, driven nature with dollops of grace and compassion. Follow Rachel...


Sarah Corbett: Meet the Craftivist campaigning for gentle protests

Sarah Corbett is a professional activist, author and the founder of Craftivist Collective, a social enterprise which combines craft and activism to engage people in social justice issues "in a quiet, non-confrontational manner." The pioneer of "gentle protest" talks to Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell about how deliberate, thoughtful actions can provoke reflection and respectful conversation instead of the aggression and division which can often dominate the public sphere. For more...


Tim Cheshire: Music, Mission and The Message Scotland // The Filling Station's Richard Fothergill: Creating a new expression of Christianity

We're in Scotland for this week's episiode! Sam Hailes travelled to Refuel! - a new Christian festival in the Highlands run by The Filling Station. In the first part of the show he meets Tim Cheshire, the frontman of Christian band Superhero who is now heading up The Message Trust's work in Scotland. Speaking about his passion for mission, Tim says: "It doesn't matter how bad the state of the church is here or anywhere else. The effectiveness and the power in the message of the Gospel...


Bazil Meade: The founder of the London Community Gospel Choir

Bazil Meade has been working in the music industry for over two decades. He is the founder and principal of the world famous London Community Gospel Choir. Under his direction and tuition some of the industry’s finest gospel and RnB singers have blossomed and found successful careers. Premier Christian Radio's John Pantry sat down with Bazil to hear more of his story. Follow Bazil on Twitter @BazilMeade The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For...


John Kirkby: From near-bankruptcy to founding debt advice charity Christians Against Poverty

In 1992 John Kirkby lost virtually everything he had. Finding himself with debts of £78,000 and nowhere to turn he had hit rock bottom. But fast forward to today and the Yorkshireman's life has changed dramatically. Not only did he turn his finances around, but he met God in the process and is now the founder of the award winning debt advice charity Christians Against Poverty Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell hears the remarkable story. Follow John Kirkby @JohnKirkby The Profile is...


JB Gill: The JLS popstar turned Songs of Praise presenter opens up about faith and farming

JLS were one of the biggest boybands of their day. The group rose to fame after reaching second place on ITV's X Factor and went on to sell over 10 million records. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, JB Gill recounts the highs and lows of his time in the band and explains how he's gone from winning BRIT awards to presenting programes about faith and farming on the BBC. The 31 year old also opens up about how, although he's always believed in God, he's found...


Emma Heath: From alcoholism to Christ // Youth for Christ's Neil O'Boyle on evangelism

After many years of alcohol abuse, Emma Heath was desperately lost. A decision to go into treatment and rediscover her faith led to healing and a role helping others in recovery. Sam Hailes hears the full story. In part two, we talk to Neil O'Boyle - the national director of British Youth for Christ. He talks about his experiences ministering all over the world and explains why the Church needs to get serious about reaching young people today. The Profile is brought to you in association...


Ken Fish: Miracle healing stories, training under John Wimber & praying for Nabeel Qureshi

Ken Fish, founder of Kingdom Fire Ministries tells Justin Brierley about his life story and training in supernatural healing ministry under John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard Church. Ken now ministers around the world and says he sees supernatural miracles on weekly basis. Nevertheless he saw his friend and evangelist Nabeel Qureshi die of cancer last year, despite Ken’s prayer ministry. He shares his story, experience and theology with Justin. The Profile is brought to you in...


Petr Jasek: The persecuted Christian who shared a cell with Islamic State fighters // Lois Tverberg: Why discovering the Hebraic background to the Bible will enrich your faith

On the first part of today's show, Alex Williams meets Petr Jasek, a Christian worker who spent 450 days in prison in Sudan for offences including spying and inciting violence against the state. Petr always denied any wrongdoing, insisting he was in Sudan to document persecution against Christians there. Ostracised by other prisoners, he was beaten and found himself sharing a cell with Islamic State fighters. Wrangling by diplomats from numerous countries eventually secured his release...


Sir Colin Humphreys: The Cambridge scientist making sense of Old Testament miracles

Sir Colin Humphreys was knighted in 2010 for his services to science. The Cambridge scientist tells Justin Brierley about his Christian faith, how he reconciles science and faith and his intriguing work looking at the scientific explanations for Old Testament events including the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus and the sun ‘standing still’ in Joshua. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the print issue visit...


Rich Wilkerson Jr: Kanye West's pastor explains why he's sugarcoating the Gospel

The pastor who conducted the wedding ceremony of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian dropped into the Premier studios just after speaking at the Alpha leadership conference at the Royal Albert Hall. In this in depth interview Rich Wilkerson Jr, who pastors VOUS church in Miami, Florida shares his testimony and introduces his new book Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus cares more about relationship than perfection. He also opens up about his friendship with Kanye West and comments on the need for...


John Lawson: From violent gangster to passionate evangelist

John Lawson lived a life of crime that resulted in a prison sentence. He still thought of himself as a good person until a passage in Ezekiel changed his life forever. Sam Hailes here's the full story on this special podcast-only episode of the show. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the print issue visit Follow John on Twitter @ifwicked For more interviews with leading Christians...


Keith Getty: The 'In Christ Alone' writer who 'doesn't care' about winning awards

On The Profile this week, Premier Christian Radio's John Pantry meets the co-writer of 'In Christ Alone' Keith Getty, who believes Christians are living in "the most thrilling moment in history". In this in depth interview the writer talks about life growing up, songwriting and why he 'doesn't care' about winning awards for his music. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the print issue visit...


David Kinnaman: What our culture really thinks about Christianity // Ron Matsen: Remembering Chuck Missler

It's a double-bill this week as Sam Hailes sits down with David Kinnaman and Ron Matsen. David Kinnaman is a bestselling author and president of Barna - a research company working with churches and Christian organisations. According to David's research, many people's perception of Christianity is negative, with believers often being viewed as 'extremists' by wider culture. Although he believes the dominant culture, both in the US and UK could be described as 'spiritual Babylon', David is...


Bishop Graham Tomlin: Making sense of Christianity

Although he grew up in a Christian family, Graham Tomlin hasn't always believed in God. His teenage rebellion was a little unusual. "It wasn't sex, drugs and rock and roll," he says, "it was reading Nietzsche!" In time and through the help of Christian friends who stuck by him, he came to see the version of Christianity he'd rejected was "a childish" one. Now he's the President of the UK's largest 'vicar factory' St Mellitus, a host of the popular Christian podcast GodPod and the Bishop of...