Confirmed speakers and worship leaders

What a dream team of a mainstage bunch we have this year!
All speaking in to the theme of Living Life ON PURPOSE - how do we make our own choices and what brings meaning and purpose to our lives?

Rev Stuart Hawthorne

From teacher to youth pastor to church leader Stuart has had a wonderfully varied experience of ministry and service. Currently leading Carnmoney Presbyterian Church and drawing on his many skills and abilities Stuart has deep passion to see the church passing on the faith to the next generation.

Dan Blythe

Dan is the Global Youth Director for Alpha, working alongside young people and Youth leaders to inspire, innovate and support the mission of Alpha to reach young people with the gospel around the world. Dan studied at C3 Bible College in Australia, specialising in Youth Ministry, and on his return to the UK, he worked as a Youth Pastor and served as the Youth and Young Adults Pastor and the Creative Team Pastor at Hillsong Church, London.

Jafeth and Sifra Bekx

Jafeth Bekx discovered his passion for music at an early age. With a creative family, it is not surprising that he can be found behind the piano from the age of 7 . In the first years he mainly played classical music. Later, however, Japheth also discovered Pop and Jazz. From the age of 13, Japheth accompanied various choirs, after which he started writing his own songs at the age of 15 . He also accompanies bands in the church of which he is a member. At the age of 19, Japheth started as a keyboardist and backing vocalist for the gospel band InSalvation. Later, in addition to being a keyboardist, he also became a lead vocalist. With this band, which has developed into a semi-professional band since 2006, a CD was released in 2011. In addition to the performances in the Netherlands, the band has now played in ten countries in Europe.

Sarah McDonald

Sarah has led worship in her local church, Summer Madness and so many more settings. Her passion and sensitivity makes her one of the most effective worship leaders we know. We are so glad to have her back to SM in 2024 and look forward being drawn into God's presence in all of our worship times together.