In May 2023, we welcomed Dr. Roger Willmore, Director of Missions, working to assist the ninety churches of Calhoun Baptist Association in cooperative missions endeavors and to encourage and strengthen pastors and church leaders. The theme of the convention was Our Life in Christ.
In May 2019, we welcomed Rev. Ian Coffey, Vice Principal (Strategy), and Director of Leadership Training at Moorlands College on the south coast of England. The theme of the convention was Postcards from the Edge: Finding God in Hard Places.
In May 2018, we welcomed Paul Mallard, who serves as one of the pastors at Widecombe Baptist Church in Bath, England. Accompanied on this trip by his wife, Edrie, Paul drew us into the theme for the conference: “Knowing God in the Praises of His People”. Through selections from six Psalms, Paul guided our focus to the God who speaks, saves, hears, knows, loves us eternally and is forever.
In May 2017, we welcomed Jonathan Lamb, CEO of Keswick Ministries. He seeks to extend the work of the Keswick movement through teaching and training in the UK and beyond. He is now the minister-at-large, serving the Keswick movement nationally and globally. The theme of the Convention was Authentic Christian Living, the ups and downs of Christian experience.
In May 2016, The Keswick Council welcomed once again as Theme Speaker, Dr. Roger Willmore. Roger has served as a pastor within the Southern Baptist Convention in the USA for over forty-two years and it was early in his ministry when he was introduced to the Keswick Christian Life Movement. The theme of the Convention was Signs of Life, a series of messages through the first epistle of John.
In May 2015, we welcomed Rob Whittaker, Principal of the Capernwray Bible College in Lancashire, England, with a challenging theme for the Convention: Moving to the Next Level. Rob was with us in 2007 and many were the requests he return. His continued passion, as he told us, was to take the Life Giving teaching of the Bible and mesh it with 24/7 living in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
In April 2014, from Trussville, Alabama, USA, Rev. Dr. Roger Willmore came for his first visit to Canada, although no stranger to ‘Keswick’, being a regular contributor to America’s Keswick each year in New Jersey, where he has a standing invitation to preach. His theme Portraits of a Christian was drawn from the individual illustrations in 2nd Timothy Chapter 2.
In April 2013, we welcomed Rev. Stephen Gaukroger, one of the most significant Christian leaders in the UK; an international speaker engaged in evangelism in over 20 countries and Chairman of the 2013 Crossing London initiative. His challenging expositions on the theme ‘Faith in Tough Places’ (21st century help from Daniel) made for a memorable Keswick!
In April 2012, Rev. Dr. Wayne Barber returned as the Keswick Theme Speaker (see 2010), accompanied by his wife Diana Barber who spoke at the two morning sessions. In 2011 Wayne was appointed Senior Pastor at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The theme chosen for the 2012 Convention was: Not I . . . but Christ.
In April 2011, the Theme Speaker was the Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling Senior Minister at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto. A visiting scholar at Harvard University and a founder member of the Augustine College in Ottawa. Author of What’s Good about Christianity. One of the leading Christian Voices in Canada. His chosen theme: Jesus in 4D
In April 2010, The Keswick Council welcomed as Theme Speaker, Rev. Dr. Wayne Barber Senior Pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico and founder of To Live is Christ and Living Grace Ministries. The theme of the Convention was Living Grace, releasing Jesus in you . . .
In April 2009, the Theme Speaker was Rev. Dr. Michael Quicke from the Northern Baptist Theological College in Chicago where he served as the Charles W Koller Professor of Preaching and Communications. The Theme was The Confrontational Jesus and Dr. Quicke explored uniquely some of the questions that Jesus asked.
Charles Price from the People’s Church in Toronto returned as the speaker for 2008. His popular worship services are broadcast nationally on Television every Sunday afternoon (and on radio; CJLU 93.9 FM in Nova Scotia) and the Convention attracted many who followed these broadcasts. His theme for 2008 was Transformation.
2007 – Rob Whittaker: Principal of Capernwray Bible School, Lancashire, England
2006 – Stuart and Jill Briscoe: International Christian Communicators from Wisconsin, USA
2005 – Dr. William Lawrence: Dallas Theological Seminary, USA
2004 – Charles Price: Peoples Church Toronto.
2003 – Rev. Dr. Steve Brady: Principal of Moorlands College of Theology, England