RISE Speakers

Speaking this year…

We are so privileged to welcome our guest speakers for conference this year!

Ps Andy Elmes

Senior Pastor, Family Church

Andy, with his wife Gina, is the senior pastor of Family Church, a multi-congregational church located on the south coast of England. Andy is a visionary leader who has grown the church from twelve people on its first day to a significant and influential church in the UK and beyond. Andy has a wealth of experience and wisdom to offer that comes from a very successful time in ministry.

As well as planting churches, he has been involved in many forms of evangelism including travelling as an evangelist for many years across the UK and throughout the world. A highly sought-after conference speaker for events and conferences, Andy regularly shares on a whole range of subjects including spiritual leadership, building healthy lives and churches, and evangelism. His desire is to lead people to Jesus and help them to discover all that is now available to them through what Jesus has done for them. His personal mandate is “to know the King and to advance His Kingdom.”

Ps Misheck Manhanha

Church Planting Director, Assemblies of God Great Britain

Pastor Misheck is married to Sharleen and they have 4 wonderful children.

He is currently the Church Planting Director for Assemblies of God Great Britain, with a vision to see several hundreds of churches planted across Great Britain in the coming years. Prior to his current role Misheck has been in local church leadership for several years and is passionate about raising witnesses to Jesus Christ, through the local church.


Along with our special guests, our very own
Senior Pastors Ben and Gale Dowding will be speaking at conference.

Ps Ben and Gale Dowding

Senior Pastor, Influence Church

Ben and Gale Dowding are the Senior Ministers of Influence Church across all our locations. They live in Richmond, North Yorkshire, where they were married in 2001 and have two sons, Asher and Noah.

They have been leading Influence Church since 2008. In that time the Church has grown significantly across multiple locations, across the North of England, including Richmond, Barnard Castle, Penrith, Bishop Auckland and Workington.

Ben and Gale are both passionate about the North of England and building a relevant, growing and influential Church that sees the purposes of God advanced across the nation. It is their heart as leaders to help build a Church that enables people to encounter God and empowers them to make a difference for the Kingdom of God, through their lives.

After their love for family, people and the local Church, they also have a strong love for reading, good food, great coffee and exploration!

Pastors Ben and Gale are both accredited ministers with Assemblies of God (AOG) in Great Britain and have a role as Area Leaders for the North of England. This involves, providing connection, encouragement and training for Churches and Pastors across the North.