Renew Oxford 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered and deepened needs in society; loneliness, isolation, inequality, and food poverty, to name but a few. As churches and followers of Jesus, we have a role to play in serving and caring for our city, and in sharing our hope for a better future. It’s time to ask, how can we be good news for Oxford?

Renew Oxford will include talks, workshops, prayer and networking opportunities, helping us to better understand the needs of our city, celebrate the work that is already being done, and consider what role we can play in continuing to work for the renewal of Oxford.

Date: Saturday June 18th 2022, 09.30-15.00
Venue: The King’s Centre, Osney Mead, OX2 0ES
Cost: £20 (early bird rate) / £10 concessions

Main Speakers

Our keynote speakers for the conference include:

Dr Russell Rook, OBE

Russell is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of the Good Faith Partnership, which brings together leaders from faith, politics, charity and commerce to incubate innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. He has helped churches work with the government to resettle refugees, advance international religious freedom, launch and deliver the ChurchWorks Commission for Covid Recovery.

Joy Johnston

Joy is a Senior Civil Servant, responsible for Volunteering and Tackling Loneliness in the Civil Society and Youth directorate at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). She has held various volunteer roles in charities, including as a trustee, debt adviser, youth worker and church leader.

Marvin Rees

His election as Mayor in 2016 made Bristol the first major European city to have a Mayor of black African heritage. Marvin has declared Bristol a City of Hope, built on ambition, inclusion and social justice, themes that have featured prominently in his previous roles for Tearfund, Black Development Agency, and NHS Bristol’s Public Health team, Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health.

Lloyd Cooke

Lloyd is the Chief Executive of Saltbox, a charity in Stoke-on-Trent that facilitates partnership between churches, the public sector, and voluntary and community sectors. He is a national advisor for the Gather Movement and has previously been a national advisor for the Cinnamon Network. He is also a Methodist lay preacher, and chair of the Lichfield Cathedral Council.

Sheridan Voysey

Sheridan Voysey is an author, broadcaster, and regular presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. He is the author of eight books, including The Making of Us: Who We Can Become When Life’s Doesn’t Go as Planned, and his next multi-platform project, Friendship Lab, will explore the art and science of forming and deepening adult friendship.

Other contributors

In addition to our main speakers, we will also hear interviews and updates from a range of contributors, representing different sectors of city life, including:

Steve Jones

Pastor of Oxford Community Church, and host of Renew Oxford

Josh Kay

Pastor of Hope Vineyard and Physiotherapist

Memory Tapfumeneyi

Pastor of Living Word Fellowship, and social worker

David Munday

Oxfordshire Public Health Consultant

Joe Kidman

Chief Superintendent, Thames Valley Police

Rachel Smith

Children’s Pastor at St Aldate’s

Matt Chapman

Senior Fire Office

Sanjay Mahtani

Co-founder The Wheelhouse, assistant pastor at Oxford Community Church

Lola Chapman

Co-founder, The Cowley Collective

Esther Park

Oxford Catalyst team leader for Christian Medical Fellowship

Matthew Watt

Principle, Tyndale Community School