Melinda Dwight is the National Director of Alpha Australia. Melinda shares about her years of experience as a pastor, and some great stories about how lives have been transformed through Alpha, a short course for those exploring the Christian faith. She also shares about the latest changes and additions to the Alpha course, with some amazing stories about Alpha in prisons, Student Alpha, the Marriage course, and the Parenting course. www.alpha.org.au
Janet Yeo is an ambassador for Opportunity International, a ministry that offers micro-finance loans to the poor. She shares her story of her conversion to Christ mainly through the Alpha course, and being set-free from addictions and the launch of her new ministry, New Hope Care.
Author and speaker Nicky Gumbel, is the pioneer of the Alpha Course, a short course on the basics of Christianity. He was an avowed atheist, and converted to Christianity in his first year at College, through reading the New Testament. He said, “I was enthralled. It was as if I had found what I had been looking for all my life”. Millions have now done the course worldwide. Nicky is interviewed by Leigh Hatcher from Open House. www.alpha.org.au
Tim Hughes is well known for the song, “Here I am to worship”, and many others. In this interview Matt speaks with Tim at Hillsong conference 2010, about worship, missions, the Alpha course, song writing and his love for Australia.
Pete Malins is based at New Hope Church in Tokyo. After being raised in PNG and Brisbane, and now taking the Alpha course to Japan. www.newhope.jp
When former lawyer Nicky Gumbel took over the Alpha course, it was a central feature of the church’s life. It was while leading his second Alpha course that Nicky realised how this simple course could also appeal to non-churchgoers and he adapted the course to give it the kind of feel that would suit this group. www.alphaaustralia.org.au
(Thanks to Sheridan Voysey from the Open House radio show)
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