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Mat has been the Course Leader for Message Academy since May 2010. Before that he trained for 8 years as Student Pastor for Life Church, Manchester. Mat oversees all the training and placements, as well as pastoral oversight for the guys and does a few other bits and bobs for The Message. He is originally from Wales and has a background in Film and Drama.
Sarah is part of the Message Academy team as Assistant Course Leader. Before joining The Message she was with Youth for Christ both locally and nationally for seven years. She is trained and qualified in youth work and has a passion to share the love of Jesus and enable others to do so. She is also part of the Higher Tour team.
Founder & CEO of The Message Trust, Andy has been pioneering cutting edge youth work and evangelism in Manchester for over 20 years. Andy brings his years of experience and an unmatched passion to see the gospel shared with young people to the sessions he delivers as part of the main teaching programme.
Tim has been with The Message since 1997 and was originally part of The Tribe. He now works full time for The Message as Creative Missions Director and works with our other Message bands and schools work. Tim plays a key role in tutoring our musicians and dancers as well as offering expert advise on how to be part of an outreach team.
Tom is Head of UK Mission at The Message. Before that he was a Youth Pastor for many years, having studied and learnt his trade in Oxford. He brings in depth teaching on the Youth Work Workshops as well as practical experience running placements.
Emma runs a schools team called RespectME, which seeks to equip, empower and build up young people to be the best they can be, breaking down the lies of the media to help them understand their value, giving them a hope and a future.
Ben oversees the Advance Evangelist Movement at the Message, committed to the equipping and multiplication of preaching evangelists around the UK and beyond. As award winning DJ Galactus Jack he has performed and preached all over the world, and brings a wealth of experience in evangelism, apologetics and theology to the course.
Chris is leader of Langworthy Community Church, Salford and a trustee/regular seminar speaker for Soul Survivor. He brings great theological input into the Academy teaching and delivers some of the sessions on the Bible.
The Founder of Visible teaches evangelism techniques and integrity.
James heads up Prayer Storm (www.prayerstorm.org), a prayer and revival movement that has its roots in The Message Trust. James has a deep passion to see a whole generation catching a heart for prayer as God captures them. On Academy, he teaches intercession and prayer as a lifestyle.