Feature Weeks

Every week is a holiday week at Le Pas Opton. Check out these options to add something special to your holiday, from a spiritual retreat to a gathering of Board gamers.

This week our speaker is Rachel Jordan-Wolf from Hope Together. Rachel's looking forward to working with our worship leader, Gospel legend John Fisher with members of his award-winning IDMC Gospel Soul Choir. John and friends will be offering Gospel singing workshops and the week will include a highlight Gospel worship concert.

Guests young and old will have the chance to learn up close from highly experienced Gospel musicians and singers. Join the workshops and you'll also be able to join the concert choir at the weekend when more musicians will fly out from the UK to climax this special week.

Gospel Choir Holiday

22 August - 29 August

Speakers & worship leaders

Micha Jazz
Micha Jazz

Micha is Guardian of St. Cuthbert's Oratory, a home of prayer, reflection and retreat. A qualified spiritual director, spiritual coach and retreat leader, he is the writer of the popular daily Bible reading notes Every Day with Jesus.

“Over the past few years my wife Jayne and I have enabled many people to find new rhythms, greater depth and fresh life in their relationship with God” says Micha. “We’re excited and looking forward to sharing with guests at Le Pas Opton in its unique holiday environment.”

Neil O'Boyle
Neil O Boyle

Neil is National Director of British Youth for Christ. He is passionate about evangelism and has a wealth of experience in visionary leadership and team building, innovation and communication, as well as knowledge and understanding of missiology, culture and religious diversity.

And if all that sounds a bit confusing, you can be sure Neil's a great communicator who builds natural rapport with young and old alike!

    Damian Herbert
    Damian Herbert

    Damian is a Growing Younger Facilitators for the Church of England in Birmingham. He previously worked for Riverside Church as Worship Minister, and has much experience ministering to little people through BIG Ministries. He's a graduate of London School of Theology.

    Gareth Hillier
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    Gareth, often known as Gaz, is the Faith in the Family Networker at Care for the Family. He is a church leader with a passion for equipping churches and parents to build and inspire faith in the home as well as reach and impact the communities around them. Gaz is a passionate, sport-loving Welshman married to Lois and they have two young children. As a family they love to travel and go on adventures – the next one will be in France in June!

      Luke Bacon
      Luke Bacon

      Luke is a London based singer, songwriter and worship leader. His journey has seen him live in five countries, spending many years in Botswana before settling in the UK in his teens. As well as writing and performing his own music, Luke is passionate about leading worship and has been involved in leading at churches, events and festivals across the UK and Europe.

        Gareth Hillier
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        Gareth, often known as Gaz, is the Faith in the Family Networker at Care for the Family. He is a church leader with a passion for equipping churches and parents to build and inspire faith in the home as well as reach and impact the communities around them. Gaz is a passionate, sport-loving Welshman married to Lois and they have two young children. As a family they love to travel and go on adventures – the next one will be in France in June!

          Luke Bacon
          Luke Bacon

          Luke is a London based singer, songwriter and worship leader. His journey has seen him live in five countries, spending many years in Botswana before settling in the UK in his teens. As well as writing and performing his own music, Luke is passionate about leading worship and has been involved in leading at churches, events and festivals across the UK and Europe.

            Martin Lewis
            Martin Lewis

            Martin is Chaplain at Guinness Pro 14 club Cardiff Rugby having played 400 first class games for Bridgend, Penarth and Abertillery. The 6ft 7in gentle giant loves to get alongside sports people whether they are Christians or not and shares with energy and passion from God's word.

              Pete James
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              Pete James is the creative behind the charity Swell Revolution. His 12 years as a worship pastor have equipped Pete to create songs, stories and video resources to help all ages grow in their faith. He leads worship frequently in his local church and at festivals and events. He is keen biker and boarder and enjoys snow and water sports.

              Rachael Orrell
              Rachael Orrell

              Rachael is CEO of Saltmine Theatre Company. She has also been a speaker at Spring Harvest for many years. Passionate about the Bible, creative communication and building God's church, she's been a regular favourite at LPO for many years.

                Dave Stephenson
                Dave Stephenson

                Dave leads one of the congregations of Rising Brook Church in Stafford – the church led by regular Spring Harvest speaker Martin Young. He studied music and worship at Nexus Academy and music production at Staffordshire University.

                  Katie McLean
                  Katie Mc Lean

                  Katie is part of the Fusion team working with churches to help students find hope in Jesus and home in the local church. It was at university that Katie learned what it meant to follow Jesus, and she wants to see a generation of students invited to do the same. She loves it when students are bold in their faith and churches are creative in reaching students.

                    Emma Pickersgill
                    Emma Pickersgill

                    Emma is passionate about training, equipping and investing in student ministry for the sake of the Kingdom. She's excited to see students discover the transformative love of Jesus and step further into their calling. Based in Liverpool, Emma works with churches to disciple, mentor and equip students for mission. When she’s not working you’ll find her making cocktails, being reunited with the family dog, in coffee shops with friends, or playing board games.

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                        Rachel Jordan-Wolf
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                        Rachel is Chief Executive of Hope Together, a catalyst bringing churches together to transform their communities. She was previously an advisor on evangelism to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She has a PhD in church history, and has worked amongst prostitutes and drug addicts in Amsterdam’s red light district.

                        John Fisher
                        John fisher

                        John Fisher played drums for Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Denise Williams and London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) before starting IDMC Gospel Choir. IDMC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 with a 30-date international tour.

                        Steeped in Gospel music from an early age, John has worked with LCGC’s Basil Meade and Karen Gibson of Kingdom Choir, now famous for their part in the 2018 Royal Wedding.

                        John’s schools project We sing, U sing has helped thousands of young people to learn and experience Gospel music for themselves – including spectacular finale concerts with the IDMC choir and band. His teaching experience, musical genius and above all his love for Jesus Christ blend together as he leads and inspires.

                        IDMC
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                        IDMC includes up to 25 members from various Christian backgrounds plus a small group of professional musicians. They have amassed nine albums including one recorded at Le Pas Opton in 2012.

                        The choir were finalists in BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in 2018 when they also won Premier Radio’s Gospel Choir of the Year and an Urban Music Award for Best Gospel Act 2018.

                        Lisa Holmes
                        Lisa Holmes

                        Lisa is a Baptist Minister with over 25 years experience. She has recently joined the National Team of the Baptist Union of Scotland prioritising caring for ministers & encouraging spiritual formation & discipleship. She’s also part of the Spring Harvest Planning Group & a member of the EA Council. She is married to Mike with 2 young adult children, loves music, the outdoors and drinking coffee.

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                            Chris Sinkinson
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                            When he’s not lecturing at Moorlands College or doing an archaeological dig in Gallilee, Dr Chris Sinkinson may be found playing board games.

                            He has written various books and articles, and also speaks at churches and events and on radio, around the UK and beyond.

                              Bob & Rachel Retallick-Cheel
                              Retallick Cheel

                              Bob and Rachel Retallick-Cheel are worship leaders at St Boniface Church, Quinton. Founding members of worship collective MULTITUDE, they have also led worship at events for British Youth For Christ and Moorlands Bible College.

                                Mike & Sandy Fitton
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                                Mike is UK National Chairman of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He and Sandy travel across the UK and beyond, often by motorbike of course, speaking at bikers gatherings and churches.

                                  Matt Brooksbank
                                  Matt Brooksbank

                                  Matt is a worship leader from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and regularly leads worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Hope Whitby. Along with his wife Emily, they run Re-fuel worship ministry and lead a young adults group at their local church.

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