Keynote Speaker Announcement

Announcing our keynote speaker and updating our seminar lineup.

Considered the soul food of Festival One, seminars are a highlight of the Festival and we are always excited to feast on the goodness they provide. We have added a few to the lineup and announced our keynote for the year, take a look below.

Sam Bloore is our keynote speaker, he has had a few career (and salary) changes in his life. Sam studied medicine at Otago University and worked as a doctor for five years before leaving (voluntarily) to pursue other study and interests – including bioethics, media, theology, history, and popular culture. He has travelled in all but one of the continents, including a medical elective in Guatemala. He lives in Auckland with wife Julia and their beautiful children Eden, Benjamin and Sophia. Basically, this guy is like a walking talking encyclopedia. Your IQ is guaranteed to gain a few points after being in his presence.

Reuben Munn is Senior Pastor of Shore Community Church on Auckland’s North Shore. His teaching features on the television programme Connection Point which has previously screened on Prime TV and now runs on Shine TV. Reuben holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from Laidlaw College, a Masters in New Testament and a Masters in Theology from Cincinnati Christian University. He is married to Anna and they have two boys. Reuben is a keen reader and also enjoys playing piano.

Peter Majendie is a man of many creative talents. We are secretly hoping for some good  jokes in the seminars because Peter is an award winning stand-up comedian who has performed for several years in the International Comedy Festival and various other festivals throughout New Zealand. If you don’t recognize the name you will recognize the works, for example, this installation in Christchurch consisting of 185 white chairs in the site where 185 people tragically lost their lives during the Christchurch earthquakes. He has an eye for creating very meaningful and emotive moments when people interact with his  art.

Steve Murray has been a pastor for close to two decades and he been the Lead Pastor of Lifezone Church in the city of Tauranga, in New Zealand for seven years. He’s got a contagious enthusiasm for life and faith. When Steve isn’t tending to his flock and family he enjoys Mountain Biking, Surfing, and an occasional run. Steve says, “My heartbeat for the church is that we would not forget the lost.  I would love to be able to join the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 where he said ‘But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the good news about the wonderful grace of God.’”

Now this seminar speaker is not to be missed, Brylee Mills has wanted to dance since before she can remember. Despite losing her left arm in a car accident when she was six, she’s never let life stop her! After years of dancing and training, she was accepted into an elite dance programme at Sydney’s prestigious Brent Street Performing Arts Studio for 2015. She has graduated from Brent Street and is now continuing her career as a professional dancer along with teaching and running a photography project based on strength and power. After many setbacks and bumps in the road throughout Brylee’s life she’s determined to share how beautiful life is and how lucky we are to live such exciting adventures. If you leave her seminar and you aren’t oozing with inspiration and motivation, you’re doing it wrong!


Ted Lyddon Hatten is an artist, theologian, and educator. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Wesley House, the Director of the Wesley Foundation, and adjunct faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. From his studio, Ted works in a variety of media with passions for ephemeral installation art, dry painting, and beeswax. A United Methodist by birth and by choice, Ted serves as Conference Artist for the denomination in Iowa. He has created large-scale installations for several national and international conferences. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Midwest, and he has been visiting artist to graduate schools, elementary schools, and all points in between. His work in the field of visual homiletics comes out of his belief that the visual experience has a unique ability to deepen our encounter with the gospel and with each other.

Don’t forget you can listen to some gems from the last couple of years here.