Bibile by the Beach 2016

The 2017 Event

Lively and contemporary in style, Bible by the Beach is a high quality, Bible-centred conference for all God's people. It attracts church groups, couples, families and individuals at all stages on their Christian journey.

Gathering together in Eastbourne over the first May bank holiday weekend each year, 100s of Christians of all ages are encouraged, strengthened and equipped through clear, faithful and applied teaching of the Bible.

Our theme for 2017 is Firm Foundations as we celebrate and explore the great and glorious truths of the Christian gospel which were rediscovered in the Bible 500 years ago during the Reformation.

We will dig deep into God's word in the main Bible readings, work through the practical applications in a choice of seminar streams, and rejoice in the gospel together in our evening celebrations.

As usual, high quality music for our sung worship, a full children and youth programme, an extensive bookstall and exhibition area, and After Hours evening events are all part of the Bible by the Beach programme for 2017.

Main talks and seminars

We have an exciting programme being finalised and details will be released as soon as they have been confirmed.


Lee Gatiss – Bible Reading

Director of Church Society, and Lecturer in Church History at Union School of Theology, Lee is also the author/editor of a number of books including The Forgotten Cross and The NIV Proclamation Bible.

Steve Midgley

Steve is the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK, leads their two-year Certificate Course and is a visiting lecturer in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College. He is senior minister of Christ Church, Cambridge and trained as a psychiatrist before being ordained.

Mark Greene

Mark spent ten years working in advertising in London and New York and is prepared to admit it. After that he studied at the London School of Theology, lectured in communications and served as Vice Principal before joining the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity as Executive Director. His many books include Thank God it’s Monday and Fruitfulness on the Frontline.

Andrew Atherstone

Andrew teaches church history at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and especially enjoys reading and writing Christian biography. He is author of The Reformation: Faith and Flames (Lion Hudson) and is unauthorised biographer of Archbishop Justin Welby.

Wallace Benn

Wallace was Bishop of Lewes for 15 years until he retired at the end of 2012. He says he’s swapped from Pirellis to Goodyear and carries on! A popular preacher and writer he has a passion for teaching the Bible and doing evangelism. He was the founding chairman of Bible by the Beach and remains a trustee. He is a member of the GAFCON Primates Council.

Clare Heath-Whyte

Clare is married to David, a minister in south London, and has two grown-up children. As a former history teacher, when she’s not busy doing women’s and children’s ministry she loves researching, writing and speaking about Christian women from the past.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew is Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author and editor of several books, including Reformation Theology and God’s Word Alone. You can read more about him at