Speakers at Oxygen 2023

Oxygen 2023

Meet Our Speakers

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Paul Tripp

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, speaker, and best-selling author. His driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, of 50 years, and they have four adult children. 

Paul will be presenting the following talks at Oxygen 2023:

1. The Heart of a Ministry Leader (Ezekiel 14:1-8)

2. The Ultimate Ministry Leadership Model (Isaiah 42:4, Matt. 12:20)

3. Ministry Leadership and Spiritual Warfare (1 Peter 5:6-11)

Zack Eswine

A pastor at Riverside Church in Missouri, Zack describes himself as a ‘flawed but earnest’ encourager of those working in ministry. He is extremely passionate about supporting Christian ministry workers as they ask questions and speak honestly about their doubts and uncertainties. This passion has led to the founding of Sage Christianity: an organisation where Zack, along with wife Jessica, aim to create a safe space for those in ministry to bring their doubts into conversation with the wisdom of Jesus.

When he’s not busy mentoring, preaching or writing a book, Zack enjoys watching ‘old’ movies, reading a good novel or essay, and cheering on his basketball team with his four kids. When he really needs to focus on Jesus, Zack likes to sit by the ocean; he says that it calms his mind and helps him zero-in on God’s voice.

Zack will be presenting four talks at Oxygen 2023 on:

1. Wisdom Practices for a Minister’s Life (Ps. 111:10)

2. Practicing the Beginnings of Wisdom for your own life (Ps. 34:11; 86:11)

3. Practicing the Consolations of Wisdom for the people you serve (Ps. 25:12, 14)

4. Practicing the Global Breadth of Wisdom for the generation you inhabit (Ps. 33:8)

Meet Our Workshop Facilitators

Grant Norsworthy

Grant Norsworthy is an Aussie who was based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA from 2002 to 2018. He achieved considerable success as a professional musician including a Grammy® nomination, a Dove Award, extensive touring, recording and radio hits with bands like Paul Colman Trio and Sonicflood.

Now conducting global ministry work from his Nelson, New Zealand home base, Grant uses his musicianship, freewheeling wit and uncommon candour to encourage audiences to deeper faith in Christ and good works. As the founder, content developer and principal instructor for More Than Music Mentor, he provides high quality online and onsite training for the heart and the art of worshiping musicians everywhere.

Grant will be leading worship at Oxygen and will be presenting a music workshop.

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Kurt Peters

Rev. Kurt Peters is an ordained pastor with nearly two decades of experience coaching, counselling, mentoring and supervising Christian ministry workers. He is a trained pastor, counsellor and supervisor registered with Australasian Association of Supervisors (AAOS).

He is the founder and director of Red Sheep and the developer of Ministry Wellness Report a burnout and wellness assessment tool for Ministry workers. He sits on the board of Restore Ministries and was the co-founder of Biblical Counselling Australia and is currently a special advisor to the board.

Kurt’s Workshop:

9 Ways to Walk in Weakness

Join Kurt as he shares his journey and God’s wisdom on walking with early onset Parkinson’s disease.
Whether you are struggling yourself or walking with others this session will equip you to find God’s strength in the midst of your weakness.

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Valerie Ling

Valerie is the founder of the Centre for Effective Serving, as well as the Clinical Director and founder of the Centre for Effective Living, a group psychology practice dedicated to clinical excellence in mental health. Valerie is a Clinical Psychologist, speaker, published author and Clinical Supervisor with a special interest in the prevention and treatment of burnout. As a ministry wife herself, Valerie has a particular passion to support gospel workers. She has recently completed a Masters of Leadership, with the final research project based on her 2023 leadership and wellbeing survey of Australian clergy.

Valerie will be presenting a workshop on burnout.

9 Ways to Walk in Weakness

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Grant Bickerton

Grant Bickerton is a registered psychologist who has gained over twenty years of experience working in full-time Christian ministry here in Australia and overseas with Power to Change (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ). Seeking to blend personal ministry experience with the latest psychological research and practice, Grant now focuses on the well-being and development of Power to Change missionaries as well as providing psychological services for other Christian organisations and clergy/missionaries.

Grant’s workshop:

Serving Confidently Amidst Strain, Uncertainty and Change

Living through the past few years has introduced the reality of living and ministering in an environment of uncertainty and change that our generation has not seen.

For some, change and uncertainty can be experienced as initially stimulating – a challenge to embrace. But even if that was an initial response, living in an environment of chronic change and uncertainty can leave us feeling uncertain, deeply fatigued, and even incompetent in areas we previously felt competent.

This workshop will build your capacity to cope with change and help you serve Jesus amidst uncertainty. Grant will present a framework for understanding why change generates fatigue and stress, explore work and spiritual resources that can promote a greater sense of motivation in an environment of change, and personal practices that enable us to persevere with vigour.

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Kerrell Ranucci

Kerrell together with her husband Andrew, spent almost three decades planting a church, a school and pioneering ministries to reach the lost and disciple them to Jesus. Kerrell takes the words of Jesus seriously when he invites us to ‘come walk with me and work with me….’. Her journey of engaging with Biblical spiritual practices, have been transformative in nurturing her life with God. Kerrell is passionate about soul care, facilitating spiritual retreats, and walking with pastors to support them to develop a deep personal devotional life.

Kerrell’s workshop titled ‘Cultivating our Life with God’ will look at developing personal rhythms of spiritual disciplines.

Cultivating Our Life with God

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