Leaders Conference

Ground Level Leaders Conference 2024 

The Ground Level Leaders Conference is our annual gathering to connect, be inspired and hear what the Holy Spirit is saying, so we can follow his lead. It is a time to renew relationships, build new ones and a time to be refreshed. It's for pastors, leaders, staff team members, key volunteers, as well as emerging and younger leaders.
Our speakers will include invited guests, friends and leaders from within our network. Through a programme of Keynotes, Discussions, Celebrations and Co Labs, which will take a dive into leadership subjects and practices, we know that this conference will be a rich time of impartation from the Holy Spirit.
A highlight of our conference is always the space that we make for friendship and connection and once again this will be a priority in 2024.
We are believing to powerfully encounter God's presence during this conference and we know that this will be a significant  time for you and your team. Jeannie and I are really looking forward to seeing you there.
Paul & Jeannie Benger

Conference Information

Below you will find more information about this years conference.

Programme & Speakers

The conference begins with registration at 10am on the 6th May 2024 with the first Keynote at 11am. We conclude following Keynote 4 finishing around 12:30pm on the 8th May 2024. 

A creche with live video link will be provided for young children to use supervised by their parent/guardian. There will also be worksheets and colouring available for older children within the Creche room.


Louis Kotze

Louis Kotzé is Senior Pastor of Hatfield Christian Church in Pretoria, South Africa, and considers his calling clear: to love and to lead. He is passionate about teaching the Word in a way that helps people be whole-life disciples of Jesus. 

Louis met and married his wife, Natasja, at Hatfield and they’ve served together in full-time ministry since 1993. They are proud parents of four sons (hat tip to Natasja) who also love and serve the Lord.

Louis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology with honours and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. He greatly values collaboration among broader church communities and actively serves on leadership teams of various church networks, both locally and internationally.

Louis is an avid supporter of Man United and enjoys a good cup of tea while camping in nature with family and friends

Thomas Åleskjær

Thomas Åleskjær alongside his wife Katrine are Senior Pastor's of the OKS-Churches, which includes seven campuses in Norway and two in Mexico.

Thomas became a Church planter and pastor at the age of 26, and in 2012, Thomas and Katrine took over the management of OKS centrally, which in addition to the churches has a bible school, a christian elementary and high school, and are hostes for several annual confrences and festivals.

Thomas and Katrine's main dream is to see people find life and hope in Jesus, build local churches that are in touch with the world around them, and establish people solidly in God's Word and in God's grace. 

They have three children, Theodor, Sofie and Mikkel.

Jeannie Benger

Jeannie is married to Paul and together they are the lead pastors of IKON Church which they planted 37 years ago. 

Jeannie has a real passion for the house of God and to see the church built. She loves to see people's lives flourish and grow. Jeannie is passionate that everyone is cared for and that no one goes missing. She has 3 sons and 6 grandchildren and she loves spending time with them. 

Paul Benger

Paul is married to Jeannie and together they are the Lead Pastors of IKON Church, a church they started in 1987 that currently has 5 campuses. Paul is the Ground Level Team Leader and His passion is to “build relevant contemporary churches and inspire a generation to do the same”. Paul obsesses over the question “who’s next?” His hobbies include golf, reading and vinyl records.

Dave Niblock

Dave and his wife Abs pioneered North Church after years of building Life Church in Leeds. With their team, they have led Rocknations and YA Movement (youth and young adults movements) and for over a decade have served the city of Leeds with a heart for all people to develop a deep and authentic relationship with Jesus. They have 4 great kids and love life to the full!

Prices & Booking


Bookings for all tickets that include catering are now closed. All other tickets are available until the date of the event.


Bookings made using the payment scheme will incur a one-off initial deposit of £10, this fee covers the cost of administrating the scheme and the processing charges associated. The scheme will allow you to spread the cost over up to 6 months.


Full Conference Adult (Double/Sharing) £245
Full Conference Adult (Single) £285
Full Conference Child (Under 5's) Free
Full Conference Day Visitor £175
Full Conference Digital Pass £60
Day Visitor £80
Evening Visitor £12
Wednesday Morning £25
Monday Day Visitor Child (Over 5's) £32

Getting to the venue

Located in a central part of the country, The Hayes is the perfect centre for people to travel to from all across the UK. The centre features great travel links that makes it easy to get to, no matter where you are commuting from.

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