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The Profile

The Profile

The Profile is an in-depth interview, delving into the lives of well known Christians, their work and their faith journey.

Episodes

  • Anba Angaelos: The first Coptic Archbishop of London Anba Angaelos: The first Coptic Archbishop of London Play in Edifi Player

    Anba Angaelos: The first Coptic Archbishop of London

    The beheading of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 brought worldwide attention to a Church that has endured persecution throughout its 2,000- year history. The first Coptic (the word means ‘Egyptian’) Orthodox Archbishop of London, Archbishop Angaelos, said he forgave the killers, and in the same year was awarded an OBE for his work as an advocate for religious freedom. Today, he continues that work, as well as overseeing the 35 Coptic Orthodox parishes in the UK. …

  • *BONUS EPISODE​* Franklin Graham on defying his critics *BONUS EPISODE​* Franklin Graham on defying his critics Play in Edifi Player

    *BONUS EPISODE​* Franklin Graham on defying his critics

    Franklin Graham is in good spirits when he meets Premier's head of news Marcus Jones in London's Hyde Park Corner. He's excited to be visiting Speaker's Corner, the place where many evangelists have preached and debated over the years. Many there have faced fierce opposition because of the message they preached, something Graham himself can sympathise with. The US based evangelist, whose father was the renowned Billy Graham, is in the UK for the God Loves You Tour. The tour was due to take …

  • Rev Dr Israel Olofinjana: The reverse-missionary on building multi-ethnic churches Rev Dr Israel Olofinjana: The reverse-missionary on building multi-ethnic churches Play in Edifi Player

    Rev Dr Israel Olofinjana: The reverse-missionary on building multi-ethnic churches

    Ordained Baptist minister Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana grew up in Nigeria in a polygamous family. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes he explains more about his 'tough' family background and the story of how he came to the UK to work as a reverse missionary. Israel also speaks about his role at the Evangelical Alliance, and why we need to keep talking about race within the UK Church. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian …

  • Churches Together’s Shermara Fletcher: Ministering on the margins Churches Together’s Shermara Fletcher: Ministering on the margins Play in Edifi Player

    Churches Together’s Shermara Fletcher: Ministering on the margins

    Shermara Fletcher might be the Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic and Multi-cultural Relations at Churches Together in England, but she's also learned to appreciate - and even embrace - other Christian traditions. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Shermara explains how Anglo- Catholic spirituality is nourishing her right now. She also opens up about her experience ministering alongside the homeless in Birmingham and London, and reflects on how her deeply …

  • Maverick City’s Dante Bowe: The Grammy-award winning artist doesn’t want to be a celebrity Maverick City’s Dante Bowe: The Grammy-award winning artist doesn’t want to be a celebrity Play in Edifi Player

    Maverick City’s Dante Bowe: The Grammy-award winning artist doesn’t want to be a celebrity

    Ahead of his UK debut at Big Church Day Out, the trailblazing worship leader (Bethel Music, Maverick City) and fashion model (Tommy Hilfiger) talks to us about breaking boundaries, hearing from God and why he’s ‘traumatised’ by the thought of being a Christian celebrity.    You can also read this interview on premierchristianity.com. Subscribe now for just £1

  • Mandisa: How the Grammy award winning artist found Christ Mandisa: How the Grammy award winning artist found Christ Play in Edifi Player

    Mandisa: How the Grammy award winning artist found Christ

    Dami Okeke sits down with the popular singer and Gospel artist Mandisa to hear about her journey to faith. Mandisa first shot to fame after appearing on American Idol. Her new book is Out of the Dark: My journey through the shadows to find God's love The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine from just £1

  • Strictly star Rhys Stephenson: How ’desperate’ prayers got me to CBBC Strictly star Rhys Stephenson: How ’desperate’ prayers got me to CBBC Play in Edifi Player

    Strictly star Rhys Stephenson: How ’desperate’ prayers got me to CBBC

    When Rhys Stephenson joined Strictly Come Dancing, most people over the age of twelve would have been forgiven for not knowing who the CBBC presenter was (the 28-year-old has spent the majority of his professional life interacting with a puppet dog called Hacker!) But the prime time BBC One show has propelled the presenter to new heights, and in this conversation with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle Rhys reveals how a 'desperate' prayer and the support of his church family led him into his …

  • Graham Kendrick: Celebrating 50 years of songwriting Graham Kendrick: Celebrating 50 years of songwriting Play in Edifi Player

    Graham Kendrick: Celebrating 50 years of songwriting

    He might be best known for penning congregational hits such as ‘Amazing love’ and ‘Shine, Jesus, shine’ (the latter is now fondly referred to by millennials as a “primary school assembly banger”), but Graham Kendrick started out by writing story-based songs. This year marks 50 years since the release of Graham's first album Footsteps on the Sea. In order to celebrate, Graham has re-recorded the song that started it all, and put out a new EP entitled Where It All Began which sees him …

  • Baroness Cox: A voice for the voiceless // Paul Woolley: Making ’whole life’ disciples Baroness Cox: A voice for the voiceless // Paul Woolley: Making ’whole life’ disciples Play in Edifi Player

    Baroness Cox: A voice for the voiceless // Paul Woolley: Making ’whole life’ disciples

    It's a double bill this week as Jemimah Wright interviews the legendary campaigner and humanitarian Baroness Cox, and Sam Hailes sits down with the head of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) to talk about the importance of whole life discipleship.    Read the interview with Baroness Cox in Premier Woman Alive magazine. For more on LICC's 40 cities tour, see http://licc.org.uk The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe now for just …

  • Genelle Aldred: The communications pro on stillbirth, racism and Jesus the radical Genelle Aldred: The communications pro on stillbirth, racism and Jesus the radical Play in Edifi Player

    Genelle Aldred: The communications pro on stillbirth, racism and Jesus the radical

    The journalist and activist Genelle Aldred was just 19 when an unplanned pregnancy ended in the stillbirth of her daughter. It was an experience that still drives her to tackle inequality wherever she sees it. In this interview with Abi Thomas, Aldred details her varied career so far, which has seen her present the news for some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV, and interviewing Lenny Henry, Paul O’Grady and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. She now works with …

  • The Astronaut’s Wife: Stacey Morgan on watching her husband blast into space The Astronaut’s Wife: Stacey Morgan on watching her husband blast into space Play in Edifi Player

    The Astronaut’s Wife: Stacey Morgan on watching her husband blast into space

    Stacey Morgan kissed her husband goodbye before he donned his space suit on July 20, 2019, and headed to his waiting Soyuz rocket. With an overwhelming mix of pride, excitement, and terror, she and her children held hands and watched the rocket ignite and lift off for a nine-month mission aboard the International Space Station. In this interview with Premier's Rachel Matthews, Stacey speaks about the difference her Christian faith has made, and the lessons God has taught her through her unique …

  • Jon Tyson: The NYC pastor on surviving the most brutal months of his ministry life Jon Tyson: The NYC pastor on surviving the most brutal months of his ministry life Play in Edifi Player

    Jon Tyson: The NYC pastor on surviving the most brutal months of his ministry life

    The straight-talking pastor who isn't afraid to preach on controversial topics speaks to Emma Fowle about embracing God’s heart for the lost and why he’ll always value honesty over self-preservation. The pair also discuss the impact of Covid and social unrest on his ministry, how he's able to read hundreds of books a year and what made him leave his home nation of Australia in order to minister in one of America's most secular cities. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier …

  • Glenn Packiam: How to be a resilient pastor Glenn Packiam: How to be a resilient pastor Play in Edifi Player

    Glenn Packiam: How to be a resilient pastor

    38 per cent of pastors are considering quitting the ministry. A combination of Covid and significant cultural shifts is arguably making it harder than ever to be a church leader. Having researched this worrying trend, the US based theologian, worship leader and pastor Rev Dr Glenn Packiam is visiting the UK in order to share his findings. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Glenn shares his testimony, explains why he is simultaneously the leader of a non denominational …

  • John Wyatt: The medical ethics expert on matters of life and death John Wyatt: The medical ethics expert on matters of life and death Play in Edifi Player

    John Wyatt: The medical ethics expert on matters of life and death

    Having worked as paediatrician specialising in the care of newborn babies at a leading neonatal intensive care unit for more than 25 years, Dr John Wyatt became increasingly aware of the ethical maelstrom caused by advancing technology and contentious debates about the nature of humanity at the beginning and end of life. Now retired, he spends his time writing and speaking on a range of subjects including AI and robotics, science and faith and medical ethics. In this interview with Premier …