Welcome to our presenters page

Opening Event Presenters:

Philip McKinley

Philip McKinley is an ordinand in the Church of Ireland (Anglican). He is a singer/songwriter and co-founder of the Discovery Gospel Choir (https://discoverygospelchoir.ie), an intercultural ensemble that reflects the new-found cultural and ethnic diversity of Ireland. He has worked extensively in faith-based reconciliation and social inclusion initiatives for the Irish Council of Churches, as Chaplain in Dublin City University’s Inter Faith Centre and with the Hard Gospel reconciliation project, which emerged from the Drumcree standoff (1995-2000) in Northern Ireland. In 2018 he delivered a TEDx talk, ‘Why every nation needs its own Harp’ (https://www.youtube.com/)

Julie McKinley

Julie McKinley is the recently appointed Development Officer for the National Bible Society of Ireland, a non-profit organisation which is committed to the translation and publication of biblical texts. Her role involves connecting with local Bible projects which promote biblical literacy, and facilitating group engagement with Scripture at local and national levels. She recently completed her PhD in Jewish- Christian Dialogue, and is inspired by the idea that biblical text can be a meeting place full of possibility, where multiple meanings can be found in sacred words as we engage in them together.

Webinar Presenters:

Chair: Pat Coyle

Pat Coyle is Director of Communications for the Irish Jesuits. Her academic background was mainly in philosophy, and a great part of her professional background was as a journalist, producer and presenter with RTE, BBC and UTV. She is a mother of two.


Scott Evans

Scott Evans is the Church of Ireland chaplain to University College Dublin, producer of The Graveyard Shift Podcast and co-founder of Paradoxology, a prayer space at Ireland’s Electric Picnic music festival. He grew up in Bangladesh and his life has been a series of crazy decisions, odd adventures and bad haircuts. He has worked as a supermarket-shelf-stocker, pizza chef, video shop attendant and Chinese food delivery driver before he finished Bible college and moved into full-time youth and young adult ministry. He is also the author of 3 books, Closer Still, Beautiful Attitudes and Failing From The Front (& Other Lessons From The Lives of Losers.) He loves Vietnamese food, coffee, writing, Aston Villa and Jesus.

Bryan Shortall

Fr Bryan Shortall OFM Cap is the eldest of seven and was born and grew up in Dublin. He joined the Capuchin order in 1987 at 18. He studied Philosophy in Milltown Institute and Theology in All Hallows and was professed in 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. He graduated with an MA in School Chaplaincy from Mater Dei/DCU in 2004. He has worked in various ministries to date, including school and hospital chaplaincy, and local leadership in the Capuchin order. He has published two books with Columba Books in 2016 and 2019. He is currently based in St. Francis of Assisi parish, Priorswood.

Sam McConkey

Samuel J. McConkey is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also a Consultant in General Medicine, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Beaumont Hospital Dublin, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda both in Ireland. Sam is a member and an ordained ruling elder of Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church, Howth Road, Dublin.

Closing Event Presenter :

Martin Sauter

Martin Sauter is a non-stipendiary pastor in the Lutheran Church in Ireland, formerly lecturer in history, sociology and intercultural studies. In January of 2015 he was ordained a non-stipendiary pastor in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church where he is mainly looking after the small English-speaking congregation. He is also ecumenical officer of his church and involved in ecumenical bodies both at City, All-Ireland and European level