History of Summerfire

The first Summer Fire Conference took place in June, 1995. From its humble beginnings in Donegal, till the present day, Christians from all over the country have experienced a deep sense of God's presence in the midst of the meetings.The Conference was born through prayer. On the 15th of December 1994, after days of intercession, the Holy Spirit spoke to Pastor Michael McBride these simple words: "Get up and go." It was crystal clear that the Lord had spoken and so conference began the following year, under the name "Summer Fire." It was a time of new beginnings.

Pastor Mike stepped out in faith and ventured to Donegal Town where he booked and paid the deposit on houses that would accomodate around 130 people. The first two conferences were held in Donegal Town. Many young people attended the conferences and helped with the organising and worship. Local believers attended the meetings and were blessed, as the sense of God 's presence was overwhelming. Everywhere people were bowing down before God's Majesty!

From the start, Pastor Mike had phoned and discussed the Conference with Nick Cassidy, the Pastor of Donnybrook Church in Cork, who was a great friend and supporter of the conference. Pastor Nick eventualy took over the organising of the conference, and the Irish church has only seen this work of God grow throughout the years, now accomodating well over a thousand born-again believers for the week long event!

By way of balanced, Christ centered teaching, and Spirit empowered worship, the Lord has used Summer Fire Conference for 24 years to bring Christians wonderful times of joy and refreshment in the Lord. Lives of both young and old have been changed forever! We trust that as we move forward, God will continue to bless this conference as we come honestly and humbly before Him, to hear His word in season.

May God Bless you as he continues to make History at Summer Fire Conference!





Young Adults



Main Speakers

Founding Pastor of Springs Church, they have seen God’s hand and faithfulness through the growth and life of this church. Gary also serves as the President of World Challenge,which was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He has traveled worldwide to conferences and mission ventures such as starting orphanages, clinics and feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth.

Gary Wilkerson

Colorado, USA

Following a radical encounter with Jesus Christ, Jay broke free from an addictive lifestyle to serve God. For over 20 years he has been in full time ministry, travelling as an evangelist and has pastored a church in the UK. He currently serves on the leadership of Teen Challenge UK/Global and he is also part of local Church leadership.

Jay Fallon

United Kingdom

Lead and founding Pastor of “EGLISE NOUVELLE VIE”, a church that has grown to over 4,000 people on the south shore of Montreal. He has ministered in over 35 countries and is the president of the French world Christianity association and Chairman of the board of the French-world theological institute. He has written 4 books and is passionate about justice, Mercy, Evangalism and the raising up of passionate followers of Christ

Claude Houde

Montreal, Canada

Other Guest Speakers

Pastor Pete and his wife Angie are the founders of Adullum House in Alabama. They had been invited to the USA from Great Britain many years earlier to minister in the prisons of Alabama. Overwhelmed by the need to help inmates’ children, a dream began to take shape. They knew that without intervention, many of these children would become inmates themselves. They Stepped out in faith they started Adullum House.

Pete Spackman

Alabama, USA

From the founding of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in 1957, at the age of 19, Pastor James McConnell served the Whitewell congregation as its Senior Pastor for over 57 years. During his years of faithful ministry at the Tabernacle, the congregation frew from an membership of just 10, to the large congregation it is today. As an evangelist, Pastor McConnell also held gospel crusades, reaching thousands of souls for the Lord Jesus Christ.

James Mc Connell

Belfast, Northern Ireland

He grew up in the Whitewell Church and in 1987 he was ordained to the ministry. He has ministered in Newry, Withernsea, East Hull but In 2008 he felt called back to Northern Ireland, and after two years in Cullybackey Elim Church he accepted the call to return to his home church at Whitewell as associate pastor and in 2014 he succeeded Pastor James McConnell as the Church’s Senior Pastor.

David Purse

Belfast, Northern Ireland

A dynamic leader who became a Christian in 1989 and has been in church leadership since 1994. She is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and grow in their knowledge of His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Alongside her husband Roy they are building the net church in 4 congregations in the south of England, a church that is Bible-based, Jesus centred and Spirit filled.

Keely Morley

Dartford, England

Founding pastor of Cork Church where along with his wife Kathryn, some family members and a few close friends he started the church over 20 years ago. The Lord has been faithful to bless the work and development of Cork Church into a vibrant Christ centred church; which has been built solidly on the New Covenant. Pastor Nick's heart for people has led him to help set up Global Missions Ireland.

Nick Cassidy

Cork, Ireland

Senior Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, Florida he strives to be a Bible based, graced oriented, spirit led minister. His education includes degrees from the University of Colorado, Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary. His call to the ministry came as a ten years old when listening to a preacher, and he heard God say, “Follow in his footsteps.”

Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis

Celebration, Florida

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