From Her Head To Her Heart

“I had never experienced a space where I could actually ask questions.” 

Annabel moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. “I was so focused on doing everything right for my career,” she said. “It was my entire life, my entire focus.” 

Just months after her transition, the pandemic began. “I fell into a really dark place,” she said. “My whole world just fell apart.”  

“I was struggling with the loss of my parents’ marriage, and I had also lost a friend to suicide. I was in just about the lowest place you could imagine.”  

A friend called to check in, and Annabel opened up about the struggles she was facing. The friend invited Annabel to participate in Alpha, and she agreed.  

“I had never experienced a space where I could actually ask questions,” Annabel said. “The leaders were really taking such great care of us. There was so much love pouring out of these people.”  

Through the videos and small group discussions, Annabel came to understand who Jesus is. She said, “It was finally the moment where all of this information I had learned about the character of Jesus and about what it means to be a Christian took that 18-inch journey from my head to my heart.”  

“Jesus to me is now a friend. A friend who is persistent and patient. Someone who only wants good things for you. He is someone that is okay with all of the questions and all of the messiness of your life. I get to know more and more of who Jesus is every time I say ‘yes’ to him.”  

“He went from being a really good teacher to me to becoming the center of my world.”  

Hear Annabel tell about her experience with Alpha in her own words.

Alpha can help you create a space, like the one Annabel experienced, for your community. Take a look at how we can equip you to run Alpha in your church, ministry, or home here.


This track is full of amazing main-stage speakers who will showcase the power of prayer in every generation, equip you to live a naturally supernatural life and train you to heal as Jesus did. Senior pastors, church leaders, non-profit leaders, this track is you!

Workshops in this Track

Learnings from Asbury on the Power of Prayer

Speaker: Angela Chadwick, Global Director of Prayer, Alpha USA

Alpha’s Global Director of Prayer will interview some of the spiritual leaders involved in the Asbury revival where a chapel worship service caught the attention of our country. You’ll hear stories of how the students were deeply moved by God through the simplest forms of worship and how the leaders made sure the only celebrity on stage was Jesus. You’ll also be amazed by the powerful breakthroughs in young people’s lives through the gentlest of prayers.

Additionally, we will explore how the resurgence of faith in one small American town is relevant to every person in the Church and how it shapes how we share the good news in a good way with this generation.

How to Facilitate Eternal Connections with Jesus

Speaker: Danielle Strickland, Spiritual Leader, Justice Advocate, Communicator, Peacemaker

Encounter is God’s favorite way to spiritual revelation. Why do we emphasize information-formation as our primary means of discipleship? What if we put more time, energy, and effort into facilitating more encounters? Be prepared to discuss together how cultivating curiosity becomes a means to do just that. We will talk techniques, experiences, and new ideas.

Everyday Miracles

Speakers: Dr. Chloe Swart, Associate National Director for Alpha UK, and Dr. Russo Swart, New Wine Cymru Prophetic and Healing Team

This workshop will look at how to heal the sick as a part of our everyday missional lives. Following Chloe’s PhD studying healing miracles in Wales, Chloe found that Christians in Wales were praying for their friends, family, and colleagues, in the gym, in the supermarket, at work; wherever they found themselves, as well as in church services, and Alpha courses. Healing is a missional tool that points toward Jesus. Unpack the theology of healing, while also hearing very practical teaching and demonstration of how to heal the sick in an everyday way.

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