Dr Stuart Lange – Laidlaw College, pastor & historian
Stuart has a PhD from the University of Otago on the history of twentieth-century evangelical Christianity in New Zealand. He also holds an MA from Auckland University and a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity. At Laidlaw he teaches on the history of Christianity. Stuart wrote A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand, 1930-1965 in 2013 and produced the DVD, Te Rongopai. Since 1992, Stuart has also been the senior minister at Massey Presbyterian.
Lui Ponifasio – Pacific to the Nations
Lui Ponifasio is the Senior Pastor of LifeChurch in Manurewa and Avondale. Life Church is a flourishing community, committed to seeing the gospel spread amongst this nation and the nations. Lui is also the leader of the Pacific2Nations Movement. P2N seeks to mobilise the Pacific peoples into missions from across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and beyond. Lui serves on the board of Christian Community Churches New Zealand and Australia.
Dave Mann – Shining Lights Trust director
Dave has a genuine, steadfast character with a passion to see the Church equipped to share the Gospel in a relevant and understandable way. He has produced numerous resources for pastors and church members and successfully coordinated a 3 year nationwide multimedia project aimed at opening conversations between church & non-church people about Christianity.
Morag Paton – yesHeis
Morag has a passion for the gospel and leadership intuition – to find and raise workers up, and skill in refining strategies for outreach. The result? They have become leaders in outreach-strategy via social media, with people regularly choosing faith in Christ in both NZ and Australia via their work. Morag’s vision knows no bounds – and she will bring a vital dynamic to our conference, for the younger generations who regularly engage via social media.
Raj Narayanan – training in personal evangelism (EE)
In 2010, Raj came to faith in Christ, out of 40 years of Hindu belief. Now, he and his wife are passionate to reach to other Hindus who feel ‘chained’ in Hinduism. God equipped Raj with special ability to reach to his community with a clear, compelling gospel presentation. He has led hundreds to Christ in New Zealand, is discipling many, and is equipping Christians to confidently share the gospel via Evangelism Explosion ministries.
Tony Collis – evangelist and pastor
A known evangelist, author and equipper, Tony has previously led OAC nationally, spawned a successful house-church planting movement overseas, planted house churches in NZ, and more recently founded a local church called the Hope Centre in Levin. With proven experience as a hands-on practitioner in multiple fields, Tony brings highly practical and motivational insights into the areas of missions, evangelism and prayer.
Luke Collis – youth pastor and youth evangelist
In 2008 Luke felt the call of God to preach the Gospel and ever since he’s been reaching youth and young adults with the message of Jesus. He’s passionate about raising up a generation who are unashamed of Jesus, unashamed of His message and unashamed to live it. Luke and his wife Jess have two children and live in the Waikato.
Jonathan Hesp – Alpha NZ executive director
Jono & Lynne and have two kids who keep him young and madly running around. He’s loved his work for churches in community ministry and evangelistic roles. Through the challenges and joys he’s seen the many possibilities available for churches and is excited to share and inspire at Engage Conference.
Stu Millar – Train to Proclaim
Stuart has been in full time outreach ministry for over 20 years, and is a pioneer in contemporary evangelistic methodology. A passionate itinerant preacher and equipper, he loves working with Pastors to help them empower their members to share faith in a jargon-free, relevant and appropriate way. He created the Gospel in 7 App (G7) that is now being used by Christians around the globe to share faith. In 2005, Stuart and his wife Maria moved from New Zealand to Australia to found Train to Proclaim Inc. They have four children, and reside in Brisbane.
Rodney Lake – Thinking Matters National Direcotr
Thinking Matters encourages Christians to know the reasons why we believe what we believe. Rodney speaks at churches, youth groups, Christian schools and to non-believers around the country about truth, relativism and the evidence for God while teaching at Faith Bible College and Bethlehem College. He’s passionate about seeing people loving and seeking God with all their mind.
Lynne Taylor (pastor and researcher)
Lynne was intrigued to understand how God is at work today and embarked on a PhD exploring the conversion experiences of previously unchurched new Christians. The results? The journey to faith today is proving to be DIFFERENT than what might have been expected. Her findings will challenge perspectives – and may have many of us reflecting for months, because our culture has changed and God is drawing people to Himself in new ways.
Marty Scheib – OAC Ministries, Children’s specialist, Christchurch
Marty is an experienced communicator and specialises in reaching children with the gospel. He’s a master at integrating creativity into his presentations, including muppets, music and magic. With decades of visionary and sacrificial service behind him, he’s a recognised trainer in Christian children’s work.
Denis and Coralie Clark (Business Edge)
Denis and Coralie passionately believe that no one is more strategically positioned in a city or community than Christians operating in the marketplace. Through business edge they offer encouragement, inspiration and equipping to many. With success in business behind them they have a keen understanding of the unique challenges, spiritual and lifestyle demands business people frequently face. They have 3 married adult children, and 7 gorgeous grandchildren
Scott McCullock (Youth Pastor, Life Zone Church, Tauranga)
Scott is a Tauranga youth pastor and has been on staff at Lifezone church for 8 years. He also leads teams from Lifezone biannually to serve in India after falling in love with the country and culture in 2012. Scott is married to Abby. He is passionate about local outreach, youth revival, seeing teenagers fall in love with Jesus, and surfing.
Matt and Alison Harding (Firestarters team, ChangePoint Church, Tauranga)
Matt has had a passion for outreach since coming to faith at age 18. Fifteen years later Matt felt fed up with powerless Christianity, desiring to see the presence and power of God manifest in everyday encounters – while sharing the message of the gospel. Today Matt lives out this passion to see people saved, healed, and set free – while hearing the gospel, and this has also flowed into his involvement with an outreach team in his local church – producing many very powerful stories. We know many will be encouraged by the important reminder that Matt will bring.
Howard Webb (Love Your Neighbour)
For more than 20 years Howard & Lynette have been working to help New Zealand churches reach their communities. Currently engaged in a church plant in Pt Chevalier in Auckland, Howard initiated the ‘Jesus – Gift to the Nation’ project – what saw 225,000 Jesus movie gift packs given away, amongst other things. They then established the Love Your Neighbour Trust to provide stories, tools and training to help churches throughout New Zealand better engaging with their neighbourhoods.
Bruce Edmunds (Love Your Neighbour)
Bruce helped establish the work of Christians Against Poverty in New Zealand 10 years ago, and also the work of Love Your Neighbour to provide stories, tools and training to see every neighbourhood across New Zealand befriended by a local church. Bruce and the Love Your Neighbour team work with whole congregations to help cast vision and hone skills which are critical for kingdom success.
Lew Meyer (OAC)
Lew (Lewis) Meyer is the current National Director of OAC Ministries. He is married to Angela and they have three teenagers. Lew has a background in science (BSc) and Biblical Studies (New Zealand Assembly Bible School). Lew is an experienced communicator to all ages, bringing 35 years of experience of communication through camps, open air, Bible teaching, formal debates and Tertiary lecturing on cults, religions and evangelism. He has produced number of topical DVD series and written numerous small books to educate, empower and inform.
Todd’s science background (BS Biological Sciences University of California Irvine) has given him a love, curiosity and passion for the natural universe which often surfaces in his messages especially his special messages: “The Darwin Delusion” and “The Testimony of the Heavens”. Not only does Todd have passion for sound apologetic teaching, he also endeavours to help men rise to their God-given potential as men, husbands and fathers. Todd has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years and is currently the Director of Men’s Ministry at Harbourside Church.
Tracey Olivier (Business Edge Coach)
Tracey’s work is coaching business owners and marketplace people – and she love it! The author of The Journey from Here to There: Learning to navigate the Land in Between, Tracey thrives on igniting others to step into their destiny so that they can live and love with abundance both in their work lives, as well as their personal lives.
Eric George (Christian apologist and academic)
Eric George is an indigenous Christian apologist and academic with cultural and ethnic roots flowing from Aotearoa (Ngati Awa/Ngai Tahu), Samoa (Lalomanu/Neiafu), England (Uxbridge) and Italy (Genoa). With a background in comparative religion and anthropology, he currently serves as Professor of Certificate Programs at Bible University (Canada). Recently Eric has been aired nationwide on ShineTV under Faith Q&A. He runs the online apologetics ministry ‘The Apologetics Hub’ and is pursuing graduate and postgraduate studies in biblical studies and philosophy of religion through Bible University and Nations University.
Russell Watts (effective outreaching pastor and mobiliser)
Guy Howard-Willis (successful businessman, Christian communicator)