SPEAKERS

Gordon Copeland

Gordon Copeland – Politician, businessman, Christian advocate

Gordon came to Christ at nine years old. He has spent 14 years in the oil industry, 4 as a self-employed business consultant, 18 as the Financial Administrator of the Archdiocese of Wellington, and served two terms as a Member of Parliament. Currently Chair of the Council of Wellington Churches, Gordon has been a long-term leader in outreach helping organize the 1972 “March for Jesus” which saw 25,000 Christian’s come together in Parliament Grounds, leading the ‘Capital Crusades’ in 1980s, ‘Encounter Jesus’ in the 1990’s, and coordinating “Celebrate Jesus 2000” – an ecumenical event which saw 28,000 people come together in the Wellington Stadium. He remains deeply involved in evangelization. He married to Anne and they have 5 children,10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Lui Ponifasio

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.

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David Dishroon – Pastor, Changepoint, Tauranga

David is senior pastor of Changepoint Tauranga, and a widely-recognised encourager in the body of Christ. His passion for the city of Tauranga has led him to be integral to many city-wide initiatives there, and a passionate advocator of prayer. His passion for the gospel has led him to initiate and support many efforts in the city – demonstrating a true Kingdom perspective,, where others might stay committed only to their own church’s activities.  He has a big heart, and will bring forward-looking perspectives that can bless many!

Tony Collis

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.

Geoff Troughton

Geoff Troughton – Senior Lecturer of Religious Studies – Victoria University

Geoff is a senior lecturer and programme director of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. His work focuses on issues relating to religion in the modern world, and various aspects of religious change. He has written extensively on Christianity in New Zealand’s history. He lives in Karori, Wellington with his wife Adrienne and their four rapidly-growing children.

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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.

Stu Millar 2017

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

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.

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Lew Meyer

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-Funk

Todd Funk

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.

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Eric George

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.

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