In 2007 we took a big risk and moved to New Zealand from the USA to help start new churches. Raising kids and starting churches internationally is a beautiful mess of a life and we love it. All three of our kiddos were born in New Zealand. They're little kiwis! We desire to love God, to love each other, and to live in such a way that teaches our children to do the same.
Born: August 22
Raised: St. Louis, MO & Cincinnati, OH
Educated: Kentucky Christian University (1998-2002); Vision College: Christchurch, NZ (2014); Laidlaw College: Auckland, NZ (2016-present).
Roles: Husband, father, worship leader, church planter, songwriter, student, counsellor in training.
Likes: Running, basketball, photography, Apple, coffee, Crowder, Piper, Coldplay...
Born: November 5
Raised: Zanesville, OH
Educated: Kentucky Christian University (1998-2002)
Roles: Wife, mother, volunteer and graphic designer
Likes: Photography, efficiency, coffee, quality time, dark chocolate, research, the colour white, the colour gray, healthy living, living in New Zealand...
What We're Doing
Our goal in New Zealand is to plant healthy new Christian churches for people who are far from God. That dream became a reality when we started Rechurch in the city of Christchurch. After one successful church plant, three kids, and four major earthquakes, a new adventure awaits us.
We believe that New Zealand is exactly where God wants to use us for His purposes. We are now setting our sights on a new and growing area of Auckland, NZ's largest city, with the aim of launching a church there by 2019/2020. It’s thrilling and terrifying. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Kiwis (New Zealanders)
Much like the USA, New Zealand is a multi-cultural, post-modern, post-Christian, first-world nation. The intensity of these elements in New Zealand society are perhaps much greater in this island nation due to it’s small size and close proximity of people groups. The city of Auckland is an extreme example of such concentration. There are more people groups in this city of 1.5 million than there are countries in the entire world. The city is now more diverse than London.
The post-modern way of thinking (i.e., “what’s true for you isn’t necessarily true for me;” the assumption that there is no absolute truth) makes it very tricky territory for church planters. Our goal is to plant churches that focus on creating laid-back and non-threateningenvironments where post-modern thinkers can explore a biblical faith in Jesus Christ. Quick conversions and fast church growth are rare in such a society. It takes a long-term commitment to relationship building to see disciple-making fruit in New Zealand, But when it comes, true disciples are born. Other barriers to faith include the busyness and materialism that comes with the culture of most first-world western nations, and Auckland is no exception. Pray for us as we work to plant culturally relevant and biblically faithful churches in New Zealand.
South Pacific Christian Fellowship, our sending organisation, began more than 40 years ago as a way to supply Christian preachers to needful churches in New Zealand and Australia. In the early 1990s, they saw a gaping need for new, relevant churches in the region, and they transitioned into church planting.
Today, SPCF continues to supply teams of ministers to the South Pacific nations, primarily focusing on Australia and New Zealand. Their dream is that a church planting movement will be ignited, which will spread through the region, and then the world.
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Prayer is vital to what we do. It helps us stay focused on what God asks us to do. It helps us love people who don’t love us. It helps us become better people and better parents. Everyday.
Our financial partners enable us to focus full-time on ministering to and connecting with the people of New Zealand. They also enable our church to continue operating without the financial burden of paying a ministerial salary.