Andrew Lim first arrived in New Zealand in 1994 as an international student at Victoria University of Wellington. He had an eventful stint as a student and by the time he graduated he was married to LiLian, was running an international students hostel called Kia Maia and had become a New Zealand citizen. Since graduating, Andrew and LiLian returned to Singapore, became parents to Monica and continued their involvement with international students in their work and ministry. They returned to Wellington in time to see New Zealand become Rugby World Champions again in 2011. Andrew and his family now live in Hamilton where he is the senior pastor of a church, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Hamilton.
Jonathan Peacey is the New Zealand Country Director of The Nature Conservancy. He previously held senior management roles with the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries and development roles in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. Jonathan and his wife, Fernah, have three adult children and five grandchildren. They were discipled through the Canterbury University Navigators ministry, led the Otago University Navigators ministry for eight years, and are part of The Street Church in Wellington.
Brent is a Chartered Accountant, currently involved in various businesses in New Zealand. He and his wife Lily have lived in Indonesia at various times for a total of two years, studied for two years at Bible College in Palmerston North and Auckland, and founded a Chinese Congregation in their church. They volunteer frequently in short-term mission trips, enjoy debating Christian Apologetics, and have been active in student ministry since their teenage years. They love International Students! They are volunteer Chaplains at IPU (a Japanese-owned university in Palmerston North), and have two daughters who are working in Thames and Wellington.
Gabrielle Nguyen came to New Zealand as an international student from Vietnam in 2003. She has worked in various roles and capacity in the international education sector. Gabrielle is now Director of Global Education at Woodford House, New Zealand’s largest boarding school for girls, located in the Hawke’s Bay.
Her favourite quote is from Socrates, “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world”. Gabrielle’s passion is to help the NZ communities to celebrate cultural richness and diversity, to offer a future-focused international education to every student, and to equip them with the cultural competence needed to navigate through this complex and integrated world. She hopes through Christ’s love and grace, her work can create opportunities and provide support for each student to reach their maximum potential.
Gabrielle attended and served in the worship team at Grace City Church and Kingston Community Church in Palmerston North. She is currently attending and serving in the same capacity at Riverbend Bible Church in Havelock North.
Christina Baird is a psychologist, who has a private practice equipping and growing reflective human service workers. She is passionate about translating psychological concepts, theories and research into everyday skills and habits that take people from languishing to flourishing. The focus of her work includes providing coaching, assessment and external supervision to individuals in ministry, mission and other human services. She has over 14 years experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked as a tertiary lecturer/tutor, a church administrator, and as a telephone counsellor for children. She also spent 5 years working as a leader in tertiary student ministry, and over 7 years working in personnel development for a mission agency. Christina loves learning and so has a PhD in psychology, a graduate diploma in theology a postgraduate diploma in psychological practice and is a member of the NZ Psychological Society. She enjoys the energy of big cities and lives in Auckland, with a veterinarian, an 11 year old gymnast, a small white dog and a bossy Burmese cat who likes to interrupt zoom calls.