Allen Tie, Malaysian-born and a New Zealand permanent resident, is the new National Director of International Student Ministries of New Zealand (www.ismnz.org.nz), based in Auckland. Allen has worked in the corporate sector in East Asia for the last 19 years and is a graduate of the University of Canterbury. With the New Zealand government’s target to double international education to $5 billion by 2025, Allen’s timely appointment follows after a lengthy and rigorous global recruitment process. ISMNZ Chairman, Dr Andrew Butcher says, “The Board of ISMNZ is delighted that Allen has accepted this role and believes he is the right person to lead the ministry at this time.”
Allen has a strong personal teaching and training ministry and has worked extensively with returnee students. Allen’s expertise is in business operations, discipleship, mentoring, coaching and leadership. He successfully developed teams in start-ups and established new companies. While working as a senior manager at multinational companies, Allen secured contracts with major companies including Dow, ExxonMobil, Shell, Bayer, and BASF. Allen is working toward being a qualified coach.
At 15, Allen became a Christian. While at university, the four years of help Allen received from the Christchurch Asian Navigators provided the deep grounding for his 30 years of serving God in the marketplace. He is married to Swee Lee Goh and they have two adult children. Allen is fluent in both written and spoken English and Chinese.
Of his appointment, Allen says, “The harvest is not the problem. The call is to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers. I recognise that the work is plenty and the rebuilding of the walls needs foundational leaders - the kind that dares to dream big and think generational, but yet have the security to start small with individuals, and having the discernment to know where to focus and build deep.”
Since it began in 2000, International Student Ministries of New Zealand continues to grow as they disciple international students throughout New Zealand. ISMNZ now regularly works with 150 returnees in 21 nations, impacting them to continually live as Jesus’ disciples and influence their communities for Christ in their home countries. Many graduates who transition into new stages within New Zealand are helping ISMNZ to impact international students for Christ and serve the Body of Christ in New Zealand. ISMNZ currently has 25 workers and volunteers across 15 campuses, ministering faithfully to approximately 700 students.