Big Day Out Speakers

Aaron Ironside

Aaron is a counsellor who combines over a decade’s experience as a local church pastor and his postgraduate studies in psychology. In addition to being a powerful speaker at many Promise Keepers events over the years, he has been a radio host on the Southern Star network, he hosts a podcast called Active Intelligence, as well as performing regularly as a stand-up comic – so you can be sure he will be engaging as well as educational.

Caleb Rowe

Caleb, from the UK, worked on the stage until the call for ministry led him to joining an international monastic community. There he met Billy, they married and ministered in a church in Bristol. Following three years at, St John’s College, they moved to Palmerston North for a one year curacy before relocating to become Priest Assistant to the Parish of Wanganui.

Jasmine Fidow

Jasmine is married to Nauma Maiava and they are active members of St. Martin’s Presbyterian Church in Papatoetoe, Auckland. Jasmine’s testimony of God’s healing and restoring grace is what motivates her to impact as many people as she can through evangelism, preaching, teaching and the prophetic ministry of the gospel. Jasmine has much experience, both locally and abroad, in running Prophetic/Healing meetings as well as prophetic schools. Jasmine ministers powerfully in the prophetic and it is her heart to encourage and empower all to hear God’s voice, respond to His love and be healed in the process.

Joseph and Lesley Lee

Joseph and Lesley Lee live in New Zealand with their 4 amazing kids, Judah, Ocean, Olive and Lily-joy. They have preached for over 15 years and now run a ministry called Pioneer Ministry. They travel as evangelists and missionaries around the world doing miracle campaigns, revival and worship events, training seminars called Schools of the Spirit and local church meetings in the towns, cities and nations they visit. Their mandate is to “love one, touch nations.” Pioneer Ministry is a revival ministry, seeking to build the Kingdom of God and usher in a fresh move of the Spirit in their generation. They lead mission teams where they travel and have documented their story through videos, blogs and audio that can be found at They have seen witchdoctors saved, cyclones vanish, HIV healed and many more miracles. Since 2014 they have done 9 Miracle Crusades, over a dozen International Revival Nights and have seen thousands saved and hundreds healed. In 2020 they came back to New Zealand and travelled the nation doing town hall revival meetings from Pukekohe to Invercargill. They believe Aotearoa is hungry for a new Holy Spirit outpouring.

Lydia Read

An auditor, accountant and mother, Lydia leads the team at New Wine in addition to pastoring Hope Vineyarch Church with her husband Shane, and being the financial manager for their farming and property business. She is energised by God’s church and being with ordinary people who live dynamic personal faith journeys, who are, in her mind, heroes of the faith.

Grant Norsworthy

Most New Zealanders are aware of at least one piece of Grant Norsworthy’s work. During the 2020 pandemic, Grant gathered together 200 plus Kiwi singers, instrumentalists and technicians to produce the ‘virtual choir’ song and video The Blessing | Aotearoa/New Zealand that became an online and NZ Christian Radio/TV hit. But New Zealanders may not be aware of Grant’s other work and background.

An Aussie who was based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA from 2002 to 2018, Grant Norsworthy achieved considerable success as a professional musician including a Grammy®️ nomination, a Dove Award, extensive touring, recording and radio hits with bands like Paul Colman Trio and Sonicflood. Now conducting global ministry work from his Nelson, New Zealand home base, Grant uses his uncommon teaching gift, humour, candour and musicianship to encourage audiences to deeper faith in Christ and good works.

As the founder, content developer and principal instructor for More Than Music Mentor ( he provides high quality online and onsite training for the heart and the art of worshiping musicians.

Martyn Day

Martyn Day pastors the South Harbour Vineyard in Auckland. A British export to NZ, Martyn is passionate about helping people to love, learn and live God’s Word. He is the founder and author for Mariners, a growing set of online Bible reading resources ( He is also on the staff of Alpha New Zealand. He is married to
Honor and they have two sons.

Mike Burrows

Mike Burrows is a communicator, artist and author who regularly speaks cross-denominationally in churches around NZ. He has been on-team at Open Doors for the last six years, representing persecuted Christians, and also serving the church of NZ. He has a background in the gifts of the Spirit, bringing a prophetic edge wherever he goes.

Richard Black

Richard is the founder and director of Mind Health, an organisation dedicated to enhancing wellbeing. Mind Health takes a different approach to bring real change by focusing on prevention and resilience. Richard is a counsellor and communicator, and has been involved in people work for over 25 years. He is an ordained minister and holds a Masters in Counselling, doing his research on “Emotional health in the role of a church leader”. Richard has been involved in pastoral ministry for many years and understands the everyday struggles that people face and the demands on church leaders. He has the knack of being able to communicate complex issues in a way that is practical and easy to understand. Richard’s ‘Here’s a thought’ segment is broadcast each week on Radio Rhema. He is passionate about seeing churches fulfil their purpose in God. He has authored two books: Centred: Knowing who you are in an off-balanced world, and There’s a Happy Moon in My Side (children’s book).

Stephanie Johnston

Stephanie Johnston is the CEO for Barnabas Fund New Zealand. Stephanie travels throughout NZ raising awareness for the work that Barnabas Fund is doing to bring hope and aid to the persecuted church. Stephanie has traveled to Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Africa and various other countries where she visited the people and the projects that Barnabas Fund is a part of. She has a heart for the persecuted church and for people to be conscious of the world around them and how we can come along side others in their needs and troubles. She also loves Mexican food.