We always have an exciting line up of both local and national speakers. We can’t wait for you to hear what they have to say! Keep watching as we unveil those who are coming…
Dr Sam Bloore
Sam is deeply passionate about the intersection of faith and culture, in particular how individuals establish and enhance a personal spirituality that is stable and sustainable. Sam graduated from medicine and bioethics at Otago University, working as a doctor for five years in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry. Following the completion of a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology Sam is now working towards a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Sam and his wife Julia oversee the residential life of Venn Foundation and are committed to developing the conversations and community practices that provide opportunities for growth and formation.
Richard is the founder and director of Mind Health, a counselling and training organisation. He is an ordained minister and a trained counsellor and works alongside churches providing specialised support for their pastoral care. Through this and his public speaking he helps people strengthen their thinking, be proactive in relationships, and succeed with life. Richard is a former Chair of the New Wine NZ Trust Board and is passionate about seeing churches fulfil their purpose in God.
An auditor, accountant and mother, Lydia leads the team at New Wine in addition to pastoring Hope Vineyard 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.
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, as well as performing regularly as a stand-up comic – so you can be sure he will be engaging as well as educational.
The Ven Dr Lyndon Drake
The Ven Dr Lyndon Drake (Ngāi Tahu) serves as Archdeacon of Tāmaki Makaurau in the Māori Anglican bishopric of Te Tai Tokerau. He is married to Miriam with three children. Until 2010, Lyndon was a Vice President at Barclays Capital, trading government bonds and interest-rate derivatives. Since then, he has served as a pastor in a city centre church in New Zealand, as well as teaching theology and serving in a range of Christian leadership roles. Lyndon has degrees in science and commerce (Auckland), a PhD in computer science (York), two degrees in theology (Oxford), and a number of peer-reviewed academic publications in science and theology. He sits on a number of boards, including as chair of Te Hui Amorangi ki Te Tai Tokerau Trust Board, Te Kaunihera (Governors) of St John’s College, the Oati Trust, the Venn Foundation, and Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri Trust Board. Lyndon has written Capital Markets for the Common Good: A Christian Perspective (Oxford: 2017, Oxford Centre for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethics).
I am stoked to be married to Bevan and together we have two lovely children Mya and Levi. I am privileged to lead a great team at Cashmere New Life and am in my 15th year as Senior Pastor there. I love working with likeminded people, to effectively form authentic communities who seek to hear what God is saying and to action it in real life. I am passionate about discipleship, justice and creative ways of empowering people to kingdom action in whatever arena they are planted in. In the juggle of being a wife, a mum and a pastor…my perfect downtime usually includes coffee, chocolate and a book or if I am really lucky an action thriller at the movies.
Grant Norsworthy is a speaker who sings songs, an Aussie come American, a Dad and a kiwi import. He achieved considerable musical success including a Grammy nomination, a Dove Award, recording and radio hits with bands like Paul Colman Trio and Sonicflood during his time in the USA. Now conducting global ministry work from his Nelson home base, Grant uses his musicianship, freewheeling wit and uncommon candour 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 everywhere.
Mike has been on the Open Doors team for over three years and travels New Zealand to share the message of the persecuted church. Mike lived in Nepal for a year and has spent time with those who have suffered for their faith in Malaysia and Vietnam. He brings a challenging and inspiring message, representing those who live in the toughest places on earth to follow Jesus.
A British export to NZ, Martyn is passionate about helping people to love, learn and live God’s Word. His latest adventure is creating Mariners, a growing set of online Bible reading resources (www.marinersnotes.org). He is on the staff of Alpha New Zealand, an Anglican Priest and Pastor of South Harbour Vineyard Church in Auckland. He is married to Honor and they have two sons.
Lindsay brings a wealth of leadership experience to the festival. He ran a small construction business for 7 years, Pastored a church for 20 years, coming through the ranks as youth pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor. Currently he is the Head of School for Construction and Engineering at the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Palmerston North, overseeing 4 campuses, 40 staff and over 800 students. Lindsay has authored and developed several workbooks and courses for adult students, in use in two bible Colleges in NZ. He is married to Carla and together they have 4 children.
and so many more. Keep checking in.