Andrew Becroft, Chair
His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand in June 2001. Born in Malaysia, and educated at Rongotai College, Wellington, Judge Becroft graduated from Auckland University in 1981 with a B.A./LL.B (Hons) degree. He practiced in Auckland and in 1986 he assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre. He worked there as the centre’s senior solicitor until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the Wanganui District Court in 1996.
Judge Becroft is also the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment. He is married to Pip and they have three children. Judge Becroft is a keen sports watcher (but an average participant). He is a strong advocate of youth issues.
Dennis Fountain (Vice Chairperson)
Dennis’s parents were missionaries in South India and he spent his early years there. He trained as a teacher, studied geography at Victoria University, taught at secondary level and did some teachers’ college teaching before returning to India with his wife, Ariadne, as members of Interserve. They learned Hindi and he undertook post-graduate studies in the Delhi School of Economics. He also worked with UESI (the IFES movement in India) advising the EU in Delhi University. He taught at the Kotagiri Study Centre and was a staff worker for the Christian Teachers graduate group of UESI. Dennis also studied at Regent College, Vancouver. Their two sons Ben and Philip were born during their time in India. In the mid-1980s they were unable to get a visa to return to India and went to Papua New Guinea, where Dennis taught theology at Christian Leaders’ Training College. Dennis teaches at Onslow College, Wellington and is involved in environmental education including leading trips to the Indian Himalayas. Dennis and Ariadne are members of Porirua Gospel Chapel, Cannon’s Creek.
Bruce graduated from the University of Otago in 1981 after studying commerce and history. He will let you guess which is the more interesting but his career has focused on auditing within the public sector. He completed a 34-year career working for the Auditor-General, and is now an advisor and consultant to both central and local government agencies. His work takes him over much of the New Zealand..
Otago University Christian Union was pivotal his life. It’s where he and Pip, his wife, met! Since then the work of TSCF has been an enduring interest, and he joined the National Board in 2009. Bruce has also been involved with Presbyterian Support Otago, other related social welfare initiatives and church life.
Mountain biking and hill running remain an active interest – although at a slower pace these days. Annual races like the Routeburn Classic are a must-do but he is secretive about the times. Bruce and Pip have three sons and a grandson. They split their time between Dunedin and Queenstown, worshiping at Holy Name in Dunedin and St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church in Queenstown.
A born and bred Wellingtonian, Brydon is studying a conjoint degree in engineering and commerce at the at the University of Auckland. He is in his last of five years. He has been involved in the leadership of both the Evangelical Union and Overseas Christian Fellowship.
Michael was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 2009. He is studying a bachelor of commerce in food and resource economics at Lincoln University.
Jenny was born in Sheffield, UK, where her parents had moved from Taiwan. They left when she was six, then Jenny lived in Auckland until moving to Palmerston North in 2015 to study a bachelor of veterinary science at Massey University. She joined Auckland OCF as a pre-vet, and is now involved in PNOCF.
Professor Peter Thirkell, PhD Ivey School, University of Western Ontario (Canada), is a professor of marketing in the School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University. He served as Head of the School of Marketing and International Business following its formation in 2001, and for three years as Dean of the Business School. Peter has a keen interest in bringing a Christian worldview to the public square, and in considering the implications of faith and beliefs for work and study in marketing. He attends Lifepoint AOG in Wellington with his wife Damaris, and is Chair of the Wellington Ecumenical Chaplaincy Trust based at Victoria.
Rubee was born and educated in Otaki. She trained as a registered medical laboratory scientist, specialising in microbiology and immunology, and works for Hutt Valley DHB. In further studies Rubee has obtained a Fellowship of NZIMLS, Dip Grad Biotech from Otago and a Diploma in Biblical Studies from BCNZ (now Laidlaw College). As well as being active in medical laboratory science special interest groups, Rubee has a keen interest in children and youth ministries and cross-cultural missions. She worked for six months in a refugee camp on the Thai/Cambodian border. Rubee is on the Wellington OMF Committee and is an advisor for the Wellington ICF group. She is involved with Knox/St Columbia Presbyterian church in Lower Hutt. Time permitting, Rubee enjoys the outdoors, and has ambitions of someday walking the NY marathon and climbing Mt Kinabalu. She also enjoys photography, various creative crafts and learning more about NZ flora.
Paul Trebilco is Professor of New Testament Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago, where he has taught since 1988. He was Head of Department from 1998 to 2009. Paul studied Chemistry at Canterbury, and then did a Bachelor of Divinity at Otago before doing his PhD in New Testament at the University of Durham, England under the supervision of Profesor James Dunn. He was involved in Christian Union at Canterbury and Otago.
He has written several books, including The Early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius, published in 2007 and What’s in a name? Self-designations and Group Identity in the New Testament, published in 2011. He teaches a range of New Testament papers at Otago University. He is married to Gill, and their children are Fiona, Stephen, David and Philip. Paul particularly enjoys gardening and watching his children play sport.
Andrew was born and raised in Auckland. He met his wife, Helen, at an Auckland University Evangelical Union house party in 1980. Together they served on AUEU executive in 1981 and married in 1983. Andrew graduated from Auckland University with an MSc (hons) in 1983 and with an MTS from Laidlaw College in 2002.
Andrew served as TSCF’s General Secretary from 1991 to 2001, before returning to education. He is Deputy Principal at Selwyn College in Auckland. Andrew also served as Deputy Chair of Laidlaw College, and is a committee member of Wilberforce21, a philanthropic trust supporting Christian mission in New Zealand. Andrew and Helen are members of St George’s Anglican in Epsom, and they have three adult sons and one daughter-in-law. Andrew is also a keen cyclist.
Chris’ involvement in TSCF dates back to the early 1980s and includes stints as Canterbury University CU president, member of the TSCF national board and a conference and camp speaker. He retains a great affection for TSCF: “It’s where I cut my teeth theologically, met my future wife, was challenged to live distinctively, and made some life long friends.” Chris served as CEO of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, and is now CEO of World Vision. He graduated in law and commerce from Canterbury University.
“I was in mortal danger of ending up on a church or missions payroll, because that’s what all committed Christians ‘ought’ to do. TSCF helped debunk the myth of the sacred and the secular. Repeatedly at conferences we had it drummed into us that our vision of ‘full-time Christian ministry’ must encompass all disciplines and all walks of life. It’s why I feel an obligation to help grow the next generation of Christian leaders who are credible in the world of work, are conversant in the great global themes of climate, poverty and terror, and yes, also lead fantastic churches.” Chris is married to Karen, a previous TSCF chairperson, and they have two school-aged children. They live Havelock North where they attend their local Anglican church.
Chris Collins is currently Chief Executive of Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Hawkes Bay. He was formerly Dean and General Manager at UCOL and the Regional Registrar for Massey University. He was TSCF President in 2001 and 2002 and the National Board Chairperson for TSCF from 1992 to 2001. Chris is a current member of IFES’s Executive. He attends Pirimai Baptist in Napier.
Efeso is of Samoan and Tokelauan heritage. He is the youngest of six children and grew up in Otara, south Auckland. He was the first in his family to attend university and is studying (rather slowly) towards a doctorate in Indigenous Leadership. He has a particular passion for youth and over the years has established a number of mentoring and leadership programmes, published research on youth gangs and facilitates professional development in working with Pasifika learners and families. Efeso is married to Fia and they have a daughter, Kaperiela. He holds the chielfy ali’i matai title of Fa’anana from the village of Satufia, Satupaitea. They attend a Samoan church in west Auckland.
Jonathan Boston is a professor of Public Policy at Victoria University. He has published in the fields of public management, tertiary education, social policy, comparative government, New Zealand politics and climate change policy. He was a member of the New Zealand Political Change Project and also the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission. Jonathan subsequently worked for the Tertiary Education Commission on the Performance-Based Research Fund. He was Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in 2012 and co-chaired the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. He is also involved with Oxfam New Zealand, the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Centre for Christian Studies.
Jonathan is married to Mary Hutchinson, a Wellington GP, and they have two children, Jessie and Grace. The family attend St John’s-in-the-City in Wellington.
Merrilyn originates from Australia where she completed a BA and Dip.Ed. at Melbourne University, before teaching high school in Victoria for three years. She crossed the Tasman in 1976 to attend BCNZ (now Laidlaw College), and studied for her B.D.Hons. and Diploma in Religious Education, before embarking on a 30+ year involvement in youth ministry in New Zealand. She has been a youth pastor at a local level, worked regionally for the Baptist church in both Canterbury and Wellington and was the National Leader for Baptist Youth Ministries in New Zealand. She is passionate about teenagers and young adults, and has been involved for years in speaking, training, mentoring and providing encouragement and support to young Kiwis. She attends Hutt City Baptist in Lower Hutt, and loves to take the opportunity to travel in her free time.
Roger Moses is a well-known leader in secondary education. He has been headmaster at Wellington College since 1995, has an MA (Hons) in English, has taught at Auckland Grammar, Macleans College and Mahurangi College, and was Deputy Principal of Waihi College. In 2001, he received a Woolf Fisher Fellowship which enabled him to spend three months studying secondary education in the United States, UK and Europe. In 2009 he was awarded the ONZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education and in 2010 he was nominated for Wellingtonian of the Year.
Roger was on the executive of the Evangelican Union in Auckland and benefited greatly from TSCF conferences in the 1970s. Speakers such as David Watson, David Pawson, Michael Griffiths and Floyd McClung have influenced him to this day. His personal goals are to blend the strengths of a traditional education with the demands of a rapidly changing world, and to see each student reach their potential in every area of school life.
In recent years, Roger has betrayed his former allegiance to Auckland and The Blues and now is a fervent supporter of the Hurricanes.
Val was born in the Waikato and is still a committed fan of Waikato rugby (complete with Mooloo cowbell). She has a Bachelor’s in Economic History from Victoria University and a B.Div from Laidlaw College.
Val taught History and Economics at Macleans College before working with university students. She was TSCF’s Head of Student Ministries from 2002 to 2014.
Val completed her Masters in Education (Adult Education) in 2013 where the focus of her thesis was on women in leadership of not-for-profit organisations in NZ. In 2015, she became Pouwhakahaere (Campus Director) for Laidlaw College in Manukau.
Val also mentors people for international leadership roles as part of a global leadership initiative with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. She is passionate about helping people live authentic, growing, and biblically shaped lives wherever God leads them.