2016-2017 student representatives
Three students sit on TSCF’s board, representing students around the country. Their perspective as young adults, Christian leaders, and members of diverse communities is a great asset. During SPARC, students voted in their new representatives. Brydon Sundgren will serve for another year, and the newcomers introduce themselves here:
I was born in Sheffield, UK, where my parents had moved from Taiwan. We left when I was six, then I lived in Auckland until I moved to Palmerston North last year to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University, a five-year course. I joined Auckland OCF as a pre-vet, and then PNOCF after I moved to Palmy for the professional phase of my course. I was blessed to be able to be a part the worship team and emcee a few times for the fellowship. I was a crew member in The Sanctum at Festival One this year, which connected me more with TSCF students from across NZ.
God has placed a passion for his people in me, especially students, and a joy in seeing them grow as the body of Christ. As a rep, I look forward to connecting with TSCF students and staff, and with my wider community. I’m excited to see what God has in store for campus fellowships, and to hear the testimonies of the Spirit working in and amongst them.
I would never have had the courage to step into this position on my own. To me, this demonstrates God’s grace and power. It is not by my own strength, but by his, that I am able to serve.
I was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 2009. I am studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Food and Resource Economics at Lincoln University. I heard that the Christian Fellowship was quite active on campus so I went along one week and felt right at home. The CF has been absolutely amazing. It has provided many Christian friends with whom I am able to study and go on adventures, and it constantly pushes and grows me in my faith. During a time such as university, one can so easily get distracted.
Before attending SPARC 2016, Jemima Snook approached me about replacing her as the student representative for the South Island. I had no idea what this meant but was keen to take on a new challenge, to grow in both my faith and practical skills that will help me in the future. I am really looking forward to making connections with other student groups, learning about the events they run and how these are bringing students to Christ.
80th celebrations continue
This year’s theme is thankfulness to God for the people, resources and vision that he has provided for TSCF over the past 80 years – and, more than anything else, for his transforming work in the lives of generations of students.
About 140 people, representing graduates from every decade since the 1940s, braved a stormy night in Auckland on 3 August to reunite and celebrate. Students emceed the evening and interviewed Judge Andrew Becroft. Judge Becroft, a former EU president who has served as Principal Youth Court Judge, is the current Children’s Commissioner and TSCF’s board chairperson. His parents were in attendance, as were several former National Directors (or General Secretaries, as the role was once called).
Coming anniversary celebrations include Dunedin (14 September), Hamilton (12 October) and Palmerston North (29 October).