New Hope Christian Fellowship, Hawaii USA
Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii with over 12000 in weekend attendance. New Hope is also listed as one of the top ten most innovative churches in America. The Outreach Magazine lists them as one of the top five churches to learn from. His church has seen over 73,000 first time decisions in Hawaii. Wayne is a church planter at heart with over 124 churches planted in the Philippines, Japan, Australia and Myanmar, and US. He has authored 12 books including "Doing Church as a Team", "Leading on Empty" and "The Irresistible Church". Wayne and his wife, Anna, have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren.
Tak Bhana is the Senior Pastor of Church Unlimited, a large multi-cultural church with two campuses in Auckland. Tak’s deep passion is to see the rapid growth and advancement of the kingdom of God in New Zealand and the nations.
Tak is also the host of New Zealand and Beyond. The conference has now been running for 8 years in Auckland and 2 years in Christchurch. Taking the conference to Christchurch was a big leap of faith moment, but it has been so worth it as it has just flourished.
Paul Bennetts along with his wife Jill, are the founding pastors of Life Church at La Vida in Christchurch and just last year celebrated 25 years of leading the church.
Paul is a visionary leader with an intergenerational church, and is deeply investing in developing the next generation (it helps that he has four adult sons and five grandchildren who are all part of the church!) Paul and Jill have a heart for their city, our nation and the nations to be reached with the gospel.
Entrepreneur, New Zealand
Murray is one of New Zealand’s leading Christian businessmen and was named one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Decade. Murray left school at 15 with no qualifications. By the age of 23 he was Managing Director of CBS Records NZ; the youngest Managing Director of that group in the world. Murray’s music company, Thom Music, has enjoyed great success and two of his productions: ‘Together’ and ‘Miracle’ have both featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. His most recent creations are ‘The Great New Zealand Songbook’ and ‘The Great Australian Songbook’ and just last year, Thom Music was commissioned by the Dean Martin Estate to produce an iconic production Cool Then, Cool Now. Murray’s other passion is sailing and in 2005 he won the World Laser Masters championship in Brazil.
Joel Holm is no stranger to NZ and Beyond, having been a keynote speaker for almost every year since the start of the conference. Joel was born to missionary parents in South Korea and so has always had a global perspective on life and ministry.
Joel now teaches and consults with churches and church networks around the world. He designs resources and writes on current global trends and leads PathFinders, a ministry that helps Christian leaders working in the developing world fulfil their mission.
With this wealth of knowledge, Joel’s messages have been challenging and inspiring in engaging the church community in active mission in their neighbourhood, city and the nations. Always thought provoking, Joel calls the church to world changing discipleship.