Current Board Members
Bruce is a qualified chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience working in senior finance roles, primarily in the financial services industry. Bruce enjoys working with organisations at a strategic level to help them achieve the goals that have been set. He has gained strong governance experience and skills from his board appointments and training.
He was financial controller for Rhema Media from September 2002 to April 2004, has been a board member since 2011 and was elected by the Board as Chairman in July 2013.
Bruce says, “I am passionate about the ministries in Rhema Media and its mission to spread the good news of the Gospel to all New Zealanders. Personally I endeavour to follow Christ and be obedient to His leading through life.” He attends Windsor Park Baptist Church and, together with his wife Tracy, is a youth ministry team leader.
Bruce and Tracy have been married for over 20 years and have three sons.
Anne is the owner of McLaren Brown Media and has a background in journalism, broadcasting and publishing.
She has extensive governance experience across the commercial and not for profit Charity sectors and is Vice Chair of Rhema Media and a Trustee of Endeavour Charitable Trust.
"Rhema Media continues to go from strength to strength, reaching and encouraging thousands of people nationwide," Anne says.
"2017 is an awesome year of opportunity to help others and bring some stability into an increasingly unstable world.
"We're going forward with a strong board, an exceptional CEO and a wonderful team of staff and supporters who underpin this rock solid ministry.
"What a privilege to be a part of this hugely influential outreach at this time.
"Thank you for the part you play in making this happen," she says.
Mark Venter is an IT professional with over 23 years’ experience in management and business solutions in New Zealand and Australia. Mark is blessed with over 25 years of marriage to Lesley, and kept busy in encouraging their children Aimee and David to balance spiritual, academic and sports priorities. Outside work commitments he is passionate about fitness, music and self-study.
Mark fully endorses the Rhema Media mission statement 'Connecting Kiwis to Christ through media' and has been a Rhema listener for over 21 years. "My faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is spiritually sustained through the Rhema teaching programmes. I believe that Rhema Media and its dedicated employees are an incredible blessing to the nation of New Zealand. I value the opportunity to serve on the Board and encourage the management team to focus on God’s mission."
Ros brings an extensive background in HR Management to the Board. After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Employment Relations at Auckland University, Ros held office as President of the Human Resources Institute in Auckland, she started a management training business, taught at the Auckland University School of Business and was also part of World Vision’s team for fifteen years.
Ros continually seeks God’s will and considers Rhema Media “an amazing ministry, bringing the love of God to the people of New Zealand. It has been a privilege to see God’s faithfulness over many years as individual lives have been touched and changed by His grace. I have enjoyed and been blessed by my association with Rhema since 2001 and I am fully committed to serving the staff, management and supporters as a member of the Board.”
Ros has been a member of her local church for over thirty years, is happily married to Lynn and enjoys her precious family, friends and grandchildren.
Andrew is General Manager – Operations for Rhema Media. He has been with Rhema Media since 2002 and has been a Board member since 2004. Andrew is responsible for the day to day running of all of Rhema Media’s broadcast networks including Administration, Finance, Technical Engineering, Infrastructure, Human Resources and Compliance.
Andrew has a background in Telecommunication, Operational Management and has significant experience in Board Governance in the Not for Profit sector, having served on a number of boards over the last 15 years.
Andrew says “it’s a great privilege to be part of the team both at the operational and governance levels and to see the impact Rhema Media’s various media have in people’s lives. While we make it possible for the content to reach people it is God that uses it to meet their needs and draw them closer to Him. This is why we are all a part of this mission.”
Andrew and his wife Anna have four children and are both actively involved in their community through their local church.
Suzanne is an education professional with over 30 years of experience. She is a moderator for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and teaches secondary students at Lake Taupo Christian School. She also spent seven years serving on pastoral staff as Children’s and Family Coordinator for her faith family.
Suzanne enjoys inspiring others with the Word of God, something she feels privileged to get to do daily, in her work. She is passionate about helping others develop a Christian worldview, to navigate their way through this life in a God honouring way.
Suzanne has served faithfully on three boards of large not-for-profit organisations and has well developed skills in human resources and change management.
Suzanne says “I am so grateful to God for all that He has sown into my life through the excellent teaching I have heard on Rhema over the last 30 years. I believe Rhema is a significant blessing of God to the nation and personally it was a huge blessing to me as a young mum. As a result I have always been passionate about encouraging others to listen to Rhema, support its ministry in prayer and also financially.”
Suzanne is married to Steve and they have six adult children scattered around New Zealand and Australia. She enjoys competitive horse riding, pilates and bush walking with friends and family. Authentic fellowship with her faith family has always been extremely important to her.
I am an ordained Minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church and serve fulltime with TEAR Fund where I focus on education and advocacy with Christians, dealing with issues of global justice and faith. I am married and have one beautiful daughter.
I place myself within the faith tradition that sparked a revival at the time of John Wesley, where a strong evangelical understanding of the Gospel was preached and followed as a transformational force within the lives of individuals and society. I am passionate about the place of the Gospel in today’s world and drawing people to submit their lives to be shaped by Christ, so that God’s story of redeeming and reconciling His creation back to Himself can be lived out through His people.
I am a former announcer for Life FM. I believe that Rhema Media has a significant place in New Zealand for the public communication of the Gospel in a way that is relevant for people going about their lives every single day. I bring my experience and passion to serve the organisation as a board member.
Eric perceives God’s hand in a remarkable series of perfectly timed happenings through 2014, committed into the Lord’s care, beginning with talking to God about effective kingdom growth and needing to link with others. The director appointment is God moving this plan forward. Our faithful God often prayerfully blesses others through what Eric does with them, some miraculously, He is a Rhema Media Prayer Warrior, has led an Alpha ministry and been a church elder.
Eric has diverse experience with challenges in many industry sectors across most disciplines (business strategic growth and project planning, commercial management accounting, compliance, feasibilities, finance, governance, legal, production, sales, service) and brings this with lateral thinking, Godly wisdom and discernment to contribute as a board member.
Eric is a director of Help Biz Grow Limited, business management facilitator and Accelerate Success service provider, a Business Mentors New Zealand mentor for 15 years and a trustee of Alleviate Poverty & Distress Charitable Trust. He was a senior finance executive, director of business development and private investment companies and led a squash and tennis club to sporting and business success.
Eric and Christine (ESOL teacher) love their two daughters, church of 22 years & music.
My working career has been varied and not without its challenges and adventure. This has given me a broad range of skills and over 20 years of experience in leadership, management and administration.
I am privileged to have previously served on the Board, so am thankful for another opportunity. At Rhema we have seen so many exciting milestones over those years. To have a nationwide multimedia mission takes not only a skilled and dedicated staff who do an amazing job, but also requires the partnership of everyday New Zealanders, like you and me, who are committed to support Rhema Media, through prayer, as an advocate or as a financial partner, so this mission truly fulfils its Mission Statement of “Connecting Kiwis to Christ through media”. Thank you for your support.
I have been blessed with 26 years of marriage to my wife Jane and we have a teenage son. We are also both actively involved in the community and our local church. We are all Life fm converts and love the impact this network is having on the current and next generation.