Board Members

Jenni Davies - CEO

Jenni is committed to growing Kiwi kids into leaders for New Zealand, for both community and church. Since 2008 Jenni has been the CEO of Christian Camping, but her passion began as a child participating with her family in tent evangelism crusades and outreaches in mining communities. In 1986 Jenni her husband Wayne (along with their two daughters) became the directors of Lake Taupo Christian Camp. Over 23 years they were instrumental in growing the site from a cabin block and dining room, to a full outdoors and conference centre, eventually extending their camp by restoring a satellite site, Ruapehu Christian Camp.
Jenni is also the current chairperson for the Intellectually Handicapped Society (Taupo) and both herself and Wayne volunteer with a local social group for those with disabilities. Jenni believes that every person wants to do something to improve another person's life and that Christian Camping offers people the opportunity to effect change in their world.

Paul Shutte

Paul is married to Jocelyn and they have three daughters aged 21, 20 and 11. Paul started his camping life at Totara Springs in 1990 as a camping cadet. Four years later he moved to Nelson and took over the job of running Teapot Valley which he continues to do today. For the last 16 years he has been on the Board of CCNZ and has been the chairman since 2005.
Paul is passionate about camping and strongly believes in the life changing opportunities it brings to those that spend time in the unique setting of a Christian Camp. Camping to Paul is about what we can do together in NZ and then together throughout the world. It is many people at great sites all working towards a common goal. Paul is committed to CCNZ and is excited about the potential that is just over the horizon and leading CCNZ into the future.

 

 

Ross Bay - CCI Worldwide

Ross has been involved in Christian Camping all his life. His parents took their holidays running children’s camps and when his dad became the founding trustee of a local camp (Totara Springs Christian Centre) Ross became part of the support/volunteer crew. Involvement with the camp since 1967 grew from work crews on construction projects to leadership of holiday programs. A 2 year break on the mission field in Papua New Guinea led to coming back full-time on the camp staff and then director for 14 years. On handing the baton on to the next director, Ross and Gaylene went and ran another camp for 2 years, giving the new director space to stamp his mark. On returning back to his home town, Ross started volunteering again at the camp and continues having a close support role at the camp he has been involved with for 45 years. Ross has been on the CCNZ Board since 1992 and was part-time CEO for CCNZ for 3 years until the role was able to become a full-time paid position. His first international exposure was in 1995, the ARF in NZ and he has been on the international scene ever since. This currently involves being Regional Representative for Africa and bringing out his African rhythms. Ross and Gaylene have been married for 38 years, have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Gaylene teaches in the local intermediate school part-time and they are both involved in the local community working with at-risk youth and local churches. They both keep very busy and try to fit in a yearly visit to Canada to see their 2 eldest grandchildren.

Jon Marshall - Chairman

Jon has a passion for camping ministry and has been involved as a participant in camping since a young age and has attended many camps as an adult leader at Tui Ridge and other camps over the years. Jon is a New Zealander (Kiwi) with a healthy mixture of European and Maori family roots. He has been married for 20 years to Debbie and they have two amazing teenage daughters. With a business degree in Marketing and Management Jon has worked the majority of his career in fast moving consumer goods developing and marketing products for manufacturers and importers and distributing these to consumers through supermarkets and other large retailers. For the last 12 years he has run his own consulting business working with small businesses through to multi-nationals assisting them on product development, company restructuring and turn-around as well as new business projects. Jon is currently the CEO of Bethesda Care managing their Retirement Village, rest home and private hospital in Auckland. He holds various director roles and is a trustee of a number of charitable Christian organisations with a focus on youth leadership development in our churches and communities. Jon believes that residential programs are a very effective way we can reach our nation to transform lives for Christ.


Bill Tissingh

Bill has 30 years experience on the Trust Board of Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp and has chaired that board for some 15 years. Bill is married to Ngaire and lives in a busy household with 11 children: 7 daughters and 4 sons. Bill is also involved in the wider community serving with Paeroa Christian school, Open Home Foundation and Paeroa Bible chapel. He also served as chair on a local schooling improvement initiative known as SOAR@Paeroa. This involved all the community schools and the Ministry of Education. It saw significant government resources released and a change in the ways our schools worked together to significant gains for all the young people in the community. He is currently the chair of the local ministers association. Bill is passionate about working with broken-hearted people.

Kerry Goodger

Kerry is married to Lynne and they live in Tauranga.  Kerry and Lynne have three sons, two of them live in Sydney and one lives in Tauranga.  Kerry was introduced to ‘Christian Camping’ in Australia where he held positions with the Salvation Army’s ‘Collaroy Centre’ on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He started in a housekeeping supervisor’s role, with a duty manager component in his contract. Then after a couple of years as assistant manager he became operations/facilities manager under the directorship of Ken Heffernan. Kerry managed a staff of 30+ and an operational budget of 2 million +. In 2000 the site was seconded by the Sydney Olympic committee to host nearly 500 bus drivers. As we only had 380 beds we were hot bunking the drivers and running the kitchen and dining areas on a 24-hour basis. Their linen requirements were so large we converted one of the conference rooms into a linen room. Their return to New Zealand was for family reasons as both sets of parents were getting older, so when they secured the job at Pacific Park it was a great fit for them.  Lynne works in a full time roll at camp and they both enjoy and thrive in these positions. Pacific Park is run as a Christian Camp/Holiday Park and therefore requires a very robust business model to survive. Christian camps are so valuable for New Zealand’s young people and will continue to help shape our youth and future leaders. Important issues are, the robustness of our business models as camps, developing and protecting the sense of ‘This is God’s work’ and being a point of contact for many unchurched New Zealanders. This is very important to Kerry and he sees ‘Christian Camping’ as a body that must continue to be supported and resourced. He considers it a privilege to work with CCNZ, to help this continue to happen.

 

Toni Welch

Toni has been involved with Health and Safety for many years and worked across a range of industry sectors including, electrical, retail, construction, outdoor education, automotive, manufacturing, education, health and social services. She holds tertiary qualifications in Human Resource Management, Health & Safety Management and Adult Education. Toni has recently been appointed as Health & Safety Consultant for the EMA in Bay of Plenty region and is based in Tauranga.