Base Team Leader
James // AUS / NZ
I haven’t walked the normal path to become YWAM team leader. I had been a school teacher for over 10 years and only came back to the Lord when I was 27. After working with young people God called us to come and staff the ‘Fathers Love’ DTS in 2011.This DTS took us into a deeper experience of Gods love and showed us we were his sons and daughters.
After DTS we stayed in Oxford and got involved in the local community. After helping staff two Father Heart schools and working in the local school as a teacher and Youth Worker we wondered ‘what was next’?.
Last year we were asked to be the team leaders of the base and gladly took on the post. I know God has a plan for YWAM and Oxford and I am so excited to be part of it.
I have a wonderful wife – Carolyn and three bustling young boys – Titus 3, Zephyr 2 and Leeland 7 months old. Carolyn is very creative and loves art and craft. She is involved with a ministry in the community blessing mums. I love sport and the outdoors and still follow the Aussies in most sports. Look forward to seeing you here.
Kya // USA
Hey there, I’m Kya (pronounced Kai-yah) (but not like a karate move). I’m 21-almost-22, and I’m from the Big Island of Hawaii. I love puppies and nerd-things like Lord of the Rings/Star Wars/&video games. I also looooove Jesus.
I’m a YWAM kid and I grew up doing missions with my parents across the States and a wee bit in Canada, but when I graduated high school I decided to personally choose to do DTS in 2011 at Holmsted Manor in England. Then I went back home to Hawaii to do some secondary schools at the University of the Nations in Kona. Fun fact: my mom was the school leader of my counseling school. Jesus is so good at redeeming and healing relationships! :D
I love music–I play guitar and recently learned piano, and I loooove to sing and write songs. Ask me to share some with you sometime. I might be reluctant at first, but I probably would do it with some coaxing and chocolate.
I am passionate about words and art and music. I would love to write a book one day, but in the meantime I satisfy the desire to craft words by replying to emails sent to the base, and I do it with joy. :)
Maintenance, Operations, Groundskeeping
Jason // CAN
My name is Jason, and I like to party…that is I love to have fun! I’m one of those people who can take forever getting somewhere cuz, if I see something that looks like it will be an adventure I leave what I’m doing and go for it! Like many people, I think half the fun of doing something is in the journey. I pretty much just love to make the most of life. I really enjoy the outdoors, sports, music, chilling with friends, playing games, and pretty much anything that falls in or around those categories.
I’m the sixth out of a family of 7 kids, and was raised my whole life in a Christian, church going home. However, it wasn’t till late High school years that my relationship with Christ truly became my own. Then early last year, before accepting the offer to attend University, I felt God wanted me to give Him six months and to do a DTS. I attended the Beach 2 Bush DTS in Brisbane, Australia last year and loved it! God totally did some amazing things in me and changed my heart for the world and my family. That sixth months turned into a lot more time, and I felt God was calling me back to YWAM. At the time I wasn’t sure where because, although I love Australia I didn’t feel lead there. After graduating DTS I did a two-week road trip through NZ with some friends, and I fell in love with the people, and the country. I then returned to Australia to work, and there God continued to change and mould me.
Kings Kids South Island
Juddy & Rachel // NZ
We are Juddy and Rachel, we have 3 girls Grace, Ella, and Abby. We did a family DTS in Matamata in 2008 and felt that the Lord was calling us to reignite King’s Kids in the South Island on our return to Oxford. We felt the calling but had no experience in King’s Kids, the Lord really blessed us with another couple Mike and Fe who had years and years of experience between them. So together we have seen the rebirth of this ministry.
We have now completed several outreaches in the South Island. We have been blown away by the impact that King’s Kids has on families and individuals. It is so rewarding to see the kids and youth grow in their relationship with the Lord and realise they can hear from Him for themselves. We have seen families grow together and move forward in areas of forgiveness and communication. It is a privilege to be involved in this ministry as it has far reaching impact on lives and families.
Christchurch City Ministry / Web Manager
Noah & Kate // USA
Originally from Denver, Colorado we relocated to New Zealand in 2010. We both did our YWAM training in NZ (Noah—Oakridge/Zion 2001 with an outreach to the South Island. Kate—Marine Reach Tauranga 2007 with an outreach to Fiji.)
We live about 50 minutes away from Oxford in Christchurch, and oversee the City Ministry House which has become a place where students, staff, and traveling YWAM teams can arrange for a bit of rest or engage in urban ministry/outreach (among other things). In addition to this, we also help with the base website, help to coordinate some Friday night outreaches in the city, and typically speak a few times a year on the base. We are pioneering staff members with The Tribe and are developing and leading the Missional Community Experience (MCX) – a second level YWAM school in Christchurch.
Beyond our responsibilities with YWAM, our heart is to see NZ (Aotearoa) experience a deep saturation of God. We are specifically passionate about Christchurch and missional faith communities. Kate is a freelance writer and heads up We Are Christchurch and the Prayer Collective Christchurch. Noah is a graphic artist / illustrator / web designer by trade.
All that aside, our burden is to activate a new generation of missional leaders – to help them discover God’s plan like never before and bring the Kingdom to everything they touch! He has given gifts to each of us and, if we let Him, He directs our lives so we can use them for His glory!