Mike and Ruth bring vast experience from their years in mission and ministry both in NZ and beyond. They’re easy-going and able to connect with a variety of people. They also bring skills in pastoral care, coaching, mentoring and a commitment to equip congregations to be more effective in doing their part to extend God’s Kingdom. Their life’s calling is to “Train 100’s to win 1000’s.” We’re sure there’s much we will gain in having them as part of the NZCMS team.
Here’s a quick introduction from each of them.
My name is Mike Robb and I was born in Rangiora, North Canterbury in 1957 – a very important year, the same as singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn and All Black rugby player and coach Wayne Smith, and the year that Elvis Presley released “Jail House Rock.” I love big motor bikes, big trout, and the big outdoors. I love music From Elvis Presley to Les Miserable to Pink Floyd and even a little 21 Pilots.
I wasn’t raised in a Christian home but had a Christian conversion just before my 20th birthday. From the time of my conversion I’ve had a passion to help others to encounter our living God and discover the plans and purposes he has for their lives and the communities they’re a part of. I married my best friend in 1980 and, from that time, we’ve been a team of two, involved in missions in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, and pastoring two churches in NZ. I am also a lecturer in theology and ministry studies at Vision College.
Ruth and I are Head Facilitators for ‘Kairos’ and ‘Empowered to Influence’ courses, produced by Simply Mobilising, and we are so encouraged to see others come to realise that God has given every believer a part to play in the Great Commission.
I was raised in Christchurch and attended a number of Anglican churches with my family, my father Maurice Goodall being a vicar and later Bishop. I’m very grateful for the input of my parent’s faith. I still remember God’s challenge to follow him, as a 13 year old, from a missionary talking at St John’s Latimer Square when Roger Thompson was Vicar and dad was the City Missioner.
As a teenager I loved Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar and Bread and was part of a Youth Choir. I completed my nursing training at CPIT and met my husband at a Scripture Union Coffee Bar Outreach at Waikuku Beach.
After our wedding in August 1980 we joined the Apostolic church in Christchurch. A friend invited us to go and help at a hospital in Papua New Guinea and this set the direction for the next 13 years of our lives. During this time our family grew to three daughters and twin sons.
We returned to NZ in 1993 and, following Michael’s ordination, pastored a church in Golden Bay and then joined the team at Dunedin Apostolic Church for six years. In 2004 we spent two years in Cambodia with our 3 youngest teenagers, leading Asian Outreach, before returning, this time to Christchurch.
I started Home Schooling our children when we lived in PNG and eventually continued for 20 years! Following this I completed a part-time Spiritual Direction course and a Return to Nursing course.
With all our children grown we thought we could relax and maybe have a few overseas trips later in life but God challenged us to be available for short term needs, so we resigned from our jobs. Since 2014 we have spent a from a week to 6 months at a time in PNG doing hospital admin, pastoral care of staff, discipling of Community Health students and teaching grade seven.
Our daughters and one of our twin sons are married and we enjoy our seven grandchildren. It’s been wonderful to have multi-cultural members added to our family and see all of them continue in their own faith walks. Life thus far has been an amazing adventure with many challenges and hard times but has been a privilege to see God working in NZ and overseas, calling us to continue growing and passing on the many blessings we’ve received, as we walk alongside others.
We look forward to continuing this journey with the NZCMS family.