Home — Our People —
Rosie’s term as National Director of NZCMS began in 2019. Previously, she served as an NZCMS Mission Partner in Egypt for five years before completing a Master’s degree in Church History and Theology at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Christchurch.
Ruth’s role is to support, equip and encourage our Mission Partners. Her and her husband, Mike, have spent many years in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, and bring a range of skills and experiences to their current work with us. Ruth is a nurse and a trained Spiritual Director. They have five adult children, all married, and an expanding number of grandchildren.
Paula comes from a corporate background and is based in the Christchurch office. She looks after the incoming donations, builds partnerships with churches (called Link Churches) who support our Mission Partners in their ministry and assist with various administrative duties.
Intercultural Communities Enabler
A little under six years ago, Alice and her family moved from Nairobi, Kenya to the lovely city of Whanganui, NZ with her husband Kinyua Kathuri and her children Kara and Kega. They now live in sunny Nelson where Alice’s husband is the Vicar at St. Stephens Community Church, Tahunanui.
Jairus is responsible for NZCMS Communications. Having lived in Papua New Guinea as a toddler, and in Cambodia as a teenager, Jairus has had many experiences living in global missions. Before joining NZCMS in 2017, he was a youth worker for 8 years and received a Bachelor of Ministries from Laidlaw Bible College. He is married to Jasmine and helps to lead the young adults’ ministry at their church.
Yvonne works for CMS part time, managing the financial side of things. She has prior commercial finance experience and has also worked in various missional roles for her church. Yvonne is passionate about people connecting with God through scripture and loves to hear about how God is working among people both locally and internationally. She lives in Christchurch with her husband Mark.
Youth Missions Enabler
Cassie is our Youth Missions Enabler. With many years involved in youth work and cross-cultural experience, Cassie is aptly placed with us to inspire, equip and empower New Zealand young people to engage in Missions.
Guy & Summer Benton
Volunteer Mission Enablers
Guy and Summer are our Mission Enablers, with a particular emphasis on engaging with youth and young adults. Guy is a New Zealand native and Summer is from America. They served as long time missionaries in Cambodia for five and eight years respectively. Guy worked with the Anglican Church of Cambodia to strengthen their youth programme and Summer worked as a trainer and supervisor for Cambodian mental health professionals working in aftercare for survivors of human trafficking. They have four children; Isaac, Quinn, Norah and Addison.
The Board of NZCMS
The Right Rev.
Richard Ellena (President)
Graeme Mitchell (Chair)
Joanna Frampton (Deputy Chair)
Rev. Rangi Nicholson
Rev. Claude Fong Toy