CONGRATULATIONS to James Muir
Our Newly Appointed Alumni President
President of Alumni
INTRODUCING JAMES MUIR
James served in the insurance business in Auckland and in Tauranga for 31 years before selling up to attend Faith Bible College in 1991-92.
In his FBC class of 54 students, several nations were represented, Australia, China, Cook Islands, Finland, India, Israel, USA and no shortage of Kiwis, both younger and older.
James Stage II Practicum took him to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei and he has never lost his love for the peoples of Asia and his concern that they would come to know Christ.
After graduation James found his way back into the business world as an Industrial Chaplain serving the staff of several businesses in Tauranga & Western BOP.
Then in 1993, Des Short invited him to serve at FBC as the Student Outstation Ministry coordinator, and in time this developed into helping students to rethink their Biblical worldview through the very intensive world missions course – Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. At the same time, he established the ministry of Prison Fellowship Bay of Plenty to create opportunities for more ministry for FBC students in local prisons.
In 1995 after completing more personal research on the early missions history of Tauranga region and NZ, James became involved in a Christian reconciliation network now known as Te Kohinga – The Network. Today he serves as the facilitator for Te Kohinga which includes Maori and Pakeha Christians from many churches, including Ps David Dishroon (FBC 1979) and Dr Alistair Reese (FBC 1980)
In 1998 James with Sammy & Meddy Sta Lucia (FBC 1991) and other Asian friends established All Nations Christian Fellowship to enhance cross-cultural outreach opportunities to students in Tauranga’s growing international student community and the Asian & Pacific Island communities of Tauranga.
Later he was asked to take on the role of FBC Missions Director (following on the heels of Kel Steiner – FBC 1970) to coordinate students Stage II Ministry Practicum, here in NZ and overseas.
In 1999 James was invited to serve on the board of Asian Outreach NZ, then in 2005, Des Short suggested he apply for the position of NZ Director based in Tauranga, where he served for four years.
Many FBC graduates served with Asian Outreach in Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Philippines and Pakistan.
Today James is still actively involved in helping coordinate prayer events in Tauranga City and helping churches to mobilize their people through the Kairos World Missions Course, developed by Max Chismon (FBC 1973) with his wife Dorothy based in Butuan City, Mindanao, Philippines. James is also active in networking within his community and strongly connected with Maori, Pacific Island and Asian Communities in Tauranga & Western BOP. He also leads the Tauranga FFF group building relationships with people from a Muslim background, linking with the nation-wide Friends of Friends Fellowships, in association with Bryan Johnson (FBC 1974.)
At the Tauranga City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on 25th October 2018, Mayor Greg Brownless presented James with a Regional Award for 25 years of Outstanding Community Service to Tauranga Moana.
James was also part of the team that served the FBC 50th Anniversary Celebrations, so he was delighted and agreed when he was then asked to serve FBC Alumni and current students through the proposed Graduate Mentoring Programme. More on this in the coming weeks.
James is also delighted that his married daughters and their families still live in Tauranga so he often enjoys his grandchildren’s sports events and birthdays and Christmas and other family events together; this all helps him to stay young at heart and his feet on the ground.
Psalm 67 remains a strong part of his day to day motivation.
This Weeks Feature Alumni
Pat & Karen Buckley
Founder & Managing Director, Amped4Life
Amped4Life is a non-profit organisation that was formed to help bring insight and understanding to teenagers about the dangers of substance abuse and the importance of making good choices.
Read More here.
Founder and Chief Dreamer of LiveJam
Bonny Andrews is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of LiveJam, a youth movement working among urban youth in India and globally through music and media. Andrews travels extensively across India and abroad, speaking at high schools, youth conferences and touring with his band. His passion is to see urban youth transformed through music, media and arts.
Bonny Andrews is also the front man of ‘Bonny Andrews and The LiveJam Band’. Andrews and the band are passionate about seeing lives changed for the better through the creative potential of music and media.
General Director of Asian Outreach Hong Kong. Leading a team of +30 people reaching the elderlies, Indonesian Domestic Helpers and Japanese living in Hong Kong through social services; actively promoting missions using the Kairos Course.
Pastor and Missionary for 40+ years. Commencing internship in Kaitaia, Huntly, then pioneer church Waiheke Island 1983, then pioneer Ministry Training Centre in Solomon Islands 1991-1994. Itinerant ministry – Missions Mobilisation branch churches and our HIM Network in 7 countries and Missions partnerships in 20 countries. Served on National Executives of the Assemblies of God in Solomon Islands and in New Zealand.
Small Business Consultant, Overseer of Ministry amongst seeking Muslims across NZ & Australia, based out of Auckland Baptist Tabernacle and working with the Asia Pacific Disipleship Trust & People International Trust. Director of International Justice Advocates “defending defenceless” asylum seekers.
Bagrie, Ron & Jeanette
1969 - 1st intake
Started a Christian School in Drury and a Church community. Worked in Solomons to start 16 schools. Teaching Bible in Germany several months each year. We are still working in it all by God’s grace.
1998 & 1999
Elevate Christian Disability Trust (2000-2010) various positions in Disability Sector Missions & Development, involvement with Philippines Christian Fellowship for Disabled (Bulacan).
2001 - 2002
Wife and I are the music directors and part of the senior leadership team for Christian Family Centre, Pukekohe
1973 - TERM 1
Been working for Children’s Bible Ministries in Auckland since graduation. Formerly in all areas of the work, but in more recent years mainly in international training and Curriculum writing and Publishing.
Married, 2 Children, 3 Grandchildren
Dol, Stephen & Maryann
1984 - 1985
Missionaries 2 years work with I.C.P.E, Construction Business, trained as I.S. Systems Engineer and later began I.S. Project Management 20 years. Currently starting Agriculture Technology startup. Church life ministry at home group.
A engineer trained as an engineering cadet at a large Hastings Food factory. …………………………………………
Hilton, Janene Forlong
Pastors at Matamata A.O.G for 6 years. Worship & Arts Director Hamilton Central Baptist 16 years. Presenter/Producer TV Central Waikato/B.O.P. Producer – The Peoples Church online www.thepeopleschurch.org.nz New Ministry 2018 Ecclesia – Worship/speaker/training for supporting small to medium size churches.
1994 & 1996
Retail – 21 years. Pre-School – 2018 – present
Husband Ian on Staff from 1996 -2007
Kim, Dean & Lillian
Lillian and I have been serving in Japan from 2009 September as missionaries of W.Z.C. Now we are serving at two Churches, Kaori and Morryama Church in Otsu, Shigaken.
Leader of Missions Interlink (NZ)
The national association of mission organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Associate Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, with special responsibility for publications, mission mobilisation and fundraising/communications. Recently completed a Doctorate of Intercultural Studies, “Mutuality of Belonging”.
Married to Pauline Wood (we met at Faith – same intake)
nee Ashton, Dawn Louis
18 years in Christian Organization – Open Home Foundation Fostering Children
Pastors of local Church for 7 years, treasurer at Baptist Tab Church. Active Church involvement; cell group leadership Financial Counsellor at several companies.
Van Lune, Hans & Nicola
2012 & 2013
Marketplace Ministry – dreaming of a centre for young mums.
1987 - 1988
Administrator for Missions Interlink (NZ), the national association of mission organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Also serving in various capacities in our local church (prayer, missions and library).
Married to Jay Matenga (we met at Faith – same intake)