Visiting Staff

David G. Cashin

David G. Cashin PhD

Subjects: Folk Islam, Spiritual Warfare

Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies at Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions. Dr. Cashin obtained his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Indology from Stockholm University, Sweden. For nine years Dr. Cashin served in Bangladesh with SIM International. Dr. Cashin is the author of several books and has published numerous articles on Islam and other subjects.

Leslie Foster

Leslie Foster MA(Linguistics)

Subjects: Tools for Language Learning

Leslie, originally from the USA but now living in New Zealand, spent eight years in Indonesia and Singapore teaching linguistics and English as a second or foreign language in two Indonesian universities, Kartidaya and Asia SIL. Since April 1999, Leslie has been a trainer for Wycliffe Bible Translators New Zealand where she has been teaching language learning and linguistics in New Zealand and around the Asia-Pacific area.

Michael Duncan

Michael Duncan MTheol, BA(Sociology)

Subjects: Development, Social Work

Mick was converted out of the drug culture and eastern mysticism in his early twenties. He and his family lived with and served the poor in the slums of Manila (the Philippines) for nine years. Michael has also pastored churches in urban settings: Dunedin, Melbourne (Australia) and Auckland. He has done study in theology, ethics and development studies at Oxford University (England) and has written two books: Move Out (1985) and Costly Mission (1996). For his M.Theol. He completed a critical study on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Ruby, his wife, works with the poor of Auckland and they have three children. Michael enjoys Beethoven, the beach, and books.

Russell Thorp

Russell Thorp MTh (merit), BMin, Dip Tch, DipTLA

Subjects: The Letter to the Romans

Russell is the NZ Missions Director for Global Connections in Mission. Russell grew up in PNG and has been involved in teaching and administration in Bible Colleges in PNG and NZ. Russell’s role is helping churches be more strategic in mission, having been involved in a variety of local and overseas mission initiatives. Russell and Pearl who manages Olive Shoots Early Childhood Centre at Laidlaw College, have four children and live in Auckland. Russell’s interests include fitness activities, reading, boating and spending time with family and friends.

Meryl (Becky) Bee

Meryl (Becky) Bee MEd(TESOL), BEd, GradDipMin, DipTchg(Secondary), ThA, Cert IV TESOL

Subjects: Children and Youth at Risk/in Crisis (Modules 1-3)

Becky enjoyed teaching secondary English, German and Study of Society before responding to God’s call in 1978 to train and serve with WEC. After French study, she taught in the Isiro Bible Institute in Zaire until evacuation in 1991. There followed 10 years on the Faculty of Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies and one year as Candidate Director in NZ before she married Graham in 2002. Currently Becky facilitates intensive courses - Children in Crisis, SYIS (sharpening your interpersonal skills), Cultural Anthropology, Member Care and ESOL in various parts of the world.

Chris Hill MSc, MTh

Chris’ experience of the world of missions began as the age of 8, when his family went to south India. Eight formative years there shaped his awareness of the scope of God’s work in the world. In 2003, while teaching English in Japan, Chris and his wife Lee sensed that God had other purposes for them in Japan. That required further training, so back in New Zealand Chris began an MTh exploring Christian rituals as culturally relevant modes of discipleship for Japanese Christians. Between 2007-2011 Chris and Lee spent 3 ½ years working in a small Japanese-led international church. Now Chris is the at-home-parent for his family of two girls and a baby boy. Chris enjoys writing poetry and theologically-themed garden landscaping projects at home.