Martin, together with his wife and three sons, has been in cross-cultural Christian work for almost two decades, mostly in Central Asia. He brings experience in organizational management and governance, and human resource management. Having previously served for three years on staff at Eastwest College, he returned to the Principal role in 2014 with skills in leadership and a passion for seeing Christians equipped to serve in cross-cultural and challenging contexts. Martin loves music and spending time with people.
MA, BA(Hons), RGN
Vocational Advisor/Residential Host
Joyce comes from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and trained as a registered general nurse in Glasgow after leaving school. Along with Martin she has lived with their three sons in Central Asia. Sharing leadership with Martin, she has a special interest in the care of mission personnel and has worked and studied in this area in recent years. She enjoys the outdoors, particularly mountains, hiking and cycling. She also enjoys reading and entertaining guests.
BSc(Hons), BD(Hons), DipILS
A former electronics engineer with the British Railways, Mark heard the call to mission service and went to study at Northumbria Bible College in 1983 where he met Joyce. In 1987 they completed their training for cross-cultural service, and after studying French in Paris, they went to DR Congo and taught for six and a half years at a French language Bible institute. In December 1996, Mark & Joyce were forced to leave Congo because of the civil war and so transferred to Eastwest College. Mark loves reading, especially anything to do with British history.
Lynda has worked in medical, agricultural and academic institutions. She deals with all visas and financial matters, and is usually the first contact that international students have with the college. Lynda and her husband, Russell, a local farmer are always on hand to help out in many different ways.
DipCouns, BA(Hons), CertMiss, CertELT
Faculty Administrator, Counsellor
Doreen is from Malaysia and she began at the faculty office after working in the college administration office for several years. She has gained previous working experience in human resource management and office administration in multinational and educational settings. Doreen likes personal development and is a trained counsellor. She is keen to support people to make changes for themselves and to walk alongside this part of their journey with them. She also has a creative side, designing and making beaded jewellery.
Byung Ryeol Lee
International Student Support
ByungRyeol and his wife, Hyelim, with their two lovely sons, Judam and Jubin arrived at Eastwest College in October 2014. He was trained and ordained as a pastor and then served local churches in Korea for about 10 years. He has a passion for worshipping God and leading worship, serving as a worship leader in churches and various events. He also has a zeal for searching God’s will through the Bible and loves the Old Testament.
Hyelim (Hannah) Jun
Hyelim helps out in the office at the reception desk. She has served in a church for Filipino migrant workers and multi-cultural families for ten years in Korea. With her husband, Byung Ryeol, she joined WEC International in 2009 and served in the WEC Korea sending base on the publication team and candidate department for about three years. She likes traveling, the sea, cooking, entertaining guests and reading.
MEd, DipTEFL, DipICS
Tiina comes from Finland where she trained to be a primary school teacher. She served as a missionary kids’ teacher in Turkey before coming to study at Eastwest. In New Zealand, she met her future husband, Peter, and together they served in the Northern Territory, Australia, and in Ghana. In 2022, they joined the Eastwest staff together with their two daughters. Tiina is passionate about people finding their role in God’s big plan, and students receiving training that prepares them well for long-term missions. She likes to read, study, learn and go for walks.
NatDipBusComp, CPL, DipICS
Ministry Co-ordinator/Health & Safety Officer
Peter was blessed as a child to have the experience of being in Tanzania with his parents who were missionaries. After completing his diploma in business computing, Peter joined an IT support company, and simultaneously worked hard at gaining his commercial pilots licence (CPL) in preparation to serve as a missions pilot. In 2006, Peter joined the Eastwest community as a student. After completing his studies, Peter and his wife, Tiina, moved to Arnhem Land to serve the Aboriginal people. In 2017, the family, which now included two girls, moved to Ghana. In 2022, the journey continued back to where it started at Eastwest. Peter loves the outdoor life.
Jenny trained in horticultural science at Massey University, then worked in research and as a junior lecturer before going to BCNZ (now Laidlaw College) to prepare for overseas service. She and her husband Bruce, with their four children, worked in a Tibetan area of China for 11 years with Jian Hua Foundation, returning to NZ in late 2006. She still loves gardens and flowers, China and books.
Pastoral Care Dean/Lecturer
Subjects: Intercultural Pastoral Care
Jenn is from Manitoba, Canada. Together with her late husband, Todd, and their three children, she has spent the past 17 years serving in Central Asia. Along with her role as a mother, Jenn spent a lot of time connecting with local women and sharing her faith and life with them. Jenn has a strong desire to be in relationships with women from many cultures, and she also has a passion for mentoring others. She enjoys music, running, and showing hospitality.
Dip ICS, Dip Amenity Horticulture
Assistant Site Manager/Landscaper/Duties & Prac Co-ordinator
Mike ran his own landscaping business for five years then managed teams and projects in the parks and reserves industry for 15 years before coming to Eastwest College. After spending time back in Auckland during which he and his wife, Linda, trained in Level 1 ‘Restoring the Foundations’, God led them to work with Betel Ministries in the UK, planting churches amongst drug addicts and the homeless for five years. Mike has a passion for the broken and other cultures, to come alongside them and to show them the love of Jesus. Mike enjoys the outdoors, bush walks, the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Whaiapu & Chrissy Simmonds
Kia ora! Ko Whaiapu Vince Simmonds rāua ko Chrissy Adriana (nee Kraakman) ōku ingoa, Nō Aotearoa me Tatimana (Holland) māua. We have experienced 16 years of cross cultural communications in the USA, Philippines and Tajikistan. We returned home in 2003. We’re a whaanau of four tamariki (children) and five mokopuna (grandkids) and are still passionate to keep the “fires” burning of Te Rongo Pai – “The Good News” going in Aotearoa and beyond. So, this year Chrissy and I have been asked to be Kaiwhakamanawa (encouragers, inspirers ,supporters) of the Te Ao Māori journey within Eastwest. It certainly is an honour and privilege to do this. We love the kaupapa (vision) of Eastwest and of course the people. Revelation 7:9 says “ Behold, I looked and saw a great multitude that no one could number, from every tongue, tribe and nation shall be gathered on that day” God has ordained all cultures!
College Media & Communications
Sina, along with her husband Aaron and two children, joined the Eastwest team in 2020. After completing a degree in Linguistics and French, she worked with international and former refugee students at a high school in Palmerston North. She volunteers as a Refugee Support Worker with The Red Cross and loves connecting with people from different languages and cultures. As well as raising her two young daughters, Sina enjoys working from home as a social media manager, writer and graphic designer.
PhD, GradCertTh, MSc, BSc(Hons)
Academic Dean/Lecturer/Deputy Principal
Subjects: Bible Survey
Aaron, along with his wife Sina and their two daughters Alessandra and Evie joined the Eastwest team in 2020. Aaron has a background in ICT & Business tertiary education and has considerable experience working with students from across the globe. Aaron comes from a non-church background having been radically saved at 21 during his third year at University as a result of missionary evangelism. He has studied though Laidlaw and has a deep passion for the Bible, pancakes, and inappropriately hot chillies.
AssocDegMissions, AdminCert, DispensingCert
Nicki, her husband Dan and their three children (now adults) have worked overseas as missionaries in Scotland and then South Korea since 2006. She has worked as a Secretary, a Pharmacy Technician, taught conversational English and now manages catering for the college. She enjoys photography, long walks, knitting, art, coffee with friends, and spending time with her two adorable grandsons.
BSc, BD, MTh, DMin
Library Assistant/Prayer Ministry
God called Eleanor into missions during her nursing training and later, to work among the Chinese. She met and married Nan Pin Chee, a Malaysian Chinese, who also had the same calling. They joined WEC in 1980 and moved to Hong Kong where they established a WEC Sending Branch and the MTC of Asia. After Nan Pin’s death in 2003, Eleanor continued to serve with WEC in HK in training and leadership roles. Eleanor returned to NZ in 2021 from where she continues to advise each of WEC’s MTCs as well as reaching out to the Chinese diaspora. She enjoys reading, learning, gardening, and craft work.