Lewis Varley

MA, BA, MA

Subjects: Biblical Studies

Lewis worked as a lawyer in London for several years before becoming aware of God’s call to missions.  He served with SIM in Bangladesh from 1999 to 2016 in a variety of areas, including theological education, personnel and leadership.  He and his wife Susie met in Bangladesh, and they have four children. He enjoys cricket and keeping up with world events.

Jim Couch

DMin

Subjects: Theology, World Religions

Jim has worked as a secondary school and tertiary teacher in New Zealand, Asia, and the USA. He served with his wife Lois with Interserve in Asia for over 20 years. Over the final ten years of their service in Asia he focused on adult learning with a specific emphasis on the use of storytelling in oral societies. His work has included launching an education project for the blind, serving as a school counsellor, teaching leadership skills to emerging leaders, and as project leader for an adult education project. Jim enjoys swimming, cycling, and hiking as well as reading history books.

Luke Goodwin

BA, LLB, PGDipTchng(Secondary)

Subjects: Huia Come Home

Luke was born to missionary parents in Brazil. When still a preschooler, they returned to Aotearoa New Zealand to take up a position at the GLO Bible and Missionary School between Cambridge and Te Awamutu. Brought up in Cambridge, he has been a high school history teacher and more recently a house husband. Currently finishing a masters in theology, he lives with his wife (Kristin) and three kids (Isabelle, Alex and Matthew) on a farm originally broken in by Kristin’s grandfather.

Chris Joll

PhD

Subjects: Cultural Anthropology

Chris lived and worked in Southeast Asia for twenty years before returning to Aotearoa/New Zealand, in 2020. He now lives on a small farm offer hospitality to a mixture of (former) homeless people, and folks limping with addiction and mental health issues. He works remotely for a number of universities in Southeast Asia and NZ. Although his main professional “bread and butter” is anthropological research, he loves occasionally getting back into  classrooms—especially when these are filled with fellow holy fools and Jesus jesters.