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.

Carl Pilkinton

BA, DipTchg, BMin

Carl was born in Taranaki and grew up in Porirua, north of Wellington. He was a volunteer and eventually staff for five years in Te Ora Hou in Porirua, a Youth for Christ ministry aimed at at risk youth. Following two years of teaching in Porirua, he completed a bachelor of ministries in mission (Laidlaw College). From 2002 -2009, along with his wife and family, he was engaged in a church planting team in West Africa. Since 2012, Carl and his wife, Sharlene, have led a church in Gisborne called Wainui Beach Church. They have three school-aged children.

Leslie Foster


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.

Chris Hill

MSc, MTh

Subjects: Cultural Anthropology

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.

Lewis Varley


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


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.