Current Board Members
Bruce is a qualified chartered accountant and member of the institute of directors, with over 25 years’ experience working at senior levels in the financial services sector for companies such as UDC Finance and ANZ Bank. Bruce enjoys working with organisations at a strategic level to help them achieve the goals that have been set. He has gained strong governance experience and skills from his board appointments.
He was financial controller for Rhema Media from September 2002 to April 2004, has been a board member since 2011 and was elected by the Board as Chairman in July 2013.
Anne is the owner of McLaren Brown Media and has a background in broadcasting, publishing and digital media.
She has extensive governance experience across the commercial and not-for-profit charity sectors and is Deputy Chair of Rhema Media and a Trustee of Endeavour Charitable Trust. Anne’s worked with Rhema since 1994.
"I love working with the team at Rhema Media. It is an awesome, vibrant ministry that’s really going places, she says.
"It’s a privilege to be part of the growing reach of Rhema’s multi-media platforms, and to help support the fresh new ideas that Rhema Media consistently produces.
“But what makes Rhema Media so very special is its unique place in New Zealand as the largest Christian media organisation, reaching thousands of people with its messages of hope, love and encouragement”, she says.
Hal is a pioneer of Rhema Media, with over thirty years involvement in Christian media. With a clear call from the Lord to this ministry, he began with establishing Rhema in Wellington before moving to Auckland to repeat the work there, while at the same time working with founder Dick Berry and others to establish Christian radio in other cities across the country. A vice president, he became President on the death of Richard Berry and led the day-to-day operations until he handed that baton on to John Fabrin. He continued as Chairman of the Rhema Media Board until his retirement.
Hal was also a co-founder of UCB International, set up to duplicate what the Lord had brought about in New Zealand in other nations. Currently the UCB group affiliates can be found in every continent, many of which Hal has had an active part in their establishment.
Hal is married to Annette, and these days they have time to enjoy family and friends.
Psalm 96:2-3 has been his impetus: 'Each day proclaim the good news that He saves. Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.'
Rhema Media presents a unique opportunity to encourage Christians in their everyday lives and to witness to non-Christians in a non-confrontational way, where the listener has the power to engage at a time and in a space that suits them.
I believe that my position on the Board helps provide a voice for the younger generation and helps to improve Rhema Media’s connection with that age group. My primary value to the board would be my youthful energy and perspective. However, I would also bring legal knowledge and experience.
I recently moved to the Waikato where I work as a property consultant. Prior to that I practiced as a solicitor in Auckland.
In the past I have been involved in serving my church community as a youth leader and have assisted in the running of regular hospitality events. When I have the opportunity, I enjoy exploring different parts of New Zealand and embarking on new adventures with friends. I am also an avid baker and like to take time out to indulge my passion for the arts.
Mark Venter is an IT professional with 24 years’ experience in management and business technology solutions across a wide range of industries in New Zealand and Australia.
Mark fully endorses the Rhema Media mission statement 'Connecting Kiwis to Christ through media' and has been a Rhema listener for over 21 years. "My faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is spiritually sustained through the Rhema teaching programmes. I believe that Rhema Media and its dedicated employees are an incredible blessing to the nation of New Zealand. I value the opportunity to serve on the Board and encourage the management team to focus on God’s mission."
Mark is blessed with over 25 years of marriage to Lesley and has an adult daughter and son. Outside work commitments Mark is passionate about fitness, music, and studies across a variety of subjects from spiritual themes to global trends.
Ros brings a background in HR Management to the Board. After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Employment Relations at Auckland University, Ros held office as President of the Human Resources Institute in Auckland, she started a management training business, taught at the Auckland University School of Business and was also part of World Vision’s team for fifteen years.
Ros continually seeks God’s will and considers Rhema Media, "an amazing ministry, bringing the love of God to the people of New Zealand. It has been a privilege to see God’s faithfulness over many years as individual lives have been touched and changed by His grace. I have enjoyed and been blessed by my association with Rhema since 2001 and I am fully committed to serving the staff, management and supporters as a member of the Board."
Ros has been a member of her local church for over thirty years, is happily married to Lynn and enjoys her precious family, friends and grandchildren.
Andrew has been Chief Executive of Rhema Media since December 2016; he was previously General Manager – Operations. He has been with Rhema Media since 2002 and has been a Board member since 2004. Andrew has extensive experience in the governance and day-to-day running of all of Rhema Media’s broadcast networks on many levels.
Andrew has a background in Telecommunication, Operational Management and has significant experience in Board Governance in the not-for-profit sector, having served on a number of boards over the last 15 years.
Andrew says, "It's a great privilege to be part of the team both at the operational and governance levels and to see the impact Rhema Media's various media have in people's lives. As Chief Executive, it is an honour to lead this ministry to effectively reach people with messages that communicate the hope, grace, faith and love there is in a relationship with Jesus across this nation we are all part of."
Andrew and his wife Anna have four children and are both actively involved in their community through their local church.
Suzanne is an education professional with over 30 years of experience. She is a moderator for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and teaches secondary students at Lake Taupo Christian School. She also spent seven years serving on pastoral staff as Children’s and Family Coordinator for her faith family.
Suzanne enjoys inspiring others with the Word of God, something she feels privileged to get to do daily, in her work. She is passionate about helping others develop a Christian worldview, to navigate their way through this life in a God honouring way.
Suzanne has served faithfully on three boards of large not-for-profit organisations and has well developed skills in human resources and change management.
Suzanne says, "I am so grateful to God for all that He has sown into my life through the excellent teaching I have heard on Rhema over the last 30 years. I believe Rhema is a significant blessing of God to the nation and personally it was a huge blessing to me as a young mum. As a result I have always been passionate about encouraging others to listen to Rhema, support its ministry in prayer and also financially.”
Suzanne is married to Steve and they have six adult children scattered around New Zealand and Australia. She enjoys competitive horse riding, pilates and bush walking with friends and family. Authentic fellowship with her faith family has always been extremely important to her.