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Rod MatthewsRod Matthews

Home City: Elanora, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
Member Since: 2002
International Representative

Occupation: International Director and Mission Developer for Australia, New Zealand, Southern Asia and the South Pacific.

Personal & Church History

  • Born in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Worked with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Division of Meteorological Physics, 1966-1969.
  • Graduate of Ambassador University, England, 1973.
  • Married Ruth Bauer, 1973.
  • Served in pastoral ministry and as assistant to Australian regional director in church administration and festival planning, 1973-1979.
  • Ordained 1974.
  • Pastored churches in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.
  • Assigned to World Headquarters in Pasadena, California, USA to serve as international coordinator for the church's regional offices, 1979-1984.
  • Travelled extensively in this capacity in North America, and to Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Assigned to Philippines as office manager, 1984.
  • Appointed regional director for Philippine region, 1987.
  • Appointed regional director for Australia and Asia, 1990, to which was added the former New Zealand/South Pacific region when amalgamated in 1993.
  • Admitted as an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, 1999.
  • Have two married sons and seven grandchildren.

Assets

  • A personal and intimate knowledge of the personnel and functioning of the church's international headquarters.
  • An international experience and perspective of working within a multi-cultural and world-girdling organisation.
  • Managerial and administrative experience that is geared to helping the church maintain its perspective and achieve its purposes.

Aspirations

  • To help strengthen the New Zealand board's effectiveness as the guardian of the church's commission through the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the trustees.
  • To be part of an era of rebuilding and growth of our fellowship in New Zealand so our experiences and journey can be offered as a blessing to all Christians.
  • To see the New Zealand church grow in confidence and sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit and take its place as a vital involved part of a fellowship that is truly worldwide and reflective of the family of God.