We were all born in Portland, Oregon U.S.A. and came to New Zealand in January of
1972. Christopher was 5 and Jeffrey was 3 when we arrived. We arrived in January
and had to wait until March for our shipping boxes to arrive in Auckland. We then
bought a van and went up to Auckland and picked up the six boxes which had all of
our possessions. We travelled around the North Island sightseeing until we came to
a region called Hawkes Bay. There we visited the man who had sponsored us to come
to New Zealand with a job. While he didn't employ me, we were able to get a job on
a 2000 acres sheep and cattle ranch or station, as they call it in New Zealand. The
house we lived in was provided by the owner, plus we got half a sheep a week, milk,
electricity, phone and a garden plot to grow vegetables. All this plus a small wage.
To us it was like being on holiday and we took to ranching like a duck to water.
I soon acquired a team of working sheep dogs and bought a horse to do the mustering
of the sheep and cattle. Our oldest boy Chris went to the local school some ten miles
away, by bus. He soon lost his American accent and picked up a Kiwi one. Jeff was
at home with us and was my sidekick whenever possible. He went everywhere with me
on the farm. It was a great time in my life to have one of my sons working with me.
Nancy learned the arts of sewing, canning and gardening, both flowers and vegetables.
We were 20 miles out of town, and in those days town closed on Friday night and didn't
open until Monday morning. So, we were given one day off in a month to do our shopping
and that was an all day affair. During our time in Omarkere, we went to a home Bible
study and met with new people in the district. While we both had attended church
in the States, we never learned about the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this home Bible study group our Lord touched both our lives and we made a full
commitment to Christ as our Saviour. In 1977 I felt that I wanted to become a ranch
manager so we took a job in the South Island. It was here we became involved in a
church that was identified with Bro. William Branham's ministry. In 1983 God laid
a call on my heart to start preaching the Gospel. He opened the way for us to rent
a historic church, which you will see on the homepage. We were in that church for
25 years before we move to a new building in Kaiapoi. In 1996 the Lord provided enough
funds for me to go full time into the church's work and we gave up the farming.
Our son Christopher was killed when a rock rolled off a cliff and crushed his car
in 1988. He was a shearer, once having shorn 200 sheep in a nine hour day. He enjoyed
the outdoor life; skiing, diving, fishing and hunting, Chris was very musical and
played the guitar in the church for the worship service. It was a great loss to us
all, but God came to our rescue and brought comfort to our souls.
Our son, Jeff, and his wife, Jane, were married on October 1999. Since the earthquake
of September 2010 their house was destroyed and in August of 2013 they brought a
lifestyle block. Jeff works for the police department, and Jane is a “stay at home”
mum schooling their children. Joshua was born April 02, Ethan was February 04 and
Hannah was born February 07. We are really grateful to the Lord for the gift of our