Introducing our keynote speakers for The Abbey 2018 – Merrilyn Withers, an absolute legend in youth ministry, who has a special gift in helping youth workers to minister from a place of health, and Dion Fasi, a well-respected youth pastor, who offers practical tools for outworking The Great Commission in local settings. We also have Hope and Eugene Fuimaono leading us in an incredible time of worship.
Merrilyn is an adopted Kiwi who has worked at local, regional and national levels in youth ministry in New Zealand for over 35 years. She is passionate about young people, and delights in seeing them connect with God and each other, and discovering their potential in Him. She is an enthusiastic advocate of the power of Christian youth ministries to impact the world, and highly committed to effective youth ministry leadership training to facilitate this happening. She is looking forward to meeting you all at the Abbey!
Dion is the Student Pastor at Elim Church Dunedin. Prior to that he worked with Rock Solid (a community youth trust in Dunedin) and was the youth pastor at Northwest Anglican Church in Auckland for 8 years.
He is passionate about leading people into encounters with the love and power of God and seeing them live in the reality of his freedom and grace. He is married to Natasha and has a 1 year old son called Israel.
Hope and Eugene Fuimaono
Hope and Eugene are a married couple that are passionate about leading worship in a meaningful, uplifted and Christ-centred way. They have been leading worship at various conferences and churches for the last three years and love creating space for God to speak. They do their utmost to be attentive to God and go where he leads. Outside of ministry they’re both professional musicians having recently completed their BappA in commercial music.