Global Perspectives: New Zealand

In this episode, Darrell Bock, Richard Fountain, and Russell Thorp examine Christianity in New Zealand and the unique opportunities and obstacles presented there.

About the Contributors

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000–2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Richard Fountain

Richard lives in Auckland, New Zealand and works among Christian Community Churches New Zealand (CCCNZ) to grow connections across the region. Richard earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. In his role as Auckland Enabler, he is passionate about helping churches and service providers to grow leaders for church flourishing, revitalisation, and planting. Throughout his ministry Richard has pastored an inner city church in Auckland, served as a theological consultant, and taught Bible and ministry related subjects overseas. He and his wife Karen have been married for over 30 years and have three adult children. Richard contributes to international online education and serves on the board of Pathways College of Bible and Mission in New Zealand. 

Russell Thorp

Russell was born in Papua New Guinea to missionary parents working in the Sanduan Province with CMML. I currently attend Lincoln Road Bible Chapel in Auckland having served there as an Elder and Chairman of Elders. His background is in mission’s mobilisation, teaching and theological education with some business experience in running motels (Auckland) and trucking company logistics (PNG). 

Russell’s current role is to facilitate the mission and vision of LeaDev-Langham by giving leadership and attending to fundraising and growing volunteer support: to see the people of God in Asia Pacific equipped and engaged in mission through servant leaders who teach/ preach and apply the Word of God appropriately in their context.