The reasons for the great number of unsuccessful marriages and broken families are many and often complex. We hear alarming divorce statistics and marriage is often held up as irrelevant and old-fashioned today. And yet the truth, is most married couples are very happy and enjoy the significance of a committed and fulfilling relationship.
So for those that do struggle, there is hope. And there is help. And it begins with a return to timeless Biblical principles. At FamilyLife, we’re committed to helping couples build their homes on this solid, proven foundation. In everything we do, our weekend getaways, our one-day events, our small group studies, books and resources, we offer practical, timeless solutions for enjoying a healthy, happy, meaningful, family life.
Andy and Nikki Bray - FL Directors
Andy and Nikki are the Directors of FamilyLife and joined in 1993. They have authored 2 books Treasures in the Darkness and First things First and a family 'Questions' resource called Small Talk. They have 3 children: Natasha, Olivia (married to Asher) and Ben. (Natasha tragically died at aged 16 in the Mangatepopo River Tragedy). In 2008 Nikki was awarded Mother of the Year by TV3 and Kiwi Families. In 2013 they were recipients of the NZ Christian Network "Unsung Heroes Award", presented at Parliament; in 2014 Nikki was a presenter at the NZ Christian Network bi-centennial celebration at Waitangi. They have both been regular guests on Radio Rhema, Shine TV and in 2015 they were speakers for Promise Keepers. In their spare time they enjoy good coffee with friends, bike rides and walking their dog, Katie.
Steve & Leanne Hooper
When Steve and Leanne first attended a Weekend to Remember in 1994 they realised the value that FamilyLife had to offer NZ. Shortly afterwards Leanne volunteered in the office and in 1997 Steve left his job and they both joined the team full time. Since then they haven't looked back.
Today they are still just as passionate about building strong marriages, and have been active in preparing couples for marriage, and co-ordinating and speaking at numerous FamilyLife events around New Zealand. Steve and Leanne are both accredited DiSC presenters. They have two teenage children, Nathan and Bethany. Steve is an avid mountain biker and Leanne enjoys tennis and indoor bowls.
Jason and Shannon Borowicz
Jason and Shannon have two young children. Jason works as an Organisational Consultant helping companies grow healthier, more efficient, and more profitable. Shannon was a Corporate Trainer before becoming a mum. She now does in-home childcare where she looks after 6 busy two-year olds. It’s their desire that people learn practical ways to interact with each other so that they are successful in marriage and life.
Graeme & Julie Rickard
Graeme and Julie have been married for 35+ years, have 4 adult daughters, and one son in law. They are enjoying the blessings of their delightful grand children. They are loving the maturing years of married life and they want to pass on to others the principles of FamilyLife that have strengthened their relationship. They want to inspire and encourage others to realise their potential to have a great marriage.
Malcolm & Biffy Savage
Malcolm works with projects at Air NZ. He is married to Biffy who is the Children’s Pastor at Shore Community Church. They have 2 adult children, Katherine and Helen. Malcolm and Biffy have been helping present FamilyLife events for over 11 years and Malcolm has been on the FamilyLife board for a number of years. Having seen first hand the effects of marriage break-ups, they are committed and passionate to see restoration in families and marriages in NZ.
Kevin and Rosemary Taylor
As a professional couple with four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, Kevin and Rosemary are well aware of the burden of expectations and pressures facing couples today. Kevin is a surgeon and Rosemary a homemaker who invests a lot in the community. They are committed and passionate champions of families and marriage. The principles presented at these conferences and seminars have been foundational to their 35+ years of marriage.
Bob and Dale Whittaker
Bob and Dale have been married for 27+ years and have lived and worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. They have three children ages 23 to 13. They have worked in various capacities in the last 27 years working with university students, leadership teams and young professionals. They currently give leadership to Worklife and are passionate about preparing couples for marriage.
Brad has been married to Rochelle for 20+ years; they have three sons: Harrison, Logan and Jaden. Brad is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and serves as Head Pastor of BotanyLife Community Church, and he frequently teaches on marriage and family in a variety of settings. When they are not supporting their sons’ sports teams or involved in church activities, Brad and Rochelle love a quality coffee, great movie, or a good book.
Bruce and Amanda Pilbrow
Bruce and Amanda have been married nearly 25 years and have 3 children. For the last 9 years they have both spoken at seminars about parenting, children, teenagers and marriage via their involvement with The Parenting Place where Bruce was the CEO. They both love motorbikes, a good glass of wine, engaging conversation with good friends, and drinking expertly-made coffee.
Tim is married to Bronwyn and they have 3 teenage children. Bronwyn is a Physiotherapist. Tim has been a successful business man for some major corporates and entepreneurs before deciding to invest his expertise as the Senior Pastor of Auckland Bible Church. They love competing in ocean swim races; and love hanging with family in their spare time.
Justin and Sara-Maria St. Vincent
Justin combines his passions for broadcasting, business, and music as Sales Manager—Media Sales with Rhema Media. Sara-Maria is currently enjoying most of her time as a new mum, and is also passionate about Real Estate and co-manages a show home selling new homes in Hobsonville Point for Willis Bond & Co.