Current Board Members
Chairperson Anne McLaren
Anne is Chairperson of the Rhema Media Board and the owner of McLaren Brown Media.
She has extensive governance experience across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
Anne’s been with Rhema Media for 20+ years, featuring on both television and radio and during several appointments to the Rhema Media Board. Her background is in journalism with TVNZ and Radio New Zealand, along with print, publishing and online media.
She’s also a trustee of Endeavour Charitable Trust which works with people needing vocational guidance and media training.
Anne is passionate about Rhema Media.
‘I love working with the team at Rhema Media. It’s an awesome, vibrant ministry that continues to go from strength to strength,’ she says.
‘It’s a privilege to be part of the growing reach of Rhema Media’s multi-media platforms and to help support the fresh new ideas that Rhema Media consistently produces.
But what makes Rhema Media so very special is its unique place in New Zealand as the largest Christian media organisation reaching thousands of homes with its messages of hope, love and encouragement,’ she says.
Alan is currently the IT Support Analyst for Waipuna Hospice in Tauranga. He has a background in management, missions, administration and governance. He has been an elected Tauranga City Councillor, assisted various not-for-profit organisations, and has been on the Rhema Media Board for 18 of the last 20 years.
Alan says, ‘Christian radio was really important when I first became a Christian and I believe it is just as relevant and important today; if not more so in the time we are currently living. Rhema Media is the salt and light to a New Zealand in need. I believe that, with God’s guiding hand, the most important chapters in the story of Rhema Media are still to be written.’
Alan has a teenage son at tertiary training and has been married to Jane for 30 years. They are both actively involved with their local church. Alan is also currently going through the process to become a Justice of the Peace.
Andrew has been Chief Executive of Rhema Media since December 2016; he was previously General Manager – Operations. He has been with Rhema Media since 2002 and has been a Board member since 2004. Andrew has extensive experience in the governance and day-to-day running of all of Rhema Media’s broadcast networks on many levels.
Andrew has a background in Telecommunication, Operational Management and has significant experience in Board Governance in the not-for-profit sector, having served on a number of boards over the last 15 years.
Andrew says, "It's a great privilege to be part of the team both at the operational and governance levels and to see the impact Rhema Media's various media have in people's lives. As Chief Executive, it is an honour to lead this ministry to effectively reach people with messages that communicate the hope, grace, faith and love there is in a relationship with Jesus across this nation we are all part of."
Andrew and his wife Anna have four children and are both actively involved in their community through their local church.
Married for over 15 years, Andy has three children and is currently COO of Fergus Software, a rapidly growing SaaS company producing workflow management for tradesmen around the world.
As an engineer and then a producer involved in media, he’s developed his career working at some of the largest media brands on the planet (BBC, CanWest/TV3, MTV, Disney), often working at technology’s cutting edge interfacing between traditional and digital entertainment.
His career in media started as a creative writer at Rhema Media, where he experienced first-hand the way the organisation challenges, educates and changes people’s lives. Having also worked at More FM, Auckland’s student radio bFM, 1ZB, Juice TV and various other production, digital and media companies, he has a good understanding of the media landscape in New Zealand and beyond.
While on the board Andy hopes to help encourage the organisation forward into the content- rich digital world to grow the Rhema Media vision of ‘making it possible for all people in New Zealand to access content that encourages a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.’
Deputy Chair Hal Short
Hal is a pioneer of Rhema Media, with over forty years involvement in Christian media.
With a clear call from the Lord to this ministry, he began with establishing Rhema in Wellington before moving to Auckland to repeat the work there, while at the same time working with founder Dick Berry and others to establish Christian radio in other cities across the country. A vice president, he became President on the death of Richard Berry and led the day-to-day operations until he handed that baton on to John Fabrin. He continued as Chairman of the Rhema Media Board until his retirement.
Hal was also a co-founder of UCB International, set up to duplicate what the Lord had brought about in New Zealand in other nations. Currently the UCB group affiliates can be found in every continent, many of which Hal has had an active part in their establishment. Hal was also instrumental in bring the daily devotional The Word For Today to New Zealand.
Hal is married to Annette, and these days they have time to enjoy family and friends.
Psalm 96:2-3 has been his impetus: 'Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.'
Hannah Jeffries joined the Rhema Media Board in August 2017. A friend who she has a great deal of respect for suggested that she stand for the Board. She took the suggestion seriously, prayerfully considering what she had to bring to benefit the organisation and whether it was where God wanted her to be. She decided to run and trust that God’s will would be achieved either way through the votes of the members.
Since being on the Board, Hannah has had the opportunity to meet people who have been involved with the ministry for a significant length of time and she appreciates how dedicated they have been, and still are, in their support of Rhema Media. She particularly appreciates all the people around the country who get together to pray for the ministry. Hannah says, ‘I think it can be easy to forget the strong foundation and continued spiritual support and protection that prayer provides.’
Hannah is a property consultant. She married Daniel in February 2018. They attend Te Rautini Church in Hamilton and Daniel is currently doing post graduate study at Waikato University. Hannah says they are sadly both children of divorce and are working to create a strong foundation in their marriage to, with God’s grace, guard their marriage.
When there’s good weather Hannah and Daniel enjoy going on little adventures around the Waikato. They are also cultivating their own little vege garden and worm farm. When the weather’s not so good, Hannah enjoys reading and knitting.
Ros Woolhouse has been part of Rhema Media since 2001, when she was called by God to serve in her gifting of HR Management. She assisted John Fabrin, former CEO, with setting up the human resource practices for management and staff, and later she was invited onto the Board.
Ros says serving on the Board has been a blessing and privilege. Over the years she has witnessed God’s intervention in many people’s lives, bringing them into a personal relationship with Jesus. She has been moved by the testimonies telling how lives have been changed through this ministry, which God has raised up for his glory and the extension of his Kingdom.
She has loved her journey with Rhema Media and continues to give praise and thanks to God for the provision he is making for the people of New Zealand. ‘It is exciting to be a small part of what is happening in New Zealand and around the world, through the ministry of God’s Word,’ she says, citing Revelation 12:10, which says, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come.’
Ros has been a member of her local church for over 30 years and is happily married to her husband Lynn, who has been a great support to her. She loves her precious family and friends and also enjoys riding her horse, Jack; a special gift from the Lord.
Suzanne is an education professional with over 30 years of experience. She is a moderator for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and teaches secondary students at Lake Taupo Christian School. She also spent seven years serving on pastoral staff as Children’s and Family Coordinator for her faith family.
Suzanne enjoys inspiring others with the Word of God, something she feels privileged to get to do daily, in her work. She is passionate about helping others develop a Christian worldview, to navigate their way through this life in a God honouring way.
Suzanne has served faithfully on three boards of large not-for-profit organisations and has well developed skills in human resources and change management.
Suzanne says, "I am so grateful to God for all that He has sown into my life through the excellent teaching I have heard on Rhema over the last 30 years. I believe Rhema is a significant blessing of God to the nation and personally it was a huge blessing to me as a young mum. As a result I have always been passionate about encouraging others to listen to Rhema, support its ministry in prayer and also financially.”
Suzanne is married to Steve and they have six adult children scattered around New Zealand and Australia. She enjoys competitive horse riding, pilates and bush walking with friends and family. Authentic fellowship with her faith family has always been extremely important to her