Board and staff

Globally, International Teams has national offices in the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Austria, Ukraine, Australia, Philippines, USA and Canada and has over 1,000 staff and missionaries from 30 different countries serving in 60 different countries.

New Zealand Director
Lincoln Rout

Born in the Wairarapa now resident in Christchurch, Lincoln studied law at Victoria University and latterly completed a graduate diploma at Laidlaw. Lincoln has served on Church Elder Boards for over 25years and has also served on Education Boards in the Primary and Tertiary sectors.

He is an Executive Director with a successful track record in sales training in diverse business environments including an international charitable trust, transport and tourism industries and direct marketing. His company All Links helps businesses secure their preferred customers. Lincoln is an accredited training provider with NZTE and holds both Verifier and Assessor certificates.

Lincoln’s background in sales, marketing and training dovetails neatly with his passion to see the Church become more effective in their mission of sharing the gospel and in particular that compassionate evangelism that reaches the poor and needy with Christ’s love.

New Zealand Trainer
Robyn Hamilton

Robyn serves as a TLT trainer with International Teams. She teaches at Bethlehem College, Tauranga and is the mission director at her church. She cofounded the Envision Mission Conference and teaches the Kairos course
regularly. She has been involved in numerous short term mission trips and sees value in structures and training.

Robyn’s view of missions includes every Christian. Not everyone will be involved in a STM trip but all believers have a part to play. The famous quote God has a wonderful plan for your life, could be changed to God has
a wonderful plan, and this is how your life can be fit into that.

Overseas Staff
Irene McKirdy

From Hamilton, Irene serves in Strasbourg, France. An International Teams team has been present in Strasbourg, one of the strategic gateways between Eastern and Western Europe, for over 15 years. The team partners with local Christians to positively impact the city through a variety of ministries. Major ministry foci are refugees and immigrants.

The Kairos partnership project between the IT Strasbourg team and the Bonne Nouvelle Church, opened in June 2006 with the goal of sharing God’s love with the refugees and foreigners in Strasbourg. Staffed by a team of Christian volunteers, Kairos offers a place of refuge and peace to all who enter. In the context of a loving Christian community, everyone who comes is valued for the richness of their culture and life experience that they bring to the group. With so much confusion, emptiness and hurt in the world, as Christians we’re the best placed to bring God’s love and truth to hurting people.

Murray Thatcher

Murray has a business background and has successfully started two companies both of which have since been sold to multinationals.
He serves on several not for profit boards and enjoys mentoring church leaders and business owners.
Murray has served as a board member of International Teams New Zealand for several years and attends Windsor Park Baptist Church, in Auckland.

Mike Edwards

Mike has held various marketing positions with a number of New Zealand exporters including Comvita and Sequal. Mike and his wife Julie also lead The Bright Vision Charitable Trust which was established in 2016 to work with hard to reach families in the Bay of Plenty.

Mike has a passion for our local community and is excited by Iteams work with Churches to encourage and support local mission in word and deed.