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 a local school in Tauranga and is the mission director in her church. She cofounded the Envision Mission Conference and is the local BOP coordinator for Simply Mobilising.  She teaches the Kairos course regularly. Robyn 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’ should be changed to ‘God has a wonderful plan, and this is how your life can be fit into it.

Intergenerational Discipleship Coach, Ashley Cooper

Ashley has the exciting role of ‘Intergenerational Discipleship Coach’ for the middle to upper North Island with International Teams. Based in Cambridge in the heart of the Waikato, Ashley also works with local youth in the high school and church settings, using her experiences and training in youth work, pastoral counselling and theology..

She has an enviable enthusiasm for seeing young people grow in their relationship with the Lord and be connected to a greater community within the church.

Ashley grew up attending youth outreach camps and then went on to spend several years working for Capernwray’s Adventure Bible School programme, so she sees incredible value in camp ministry and the asset camps can be to our young people. She is really excited about the opportunity to support and encourage churches and campsites in their shared mission of making disciples that make disciples.

Intergenerational Discipleship Coach, Jonathan Heeley

Jonathan joins us as the Lower North and South Island ‘Intergenerational Discipleship Coach’ for International Teams. Working out of the Kapiti Coast near Wellington, he has a passion for people of all generations and desires to help people grow into their full God-given potential.

Jonathan brings to the role nine years of experience in camps and leadership from South Africa and the UK as well as a theological degree from the Moody Bible Institute. He is involved in his local church, where he has the opportunity to speak on occasion, and has a passion for young people to know and share Christ.

He understands the potential impact camps have on all generations, especially younger children, knowing that camps provide a unique opportunity to step away from everyday distractions and interact with life-changing challenges and choices.

Jonathan is excited to be directly involved in what God is doing in Aotearoa New Zealand and is not afraid to aim for big audacious goals, one step at a time.

Board Chair
Chris Lamb CA

Chris comes from a Chartered Accountancy background and used this in the 90’s to spend nine years with his family in an accounting role at Christian Leaders Training College up in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea; a life-changing experience for all.

These days Chris is part of an accountancy practice in Palmerston North but still has lots to do with accounting for Not for Profits, especially using Xero.

Chris is passionate about seeing ITeams NZ be a catalyst for motivating and equipping churches to bring the gospel in word and deed to the poor and oppressed and those thirsty for living water whether here in NZ or Overseas.

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.

Dr Peter Dobbs

Following an early career as an officer in the New Zealand Army and then private education management, Peter completed a PhD in Theology from the University of Otago. His research focused on the impact of fatherlessness on faith formation and the interplay of theology in faith-based organisations.

Peter is based in Hamilton with his wife and five sons, and he is the CEO of Christian Camping New Zealand.

With a passion to see faith-based initiatives remain aligned with their core mission, Peter looks forward to contributing his perspective and insights to advance the cause of International Teams New Zealand.