Hebron Christian College is governed by the Biblical Education Services Trust. The Board oversees the management of school affairs – delegating the day-to-day running of Hebron to the School Principal; oversees and manages the financial affairs of the school; approves appointments and resignations of staff; and ensures that the school complies with the requirements of government bodies, unless those requirements contravene the Word of God.
New members are appointed by the existing Board. Parents interested in becoming Board members may contact the Principal or the Chairman of the Board for more information.
Rev Dr Colin Marshall (Chairman)
My wonderful wife, Lorraine, and I have been married for 26 years and have four delightful daughters; Julie, Tracey, Catherine & Lisa. Lorraine & I both grew up in St Heliers and were married there by a Presbyterian minister in an Anglican church. For both of us and our family the life of faith has been central. Education has also been very important. Julie is an Secondary English teacher and has taught at Hebron for 2 years. Tracey is currently training as a primary teacher at Laidlaw Teachers Training College and Catherine & Lisa are currently at Hebron.
Professionally I began my working life as a primary school teacher at Kohimarama Primary after finishing the Epsom Training College and a degree at Auckland University in Anthropology & Politics. I would later leave teaching for a commercial career as a computer consultant eventually being appointed the NZ National Information Systems Manager with Coca-Cola Amatil. During this time I became involved with the Presbyterian Youth Ministry leading youth groups and running youth and youth leadership camps. After taking me through some years of challenge and change in transforming my personal life the Lord, in 1995, called me to full time ministry. I left Coca-Cola and as a family (Lorraine, Julie, Tracey & myself) headed for three exciting years (and two more daughters Catherine & Lisa) in Dunedin at Knox Theological Hall and Otago University. Since then I have completed training for full time ministry, a Batchelor of Divinity and a PhD in Theology.
In 1998 we were called to St. John's Presbyterian church in Mt. Roskill, a warm, small, family church with an ethnically mixed community of faithful Christian people.
As our children's Christian education was critical to us we spent time researching schools and were very impressed with Hebron's approach and ethos that we could see being lived out in practice. This started a long and increasingly deep relationship with the school. Before long Lorraine was invited onto the board (a role she takes very seriously). and later also joined the staff as a secretary and With the support of my eldership I have also been able to assist the school by chairing the Computer Committee for several years, going on a variety of camps and three overseas mission trips, and providing support to the school pastorally and in a variety of situations.
I have now been elected to the Board, a position endorsed by the eldership at St. John's, and I look forward to being able to serve in an appropriate manner.
Amanda Abrahams (Secretary)
God is so good! I was born in Tokoroa, and shifted to Te Puke when I was four years old. At the age of eight I committed my life to Christ, something that has greatly impacted my life since that day. At the end of High School, I focussed on mission work through Church (outreach, worship, running youth group and I was a youth representative on the eldership team). I had casual and full time employment in orchard work, and I worked in retail. In 1998, I began my primary teaching qualifications at Bethlehem (Tauranga).
Mark and I married in January 1999, a month later we moved to Auckland. Mark got a job in the IT field, and I completed my training at MASTERS Institute (now called Laidlaw College). I gained my B.ed. and full registration while working at St Andrew’s Christian School (now called Manukau Christian School) in Manurewa.
In 2003, we had our first child. I believe, before God, we are responsible to “train a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22.6). As parents we are the first educators. We wanted our son to go to a school that shares our values, core beliefs, and morals… So, after a shaky start at our local state school we decided to send him to Hebron Christian College, where we now have our four children. It is such a blessing!
Since we arrived in Auckland we have attended LIFE (a Church formerly known as Christian Life Centre, Auckland). We were involved for many years in leading life groups, worship, and helping in the children’s ministry.
In recent years, I have completed Post-graduate studies in Early Childhood and have provided teacher relief in Early Childhood Centres and Primary Schools.
My other interests include anything creative: music, art, painting, photography, cooking, baking, cake decorating, home decorating, DIY… if it is creative, I want to try it.
I count it a privilege to serve on the Hebron Christian College Board of Trustees. I am passionate about Christian education and the safe, loving, Biblically based environment it provides for our children.
Mr Peter Turner
This amazing school community is one of those huge, on-going, "Praise the Lord" blessings for Sharon and myself.
Our six children (12 to 28 years) have all loved being educated and mentored at Hebron Christian College. We are so thankful to God for the lifelong foundations that Hebron have helped establish in our children (our four eldest having now finished their school years).
They not only received high quality education from Hebron, but more importantly, their personal relationship with Jesus has been supported, challenged and positively “fed”. Their very characters have been formed around experiencing daily demonstrations of faith, prayer and godly, loving fellowship. The learning experience at Hebron is tailored to ensure that each individual knows that they are deeply loved and uniquely created. The children are given broad opportunities to enjoy learning and indeed excel in their God given talents. In essence, we sincerely appreciate the positive contribution that the excellent teachers and leaders of Hebron Christian College are having on the next generation.
We've lived in Mt Albert and worshiped at the Mt Albert Baptist Church for five generations. In fact, the school's distinct historical Rahiri House, was built by my great grandfather, JA Penman. I was born just down the road from the school - so we're a family passionate about Mt Albert! We're actively involved in the community across a range of NFP organisations - including the environment, church and missions. I've been involved in the management of small & large businesses across a range of enterprises and currently with my brother Jeff, head up a Mt Wellington based wholesale fresh produce & floral business.
We endeavour to serve this school community by using our God given experience, gifting and blessings. We recognise that by His Spirit, our loving Heavenly Father has used the significant sacrifice of many special people to grow this great Christ honouring School. For us, the key role of the Board, is to ensure that we are providing prayerful, sound governance for the schools management & teaching teams, so that they can continue to use their talents, these great facilities and Bible based curriculum, to support parents develop awesome leaders, who personally "Know Him, Love Him & Serve Him".
Mr Geoff Matthews
I grew up in Mt.Albert with my parents, older brother and twin sister and attended Gladstone Primary School and Pasadena Intermediate School before shifting to West Auckland where I attended Glen Eden Intermediate School and Kelston Boys High School. Upon leaving school, I began training as a Quantity Surveyor but due to a nation-wide building recession, decided to train as a teacher, entering North Shore Teachers College and studying history at Auckland University.
I began my teaching career at Rangeview Intermediate School, Te Atatu South in 1970 and by 1979 had become a Senior Teacher specialising in Science, Special Needs children, Sport and Music. I then took up a Senior Teacher position at Halsey Drive Primary School, Lynfield before moving on to another senior position at Waikowhai Intermediate School (1981)and then Deputy Principal of Waikowhai Primary School, Mt.Roskill (1987).
A growing interest in Christian education prompted me to apply for the Associate Principal's position at Hebron Christian College in August 1991. After one term in the job, I took up the Principal's position when the Principal, Bev Norsworthy took leave to further her university studies and start the Christian Teachers College now known as Laidlaw College School of Education.
I have been instrumental in initiating and overseeing many changes at Hebron Christian College since 1992 including the enlargement of the secondary department, the beginning of bi-annual secondary student missions to Third World countries, the development of the special needs Learning Centre, the start of Middle and Secondary School annual camps, expansion of computers and technology, opening and development of the Year 13 programme and many building and property development projects.
I am married to Sue, an Accident and Emergency nurse, and I am the proud father of 5 awesome children: Julie, married to James and mother of two daughters, Lysette a primary school teacher, Alayna, a NZ Police social worker, Dylan, married to Heidi, an engineer and Brock, a builder. Sue and I attend Royal Oak Baptist Church where I am an elder and we are both involved in childrens' work, morning tea duties and attend a fortnightly home group.
My interests include beekeeping (since the age of 13), basketball (ex-President of the New Zealand Christian Sports Association), guitar and banjo playing, photography and video editing. Since 2005 I have founded and currently chair the New Life Foundation (NZ) Trust, raising support and finance for the New Life Foundation orphanage and school in Tanzania (See more
Mr Graeme Drinkall
I am currently the Secretary and CFO for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, New Zealand Pacific region, a position I have held for the past 6 years. I was born into the Seventh-day Adventist faith as my father is a Minister of Religion for the Seventh-day Adventist church. My wife, Felicity, and I have been active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for many years having accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour in our teenage years. We have three girls, Lara, Julia and Amee. Lara and Julia currently attend Hebron. Felicity is a primary teacher and teaches at the Balmoral Adventist Primary School.
I have a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University (Western Australia) and a CPA qualification. During my career with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spanning 28 years, I have gained experience in caring for the finances of Church, School and Aged Care operations.
My wife and I strongly believe in Christian education for our children, particularly a Christian education that complements our home and church life.
Born in India and grew up in the Lutheran Church and schooled in the Lutheran Christian school. I am married to Mangala and have two children: Sarah (Y12) and Samuel (Y8). I am a Dialysis Educator. My qualifications are:
- completed post graduate dialysis specialization in a christian medical college , india
- worked in the National Kidney Foundation, Singapore.
- moved to NZ in 2000 and have been working in Auckland Hospital, Renal Services since 2000.
- currently working as Heamodialysis Educator (staff training in dialysis speciality to nurses, physiologist, medical students , junior doctors, registrars, multidisciplinary team members etc) & Professional Leader - Renal physiology
- Chairman for the New Zealand Board of Dialysis Practice & Renal society of Australasia - NZ branch.
- Board member - Clinical Physiologist Registration Board & National Renal Advisory Board ( advisory arm to Ministry of Health )
- Honorary lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology , instrumental in establishing first NZ post graduate renal physiologist qualification (Graduate Diploma in Health science & Technology - Renal physiology).
- Editorial board member - Renal Society of Australasia Journal.
- Established first renal dialysis centers in Samoa and Fiji, continue in advisory/consultant role.
- International Advisor to Board of Nephrology Education Nurses & Technologist ( BONENT), USA.
- Elder & Parish council chair at Mountainside Lutheran Church , Auckland .
- member of Medical Aid Abroad NZ. actively involved in medical mission outreach initiatives.
I was born in Sweden and spent my childhood in Oman and at boarding school in the UK. I am married to Darrin and
we have two boys who both attend Hebron Christian College. I became a Christian whilst at the University of Leeds where I saw the difference an active faith made in the life of Christian friends and wanted to experience this for myself. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and was baptised in the Baptist Church in the early 1990s. Our family currently attends Mount Albert Baptist Church where we both serve in the Sunday school and we also host a weekly Home group.
I have a Master of Civil Engineering degree from Leeds University (UK) and have worked as an Environmental Engineer specialising in contaminated land investigation and remediation for over 20 years.
Darrin and I believe that as parents, our primary role is to nurture our children to grow up to be all that God has created them to be. We believe that a strong Christian foundation is essential for this and we feel blessed that our children can attend a school where Christian values are openly practised and taught and where the lessons they learn at home and church are reinforced on a daily basis.