MISSION: Connecting Christian Writers in New Zealand.
VISION: To cultivate, encourage and inspire a vibrant community of Christian Writers throughout New Zealand.
VALUES: Christian Faith, God’s Word, Professionalism, Quality and Social Outreach.
NZ CHRISTIAN WRITERS is a nationwide collective of authors, editors and writers throughout New Zealand. Along with our bi-monthly magazines and competitions we offer inspiring seminars and writers retreats to encourage, inspire and up-skill people in their writing. NZ Christian Writers’ vision is to cultivate a vibrant community of Christian writers by connecting them to other such writers in New Zealand. We welcome beginners and experienced writers.
For over 33 years, NZ Christian Writers (previously known as The New Zealand Christian Writers Guild, founded in 1983) has linked Christian Writers and provided them with fellowship and teaching. Our main aims and purposes are:
- To promote writing and communication which is in harmony with the Spirit, teaching and life of the Lord Jesus Christ, and encourage Christian Writers to express their faith in both the religious and secular media
- To uphold Christian ethics, while maintaining a non-denominational and evangelical stance
- Provide training for writers by means of seminars and educational materials
- Encourage and support local groups of Christian Writers and to provide standards for their establishment and organisation
- To provide a voice for Christian Writers, and encouragement for those who write in isolation.
These are the personal values we see as the heartbeat of our collective:
Christian Faith = Jesus Christ is Lord, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body includes all people who have been joined to Him through saving faith.
God’s Word = The Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant and authoritative written Word of God.
Professionalism = Producing publications with a high value of professionalism.
Quality = Raising the quality of Christian publications throughout New Zealand.
Social Outreach = Writing about our Christian faith and values is a social outreach to readers throughout New Zealand and around the world.
LEADERSHIP & COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
// President, Committee Member & Writer
JUSTIN ST. VINCENT has self-published four books including a worldwide trilogy exploring The Spiritual Significance of Music (2009-2012), and free eBook Love Live Forgive: Insights from Artists (2014), all available from Xtreme Music. He is married to Sara-Maria and they are based in the beautiful suburb of Birkenhead, Auckland. Justin St. Vincent serves on the national Board of Promise Keepers New Zealand, is President for NZ Christian Writers, previous NZ Vice President of the Australasian Religious Press Association, and Member of the New Zealand Society of Authors. He combines his passions for broadcasting, business, ministry, music, and Christian faith at his work with Rhema Media. As National Sales Manager, he develops advertising campaigns for radio networks Rhema, Life FM, Star, Shine TV, plus national print devotionals, The Word For Today, and Word For You Today. He also writes devotionals for Promise Keepers Study Guides, God’s Awesome Power and Your Influence.
Photo: Sophia Sinclair
// Vice President & Writer
JANET FLEMING is married to Mike and they have five children and ten grandchildren. They live on the shores of the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour where they farm cattle and oysters. Both Janet and Mike have been involved in their local church and in working with children and youth from their teenage years. Mike has also been very supportive in encouraging Janet to write and in her role on the Committee of NZ Christian Writers, of which she served for over thirteen years as President, and is now Vice President. Janet writes poetry, music, devotions, Bible Study material and children’s stories and puzzles. Her devotions are published by Choice Gleanings, Canada. Janet developed a love for writing poetry from a young age when her mother read her ‘Christopher Robin’. To begin with it was often used for ‘mischief’, then later for special events. She loves to include illustrations from nature in her work.
Photo: Janet Fleming
// Treasurer & Membership Secretary
JAN PENDERGRAST is the Treasurer and Membership Secretary of NZ Christian Writers; a member for 15 years. Married to Hans, Jan writes stories based on experiences on their Bay of Plenty hill-country farm surrounded by native forest. Children from four to eight enjoy her picture books Tui’s Friends and Pop’s Busy Blue Truck. Dam Disaster and Hut Hangout are Easy Reads for six to ten year-olds, about the antics of two friends on the farm. Powerful Punctuation is a ‘first-stop’ reference for your punctuation dilemmas. And Ruatara is a novelette about the role Ruatara played in bringing Samuel Marsden to NZ.
Photo: Jan Pendergrast
// Committee Member & Magazine Editor
DEBBIE MCDERMOTT—editor of the NZCW bimonthly magazine and author of Voyage of the Redeemed—was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she developed a great love for books and writing. She met and married her husband Sean in 1990, and worked with him on a number of ventures. The McDermotts emigrated from Zimbabwe to New Zealand in 2006 and settled in Waiuku, South Auckland with their two sons, Daniel and Peter. Debbie officially became a Kiwi in 2012 and has been involved with NZ Christian Writers since 2007. She took on the role of Committee Member and editor of The Christian Writer in 2010.
Photo: Debbie McDermott
// Committee Member & Librarian
JULIA MARTIN is married with three adult children and twelve grandchildren and lives near Cambridge. She has been involved with schoolteaching, business, farming and tourism. Julia has been a member of the NZ Christian Writers since 1996 and is a current member of the committee. She is a freelance writer with many published articles, stories and poems in secular and Christian publications.
Photo: Julia Martin
// Committee Member, Freelance Editor & Writer
JANETTE BUSCH is the owner of WritingAnswers and co-owner of QualityCVs.co.nz. With qualifications in technical and professional communication, science, and editing and proofreading, Janette has edited a wide variety of academic texts and a number of biographies and memoirs; she has also written book reviews, scientific press releases and profile articles for a number of publications. She is a co-author of The Biolab Sourcebook: A Manual for Science Teachers and Technicians (2nd Edition). Janette is a member of NZ Christian Writers, Omega Writers of Australia, an associate member of the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA), a member of the Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand and the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand. Please email her for rates for editing, conference proceedings, proofreading and writing.
Photo: Oswald Mungwazi