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About Us

At FamilyLife, we understand there is a gap between the intention we have for our families and what we actually experience in life. Too often, our relationships fall short of what we desire them to be.

But this isn’t what we were made for. Instead, we believe God made us to live in perfect community with Him and each other. We believe God’s word offers insight for us to bridge the gap — to make our intentions match the reality of our relationships. To that end, we create content and experiences to help families pursue what matters most and grow more fulfilling connections with God, each other, and their communities.

Why we exist

We exist to help families grow together and impact their corner of the world.

How we fulfill that purpose

Our mission is to effectively develop godly families who change the world one home at a time.

What we desire for the world

Our vision is that every home would be a godly home.

Who we are

1. Gospel Saturated

We are dependent on God’s Word and his Holy Spirit, consistently pointing families to the gospel as we journey with them.

2. Trusted Friends

We step into the joy and sorrow of family with empathy, honesty about our own brokenness, and confidence that Jesus can meet every need.

3. Always Learning

As we journey with families, we study them. We listen consistently, we make time to understand what we’ve heard, and we adapt our behavior and experiences to reflect what we’ve learned.

4. A Tandem Ministry

FamilyLife is proud to be a part of the Tandem family of ministries.

5. Donor Supported

FamilyLife is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The tax-deductible funds provided by our generous donors go directly towards launching and maintaining outreaches that meet families right where they are.

Who we are

1. Gospel Saturated

We are dependent on God’s Word and his Holy Spirit, consistently pointing families to the gospel as we journey with them.

2. Trusted Friends

We step into the joy and sorrow of family with empathy, honesty about our own brokenness, and confidence that Jesus can meet every need.

3. Always Learning

As we journey with families, we study them. We listen consistently, we make time to understand what we’ve heard, and we adapt our behavior and experiences to reflect what we’ve learned.

4. A Tandem Ministry

FamilyLife is proud to be a part of the Tandem family of ministries.

5. Donor Supported

FamilyLife is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The tax-deductible funds provided by our generous donors go directly towards launching and maintaining outreaches that meet families right where they are.

Donate

Our team is truly committed to bringing help and hope to marriages and families. Many of the team members raise their own salary to be able to carry out this mission. If you would like to invest in our staff, please click on the “GIVE” links below.

Meet the team

Wynand & Ellré Jacobs

Executive Director / Designer

For as long as Wynand can remember, he’s been passionate about helping people…   

…understand each other. This passion led him to develop as a coach, author, and speaker and when that journey turned into a speciality working with married couples it became apparent that working with the team at FamilyLife would be the perfect “marriage”.

Wynand and Ellré originally hail from South Africa, but when they felt the lead of God to come to Aotearoa in 2017 they were in for the adventure that would shape them into the couple and family they’ve become today. “Dream big and do hard things” is their motto and they’re always ready to trust God to do the impossible through their lives.

On weekends they enjoy beach walks and breakfast at their favourite cafes. Ellré is a professionally trained musician and plays the cello and piano. Wynand plays guitar and occasionally you can still find them performing a guitar & cello duo at weddings and small events.

Penny Patterson

Operations Manager

Penny has been in church ministry for over 15 years after she left her corporate career as a…

…Business Analyst to pursue God’s call for her life. Seeing God work miraculously in the lives of people is what she’s all about.

She brings a wealth of experience to the FamilyLife team in her role as Operations Manager. Her focus on process, structure and delivery, along with our philosophy of Constant and Never Ending Improvement (CANEI) means we can work on effectively reaching every home in New Zealand with the help and hope for family and relationships; until every home becomes a Godly home.

Penny brings a delightful and bubbly personality to the office and if she’s not busy having ‘great conversations’ filled with encouragement and hope for couples or volunteers involved in our ministry, you can find her sharing her appreciation for cats and good coffee with us all.

Penny and George (her other half 🙂) also carry a special desire to see blended couples flourish and navigate the complexities that come with doing blended family well.

Joy Sharp

Accounting and Office Manager

Joy and her husband Paul have been faithfully supporting FamilyLife NZ for over a…

…decade. Joy diligently looks after our accounts, grant applications and all things relating to making the office a functional and healthy working environment for the team.

“Joyo”, as we call her truly brings joy to the office with her quirky sense of humour and genuine care for each of the team members; always reminding us that it’s time to break for lunch now. “Work hard, but don’t skip lunch” is her motto.

Joseph & Emma Bailey

Field Staff - Mission Expansion
We are passionate for Aotearoa to be a land of healthy relationships where…

…couples and families are in unity. We desire to see families rooted in God’s love, growing and deepening their connection with God and each other.

To have a thriving garden you need to pull out weeds, prepare soil and sow good seeds. Likewise, in healthy relationships you need to address issues, communicate clearly and put in the good stuff.

At FamilyLife we want to equip people with the necessary skills to “garden” in this way!

We have personally experienced God’s miraculous restoration in our lives. Our marriage is just one example of how God picks up the broken pieces and transforms them into something beautiful, more than we could ever dream or imagine.

Daryl & Katie Fowles

Field Staff - Mission Expansion

We want marriages and families in our beautiful country to flourish and thrive. We have personally seen…

…the devastation that occurs in the wake of separated families. When a family is broken, the heartache and fallout can be immense. We want to do everything we can to help families in New Zealand find a better solution than separation or divorce.

Building successful relationships is not easy and that’s why we want marriages and families to be equipped with tools that can help make their relationships thrive.

Our family is passionate about God and relationships!

Chris Milne

Marketing, Communications & Systems Analyst

As our team’s systems, communications and marketing little chief, Chris is a passionate…

…creative that values people, design and good  communication & systems – both internally to staff as well as to those we serve as a ministry through our online marketing efforts.

Outside of work you’ll find Chris & his wife Nadine involved in leading worship together and working with church creative teams to further their mission of the Great Commission.

Join the Team

If you would like to join us here at FamilyLife NZ on our mission to help couples stay successfully married for life, please get in touch by filling out the form below