ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust is governed by a board of Trustees. They meet several times each year to advise and give direction to the Ministry.

David Senior

Chairperson: David Senior

David is the Chairman of the Trust and is blind. Along with his wife Phillipa, he has had a long association with the Trust right from very early days. He was involved in the National CFFD board before moving to Kaitaia where he is now involved in leadership in a number of groups that work in the disabilities sector.

Alan Pace

Secretary: Alan Pace

Alan Pace is an analyst and technical writer for large businesses. He was first involved with the ministry back in 1992. As people shared their stories, he saw how their trials had refined life to its core elements and their faith in Christ came shining through. He is married to Kathie and they have three children. Prior to working in the corporate world, he was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ, a movement focused on evangelism and discipleship.

Hugh Willis (QSM)

Treasurer: Hugh Willis

Hugh has been involved with the Trust from its inception. He retired from teaching in 1995 after 15 years as Head of Mathematics at Westlake Boys High School. He now spends at least one day per week working at the Centre in the finance area. He has been the editor of the magazine “The Encourager” for over 30 years and was the National Chairperson for the Trust for 22 years until the recent Governance changes. He has produced five books and a number of educational booklets on helping people with disabilities. Outside the Trust, he has developed an extensive network of walking tracks in the Awaruku reserve. He enjoys Sudoku and listening to sports, especially cricket.

Alf Richardson

Alf Richardson

Alf Richardson was born in South Africa. He established his own veterinary practice in UK and then later in South Africa. Alf immigrated to NZ in 1972 with his wife Margaret, where they settled in Christchurch.
His Church focus is on Pastoral Care and Counselling. He became the Spiritual Adviser to CFFD Christchurch in 1988 and then the Spiritual Adviser for the whole of the South Island in 1989. Alf was appointed to CMWDT (later Elevate) as a Trustee in 2010. His hobbies include: photography, cycling, travel, the great outdoors and bird and nature studies.  Alf and Margaret have two sons and a daughter and four grand kids.

Dean Brennan

Dean Brennan 

Dean has been involved with the Trust since 2007 when he won a 2007 HNZ National Garden award, He had been doing website design at the time and offered his help to get the website functioning. He has also hosted, created and maintained The Association for Spinal Concerns website and has been a committee member since 2005. Dean immigrated from the UK in 1990. He had a freak accident in 1997 making him a C4 Tetrapalegic. He was a supervisor and volunteer fireman previously so continued to feel the need to be of some use. In 2004 he got saved and has been serving God ever since. He is married to Eleanor and has 2 daughters.

Di Willis (QSM)

Di Willis

Di was one of the Co-founders of the ministry along with her husband Hugh and close friend Margie Willers. She works fulltime as the Ministries Director in a voluntary capacity and is very involved in the Drop In Centre in Auckland. She is involved in church services for disability awareness, running educational seminars and also speaking at Bible Colleges. She is involved in the planning of National camp each year which attracts around 400 people. Her training as an Occupational Therapist has given her valuable insight in her development of teaching resources and information booklets used for training and educating others about people with disabilities. Outside of trust work, she enjoys reading, board games and spending time with her extended family and friends.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins

John works at Victoria University in Wellington as the Mechanical Technician in charge of the Engineering Workshop for the School of Architecture and Design. He and his wife Lyn have been involved with the Wellington Branch of CFFD since its inception in 1982, now as Chairperson and Secretary respectively. John was invited to be a member of the Elevate Christian Disability Trust Board in 2012 and is also on the Avalon Assembly of God Church Board. He has a daughter and a son, and three grandsons and one granddaughter – all of whom have him wrapped around their little fingers!!

Nick Abplanalp

Nick Abplanalp

Nick is an owner and director of one of NZ’s largest privately owned I.T companies. He attended National Camp in 1999 and has been ‘sold’ on the ministry ever since. He is married to Mary Anne and they have one daughter who now works in the Government sector.

Ruth Beale

Ruth Beale

Ruth has been involved in the ministry for nearly 30 years, starting with Wellington Branch in 1985. She is involved at committee level and held the chairperson’s position for a number years. In 1995 she went out to the Philippines as the first CFFD missionary to help set up the Philippines CFFD (PCFFD) Branch. Unfortunately, due to becoming very ill, she had to return home to NZ eight months later. She then moved to Palmerston North for work and was involved in the Manawatu CFFD Branch from 1996 to 2006. Also during this time she established and continues to run the sponsorship programme for the Philippines as the NZ representative for PCFFD. In 2006 she moved back to Wellington to get married to Paul and is currently involved again in the Wellington CFFD Branch. Ruth had spinal cancer and is a wheelchair user. Ruth was invited to be a Trustee of the Elevate Christian Disability Trust in 2013.