Meet our lovely leaders
Mike & Lin’s Background
I was born in NZ, along with my 4 brothers into a migrant family from Holland. Brought up in 2 cultures and married into a third culture has helped me value and engage in different cultures. Lin is from Malaysia and of Chinese ethnicity. We have totally different backgrounds and beliefs, but after finding truth in Jesus Christ, we have experienced the greatest miracle where God has deeply touched our hearts, transforming our lives to share God’s love to Internationals. We were called to the Auckland Tabernacle church in 2001 and continues to be a joy to see people find meaning & purpose in their lives through their relationship with our living GOD and the blessings of true freedom, joy and peace the world cannot offer. Global is family for us, with loving aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters, a united leadership together serving our Father GOD, whose deepest desire is to embrace those who are lost from him. Our desire is to help many on that exciting journey, with the guidance and care of Jesus the GOOD shepherd.
Our Pastor, Mike Van der Vlugt and his wife Lin
Our Assistant Pastor, Eva Koh
I come from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and grew up in a Christian home. I thought I knew Jesus then, but I wasn’t really following Him. Life circumstances led me astray and I pursued all things worldly, but this lifestyle negatively impacted my marriage, family, and mental health, so we moved to New Zealand to start afresh. My family arrived Auckland in June 2012, and we ran a café business in Newmarket. During this time, God connected us to several people from Global, even before we stepped foot inside the church! It was in Global that I discovered my ministry passion and in 2018, I took a leap of faith by leaving my well-secured job to answer God’s calling to go to Bible college. Looking back, God has been leading my family to Global from the beginning. Since then, we have been serving in the church as a family. You will often see my husband Teng in the kitchen and my sons, Isaac and Jairus doing something IT-related. My family has experienced many occasions of God’s supernatural provisions, so I look forward to telling you more!
Celebration - Technical
Prayer & Intercession; Discipleship
Don & Aileen
Caring & Connecting; Mission & Outreach; Equipping & Empowering
Tony & Faith
Caring & Connecting
Jonas & Vivian Kuhn
Caring & Connecting
Vivian has been in Global for 17 years while Jonas also has been in Global for almost 10 years. We both love meeting new people and making them feel welcomed. At the moment we’re leading Beloved Friendship Group on some Sunday afternoons. So if you are new to the church and want to make friends, come to join us!”