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
"My name is Magdalene Phythian and I am a Global Governance Board elder as well as one of the leaders of Cornerstone life group that meets in Central Auckland in my home. We meet fortnightly which includes a shared meal, prayer and bible study. I have been with Global congregation since 2000 with a short stint at a start-up fellowship in Balmoral. You will find me leading one of the several discussion groups at the Global congregation."
"My name is Luke, one of the leaders of the Japanese group, Grapevine. I have joined Global since 2016. I also lead the Sunday afternoon Bible study. I'm looking forward to meeting new people in Global. Please join us!"
"I live in West Auckland with my wife Faith and 6 years old daughter Joy. I'm originally from Taiwan; I moved to NZ with my family when I was starting high school. Now I work as a Software Engineer in Northshore (in Auckland). I am currently a co-leader in a life group based in West Auckland (West Life). On Sunday, you will find me at the discussion table in Global or helping with the children with my wife Faith in the Kids Zone."
"Hi! I'm Eva. I came to NZ with my husband Teng and sons Isaac and Jairus in 2012. We have been in Global since 2014. I am the leader of the worship team and also enjoy organizing events like camps, outings and trips. I am very passionate about doing ministry creatively. Being Malaysian, I'm also very passionate about food and people! That's why Global is so special - it is a community of fellowship, friendship and family who come together to share the love of Jesus. Hope to see you at Global! "
""Hi all. I'm originally from South Korea and one of the Korean group leaders in Global. We meet together after Sunday service and lunch to share our lives and pray for each other.!"
Jonas & Vivian Kuhn
Jonas & Vivian are a German-Chinese couple. Being multicultural, this couple is passionate about bring different cultures together. That's why they are so happy to serve in Global, such an international ministry.
Vivian has been in Global for the past 15 years and was serving in 4J dance group while Jonas was serving in the drama team. Right now they are running the Bush Life group in the west every 2nd Sat in their house. On Sundays, you will find them co-leading the discussion table.