Speakers

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SPECIAL GUESTS

This year, we are excited to have a bunch of youth leaders and locals bringing the easter story to life in the morning sessions. We love to develop communicators from our own land and have multiple voices on stage, allowing for young people to hear varying perspectives and stories. Can't wait!

Colin Gruetzmacher

Colin is an American who grew up in Mexico, played in a rock band in England before moving to New Zealand 9 years ago. When he’s not hunting down authentic Mexican food wherever it can be found, he is pastoring a local church in Pāpāmoa, Tauranga. He deeply believes that in our anxious, polarised, and fragmenting world, that the way of Jesus offers a us real freedom and abundant life.

Missy Ditchburn

Missy was born and bred in rural Taranaki, but her gumboots are pink and she can’t stand being more than five minutes from a cafe. She sums up the mission of Jesus like the film Lilo & Stich - “Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. She believes the leadership of next-gen is critical in achieving mission, and lives for the moments when young people meet Jesus in a radical, life changing way, and realise that God is restoring them to be exactly who he created them to be.

Aaron Hardy

Aaron Hardy leads Te Rautini, a Waikato church that started in his street working with young people - he has a deep and long love for youth and who they might become. Aaron is deeply passionate about the land and story of Aotearoa and following Ihu Karaiti (Jesus Christ) - he has a deep longing for all people to know His hope and radical goodness. Aaron is a singer and a songwriter and loves to make music, incl EC greats ‘Kia Kaha, Tuhia & Tai Nui'. Aaron is married to the beautiful Te Ata (Ngaati Maahanga) and they have 3 children.

Jess Lovatt

Jess is a youth pastor from Tāmaki Makaurau with over 10 years of youth ministry experience, and is super passionate about seeing young people know, experience and share the love of Jesus. When Jess is not hanging out with teenagers, you’ll find her paddle boarding at the beach, at a Broadway musical, or making music with her band. Jess’ dream is to be a strong woman, of influencing love, that points people towards Jesus. And also to see young people stepping into all that God has created them to be!

Caleb Haurua, main speaker at Northern Easter Camp

CALEB Haurua

Caleb is a passionate follower of Jesus whose hails from from South Auckland, Rarotonga, Rakahanga, Hokianga and Maungakiekie/Royal Oak. Caleb loves his wife Deborah, his sons Iraia and Niko, the NZ Warriors and a mean as feed at KFC. He has worn many hats at Easter Camp: youth, youth leader, youth pastor and Tribal Wars host. He has a Masters in Theology and is the coordinator of Intermission—a discipleship formation year for 18-20 yr olds at Carey Baptist College. He communicates God’s truth through humour, challenge and encouragement.

THURSDAY NIGHT

BLUE BRADLEY

It's the man, the myth, the LEGEND! Blue Bradley is back for his 15th year at camp! He's seen campers become leaders, become crew - how crazy! He is madly in love with Jesus and the local church. He thinks he has the best job in the world - bringing young people and youth groups from anywhere and everywhere to hear about the greatest story ever told and celebrate Easter together. Blue is on a mission to change the world and believes this generation is fully up for it.