Kia Ora, my name is Eli Savill. I am married to Noelle Savill, and we have two little boys Ebenezer and Solomon. Iam a true Waikato boy with deep roots in the area. I grew up attending Whitiora Bible Church, and as a young boy I chose to follow Christ. In my teenage years, my grandmother, Edna Lind, who lived with us, sparked a passion for serving Christ with her amazing stories of her time on the mission field in Africa. I got involved in youth ministry under Malcolm Barrow, who had me running holiday programmes, rallies and helping with the youth group. This led me into running the youth group at Whitiora. At this time, I met Noelle, who I fell madly in love with, and after two years of long-distance dating, I moved to America for study at Moody Bible College where I got a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. While at Moody, I had a lot of opportunities to serve God. On graduation, Noelle & I returned to New Zealand where we have run a camp, set up a community center and helped lead youth groups. I am now working on a Bachelor of Counselling at Wintec, as I see a major need for mental health support in Aotearoa New Zealand. My passion for serving in youth ministry is to see lifelong disciples of Christ fostered and grown. Discipleship has been a key part of my spiritual formation and finding my identity in Christ. I long for this to happen with our youth in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty
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