An introduction to our BOT

The Elim Christian College Board of Trustees (BOT) consists of parent elected trustees, a staff-elected trustee and a student-elected trustee.  In addition to this, there are Proprietor’s Trustees who also serve on the Board and have all the rights and obligations of other Board members.  The Proprietors Trustees have the responsibility of ensuring the Special Character is upheld.

The Board operates the following committees

  • Finance
  • Property
  • Personnel / Student Wellbeing
  • Discipline
  • Strategic Planning
  • Health and Safety
  • IT

The BOT Chairperson may be contacted
– directly by email:, or
– via the BOT secretary:

The BOT and Staff have set 4 Strategic Goals, called BHAGs.


MNA Report

MNA Report cover letter

MNA Report 2019


Annual Financial Report

Annual Financial Report

2020 BOT Monthly Meetings:

February 13

March 12

May 14

June 11

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10

Venues for the meetings may change from month to month, please email BOT Secretary prior to a meeting to confirm venue if you wish to attend.

All monthly meetings start at 7.30pm

Getting to know our BOT

My name is Chris Bethwaite, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Elim Christian College

I am happily married with four children, all at the Elim Christian College Golflands Campus in years 10, 6, 5 and 3. I have held the role of Board Chair for the past 4 years, also serving on the Finance, Personnel and IT sub committees. My Board of Trustee experience extends some 12 years having been a member of our Board for 6 years and also an Intermediate School Board for 6 years.

Currently I am the National Administrator for The Elim Church of New Zealand, responsible for the smooth running of the Elim movement throughout New Zealand. Previous to this role I was the Executive Support Manager for World Vision. I am also a credentialed Minister with The Elim Church of New Zealand.

Throughout my life I have always been involved in various church and youth ministries. I believe strongly in using the gifts God has blessed me with to serve others. I am a team player and get along very well with people.

As a Pastor and parent I am passionate about seeing the next generation released to be future leaders and the opportunity we have with Christian Education. I believe strongly in Elim Christian College’s special character, desiring to see it upheld in all we do as a school and the privilege we have as a Christian school in New Zealand.

I continue to bring my experience as a previous school board member and my governance, management, leadership, and pastoral experience to continue to serve our school community and the great work our school is doing for our children, and continue to ensure we do not lose sight of Elim Christian College’s special character.

Elim Christian College continues to be well positioned for exciting growth and development and I would love to continue as a part of the team developing our children into who God created them to be and to help them reach their potential, academically, physically and spiritually.

2019 BOT Members

Parent Trustees

  • Chris Bethwaite (Chairperson)
  • Richard King (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Joanna Lee
  • Jiun Singh
  • Richard Wagener

Proprietor Trustees

  • Bill Kathagen
  • Hayden Briscoe
  • Colin Marshall
  • Lloyd Ratnaraja


  • Murray Burton

Staff Trustee

  • Stephen Briscoe

Student Trustee

  • Joash Kumar