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June 2020: Message from Russell Thorp

It is great to be at level 1. While we have been in lockdown, we have spent time communicating via zoom with our partner school leaders and key Langham preaching trainers. You may have watched some of the interviews we provided in links through our Journey to Pentecost reflections over the 40 days from Easter. Here is the link to our webpage with the daily reflections.

Our partner schools continue to operate in trying conditions through waves of Covid-19. They seek to fulfil distancing requirements as a testimony to their observance of the attempts of governments to control the pandemic. In the process they are still missing student fees and other opportunities to raise funds. These schools rely on supporters like those here in New Zealand to enable the training of humble servant leaders in Asia Pacific. I am hoping that if you have not yet, you would now be able to make a special donation to our ‘shoulder to shoulder’ campaign.

I have been encouraged with the feedback from our Partner schools who are so thankful for funds sent to them to enable them to set up the equipment required to deliver online teaching and learning, to reconfigure curriculum and to help with operational funding. 

I want to thank you so much for your interest and prayer.

Russell Thorp
Executive Director

Watch this short video message from Russell...

May 2020: 40-day-journey to more

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1 April 2020: Message from Russell Thorp 

30th September 2019 - LeaDev-Langham appoints new Executive Director

The Board of LeaDev-Langham has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director to succeed founding Executive Director, Tony Plews, who is taking on a new role with the organisation from next year.
At Tony’s request in 2015 the LDL Board initiated a succession process, which has brought us to this point.

Russell Thorp will become Executive Director on 1 April next year. At that time, Tony Plews will assume the role of Associate Director, Special Projects.
Dr Paul Windsor, former LeaDev board member, and Programme Director, Langham Preaching, now based in South Asia, has warmly supported Russell’s appointment, saying, “As a kindred spirit with an easy empathy with the Langham ethos, vision, and mission, I am sure that Russell will quickly make a vital contribution to this developing ministry.

Russell brings a wealth of mission experience to the role from his previous position as Mission Director Global Connections in Mission (GC3), a position he has held for 8 years. Prior to taking up his current role, he was Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Carey Baptist College in Auckland, and prior to that, a senior lecturer at Pathways Bible and Mission College.
Russell holds a Master of Theology degree from Laidlaw College.
In addition to his professional expertise, Russell has significant leadership and community experience. He currently chairs the NZ Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC) Advisory Board, and the CLTC academic Advisory Board. He also has first-hand practical experience working with LeaDev-Langham in an advising, consulting, and training capacity Myanmar.
Russell told the LeaDev-Langham Board: “I value connecting the narrative and values of donors with the narrative and values of recipients so that God’s work expands, and He is glorified in the process.”
LeaDev-Langham Chairman Denis Browne said that the Board is delighted to welcome Russell into this pivotal role. “Tony has done an excellent job for 24 years. After extensive searching and much prayer, we are delighted that Russell has agreed to assume the role of Executive Director. His impressive background and experience will help us enormously as we look to meet the growing demand for our support throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”
Russell is married with four adult children. He is very much looking forward to taking up this significant role. “I value God’s Word as life giving Truth. I highly value Majority World Leaders being encouraged and equipped. I value being strategic with financial support, in terms of what will grow the people of God. I believe in sustainable mission. This role fits perfectly with my core values and commitment to living God’s call on my life.”

Denis Browne

If you would like more information on Russell and future plans for LeaDev-Langham under his leadership, please contact Denis Browne, Chairman

Theologians Without Borders 
TWB was established to assist theological education individuals and institutions globally more fully integrate their activities and efforts across the ‘Western’ / ‘non-western’ geopolitical regions of the world, based on values of equity, mutuality, partnership, and reciprocity.  TWB is an independent charitable organization, which collaborates with the OC Network, the Langham Network, the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education [ICETE], and other agencies and networks where there is a vision, mission and values match. 

We are excited to announce the release of the Theologians Without Borders website, click the link below to have a look:

From our Partner Schools

Pakistan:  Meet the new principal of our Partner School, ZBS - Aug 2018
Myanmar: MEGST News - June/July 2018


  1. Sometimes the gift of 'being' outweighs what we 'do' for others - Phil Fairbrass Unknown 09-Jan-2019
  2. Outside the Box Mission Engagement - Allan Harkness Unknown 07-Dec-2018
  3. The Asia Bibi Acquittal - A Pakistani Christian's Response: Unknown 09-Nov-2018
  4. Mission: welcome home - Geoff New Unknown 16-Jul-2018
  5. Some of the challenges of pioneering a ground-breaking leadership programme in Pakistan - Dr Allan Harkness Unknown 22-Jun-2018

Help us grow the Kiwi support base for leaders in Asia-Pacific

  • Read our latest Annual Report Highlights 2018
  • Download a Brochure or Poster to share with your church, friends and networks.
  • Here's a map of where we're working across Asia-Pacific.


December 2018 - Radio Rhema interviews Jenni Bedford, skilled volunteer on her return from ESOL teaching to Christian leaders in Sri Lanka
November 2018 - Radio Rhema interviews Tony Plews on the Christmas Commentary Challenge 18
October 2018 - Radio Rhema interviews Langham Scholar, George Mombi about developing leaders in PNG
October 2018 - Radio Rhema interviews Allan Harkness about developing leaders in the challenging context of Pakistan
September 208 - Radio Rhema interviews Dwi Handayani (Ass. Director for Asia for Langham Preaching) about training grassroots preachers in Indonesia and Asia.
September 2016 - Christian Life interviews Paul Windsor about training preachers around the world with Langham Preaching (pg 3)
April 2016 - Christian Life interviews Tony Plews

Global Networks

Overseas Council

Langham Partnership International

Theologians Without Borders

Other Mission Groups

Missions Interlink

OMF New Zealand

Operation World  “Leadership development is the crucial bottleneck to Church growth. There is a worldwide lack of men and women truly called of God and deeply taught in the Scriptures to lead the churches … Those who accurately and effectively expound the Scriptures are few, especially in areas where the churches are growing rapidly.” Operation World 2010 p17