Our Story

Jeff and Averil Coleman have been married 10 years and have 5 young children. They live in Timaru, New Zealand, and plan to move at end of 2018 to Dunedin, New Zealand. Jeff is from Salina, Kansas, and Averil is from Timaru. Together they run Firm Foundation New Zealand, an evangelical Christian ministry focused on conversational evangelism, inductive Bible study, expository Bible teaching, and biblical worldview training.

Jeff earned a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 2000, a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2005, and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2016. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and has served 10 years in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate attorney.

Averil earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Canterbury in 1999 and served 5 years as a teacher at an orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she and Jeff met. In addition to her ministry with Firm Foundation New Zealand, Averil enjoys being a homeschool mum to she and Jeff's five young children.

Our Passion

Conversational Evangelism

  • We share the gospel in a conversational way at public locations in South Canterbury and Otago.
  • We train believers how to share the gospel through seminars and workshops.
  • We assist local churches in conducting evangelism campaigns in their own communities.

Inductive Bible Study

  • We lead weekly inductive Bible studies through every book of the Bible, both in-person and online.
  • We conduct five-day Bible schools for youth every school holiday.
  • We train leaders and facilitators so that inductive Bible study may spread throughout churches on the South Island.

Expository Bible Teaching

  • We preach and teach from the Old and New Testaments during Sunday and other services at evangelical churches throughout the South Island.
  • We conduct seminars and workshops on books of the Bible and areas of theology.
  • We serve as guest speakers at camps, conferences, and retreats. 

Biblical Worldview Training

  • We run biblical worldview and apologetic talks in Timaru and Dunedin, defending the biblical worldview in the public square of New Zealand.
  • We train believers, especially young believers, how to think biblically in all areas of life through seminars and workshops.
  • We hope to run a biblical worldview academy once we get established in Dunedin.

Our Doctrinal Statement

God

Under construction. Thank you for your patience.

Jesus

Holy Spirit

Bible

Angels

Satan

Man

Israel

Salvation

The Christian Life

The Church

Covenants and Dispensations

End Times

Our Advisory Board

Dr. David Bochman, Montana

Matt Cameron, Timaru

Matt serves in a local Timaru church as a youth leader, preacher, and piano player. He is a born and bred New Zealander from Morrinsville. He has received training in electrical engineering, Bible and theology, education, and counseling. He currently has several part-time jobs--teacher, counsellor, tennis referee--but his ministry passion is education and discipleship. He advises us in the areas of evangelism, Bible teaching, and understanding of Kiwi culture. Matt and his wife Rachel live in Timaru with their two teenage boys.

Bruce Fraser, Christchurch

Bruce is the Christchurch Director for Thinking Matters New Zealand, a ministry that trains Christians to defend the faith with gentleness and respect. Bruce is from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, and has lived in New Zealand since 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and currently works as a Software Architect and Process Improvement consultant. His ministry passion is outreach, apologetics, and planting new churches. As our advisory board member, he counsels us in the areas of conversational evangelism and biblical worldview training. Bruce and his wife Lee and their two boys Liam and Julian live in Christchurch.

Barbara Kipfer, Auckland

Barbara Kipfer is the national coordinator of Precept Ministries New Zealand, a Christian ministry dedicated to helping believers study the Bible inductively. Barbara is originally from Switzerland and has lived in New Zealand since the late 1990s. A trained secondary school teacher, her passion is to see people changed from the inside out as they study and understand God’s word. One area she sees that happen is inside prisons where she leads and is part of a team using workbooks published by Precept Ministries International. As an advisory board member of our ministry, she provides expertise in the area of inductive Bible study.

Jason Winslade, Christchurch

 

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