Boys' Brigade NZ / ICONZ Staff

Michael Good

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My name is Michael Good, married to Lois with 4 adult children - Jonathan (married to Jessica), Amy (married to Kris and living in Auckland), Natalie and Phillip. I came to faith in Christ at the age of 17 at a camp at Maungatoroto, after involvement in the Youth Group at Lincoln Road Bible Chapel. 

I have a science degree and worked in new product research before moving into sales and marketing of scientific equipment.  Lois and I felt God's call into full time ministry together, particularly with young people, as we had both been involved in a leadership role with youth at our home church of LRBC in Henderson, Auckland. In 1997 we moved with our family to Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines, where we were Boarding Home Parents to some 65 high school students over 6 years.

On returning from the Philippines in 2004 I took up the role of Youth and Community Pastor at LRBC for a period of 4 years where I was involved in setting up a supporting relationship with Henderson Intermediate School, worked with Waitakere Police Youth Aid in providing Anger Management Counselling for young offenders, as well as leading a very gifted group of young leaders who ran our Youth Group. For 3 years Lois and I were Administrators for Headspace, part of the Youth arm of Global Connections in Mission. Headspace is a mission focused gap year program for high school leavers who spend 10 weeks of the year on mission in Thailand.

I commenced my role as National Director at BBNZ in December 2011 and look forward to what God is continuing to do through this amazing ministry.

Stu Thomson - ICONZ Director

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Stu has been our ICONZ Director since he and others established the ICONZ initiative in 2003. He was involved in working in a wide variety of children's initiatives prior to joining us. He is most at home outdoors, camping and being with his family which include his wife Karen and their five children and three son and daughters in law. Stu's other interests include kayak fishing and tramping.

With over 30 years experience working with children and young people, Stu says that working with primary school aged children still gives him the most joy. However, mentoring young leaders is an increasingly important part of the job because Young Adult leaders must be empowered to lead into the 21st century. After a fact finding trip visiting our affiliates in the UK and Scandinavia in 2013, Stu was inspired by the large number of young people in important leadership positions and consequently conceived the vision for the Young Guns Leadership Programme which aims to equip and empower young leaders for the Kingdom of God, including Boys' Brigade and ICONZ, into the future.

Stu has a Diploma of Children's Ministries from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, is a trade qualified carpenter, has worked in sales and marketing, sports coaching and children's entertainment. Since coming to us so he has worked on developing the full ICONZ programme from our Anchor programmes through to ICONZ Edge (in schools), Adventure , Xtreme and Delta programmes for all school aged boys, recruiting and training leaders within churches from Waikato to Wellington. Since 2010 he has been working closely with two churches in Tauranga to develop the ICONZ Edge school based programme at Welcome Bay School.

Contact Stu via email at skyte@bb.org.nz or call him on 027 655 7113

Richard Ooi

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Originally from Malaysia, my family and I immigrated to New Zealand in 2001. I am married to Annie for twenty eight years and we have two boys. I came from a Buddhist family but was sent to the Methodist school on the instructions of my grandmother. It was there that I was exposed to Christians, Christianity, chapel services and hymns.

The search for the God started at a very young age and through my teenage years. I attended chapel services in school on Fridays.  On Saturdays I was taken to the Buddhist temple by my grandmother. On week days I was taken to different Taoist temples by my mother. I was surrounded by many other religions where I lived. It was in my teens that I was invited to a small church to hear a dynamic preacher from the United States. This was a missionary to Korea on his way home to the United States.  I accepted Christ as my Saviour and Lord at the evangelistic church service.

At school I was an Instructor for the Boys Brigade unit and Chairman of the Students Christian Fellowship. I was also a Church Board member for many years.

In Malaysia I worked in banking and finance roles. In New Zealand I have worked mainly in management and accounting roles.

I look forward to working with the leadership team and everyone involved in BB and ICONZ. It is a joy to see youth involved in wholesome activities.

Tony Jee

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Tony Jee is BB ICONZ new Development Manager for the Northern Region.  He hails from Surrey in the UK but has lived here in NZ for the best part of the last 20 years.  He’s married a North Shore girl who teaches year one kids in Stanmore Bay.  Tony & Sarah have two sons who both attend College. 

Tony has been a Chaplain and Pastor for the last ten years, but after a recent youth camp felt the call to new horizons. This role is his new horizon.  While the job title and location have changed, the proposition is still the same; encouraging folks on the journey of faith in Christ and opening up possibilities to meet Christ through relationship. 

Tony has a passion for education, faith, and families.  He gained a Bachelor of Ministry at Laidlaw College and is currently studying for a Masters in qualitative research at BTI.  He also loves music, sport, and cooking.   

The vision that Tony holds for BBNZ Icons is simple. He sees the historical roots of the organization, the trunk of current units and the branches of new growth into churches and schools.  To bring this tree to life will require the Holy Spirit to impact a vast network of Leaders, principles, and lads who desire the transformational experience of Christ in their lives. His prayer is that God will continue to guide and support us in this mission and that we would see growth and harvest as God leads us into this new season. 

You can contact Tony on 022 403 1063 or email tony.jee@iconz.org.nz