We are a strategic resourcing ministry. We aim to help equip and encourage the Christian Church in sharing the message of God’s love to a world in need of hope.
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Dave and Heather Mann

Dave and Heather returned to New Zealand at the end of 2010, after eight and a half years in Singapore. Their goal was to try a few things out, to help the NZ Church with its outreach — this ministry being the vehicle.

With a family of four boys, life is active. Heather, a trained nurse is fully involved with the ministry with Dave taking on administrative, hospitality and other support roles.

About Dave Mann, Director

Dave is a gifted leader, communicator and author with a passion to see the Christian faith both well represented within and positively appreciated by our society. Following theological studies at the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw) Dave worked in community ministry in South Taranaki, and then as a pastor in Singapore. He returned (with family) to New Zealand at the end of 2010 to begin this current work. He has been fearless in pioneering initiatives purposed to helping the Church in New Zealand to better represent itself and achieve its mission, with notable successes, certainly including the national Hope Project media efforts, with significant application in and through hundreds local New Zealand churches.

Michael Taylor – Project Manager

Michael Taylor returned with his family to New Zealand in 2020 after nearly 15 years overseas. After first graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry from C3 College in Sydney, Australia they moved to London, UK and served the local C3 church leading the worship team for over a decade. During this time Michael and his wife were Assistant Leaders of their church for three years as well as overseeing the worship teams in the wider C3 Europe movement travelling extensively, running conferences, worship workshops and pastoral support for team leaders.
In early 2020 they felt the seasons change and knew it was the right time to move back to their home country to be close to family and the new adventures in New Zealand.
He’s very excited to be part of this journey with Shining Lights Trust and looking to the future with vision

He carries a passion for building God’s Church by seeing the local church equipped, supported and encouraged. Whilst in London as well as leading the Church and worship teams, Michael also managing a multi-department client services operation at a large corporate office in the heart of Canary Wharf, London and enjoyed the exciting challenge of juggling all areas of life and seeing personal growth and the different teams developing.

Michael’s role within the Shining Lights Trust team is as a full time ‘Project Manager’, with an oversight of various initiatives.

Shining Lights Trust Board

Alan Hood (Senior Pastor – City Church Tauranga) – Chair

John Elliott (President Emeritus – World Outreach)

Richard Burne (Businessman)

Tamati Cameron (Senior Pastor – Te Kāinga Church)

James Williamson (Director – Flying Pigeon)

Dave Mann (Director – Shining Lights Trust)


See names, roles and pictures of another dozen core people in our team here.