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Ko au, ko

koe, ko taua,


You and I are one

24-7 YouthWork is a network of churches and schools and, as such,

communication is vital to us.


If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please don’t hesitate

to make contact – we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.


If you are a school or church looking to get started with 24-7YW, your first

point of call is your local Regional Coordinator. If you are a person looking

to be employed as a youth worker, then please check out our vacancies.

Contact Us

Office Location:

La Vida Centre Offices,

34A Hansons Lane,

Upper Riccarton, 8041

Christchurch, New Zealand


+ 64 3 974 2467


Postal Address:

PO Box 6473

Christchurch 8442

New Zealand



Char Shaw – 24-7YW Administrator


Network Staff


Service and Implementation


24-7YW operates on a decentralised model, empowering local stakeholders to support their local communities and encouraging region-to-region support. 

This accounts for our small national staff whose main priorities are to serve local communities and implement nationwide initiatives.

Jay Geldard started out his days in youth work with the 24-7YW Hornby Presbyterian team at Hornby High School.  He completed eight years in the school before moving on to work full time for the National 24-7YW Network in 2009.
Jay is passionate about working with young people in schools and says, “The teenage years are often some of the toughest and young people need good role models to help them transition well into adulthood.”

He has a real heart to see churches and schools working closer together for the benefit of the students and is excited about the future growth of the Network.





Jay Geldard

Network Coordinator

Contact Jay


Alan Aitken is a management consultant for a variety of charitable and community-based organisations including 24-7YW. He has been involved with church and community groups for over 25 years including 16 years as a church pastor which saw him undertake a range of youth, administration, teaching and leadership roles.


Al reflects that success, in whatever charitable organisation, is always about people and always comes back to people.



Alan Aitken

Network Management Advisor

Contact Alan


Char Shaw was a youth worker at Branston Intermediate (closed due to the earthquake re-structuring) before taking on the role of Network Administrator at the end of 2013. She has also worked in the referral room at Hornby High and in the mental health / depression sector.


With her background in youth work and administration, Char understands the challenges many youth workers face and has the skills to streamline processes to help make their job easier.



Char Shaw

Network Administrator

Contact Char

After spending six  years high school teaching, Nicky Geldard joined the 24-7YW team in 2011.


Initially trained as a journalist, Nicky loves using her communications background to indirectly be involved in schools work. She believes young people hunger after genuine relationship and sees youth work as one way of fulfilling that need.



Nicky Geldard

Network Communications

Contact Nicky

Regional Coordinators


Partnership and Vision


Along with the national staff 24-7 YouthWork is led by representatives from the regions that meet four times a year.

The principal roles of the regional coordinators are to:

• Be a point of contact for churches and schools in their area.

• Meet with Team Leaders in their region and represent the collective voice of the youth workers from their area.

• Provide strategic vision for the 24-7YW Network.

A youth worker at Dargaville High since 2012, Christine Taylor is the newest member of the Regional Coordinators Group, joining the team at the beginning of 2016.


As well as being a youth worker, Christine works for Dargaville Baptist Church as the youth leader for Years 7 to 13. She enjoys seeing youth excel in what they love, “but also love seeing them achieve what they thought they couldn’t – seeing them learn to believe in themselves.”


Christine Taylor


Contact Christine


Appointed as the Auckland Development Coordinator at the beginning of 2013, Grant Warner has been invaluable to the RCG due to his background in education and family development.


Affiliated with Green Bay High School and Titirangi Baptist, Grant enjoys seeing youth work changing the world one person at a time.



Grant Warner


Contact Grant

Jess Suisted was a youth worker at Cambridge High School from 2010 – 2014. She is based at Raleigh St Christian Centre in Cambridge and joined the RCG in 2015 to begin sharing the vision for 24-7YW in the Bay of Plenty area.
Jess is passionate about churches building up their local communities!



Jess Suisted

Bay of Plenty

Contact Jess

Warwick Prewer has managed the Cambridge High youth work team from Raleigh St Christian Centre for the past four years.
He joined the RCG in 2013 and loves working with young people to see them grow and develop to their full potential.


Warwick Prewer


Contact Warwick


Daryl Judd became the Team Leader for Tawa College when the school joined the 24-7YW Network at the beginning of 2015. Employed as the Youth and Associate Pastor at Tawa Baptist, Daryl has been involved in youth work (either paid or voluntary) for a number of years.


Daryl has been interested in the work of 24-7YW and Duane Major (24-7YW founder) for many years and his maturity and sound wisdom are a welcome addition to the Regional Coordinators Group, which he joined late 2015.


Daryl Judd


Contact Daryl


Nick Ippolito has been doing youth work in America and all around New Zealand since 2003. He has been a youth worker at Waimea College since 2014 and is also the Team Leader.


At the start of 2015, Nick was appointed as the Regional Coordinator for the Nelson/Marlborough area. Nick is affiliated with Hope Community Church.


Nick Ippolito


Contact Nick


Luke Gardiner started as a youth worker in 2001 at Hillmorton High as a part of South West Baptist Church (formerly Spreydon Baptist).  He completed eight years before going to university and then training as a secondary teacher.


Luke has now come full circle as he became the Canterbury Regional Coordinator in January, 2015.  We greatly value his historical knowledge and on-the-ground understanding of what it means to be a 24-7YW youth worker.



Luke Gardiner


Contact Luke


Before moving to Dunedin, Matt Stevenson was a long-serving 24-7 youth worker at Linwood College, Christchurch. Matt is passionate about working with young people and supporting youth workers on their journey.
He is excited to see 24-7YW take off ‘down south’ and looks forward to the impact it will have amongst the youth of Otago. Matt, Jess, and their son Noah, attend Elim Church, Dunedin.



Matt Stevenson


Contact Matt


24-7YW Board of Trustees

Guardianship and empowerment

24-7 YouthWork is governed by a voluntary board of trustees that meets four times a year with input from Jay Geldard, the Network Coordinator.

The principal roles of the board are to:

• Ensure that the Trust is coherent, responsible and viable.

• That its activities remain true to the ethos of 24-7YW.

• Oversee the work of Network staff.

Duane Major |


Duane Major has a background in education and sport and is a Pastor at South West Baptist Church (SWBC) and the founder of 24-7 YouthWork.

Duane became a volunteer youth worker well over 20 years ago, and says he was drawn to youth work because of its energy and the opportunities it created.  “I saw it as an opportunity to make a real difference” Duane says. “Youth is a fantastic stage of life, and youth workers can be hugely influential during this time.” Duane enjoys working with young people of all ages and backgrounds – and believes the community has a big part to play in ensuring all young people grow into well-rounded adults.

Alan Ameye |

Alan Ameye, and his wife Heather, spent thirteen years working for YFC (Youth for Christ) in Wellington before moving to the City of Sails to serve as youth pastors for nearly eleven years at Windsor Park Baptist Church on the North Shore.

His current role is the Northern Regional Youth Ministry Coach for Baptist Churches, which he has been doing for the last seven years. Alan enjoys identifying and observing trends in youth ministry and endeavours to keep up with new initiatives around the world. He loves sitting with Youth Pastors and hearing their stories over a coffee, (which he doesn’t drink so it’s usually a water).

Alan Aitken |

Alan Aitken is a management consultant for a variety of charitable and community-based organisations including 24-7YW.
He has been involved with church and community groups for over 25 years including 16 years as a church pastor which saw him undertake a range of youth, administration, teaching and leadership roles.

Al reflects that success, in whatever charitable organisation, is always about people and always comes back to people.

Grant Chivers |

Grant Chivers is the 018 Manager at South West Baptist Church with responsibilities for all Youth and Children’s work including being involved with seven not-for-profit Trusts within Christchurch. Grant has been involved with various Youth Trusts, Youth Work and Children’s Work of varying sorts for the last 25 years and has a passion to see young people flourish and grow into healthy, contributing, whole adults.

Grant and his wife, Emma, spent three years with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Southern Africa in their life before kids and their passions are youth, children, Global Missions and family – along with a great cup of coffee or a mountain bike ride on a forest track.


Please note: these vacancies are forwarded from our affiliated churches and groups within the 24-7YW Network.



24-7 YouthWork Administrator/Personal Assistant


This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a nationwide network connecting local schools and local churches. 24-7 YouthWork works with 175 youth workers in 72 schools throughout the country and counting!


We believe in young people and want to see them entering adulthood as strong contributors to their local communities. This is an approach based on relationships, not programmes.


We have a small National staff in order to best direct resources out to the communities that we serve. The Network Administrator, therefore, is a key member of the team and works closely with the Network Coordinator, Jay Geldard.


If you have a passion for young people, love administration, use initiative and have a servant heart, then this role is for you.


Click here to apply through



Community Children’s Worker – Blenheim


We require a creative and enthusiastic person to work as a Community Children’s Worker in a local school and holiday programme based in Blenheim for 16 hours per week.


Remuneration dependent on experience and qualifications.


For job description and application form, please contact Wairau Youth and Family Trust, Blenheim on  03 578 8895 or email


The official application form must be completed and returned by 18th April 2017.



Youth Worker – Kaiapoi


P2P Trust is seeking a male youth worker to work in Kaiapoi High School 10 hours per week, beginning term 1 2017


Are you interested in working with teenagers? Are you fun, bubbly and keen on getting alongside and supporting youth at school? Do you have experience working with young people?


The Person to Person Help Trust – a charitable trust associated with Kaiapoi Baptist Church, is seeking a male youth worker to join our team of 24-7 Youth Workers in Kaiapoi High School. Experience is helpful but not essential – full training will be provided.


The successful applicant will:

  • Have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Become part of local Christian church community
  • Have some experience with youth
  • Be a team player
  • Have the ability to relate well to students and teachers
  • Be honest, eager and have a good work ethic
  • Be passionate about getting involved in the local community


You will join a committed team well established in the school, will receive mentoring and support in the role, opportunities to attend 24-7 youth worker training and development and have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of young people.


If interested please email Billie Wells, at to receive a job description.




Youth Worker – Cobham Intermediate


An opportunity has arisen to join the 24-7 Youth Work team.  Applications for the role of 24-7 Youth Worker at Cobham Intermediate, Christchurch, for 2017 are now being sought. This position is for ten hours a week and is a partnership between St Aidan’s Bryndwr and Cobham Intermediate School, Ilam Road.


If you have a love for and can communicate well with young people, are self-motivated and able to work well in a team environment then this role may be for you.  It would be an advantage to have experience relevant to working with youth but not essential for the right applicant. Training will be provided.


To apply send your C.V. and covering letter to Job descriptions available on request.  


Applications close at 5pm on the 17th February.




Youth Coordinator – Rangiora


This is your chance to join a great team, a great church and a great group of young people! We’re moving people around for 2017 and need someone to join our team and coordinate our awesome team of volunteer youth leaders in leading a fantastic bunch of young people.


Who we’re after… We are looking for someone to join our staff team who loves Jesus and who has the passion and gifting to lead our youth ministry team. Loving God and having a heart for young people counts for more than experience or being the very best at everything – these can be developed together for the right person.


What the job is… The role includes leading a mid-week programme, mentoring, leadership development, encouraging intergenerational connections and discipleship opportunities, and could also include an additional 10 hours as a 24-7 YouthWorker at a local high school. A full Job Description is available at 


What’s on offer… Hours: 20 per week (plus the option of an extra 10 hours as a youth worker in a local High School). Pay: Negotiable depending on experience + additional study allowance. We are also keen to discuss internship study options and want to support the suitable candidate in developing their ministry skills, experience and theology.


Why you should apply! We have a great bunch of people at Rangiora Baptist who have a heart to see young people coming to know God, and growing in their walk with Him. The whole church gets behind the youth ministry and our vision is to see young people leading the way at RBC. AND we reckon our young people are kinda awesome and you’d like working with them… We’re “people people” at RBC and strive to make sure we support each other in every way we can. Our staff team loves a good laugh and is great to be a part of – so come join the team!  


Important info: Applications close Friday FEBRUARY 10 with the position commencing in negotiation with the successful applicant.  Please apply with your CV, cover letter and any references.


Need more info? Email


About Rangiora Baptist Church…

At Rangiora Baptist Church we exist to be fully committed followers of Jesus, and to make fully committed followers of Jesus.



Youth Worker – Tauranga


Holy Trinity Tauranga is seeking a passionate female community youth worker to work 10 hours per week – starting Term 1 in 2017


Are you skilled in working with youth? Do you want to make a positive difference to young people in Tauranga? Can you work on your own initiative while recognising the importance of team work?


The position involves leadership development, cultivating school spirit, supporting staff and students, helping students with extra-curricular activities and building positive relationships during and outside of school hours.  


The Youth Workers are managed by Holy Trinity Church Tauranga (HTT) and will be involved in presence based youth work in our local secondary school.
The team is affiliated with the 24-7 YouthWork Network. The successful applicant will also be involved in the HTT youth community on a regular weekly basis. This would suit someone looking for a long-term role (e.g. 3 years).  


The preferred applicant for this position will have:  

  • A passion for being a transforming influence in their local community
  • A living relationship with Jesus
  • Sound group work skills
  • Basic leadership skills with a commitment to receive further training
  • Good ability to relate to and be accepted by young  people  
  • Clear written and oral communication skills  
  • Ability to manage own time and priorities
  • Ability to manage projects  
  • Ability to work as part of a wider team and to develop a team around them


For more information or to apply with a CV and covering letter/email contact:


Ana Snodgrass
Phone: 07 578 7718
Closing date for applications is Friday 9th December 2016


Youth Work Team Leader – Whangarei


Are you an experienced youth worker looking for your next challenge?  Want an affordable lifestyle near some of NZ’s best beaches, as well as outstanding fishing, world class dive spots and other outdoor activities?  If so, we have an amazing opportunity for you. The Whangarei Youth Community Trust – a charitable trust of Whangarei Central Baptist Church, is seeking an experienced youth worker to lead our team of 24-7 Youth Workers and to take a key role in Cityouth, our church’s youth ministry. We have Youth Workers in 2 large high schools, both in close proximity to our church and a large, well resourced youth group that receives awesome support from the whole church community.  


This 30 hr per week Team Leader position has been created by combining 3 roles.

  • 24-7 Team Leader – 10 hrs/wk
  • 24-7 Youth Worker – 15 hrs/wk
  • Cityouth Junior or Senior High Team Leader – 5 hrs/wk


The successful candidate will be committed to Jesus Christ and his mission in the world; have proven youth work and leadership experience, excellent communication skills, ability to relate well with a wide range of stakeholders – youth, parents, school and church leadership, good organisational skills, a mature outlook on life, and a good work ethic. You will receive excellent support, including a supportive church environment, an experienced and committed Trust, mentoring from an experienced youth pastor, independent professional supervision, and opportunities for ongoing professional development.


Start date mid January 2017.  


If interested please contact Ps Stephen Battye on 027 951 1195 or to receive a job description.



Youth Pastor – Mahurangi Vineyard Church 


Reporting to: Executive Pastor – Lyndon Reiff

Hours of Work: 40 hours

Remuneration: To be discussed with successful applicant; Comprehensive phone and health care package

Notice period: 4 weeks


Primary Responsibilities

• Oversee all youth ministry at Mahurangi Vineyard Church. This includes (but is not limited to):

– Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers.

– Completing the administration necessary to ensure the smooth running of each program.

– Being the face for youth at Mahurangi Vineyard Church and leading Mahurangi Vineyard youth ministry.

• Full pastoral participation in the life of Mahurangi Vineyard church in the areas directed and agreed with the Senior Pastor.


General responsibilities

• To support the Senior Pastor in all areas of church life as is reasonably required.

• Be a fully committed member of the Mahurangi Vineyard leadership team to serve our church and community in all ways as is reasonably required.


Please contact Angela Reiff to apply


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