2011 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Geoff Thomas is a Welsh speaking Welshman, and the pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales for over 45 years. Geoff was born in Merthyr Tydfil and became a Christian in Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hengoed. He went to Cardiff University to study Biblical Studies, as did his wife Iola one year behind him. Geoff then went to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. In 1965 he was called to pastor the Baptist Church in Alfred Place, Aberystwyth where he has been ever since. Geoff and Iola have three daughters, eight grandsons and one granddaughter. He will be celebrating his 47th wedding anniversary during his preaching ministry in Australia and New Zealand.

Geoff’s books include Daniel, Servant of God under Four Kings (Bryntirion), The Life of Ernest Reisinger (Banner of Truth), Philip and the Great Revival in Samaria (Banner of Truth), Reading the Bible (Banner of Truth), Preaching: the Man, the Method and the Message (Reformed Academic Press), The Sure Word of God (Bryntirion), and The Holy Spirit (Reformation Heritage Books). The full text of 800 of Geoff’s sermons has been published on the Alfred Place website. He is also active in maintaining the Banner of Truth website.

Geoff has strongly influenced a number of New Zealanders that were previously part of his ministry.

Workshop speakers

Jay Behan is the senior minister at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he has served for the last four years. He trained for a year at the Cornhill Training Course (London, UK), and then a further four years at Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia). He is a trustee of the Gospel Training Trust (which run a number of Gospel Training initiatives in Christchurch). He and Jaimee have been married for 15 years and they have a son and two daughters. Jay loves talking to people about Jesus and studying the Scriptures. When he is not doing those things, he loves watching sport (particularly rugby league), hot Indian curries, watching the West Wing, spending time with family, and listening to music.

Jay’s workshop at STAND 2011 will center on the gospel and sexuality.



Paul Davison has served as pastor of Hastings Baptist Church in Hastings, New Zealand since 1999. He studied at Spurgeon’s College (London, UK), and Carey Baptist College (Auckland, NZ). He is currently completing a thesis at Laidlaw College (Auckland, NZ) on the topic: “Why was Jesus Baptised?”. Before taking up full-time ministry, Paul worked in the corporate IT industry and spent time as a business analyst. He has been married to Joy for 23 years; together they have four daughters.

Paul is a contributor to two blogs: kiwi-made preaching and the gospel-focused kiwifruit blog. His workshop at STAND 2011 is titled “Ministry for Everyone: Reading the Bible One on One”.


Rob Morton is on the leadership team at Bays Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand. Rob studied for ministry at Ridley Theological College in Melbourne, Australia, after working in commercial radio throughout New Zealand. Rob is married to Adelle, and is a father to four young children.

Rob runs his own blog at robmortonblog.wordpress.com. His workshop at STAND 2011 will focus on applying the gospel to the role of a Christian husband.


Richard Cutforth is pastor of Papakura Baptist Church where he has served for the last 12 years. Before that he served as pastor of Levin Baptist Church and worked with the Flaxmere Baptist Church plant. Richard has been married to Donelda for 28 years and has four boys and a daughter-in-law.

Richard has been interested for a number of years on how the gospel impacts every aspect of the Christian’s life, particularly in the area of suffering. Richard’s wife, Donelda, has had motor neurone disease for the past five years and so he offers firsthand knowledge of how the gospel can bring encouragement and support to difficult situations.

Richard’s workshop at STAND 2011 will be on the gospel and ministering to those who are suffering.