Vaughan Darby


Vaughan is married to Mary and has two sons, Joshua and Samuel. Josh (29) is in the Fire Service and Sam (27) is presently working for a marketing firm in Auckland. This has also seen Vaughan getting involved and he now services on the AOC Board as a trustee.

Vaughan has been involved with the KingsWay Trust for over 20 years. He was chairman and a Trustee on the KingsGate School establishment board at its inception in 2007. He was inaugural Chairman of KingsWay School Board of Trustees for nine years. For a period, Vaughan was a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Masters Institute, a Christian teacher’s college and also a Trustee of the Masters Development Foundation. Vaughan was a Trustee of the New Zealand Christian Proprietors Trust of which he was founding Chairman and stood down in 2016.

Vaughan is presently Chairman of the Association of Integrated Schools and Deputy Chair of the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools. He has a passion for Christian education, especially preparing our children so they can live out their faith in the world they live in.

While KWT’s original vision was to provide Christian schooling in the immediate area of Silverdale, that vision has been expanded recently to cover the greater Auckland area. Hence the recent acquisition of Mahurangi Christian School (now Horizon School) and the adjoining Lifeway Campus next door which will provide long term space as Horizon School grows. 2018 has also seen the KWT taking over the former Immanuel Christian School site in Avondale. Formerly a school teacher, he is now Director of a number of businesses, including investment property management and Free Range Eggs NZ(FRENZ). Vaughan has recently joined the Board of Asian Outreach Cambodia and is in the process of establishing Cambodian businesses to help fund the work.


Peter Wilding


Peter is married to Rachel and together they have three children, two being former KingsWay students and the youngest completing his college years at KingsWay School. Rachel is an Assistant Head of the Senior School and teacher at KingsWay School.
Peter has served on the KingsWay Trust since 2014. At that time he was initially appointed as a Proprietor Representative on the KingsWay School Board of Trustees and is now a parent elected Trustee. Peter was later voted unanimously by the Board to be Chairperson, a role he has held since 2016. Peter is committed to supporting the school deliver excellence in education framed and focused upon the teachings, love and person of Jesus. He works as a senior manager with the New Zealand Fire Service and regularly attends church on the North Shore.

Peter is passionate to see people excel, loving God and walking in his presence wherever their life adventures take them. He is a firm believer in Christian education and sees the network of KingsWay Trust schools as strategically important assets to the body of Christ in educating, growing and releasing young people who carry the heartbeat of Father God into our communities, including future political, business, sporting and community leaders.


Carl Becker


Carl has been the founding CEO of Scarlet City Studios (since 2011) and has co-ordinated the development of the online game The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance. Carl has been a Middle School Principal, an Executive Pastor and consulted to Christian schools throughout New Zealand with regard to strategic planning, governance and Christian education.  He is passionate about education and theology, and is constantly looking for creative ways to help children engage their lives in the greatest true story of all time and translate that into living culturally engaging lives.

Carl holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and Post Grad Diploma in Theology.


Stuart Shepherd


Stuart is married to Maree and has two adult sons. He served on the Board of Trustees at KingsWay School for much of the time that his sons were in school. Stuart is an economist, a partner in an economic consulting firm, a Chartered Accountant and a company director. 


Luke Fenwick


I grew up in Christchurch, and after school graduation divided my time between youth work, rugby, and studying classics and history at the University of Canterbury.  I went on to read German history at University College, Oxford, where I took a doctorate in 2011.  I have since worked with policy and tertiary institutions in London, Washington D.C., Moscow and Auckland.  I’m currently with Venn Foundation as a teaching fellow.

I love asking and discussing questions.  I’m primarily an learner.  My current work inquires into resistance and conformity in Nazi Germany, and how we might think about them theologically and existentially.  Both these dimensions excite me: inquiry need not remain in the ivory tower but should inform our lives as we live them coram deo.  

Sport remains a passion.  I played rugby for over 20 years—the highlight was running onto Twickenham in front of 25,000.  I follow basketball and cycle when I can, while I also love music and foreign movies.

Most importantly, I’m married to the fabulous Olivia, whom I met through mutual friends some four years ago. 


Mack Tane


Mack was born in Te Kopuru and educated in Dargaville, Auckland and Whangarei.

 He is married to Noeline and is father to 3 boys, 3 girls, 3 step-daughters, grandfather to 9 and great-grandfather to 1.  Together they currently attend Titirangi Baptist Church.

 Mack is a Sound Engineer and a Musician who has interests in Christian apologetics, teaching, writing and recording music, together with Christian Education.

 Mack helped to build and establish the Dargaville Christian School in 1986 and became involved with the Bible and Ministry School in Kamo, teaching at Kamo Christian College until 1996.  He returned to the Board of the renamed Excellere Christian College until 2012 and has been a Board member and Chairman of Immanuel Christian School in Avondale, Auckland until 2017.


Stephanie Corban


Stephanie is married to John and they have had three children.  All three attended Immanuel Christian School in Avondale.  Their eldest and youngest children completed years 1-8 at Immanuel, but sadly their middle child died in 2008 aged 6. 

 Immanuel was located at the site where Jireh Christian School is now located.  Stephanie’s husband served on the Immanuel’s Board as Treasurer for 9 years and then Stephanie served for two years, during which time the negotiations with KingsWay Trust to relocate Jireh Christian School occurred.

 Stephanie is passionate about Christian families having the choice to send their children to local Christian schools which are centred on God’s truth, where staff encourage children to grow in their love and knowledge of God, and children are equipped to live out their faith in their communities.  Stephanie is also a lawyer and looks forward to bringing a female viewpoint to the work of KingsWay Trust.  Stephanie joined the Trust in June 2018.


Allan Bates


Allan and his wife are strong supporters of Christian Education, with their three children all graduating from KingsWay School.

A life-long journey of faith began as a teenager, attending a variety of church fellowships across Auckland, most recently as a contributing member of the Massey Riverhead Presbyterian parish.

Allan completed a post-graduate Diploma in Theology at Laidlaw College in 2014, with additional study on-going possibly towards a Masters degree. Adding to his credentials in Accounting and Commercial Law, his experience in banking as a senior executive and more recently his chartered accountancy work in a business advisory capacity, makes his a valuable contribution to the work of the Trust going forward.