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Joel Supeck

2005-2010 / Director of Communications and Business (Henderson campus)

I really enjoyed my years working at BCNZ/Laidlaw. Being a part of the team that got to lead the College through the renaming and rebranding was one of the greatest honours of my life. It was so exciting to be part of a team that was committed to excellence in everything that we did. I am proud of the work that we did in the marketing and communication space. We took the College's history and legacy seriously. We did our best to ensure that the new name and logo represented the best of the College so that it could be carried into the future. This care was taken with every aspect of the rebranding journey. It was reflected in the new Laidlaw logo, which included a reimagining the elements of the BCNZ crest. The letters above the main entrance (which are still there) that now spell out Laidlaw College, were made up of the same letters that spelled out The Bible College of New Zealand before it. (I'll share a picture of John Ferguson taking down the BCNZ letters). God has been faithful to the College throughout all its years – just as its many students, faculty, and staff have been in carrying the torch of the College’s mission from one generation to the next. May God continue to bless the College and all who study and work there for generations to come.

As a member of the senior management team, my time at College shaped me into the leader that I am today. It provided the environment in which I could explore my management and leadership style in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It allowed me to wrestle with how to translate what I knew from my business studies and experience, into practical applications that allowed me to serve a diverse community of faith. These formative years have continued to be a point of reference for me as I have managed and led in other spheres.

After finishing my employment with Laidlaw, I spent about eighteen months lecturing in business/management studies as part of the International College of Auckland. This work was supplemented by some consulting and strengths coaching work with various individuals and church groups. Then, in 2012, I started working with the Salvation Army. My first role with them was as a Business Administrator at their Albany centre. In 2015, I became their regional Business Administrator.

I'm currently working and serving as the Divisional Operations Manager for the Salvation Army's Northern Division, which covers Auckland and Northland. I've been doing this work since January 2021. My role is charged with bringing together the mission and business aspects of our organisation to ensure that we are working in connected, collaborative, and coordinated ways to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

At the age of fifteen God put a vision in my heart of how I would support the mission of his Kingdom through the work of administration. I am grateful that he has directed the steps of my journey to prepare and shape me into the person that I need to be to do this work. This process continues to be sure. My journey with Laidlaw was a crucial part of this preparation for the work that I am doing now, and hope to continue to do in the future. I am grateful that God chose to use what little I had to offer for his honour and glory.

"Brothers and Sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

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