Our new CEO Neels Janse van Rensburg loves his lattes, bike riding, hiking, and movies.
But nothing for him beats reading the Word of God (although a good barbecue is second place!).
“The Bible is more than just the Word of God or a Holy book to me. It’s a mirror I reflect in daily to learn more of who God is. In return, it helps me understand who I already am through the completed work of his Son,” said Neels.
His favourite Bible verse is 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV), ‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.’
Neels, who is also a co-pastor on Auckland’s North Shore, has a heart for the broken and says he loves people and helping them to develop their God-given talent. “There’s no greater joy for me than to see an individual leave the station of brokenness and journey to the place of wholeness discovering who they are and what they have to offer in Christ.”
As for Neels’s favourite part of the Bible, it is the life of Jesus. “The ultimate sacrifice he made on the cross presenting us all with the opportunity to be reconciled with the Father and restored to what we are in him is precious.”
Neels takes up his position as Bible Society New Zealand CEO on 1 April.