Conference 2016 Speakers

We are privileged to have exceptional speakers joining us from New Zealand and around the globe.

Dr. Gábor GyõriDr. Gábor Gyõri

(Medical doctor, Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest)
Executive Director of Ministries at IHS Global

Dr. Gábor Gyõri from Hungary is a medical doctor who is now the director of IHS global; an organisation that trains Christian healthcare workers to care for their patient’s spiritual needs in addition to their physical needs.

Gábor worked 6 years as an emergency medicine doctor, 19 years as a family doctor as well as a teaching physician at the Department of Family Medicine at Semmelweis University of Budapest. He has done research and publications in the areas of anxiety disorder, depression, and on the relationship between faith and health. 

His first opportunity to participate in a Saline Process Training was in 1999. It was a life-altering experience, which completely changed the way he viewed his work as a family doctor. God called him to encourage and prepare other healthcare workers to be Christ’s witnesses in their everyday lives.

Gábor has been working with IHS Global since 2006, first as European Coordinator, later as International Director. Since June 2014, he has been working as Executive Director of Ministry.

God has blessed him with a wonderful family. His wife Gabriella is a dentist, though she has been working for several years as a full-time mother, alongside being a dedicated mission partner. They have 9 children and one grandchild.

Their family is involved in a Christian horse ranch ministry called Morning Star Ranch Ministries, motivated by the vision of reaching children and young adults of Hungary with the love of Christ through various equestrian activities.

Conference topics will cover:

  • Whole person healthcare - an 8 hour pre-conference seminar for doctors, nurses and other health professionals, presented with two local trainers;
  • The relationship between faith and health, and how to allow for that in the medical setting;
  • How to be a witness of Jesus Christ at our healthcare workplaces;
  • Self-care - developing our own "whole person" health.


Val GooldVal Goold

Pouwhakahaere (Campus Director), Laidlaw College Manukau
Ko Tapuae o Uenuku toku maunga. Ko Kurahaupo toku waka. Ko Rangitane o Wairau toku iwi.

Val was born in the Waikato and is still a committed fan of Waikato rugby (complete with Mooloo cowbell!!).

Val studied at Victoria University completing a BA in Economic History and then completed a B.Div at Laidlaw. Val taught History and Economics at Macleans College before moving up an age group to work with university students. From 2002 to 2014 Val worked as the Head of Student Ministries, for Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. Val completed her Masters in Education (Adult Education) in 2013 where the focus of her thesis was on women in leadership of not-for-profit organisations in NZ.

In 2015, Val took up the role of Pouwhakahaere (Campus Director) for a new branch of Laidlaw College in central Manukau. Val is passionate about helping people live authentic, growing, and biblically shaped lives wherever God leads them.

Dr NDr N

Dr. N is a global nomad who holds a citizenship of heaven

The identity of Dr N is concealed due to her sensitive work. She is Chinese and was born and raised in a British colony before studying social sciences and pre-med at an Ivy League university in the United States. She then arrived in Australia to study medicine in Adelaide, and as a final year medical student she found herself in Central Australia, where she then lived and worked as a doctor for 10 years.

She is one of the very few doctors in the region to speak an Aboriginal language which her adopted Aboriginal family taught her. Her car is a bicycle and she tries to be vegan when she can, but she also loves eating wichetty grubs and kangaroo tails whenever they are available.

She earned a Master of Public Health and holds fellowships with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine as well as the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She loves talking to doctors and students, young and old, individually and as a group, and she is known to make her audiences both laugh and cry.

In 2015-2016 she is taking a sabbatical in Singapore where she is indulging in classical music concerts, enjoying lots of Asian food, and Scottish Country Dancing. Everyone who knows Dr. N is sure that she is on her way somewhere......but only God knows where she's on her way to.


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