Equip Conference: Christ our Wisdom


We gather each morning and evening to sing praises to our great God and to hear his word taught. In small groups we learn how to prepare and write Bible studies, and receive encouragement and feedback from experienced leaders. We also spend time thinking through practical aspects of Christian ministry such as evangelism, discipleship, youth work, personal holiness and much more. There's no better way to start the year than being grounded in God's word, equipped to serve him and his people, and inspired by a community of Christian brothers and sisters from around the country.

We'd love to have you join us.

Equip Conference (formerly 'YLC') began in 2004 as a ministry shared among a number of evangelical churches in Christchurch. Today, Equip is run by a team representing churches from across the country, and across different denominations. All of us believe the Bible is God’s living and active word to us - through which the Creator of the universe speaks into our lives, transforming us by the power of His Spirit and calling us to trust the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.

The Equip Conference runs under the oversight of the Gospel Training Trust (GTT), a venture to encourage ministry in New Zealand that focuses on the Bible as God's living word for today. 


  • Tim Capill (chair) - Tim is an Assistant Minister at Latimer Church in Christchurch. He is married to Melody and they have four children.

  • Sam Cutforth - Sam is Assistant Pastor at Howick Baptist Church in Auckland, and first got a taste of ministry by using the skills he learned at Equip in his bible study group. He is married to Anna.

  • Scott Mackay - Scott serves as Assistant Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Christchurch. He is married to Jess and they have three daughters.

  • David Thompson -  David is Assistant Minister at Trinity South Christchurch, and loves seeing people of all ages grow in their knowledge and love for Jesus Christ. He is also involved in running Snow Venture camps, another initiative under the oversight of GTT. He is married to Maria, and they have two sons.

  • Jaimee Behan - Jaimee is a mum to three children, and serves alongside her husband Jay at St Stephen's Anglican Church in Christchurch.

  • Dave Giesbers - Dave is a Ministry Apprentice at City on a Hill Church in Wellington. He is married to Rachael and they have two boys.

  • Mark Santich - Mark is the Canterbury Team Leader for TSCF NZ, and also serves as a Trustee on the Gospel Training Trust. He is married to Renée and together they have four children.

  • Renée Santich - Renée is a staff worker at TSCF Canterbury, and a member of Latimer Church in Christchurch. She is married to Mark and they have four teenage children.