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About CBA

CBA exists to share the heart of the Christian faith in mainstream media.

CBA in a Nutshell
Meet Our Team

Our team

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Phil Guyan

Phil has led CBA since 1995 performing various roles, such as programming, new initiatives, fundraising and marketing. His main role is to bring together great Christian communicators to create compelling programmes suitable for mainstream radio audiences, which communicate the Christian faith in creative ways.

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Erin Carpenter
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Erin started at CBA part-time in 2003, and began full-time in 2006. She looks after the CBA office and has a variety of administrative duties, such as coordinating special projects, appeals and managing our part-time administration staff. One of her key roles is to look after CBA’s supporters, answering any questions they may have and ensuring all of their details are up to date.

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Rev Francis Ritchie

Frank works part-time at CBA as a chaplain to our Salt network and the wider New Zealand media industry. He also co-hosts our Sunday evening programme, Sundays at Six, alongside Jax Donaldson.

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Lauren Cunningham

Lauren came on board at CBA part-time at the beginning of 2017 to look after our wonderful supporters, process donations and help to keep the office running smoothly.

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Stephanie Soh

Steph is our Love It Brand Manager. She helps with the production of programming and content, is our in-house photographer, and dabbles in design.

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Mick Andrews
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Mick works part-time at CBA as a content creator and editor. He has a long history of storytelling, both as a filmmaker and podcast-creator.

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Josh Couch

Josh joined the team in early 2010 to expand CBA’s capacity for programming and other initiatives. He has been directly involved in a variety of jobs including producing programmes, creating promotional videos and managing CBA’s online presence and strategies.

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Elesha Gordon

Elesha is the General Manager of Media Chaplaincy, which exists to encourage and support Kiwis working in media. She is also the curator of Salt which supports Christians working in the media.

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Kate McGlinchey

Kate began working at CBA in 2015. As CBA's Fundraiser she is an integral part of the team and she would be happy to discuss how you can support CBA's work sharing the heart of the Christian faith in mainstream media. 

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Petra Bagust

A lovely familiar face on New Zealand TV, Petra works part-time at CBA, taking up the leadership of Salt in early 2020.

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Sheree Hughes
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Sheree is the part-time Chartered Accountant here at CBA. She manages the books and helps to ensure that CBA continues to operate with integrity and responsibility in regard to finances.

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Annelies Guyan
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Annelies has worked for CBA on and off for nearly two decades. She currently works part-time taking care of various administrative responsibilities, including accounts, and helps with event planning.

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Kate's sidekick and our beloved office dog, who's been faithfully bringing entertainment and cuddles since she was a tiny pup.

In the beginning

John Hawkesby was the very first employee of CBA back in the late 1960s. It’s 50 years since John Hawkesby and friends broadcast their first CBA programme from the Hauraki pirate radio ship, the ‘Tiri’. From innovative and audacious beginnings, CBA has gone on to produce thousands of programmes reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners.

Learn more about our story.

Buy the book

John Hawkesby and John Cowan have written a coffee table book telling the origins of CBA and sharing anecdotes from the past 50 years. Buy a copy today!

Want to know more?

Take a look at our frequently asked questions.

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"CBA deserves support from the whole church for the professional and culturally attuned way they are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. CBA wrestles with many of the real questions and issues people ask, and demonstrate that the Christian faith is robust and relevant for life today.”

National Superintendent Emeritus Rev Dr Richard Waugh

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