In 1985 the church leaders at the Orwell St. Church in Oamaru invited Graham and Wanda Ashby to develop an itinerant evangelistic ministry that would be locally based, but could extend to where the Lord would have it grow.
Since that time, Graham's style and strengths have become widely used in many churches throughout New Zealand and overseas. He now preaches in Australia and Northern Ireland between his New Zealand commitments.
We are confident that the Lord will continue to use Graham's ministry among many in a mighty way, if together we seek the Lord now and ask Him to be present in your preparations as well as Graham's messages.
We join you in prayer as you reach out to your community, asking the Lord that many among your friends, family and neighbours will discover the life changing experience of encountering Jesus.
If you would like to make contact please don't hesitate to email his organizing committee.
Graham Ashby is well known throughout New Zealand as an Evangelist who has a balanced view of Scripture and a passion for the church and its outreach. Graham and Wanda now live in Alexandra but remains in full-time ministry in association with the Orwell St Church. Wanda joins Graham in all aspects of their ministry which involves preaching and Bible teaching. Graham remains highly motivated to public evangelism in New Zealand and overseas.
Many evangelical churches have a genuine desire to reach out effectively to their communities, and because Graham has the unique ability to communicate to all age groups and adapt to all occasions, the demands for his ministry are considerable. He has an easy, friendly way with people and relates well to those of all ages and circumstances. His messages are interesting and often spiced with humour, yet always direct and penetrating.
The motivation for his evangelistic ministry comes from a sincere conviction and concern for all those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. He will present his listeners with the challenge and the reality of God, and of the lifestyle of faith that should characterize those who claim Christ as their King.
Graham has a strong commitment to uphold the family and to encourage the purpose of marriage, in particular by empowering and supporting men to be men.
Graham grew up in the multi-cultural suburb of Otara (South) Auckland, NZ, in a solo parent home. His first introduction to Christianity came when he joined a Boys Rally group and it was mostly through the love, concern and help of those Rally leaders that Graham became a Christian at the age of 13, while attending a Billy Graham Crusade meeting in 1969. Later the family moved to Oamaru and it was here that Graham was introduced to the local Christian Church family.
At the age of 18 doctors diagnosed Graham as having a malignant cancer, an event which ultimately proved to be the turning point in his life. Faced with only six months to live and with the reality of death, he was brought to his knees before the Lord. There on the floor of the old Dunedin hospital he turned his life entirely over to God. After radical and major surgery, now more than 45 years ago, he continues with the commitment made that day to serve his Lord.
Between 1984 - 1986 they worked at Totara Springs Christian Centre, New Zealand's premier Christian Camping Site.
Since 1986 they have been associated with the Orwell St. Church in Oamaru, working full-time as travelling Ministers by preaching and teaching to all denominations in New Zealand and overseas.
Graham's record as a graduate of the N.Z Assembly Bible School (Auckland), Totara Springs Christian Centre (Theological Student) and the Moody Bible Institute (Chicago U.S.A) is an indication of his deep desire to know and to communicate the Bible's message to the people of today.
In 2014 Graham completed his studies with Massey University to gain a Certificate in Counselling.
Graham was one of the inaugural Board members of the newly formed Christian Community Churches of New Zealand in 2015. Seeing the unity that has developed throughout New Zealand among this network of churches has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his ministry. Having now stepped down from the CCCNZ Board, his ongoing involvement within this growing network of churches is because he is committed to growing the strength and purpose of these churches while ensuring the Gospel message remains their highest priority.
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- MALCOLM BARROW (SNR PASTOR WHITIORA BIBLE CHURCH)
"Graham is a gifted communicator with a fervent desire to preach the Gospel"
- PETER ROBINSON (PASTOR, MATAMATA BIBLE CHAPEL)
"I can not recommend Graham highly enough. Hear him once and you will ask him to speak again"
- BRIAN TUFFY (PRINCIPAL OAMARU INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL)
"Graham's messages are always challenging and inspiring"
- NGAIRE SCOTT (CEO TOTARA SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CENTRE)
"Of outstanding commendation are his people skills and his way with words, people feelings and emotions and with their reality, where his communication skills with adult and child are so evident"
- ROSS WILLCOCKS (PRINCIPAL, OAMARU NORTH SCHOOL)
"Graham's own story continues to bear powerful witness to the accepting and transforming grace of Christ"
- DICK OPIE (PASTOR, EDEN CHAPEL, AUCKLAND)