The Red Sea is the culmination of more than 14 years of prayer, listening, discussion, and planning. An initial endeavour to establish the centre was made in 2009, however, the timing was not quite right. In 2019, the concept for the centre was presented at the South Pacific Member Care Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand, where it received overwhelming support and encouragement.

Since then, we steadfastly pursued the objective, benefiting from the invaluable support, counsel, and guidance of numerous mission agencies. The establishment of our Board in July 2021 marked a pivotal moment, providing us with a solid foundation of expertise and insight. In February 2022, our Board appointed Mark van Rossen and his wife Lorene, to lead the establishment of The Red Sea Counselling and Member Care centre and see the vision take form.

Today our doors are open, and we feel so grateful and blessed to have had such support as we grow in our mission to support the Christian cross-cultural community to find healing and resilience for the future.

Our full Statement of Faith can be found here.

Our Board

Our board members have immense experience and breadth of understanding, and above all, passion for our purpose. We are truly blessed by their support and direction, which has been fundamental to our development and focus. Their support guides us to reach the world for Christ, by supporting the vital work of our members and clients.

Karen Newnham
Board Chairperson

Dr David Nicholls
Board Member

Dr Kate Pocklington
Board Member

Louise Jensen
Board Member

Daniel Simkins
Board Member

Carol Langsford
Board Secretary


Dr Sprau is convinced that…

    • by removing or reducing these obstacles to accessing adequate and appropriate mental health care,
    • by offering that care in a safe, caring, and understanding environment outside the regular cross-cultural ministry setting,
    • and by providing that care through individuals who comprehend the challenges of cross-cultural work,

the Red Sea brings a tremendous benefit to cross-cultural work overall. This counselling centre enables individuals to serve happier, longer, and more efficiently in the roles that they believe God has called them to fulfil.

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