Our staff

James Palmer Chief Executive
james@christiansavings.co.nz
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) (Auckland)
James served on our board as a director before stepping into the CEO role in December 2015. Previously he has worked for Palmer and Associates as a commercial lawyer. His expertise has been a valuable asset to Christian Savings. James has a passion for the work we do at Christian Savings and the churches and charities we are able to work alongside.
Bruce Anderson Chief Financial Officer
bruce@christiansavings.co.nz
Bruce Anderson is the Chief Financial Officer for Christian Savings. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the financial services sector working in senior financial positions for companies such as UDC Finance and ANZ Bank. Bruce has significant experience in the implementation of new software solutions and the development of management information systems. Through his experience on various boards he has acquired excellent governance skills. He attends Windsor Park Baptist Church and has been the Chairman of the Board for Rhema Media Incorporated since 2012.
Grace Lim Office Manager
grace@christiansavings.co.nz
Bachelor of Ministries, Qualified Chartered Secretary.
Grace is our longest serving staff member of ten years. Previously she has worked for DBS Capital Investments (a subsidiary of the Development Bank of Singapore), as well as a Youth Worker in a secondary school. Grace has excellent rapport with our clients and is a vital member of our team.
John Smeaton Senior lender
john@christiansavings.co.nz
John spent 28 years working for the BNZ starting as a teller and working up to branch manager. In 1993 he became a dedicated agribusiness manager. His expertise is in lending and in the strong relationships he develops with our valued clients. If you are a church or Christian charity looking to get a loan through Christian Savings, John would love the chance to assist you.
Dan Mazengarb In-house Counsel
dan@christiansavings.co.nz
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Political Science)
Dan started at Christian Savings in March 2017 as our in-house lawyer. Previously Dan worked as a commercial lawyer in Tauranga and at Z Energy head office in Wellington. He is passionate about our vision and is responsible for administering the legal operations of Christian Savings.
Janny Kusno Assistant Administrator
janny@christiansavings.co.nz
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Janny is the newest member of the Christian Savings team. Janny has worked in a variety of roles including serving in a church office. She is already a great addition to our team and works alongside Melissa with the day-to- day running tasks of the organisation.
Arlyn Lucindo Executive assistant
arlyn@christiansavings.co.nz
Arlyn joined Christian Savings in 2016. She is originally from the Philippines. Arlyn has extensive experience in assisting executives, office support and customer service. She has previously worked at a Christ-centred group of companies and has been a coordinator of a Pastor's Foundation. Her daily tasks in the organisation involves answering client queries, managing documents as well as assisting our Chief Executive.
Ben McGillicudy Admin Support
ben@christiansavings.co.nz
Ben joined the Christian Savings team in early 2016. He is currently a student at Carey Baptist College studying toward a Bachelor of Applied Theology. As Admin Support, he is helping to obtain documents from our customers confirming their identity, as required by the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009. If you have any queries or questions about these requirements, Ben would love to assist you over the phone.