David & Linda Cowie – NZ & USA
David has pioneered numerous humanitarian projects over the last 48 years. Born in Dunedin NZ in 1947 David first started working in Kenya in 1970 with an international youth organization. He, and his wife Linda, went on to serve in over 30 nations pioneering the work of the Ruel Foundation in the Philippines in the 1980s and the organization of Marine Reach in the 1990s. In 2012 they established the work of the initial Clinic in Vanuatu with the purpose of providing care and training to women suffering under domestic violence. David and Linda live in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Dan & Desirée Snyder – USA
Fresh out of university as an engineering student, Dan first came to New Zealand in 2012 to be a Discipleship Training School (DTS) student at Marine Reach. A 6-month adventure then became something much bigger as God called him into missions long term, and he joined the Leadership Team in 2014. Desiree heard God’s call to missions as a child, and after completing degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics, she did her DTS in 2014 and became part of the leadership team in 2016. Both Dan and Des are from the USA but met at Marine Reach and got married in 2017. Their first child, Gabriel, was born in 2019 and is a bundle of life who is always on the move. Now they are learning to be both parents and ministry leaders, which is an exciting challenge! Dan is our Base Director and the Convener of the Base Leadership Team, while Desiree is the Director of our Discipleship Training Schools.
Cheyne Hosking – Australia
Cheyne grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and at 18yrs old he did a DTS in 1998 in Newcastle, Australia. He has been on staff with YWAM ever since, working primarily with DTS. Cheyne is currently serving as the Training Director for YWAM’s Marine Reach in Tauranga, New Zealand with his wife, Catherine, and 2 kids Andrew age 15 & Elaina age 13.
Akenisi (Nesi) Drugu – Fiji Islands
Nesi Drugu or better known as Mama Nesi joined one of our ships in Fiji in 2005. She joined as crew on board the MV Pacific Link (Love boat) where she met her husband Api. They married in 2006 and have resided in Tauranga ever since. Nesi joined the Leadership team in 2012 and has stepped into various administration roles over the years. She currently serves in the Admin Circle. They have 2 vibrant little Fijiwis’ (Fiji Kiwis) Emmanuel, and Elisha. Nesi and Api have a passion and focus on prayer as watchmen and gatekeepers on the land. Nesi loves to nurture and encourage young people as a motherly figure and Api is a prayer warrior on the land and occasionally helps out in the operations circle.