Welcome to Kidsreach
David and Therese Goodwin
Welcome to this page where we will try and tell you a little bit about what Kidsreach is, and what we try to do. Kidsreach could be described as a small organisation with a big vision. We believe we can make a difference by standing alongside the precious people who work hard to make a difference in the lives of children.
Kidsreach was started in NZ in 1994 from a vision to assist those who work with children. Since that time, centres have been set up in three countries (NZ, Australia and Sri Lanka) and partnerships with missions and indigenous outreaches to children in 7 other countries.
Kidsreach has a vision to fulfil the mandate God has given us through providing resources, training and encouragement.
We particularly aim to assist those who work with children who have been subject to abuse, poverty, warm, crisis and who are dealing with the effects of trauma. We offer a range of resources in these areas and travel to countries where this is a particular problem.
We aim to lift up those who work with children through inspiring conferences, one on one mentoring, encouragement and resources. We also desire to promote not only our own Kidsreach material but to be a vehicle to promote other ministries who share a similar vision.
Training Programs that are done in various countries include:
- The Kidsreach School of Children’s Counselling.
- The Kidsreach School of Children’s Ministry.
- Trauma and Abuse Seminars
- Bullying seminars
- A range of children’s ministry seminars.
- Kids Keep Safe awareness program for children in schools.
Kidsreach is incorporated in NSW, Australia. We are a non-denominational Christian Trust. The directors of Kidsreach are David and Therese Goodwin. They are available for training and ministry and can be contacted at [email protected].
About David and Therese
About David and Therese
David and Therese Goodwin have been married since 1976. They have 6 grown children and two grandchildren. They were both born in NZ and moved to Australia in 1999 in order to expand the work into Asia and PNG. They still visit and work extensively in NZ as well as in various other countries.
Dr Pastor David Goodwin
D.Min M.Min. Dip.Couns., Cert IV in AWT
David has a passion for children’s and youth ministry. He has been working as a pastor, trainer and counsellor for more than 50 years.
He was the founding Principal of the Layman's Bible Institute in Hawkes Bay, NZ. He was 12 years employed (part time) by the Department of Social Welfare in Napier working with troubled youth, and with his wife Therese, has been a foster parent for 35 years. They have six children.
David was the founding Director of Camp David Trust for 10 years, a ministry to children and youth in Hawkes Bay (NZ) and in 1994 established Kidsreach, a ministry to children and to those who minister to children.
David has written more than 60 books and manuals including Kids in Crisis, Child Abuse in the Church, Empowering Children, Strategies to Deal with Bullying, At the Foot of the Cross and Seed of Blood. His latest book Creative Techniques for Counselling was published in 2018.
David has a Doctorate in Ministry, Diploma of Counselling, and Certificate 4 in Adult Workplace Training.
David is an ordained pastor with the CRC Int. church
David presently serves as the International Director of Kidsreach.
David speaks at several major conferences to children’s workers and does seminars on Counselling Children and Ministry to Children. He travels to many countries every year to work with youth and children’s workers, mainly through seminars and the Kidsreach School of Children’s Counselling.
Therese Goodwin is an accomplished musician and singer who has written and recorded many songs ‑ particularly for children and to encourage those who work with children.
Therese teaches singing and is presently developing her web design business.
Therese is a director of Kidsreach, and a full time carer for their disabled son. She also is a great blessing to her husband with incredible support. He loves her dearly.