Capernwray NZ

An Awesome 6 Day Event

JumpStart is

God’s Word + mandatory fun!

JUMPSTART is a 6 day dynamic and directional teaching camp aimed at Christian home-educated teens between 15-17 years. This camp is uniquely designed to provide solid foundational Bible teaching, contemporary apologetics, and to address some key life issues that Christian youth may be facing today.

JumpStart also offers a variety of planned recreational activities, meaningful worship, and the opportunity to develop wholesome and lasting friendships with peers who love Jesus.

Spiritual foundations will be reinforced, friendships will be strengthened, and most importantly, one’s relationship with Jesus Christ ‘as our LIFE’ will be taught, nurtured and encouraged.


Our theme this year at Jumpstart is “In The Beginning…”, and we’ll be taking our 3 categories of studies (Bible teaching, Apologetics, and ‘Life Issues’) from the book of Genesis, chapters 1-11.  Why?  Because Genesis establishes who God is, and sets forth His design and instruction for ALL humanity.  It’s just that important!

“Genesis should be foundational to every human society. If those truths are ignored, distorted or rejected, consequences will occur—they will be litigated and, if successful, imposed upon society.  Genesis establishes the basic parameters of living on God’s Earth according to His precepts in His Word. Ultimately, to reject Genesis is to reject life itself. That is why litigating the hot-button issues of our day is so crucial. Defending Genesis and the Creator God is foundational.”  (Jeffery Ventrella)

Jumpstart is not only about equipping the next generation in the Word and ways of God, but even more importantly to help them discover who Jesus Christ really is, and all He wants to be and do in their life! 

“See to it that NO ONE takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to CHRIST”  (Colossians 2:8)

The Three Teaching Components

  • Foundational Bible teaching
  • Contemporary Apologetics
  • Current Life issues

The Speakers

Lew Meyer   Dave Firth   Werner Schreiber
OAC Ministries
  Capernwray New Zealand
BML Director
  Capernwray New Zealand
Principal and Bible Teacher
All events   Waipara Adventure Centre   Hamilton

Speaker Bios

Click here to read about the speakers

Lew Meyer

Lew (Lewis) Meyer is the current National Director of OAC Ministries. He is married to Angela and they have three teenagers, Rebecca, Jonathan and Johanna. Lew has a background in science and has had training at Massey University (BSc) and Biblical Studies (New Zealand Assembly Bible School). 

Lew is an experienced communicator to all ages. His ministry experience includes 3 years as a youth worker in West Auckland, three years as a high school and camps worker with Scripture Union, and 27 years with OAC Ministries as an evangelist. His current activites include children's programmes and camp speaking, open air preaching and personal evangelism, Bible  teaching, gospel missions, youth group leading, Bible in Schools Assemblies, training in evangelism.

Lew is also a visiting lecturer at Capernwray Bible School in apologetics, cults and religions and evangelism. Lew is a debater with experience with agnostics and atheists. He frequently presents on evidence for design in creation. Lew is an elder / evangelist at New Lynn Bible Chapel. Lew has produced several dvd series including 'Life Quest', 'RAD' 'Handling Hot Hormones', and has written small books including 'Which Faith is True', 'Youth, Love and the Sex Explosion', 'When Life's a Mess', 'Evolution or Factor X', "What Killed Evolution', 'Great News for Roman Catholics', 'Great News for Hindus' and 'Great News for Buddhists'.

Dave Firth

Originally from the UK, Dave and his wife Marsha and their three children (Taylor, Michael and Charissa) are based at the Torchbearers centre in New Zealand where Dave holds the position of Communications Manager and directs the 10 week BML (Business, Ministry, Leadership) course.
Dave also heads up the Torchbearers International Communications Development Team which sees him work closely with other centres to develop tools to communicate the wider ministry of Torchbearers around the world as well as working with the international office to oversee all Torchbearers promotional activity.
He has visited 19 Torchbearers Centres and has taught at many. He says, “God gave me a passion for preaching and teaching against my wishes! I was the 'behind the scenes' guy, but when He planted the seed of desire to study, He nurtured it into a passion to teach."
Dave has a deep conviction to teach Biblical truth in a bright and refreshing way. “The Bible is an incredible book, but more importantly, it’s all about Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. What else can we do with our time that is as valuable as learning from Him and His word? Not much!”

Werner Schreiber

Werner Schreiber lives in Cambridge, with wife Heidi and has two children - Joshua (23) and Danielle (21). He has recently taken up the Principal position at Capernwray Bible School and is responsible for the Heading for Him website.
Originally from South Africa, the family moved to New Zealand in 2007. Both educated at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Werner and Heidi have been married for 28 years and have travelled widely in Africa, Europe and the United States. Both admit that settling into a new country has been a tremendous challenge but at the same time a catalyst for spiritual growth. Heading for Him is the result of a growing awareness in both Heidi and Werner that mainline churches globally are progressively moving away from their actual purpose which is to present all believers mature in Christ. Instead, the emphasis is on turning the church into a community service club with a peppering of vague Christian vocabulary, devoid of the presence of God, leaving congregants very busy but spiritually bankrupt. The 'Telos' principle has played a big part in both Werner and Heidi's lives as a guiding rule which aligns all Christian activity to having God Himself and nothing else as the goal.


Arrive after 4pm on the Sunday, with official start time at 5:30pm with dinner.
Ending time is 2:15pm on the Friday, with departure by 3pm.

Pricing Details

The price represents incredible value for money and includes all accommodation, meals, teaching sessions and activities.

  • $270 / person
  • $250 - for each member of same family (if more than 1 attending)
  • $235 - for referring a friend who registers and attends

**Please note, the actual costs for these camps are nearly double the stated costs.  These camps could not be possible without the generous donations of individuals, Christian businesses, and Churches.  Not only this, but the youth leaders are also taking valuable time off school or work in order to volunteer for each week of camp - a real sacrifice on their part.  These leaders are either past students of Capernwray Bible school, or past JumpStarters who have experienced firsthand the rewards, blessings, and benefits of this camp.  THANK YOU for supporting this unique ministry and investing in the gospel to and for the next generation!

“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”   -  Colossians 1:28

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Booking Terms & Conditions

Other Payment Options:

We are happy to accept payment by cheque or bank transfer if you are unable to pay by credit card. Your registration place will be confirmed by one of our staff on confirmation of payment.
Bank Account: Torchbearer Trust of NZ, 03-0303-0139800-03 and please add reference code: Jumpstart and surname

Medical & Personal Information Form

Attendees at JumpStart are required to complete the following Medical & Personal Information Form. This form assists us in managing any areas of risk and to provide reasonable care during the event. 

Our online medical & personal information form can be completed by clicking on the relevant link below:

Narrows Park, Hamilton

You may choose to print and fill out a hardcopy of the form: 

Camp Medical Form Camp Medical Form (159 KB)

The hardcopy form should be completed then scanned & emailed, posted or faxed to us prior to the start of the JumpStart event:

> Scan&Email:

> Fax:   07 823 1809
> Post:  P.O. Box 702, Cambridge 3450


These JumpStart events are being offered to participants at half the actual cost because of the generosity of wonderful supporters like you. We welcome your gifts, which will allow us to continue offering these events. You can make credit card donations via this link, or contact for other ways you can donate.

If you require any further information or have any questions or queries please call Dale on 027 398 7099 or email