Serving God in your work place, impacting others


23 AUGUST 2019 | 7AM

The Manningham Club, Bulleen

1 Thompsons Rd (cnr Bulleen Rd), Bulleen

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Business and the community together

Bringing people together to pray, empower and position their God given purpose in business and the community. In all sectors of business we need to do good together in order for us to do well.

Work is a big part of everyday life and we are called to connect our need to work with our calling to fulfil God’s purpose for us.

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For people in the business of education, whether in teaching or learning it is about representing and rejuvenating Christian truth in our schools and universities. These institutions are our work space and where we can individually show God’s love and collectively influence Christian perspectives.

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Politics / Government

For people in the business of Government it is about actively promoting Christian values in a society where these are continually being marginalised. Individually our Christian example of honesty, integrity and genuine care for all people combined with an influential voice with community decision makers can achieve a real difference.

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Church is the connection point for all businesses and the place where we personally grow and understand why we are here and God’s call on our lives. It is where we are encouraged and spiritually fed as individuals and an avenue where we can serve and lead in our purpose in business and the community.

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It’s a new season for us at the prayer breakfast. We are discovering together our God given purpose in business and community. We look forward to learning together, practically and prayerfully, with all who attend this year’s breakfast as God leads us into this wonderful adventure.

Simon, Jan, Peter, Paul, James, John, Meralyn

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Our Speaker

Frida Umuhoza

Frida was born in Nyanza Rwanda on March 14th, 1980 where she lived with her parents and 5 siblings. Frida and her family were victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsis.
Her entire family was murdered during the genocide that took over 1 million innocent lives within just 100 days. Frida was only 14 years old when she was buried alive alongside her 15 family members yet later, miraculously rescued by a young man who worked for her family.
Frida is the only survivor of her family, now married to Rob van der Zaag and the couple has 7 children: Kristi, Brandon, Janie, Maxwell, Natasha, Asher and Tyler.
Frida graduated from BGSU Firelands with a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Communication. Speaking internationally and locally, Frida has shared her story of a miraculous survival, God’s grace, the power of forgiveness, inner healing and resilience in countries like England, Scotland, Germany, many countries of Africa, the United States and at a military prison in Colchester UK.
Frida is also a frequent speaker at high schools, Universities, Churches, Organisations and women groups. During 2013, Frida shared her story in the Chapel at Wheaton College and was a keynote speaker at Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus. This also includes the UN Headquarters in New York during the 2016 Annual Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsis where Frida shared her story. Frida is also the author of “Frida,
Chosen to Die, Destined to Live” and "In the School Of Resilience".

Simon Abdelmalak

Simon is married with four children. He leads a group of property businesses with his two brothers and father. The businesses to date have turned over $1 billion in property development. Simon is gratefully fulfilled by the life journey God leads him in each day.

Jan Kronberg

As the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Parliament for eight years, Jan witnessed the human condition in its many forms. This lead to an awakening and a firming of her resolve to promote Christian beliefs and values in order to stop the erosion of our society. Through prayer Jan received a very clear course of direction, to found of the North Eastern Prayer Breakfast in 2009. We are embarking on a new era for the NEPB in 2017. ‘Our cup runeth over.

John Klein

I started my Christian walk in 1987 when I was saved in Adelaide. Married with 4 children & 3 grandchildren. Undertaken many senior management roles throughout my working career and now in Property Management. Enjoying a full life of involvement in family and community activities, including treasurer for the North Eastern Prayer Breakfast.

Meralyn Klein

Meralyn was saved at the age of 17, completed a Bible Training & Ministry course after being saved. Led women's bible study groups. Worked in aged care, Ran her own restaurant. Meralyn and John have been happily married for 36 years, have four children and three grandchildren. Small business owner with involvement in aged care, childcare and volunteering in the education of disadvantaged children. Now the endorsed candidate for the Liberal Party in the seat of Yan Yean for the 2018 state elections. My past present and future are in His hands.

Peter Vanderzaag

Peter is a partner and Managing director of 3fold Resources, a project management, manufacturing and fit out company dealing with major Australian retailers. The company was a start-up business in 2003 and now employs 90 people. Peter acknowledges the company as God’s provision and takes on the responsibility of being His steward in building God’s kingdom and caring for others as a primary purpose for the business.

Paul Docherty

Paul launched into his entrepreneurial life at age 25. He set up his first business in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates trading veterinary supplies for racing camels. In 2003, after 6 years Paul returned home to Australia to Founder and be CEO of a utility aggregation business for home movers called Direct Connect.

Paul has sat on a number of commercial Boards, is heavily involved in Catholic charitable organisations and communities, is an Executive member of the Melbourne Yarra chapter of the global education and leadership network -the Young President's Organisation (YPO), and is back working on start-ups in new technologies.

James White

James is married with 3 children and leads the family Business which provides packaging automation system for the food industry nationally. ‘’All that we have achieved as a family and business would not have been possible without Gods direction and hand over our business.


Founding Patron


Our Founding Patron, Jan Kronberg, spent eight years in the Victorian Parliament during which time she initiated the North Eastern Prayer Breakfast. For her the Breakfast represents an important legacy for the community.

It provides an annual gathering for Christians of all denominations to pray together in the spirit of ecumenicalism and a celebration of our faith. Jan brought over thirty years’ experience in business and a decade in education to the State Parliament as well as many life skills. Jan believes that there is much ongoing work to be done to preserve the values that made this country strong. For her the words of Edmund Burke resonate at this time. ‘All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing’.

As the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Parliament for eight years, Jan witnessed the human condition in its many forms. This led to an awakening and a firming of her resolve to promote Christian beliefs and values in order to stop the erosion of our society. Through prayer Jan received a very clear course of direction, to found the North Eastern Prayer Breakfast in 2009. We are embarking on a new era for the NEPB in 2017. ‘Our cup runneth over’.


Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Saint Vincent’s Health Australia

 Toby was appointed CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia’s second largest healthcare provider in April 2014. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Mission Australia, COO of

 World Vision Australia  and   CEO of South Taranaki District Council.

 He is a qualified accountant with an MBA, Toby is passionate about helping people “be the best they can be”.

Toby is a director of UNICEF Australia, he chaired ASX listed Sterihealth prior to delisting and was a director of Working Links the largest welfare to work provider to the U.K government. He has also been      a  director of Goodstart, Australia’s largest provider of early learning services to over 60,000 children and various Christian community organisations.

He has been a member of a range of government committees and advisory panels.


Dan practiced as a barrister from 1989 to 2006, specialising in construction law and criminal prosecution before becoming a solicitor with the Victorian Government. From 2008 until joining ACL in 2012, Dan managed a team of government prosecutors conducting environmental cases. He is passionate about seeing Christians energised and empowered to have significant influence in every sphere of life, and especially the political sphere. Hearing about Dan’s life story and career as a lawyer which led to his involvement in the Australian Christian Lobby will inspire and empower you in your God given purpose in business and the community. You will be inspired to make a significant difference.


Lisa McInnes-Smith, CPAE, is in the top 5% of keynote speakers in the world. She has authored seven best selling books, spoken to over 1.5 million adults in twenty-six countries and shared the stage with two American Presidents. She is one of only three Aussies to be inducted into the International Speakers Hall of Fame (CPAE) and is one of the most loved (and memorable) speakers in the industry.

Lisa has a background in Sports Psychology and Raising Performance. She knows a lot about Leading Teams and Communicating Effectively. She helps people to ‘lift their game’ and contribute their talents to society. She is a dynamic, high-participation, high-content presenter. Lisa is fun, challenging and unforgettable!

Jim Wallace AM

Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby

Brigadier Jim Wallace AM (rtd) is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, one of Australia's fastest growing political organisations, which aims to see Christian values better acknowledged in the way we are governed, do business and relate as a community.

He has also been a sought after commentator on Defence and security issues having left the Army as a Brigadier in late 2000 after a 32 year career which included command of the SAS Regt, Special Forces and the Army's mechanised Brigade of three thousand personnel and most of the Army's fighting vehicles. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, the British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Jim served with the UN in the Middle East in Lebanon and Syria. In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to counter-terrorism. He has served on the National Consultative Committee on International Security Issues in DFAT and is currently a member of the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Jim and his wife Poppy worship at the Hughes Baptist Church in Canberra.

Cameron Butler

National Director of Sports Chaplaincy Australia Chaplain of the Melbourne Football Club

Since 1997 Cameron has served in the Melbourne Football Club football department along-side the coaching and support staff with the primary role of pastoral care for the players, staff and their families.

In his full-time role as National Director of Sports Chaplaincy Australia (SCA), Cameron is strategically involved in developing chaplaincy networks for sports communities throughout Australia and globally. SCA, which was established in 1984, is a Christian non-denominational not-for-profit network. SCA's primary concern is the immediate and long term wellbeing of all those involved in sports.

JWhilst serving predominantly in high-performance sport, many new chaplains are now appointed to local clubs and events. They provide their time and services at no cost to the sports community they represent, including injury support, home and hospital visitation, encouragement, trauma leadership and support, grief and loss, spiritual support, marriage and relationship support and other forms of pastoral care.

Dr Allan Meyer

Lifekeys Ministry

Allan was born and raised in the Lutheran Church. While studying Economics and Politics and preparing for a career in teaching, he had a dramatic encounter with God and was called into the Ministry – a call that he had no desire to obey!

Allan served as a teacher for seven years until the burden of the call to ministry stirred him to resign and enter Bible College in 1977. During that year the Life Ministry Centre called him to become their Youth Pastor. He served in this capacity for 5 years pastoring, counselling and shepherding the youth of both the church and Oxley College, the school established by Life Ministry Centre. In 1992 Allan and his wife established Careforce Lifekeys. In 1983, Allan became Pastor of the Church of Christ Mt Evelyn- renamed in 2003 Careforce Church. In 2009 Dr Allan Meyer moved into a role which allows him to focus on his primary passion – advocating the world changing Lifekeys ministry and preaching the biblical themes and insights that have touched lives through the Lifekeys ministry all over the world. Allan is an author – his latest book is “From Good Man to Valiant Man”

George Savvides


George Savvides was appointed Managing Director of Medibank Private, Australia’s largest health insurer, in early 2002. The organisation has enjoyed record membership growth and strong financial performance and expanded into health services as well as health insurance. Medibank’s revenue has grown to over $5 billion per annum with a customer base of 3.7 million people. George has twenty years experience in the Australian health care industry. He was Managing Director of Sigma Co Ltd, which he listed on the ASX in 1999. George has a degree in Engineering from UniNSW and an MBA from UTS and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. George represents Australia as the Vice President on the Council of the iFHP (International Federation of Health Plans). He is a member of the AIPAR (Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research), Chairman of Arrow Leadership Australia and has recently been reappointed as a Director of World Vision Australia. He previously served for 12 years on both the World Vision Australia and World Vision International Boards. He still plays veterans hockey for Melbourne University.

Professor Ian Harper

B.Econ. (Hons) (Qld) M.Ec. Ph.D. (ANU) FASSA FAICD

Ian Harper is one of Australia’s best known economists. He has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level. As a member of the celebrated Wallis Inquiry, he was at the forefront of financial market reform in Australia. Ian is often asked to comment on economic and financial issues in the media and is sought after as a public speaker.

In March 2011, Ian joined Deloitte Access Economics as a Partner when Deloitte acquired the former Access Economics. He had previously served 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School and was elected Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne on his departure.

From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian Harper served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, an independent statutory body whose role was to set and adjust minimum wages in Australia. From January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia.

Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009.

Professor David de Kretser

Professor de Kretser is reproductive endocrinologist with appointments at Monash University of Professor of Anatomy, the founding Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research and Associate Dean for Biotechnology Development. He is a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor and served as the Governor of Victoria from 2006 to 2011. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia and continues his research at Monash University.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He has served as the President of the International Society of Andrology. His research interests include defining the causes of male infertility, the hormonal regulation of reproduction and novel mechanisms influencing inflammatory and fibrotic responses.

In 2000 he initiated a highly successful program of community and professional education in male reproductive health called Andrology Australia. Professor de Kretser is a member of the Uniting Church and we look forward to hearing how his faith has impacted on his career.

Daniel Flynn

Managing Director of Thankyou

Daniel Flynn is co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou, a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding water, food and health and hygiene projects in the developing world through its range of life-changing products.

At the age of 19, Daniel and a group of friends came across the harsh realities of the World Water Crisis. They discovered that while 900 million people in our world are without access to water, at the same time Australians spend $600 million each year on bottled water. These two polarizing facts sparked the team’s idea to launch a bottled water product that would fund safe water access for those in need. In August 2008, they registered the company and their product, Thankyou Water, hit the market.

In July 2013 Thankyou finally saw success. Daniel lead the company rebranding of Thankyou Water to Thankyou and the launch of two new product ranges - Thankyou Food and Thankyou Body Care - via a bold, consumer-led social media campaign that caught the attention of supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths. Thankyou’s products are now available for purchase in over 4000 outlets, including Coles, Woolworths, 7-Eleven, IGA and Foodland stores.

Under Daniel’s leadership, Thankyou has given over $2 million to projects spanning across 14 countries. They have funded safe water access for 132,661 people, health and sanitation programs for 153,507 people and 5.2 million days’ worth of food aid to people in need, plus long-term food solutions.

Passionate about entrepreneurship, Daniel is focused on inspiring people to dream big, challenge the status quo and do what others believe is impossible.

In 2014, Daniel was awarded Victorian Young Australian of the Year and in 2013 was named Victorian Young Achiever of the Year. He has recently received the title of honoree in the JCI Ten Young Outstanding People of the World program.


  • 7.00 Guests Arrival

  • 7.15 Welcome and Introduction

  • 7.20 Breakfast

  • 7.40 Musical Item (Coffee being served)

  • 7.50 Prayers and Bible Readings (Community, Business, School, Church)

  • 8.00 Guest Speaker Toby Hall

  • 8.35 Thank You to Guest Speaker

  • 8.40 Singing Item

  • 8.50 Closing Thanks and Prayer

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The North Eastern Prayer Breakfast is your opportunity to enjoy the company of like minded people to be encouraged to make a difference through prayer, and be challenged to serve God in your own work place.

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The Manningham Club, Bulleen

1 Thompsons Rd (cnr Bulleen Rd), Bulleen

23 AUGUST 2019 | 7AM