Epic Ministries Inc is a registered charitable Trust (1513937) based in Waipukurau. It was established in 2004 by St Andrews Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand as a localised response to the needs of young people within Central Hawke’s Bay. The Trust that supports this work operates in the following way:

Epic Trust

Composed of Trustees: (4-5) Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Community representatives.

Current members:

Sally Biss: Acting Chairperson, Community rep, RTLB for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Jackie Lowry: Treasurer, Administrator of Epic Ministries

Laurie Gordon: Secretary, Community rep

Greg Frater: Community rep

Responsibilities: The Trust operates monthly meetings and works to the following governance approach:

Governance: vision, direction, policy, strategy and finance (as dictated by the Trust deed). This will be worked through in consultation with the Director and final decisions on direction of the above is the responsibility of the Trust. The director reports to the Trust on behalf of his teams as he/she works to implement objectives. This is not an accountability report, but rather presenting to the trustees any particular issues/problems or correspondence that they should know about. This report should also include ideas and possibilities for the expansion of Epic or possible new directions.

Epic Youth Workers:

The role of team members is to develop their youth practice skills in a team environment that Epic has established. They will assist the director in implementing the vision of Epic and provide regular feedback on the needs of their youth and their strategies for initiative implementation. Youth workers are employed to develop teams of volunteers also involving young people in their work. At times they will also train and develop youth work interns.