Donald Goodhall was raised in Hamilton, a city that helped him cultivate a passion for music. In time, this passion was coupled with an emerging love for the Church and led Donald to significant involvement in worship leadership within Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Following a brief career in Civil Engineering, Donald took up a pastoral role at his local church and served there for sixteen years, beginning in the area of student and young adult ministry, before moving into a broad leadership role that included worship, the arts, and communication. This tenure was temporarily interrupted when Donald and his wife, Janaya, responded to a call toward theological learning. With two children in tow, Donald and Janaya moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2012 to study towards a Master of Arts in Theology at Regent College.
They returned to Hamilton at the close of 2013 and Donald resumed his responsibilities within the local church, as well as continuing his involvement in worship initiatives. He is particularly interested in the intersection of art and faith, and is passionate about cultivating creative contexts in which theology can be fruitfully explored.
In late 2018, Donald took up a position with Venn Foundation as Director of the Residential Fellowship. He and Janaya, along with their four children, Neeve, Indie, Beckett, and Arrow, now call Auckland home.