Michelle Young grew up in Paeroa, where the small community of 3000 rubbed shoulders with each other on a daily basis; farmers, the local MP, the elderly, businessmen, and those struggling with life. With her parents pastoring a thriving local church, service and care were instilled from a young age.
Moving to Whangarei, she completed her schooling before heading to Auckland to embark on a degree in Geography, fitting in papers in Psychology, Theology and Maori where possible. The formation of societies, patterns of life, and the shaping of culture all intrigued her.
After graduating she travelled overseas where she explored foreign cultures and joined those working in the global church. Back home she worked in her local church for five years, while completing a graduate diploma in Theology. She then managed a non-profit trust in South Auckland, which strengthened her affection for New Zealand and especially for those on the margins of society.
Michelle joined Venn at its establishment in September 2013. The organisation brings together her love for this country, the gospel, and her desire to see New Zealand served well.