Simplicity in Generosity

We’ve all seen the incredible ways generosity can change the world. How passionate engagement in a cause can inspire all those that surround it. How generosity can facilitate the spreading of hope, healing, safety, and compassion. To inspire a world starts with one thing, an idea, a cause, and a passion.

People want to be generous. But so often, we make it difficult for givers to live this value out. Historically, the church has led the way with innovation, pioneering things like hospitals, modern medicine, and even the printing press. Unfortunately, when it comes to mobile technology, in the midst of today’s technological revolution, the church has taken a backseat.

Co-founders Eliot Crowther and Chris Heaslip have always had a passion for generosity. They wanted to find a way to use technology to serve the Church with generosity and connect people to their communities. When they had the idea for Pushpay, it was realized when trying to be generous at church. With no cash on hand and no checkbook, they wondered why there wasn’t a better way. When people are passionate about a cause or an organization the last thing you want to do is make it challenging to support them or engage with them.


Technology Meets Generosity

It all started with Pushpay, originally only a mobile giving solution that made generosity easy and simple. It provided a constant open line to members of an organization and this enabled generosity anytime, anywhere with the touch of a virtual button. Over time, Pushpay has grown to be a full mobile giving and engagement solution that serves over 7,000 churches around the world, connecting them to the local community and simply inspiring generosity.

Generosity sits at the forefront of the church, and technology is now a key element to unlocking this generosity from a changing generation. We are here to serve the church. Pushpay is the leading resource for church growth, engagement, and management that helps facilitate generosity and participation. Our goal is to see billions of dollars given to the local church to serve the world and make it a better place.

Board of Directors

Each of Pushpay’s directors has diverse skills drawn from leadership across a range of industries, resulting in a balance of independence, knowledge, experience, and perspectives.

Graham Shaw

Graham Shaw Independent Chairman

Graham Shaw was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 22 January 2015 and on 8 May 2019 was appointed Independent Chairman of the Board.

Graham is a chartered accountant with over 35 years’ experience in business. He sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, and has extensive SaaS governance experience including board representation at Xero for eight years and more recently at Gentrack.

He spent 10 years with KPMG working primarily as an advisor to businesses. He then joined Works Infrastructure where he held a number of finance roles before being appointed Chief Executive Officer, leading the company to substantial growth and successful expansion into Australia. Graham has also been Chief Executive Officer of Kensington Swan, one of New Zealand’s national law firms.

Graham has a BCom from the University of Canterbury, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Companion of Engineering New Zealand. Graham lives with his family in Wellington.

Justine Smyth

Justine Smyth Independent Director

Justine Smyth was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 26 August 2019.

Justine has extensive listed-company governance experience and is currently the Chair of Spark New Zealand, the Chair of The Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand and a Director of Auckland International Airport. Justine’s business experience includes financial performance, mergers and acquisitions and taxation of large enterprises as the Group Finance Director at Lion Nathan and a Partner at Deloitte.

Justine also has extensive experience running businesses, having owned and successfully operated two medium-sized businesses over a period of 11 years. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Justine lives with her family in Auckland.

Lovina McMurchy

Lovina McMurchy Independent Director

Lovina McMurchy was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 30 March 2020.

Lovina has spent 20 years as a global technology executive with experience ranging across product development, go-to-market execution and P&L management. At Amazon she built and grew several large new subscription businesses before moving on to Alexa Shopping where she was General Manager for customer engagement and growth. Lovina held several senior leadership roles at Microsoft, including being Chief Marketing Officer for Latin America and leading sales strategy and operations for the small to mid-market sales organisation in the US.

Lovina is a Venture Partner for Movac, a locally based New Zealand venture capital fund. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors and serves on several private company boards in the technology space. Lovina has a Masters in Statistics from the University of Auckland and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is also a member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum of New Zealand. Lovina lives with her family in Auckland.

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Bruce Gordon was appointed as the Independent Chairman of Pushpay on 20 February 2014 and on 8 May 2019 assumed the role of CEO and Executive Director, effective 1 June 2019.

Bruce has over 30 years’ experience in business holding senior positions with both SMEs and corporate organisations across Asia Pacific, the UK and the US. He has held various positions in other New Zealand technology companies, including Data Insight. A pioneer of many of the electronic banking services that consumers now enjoy, Bruce was Chairman of Paymark, Chief Manager Electronic Banking and Payments at Bank of New Zealand and has held senior roles at Eco-Products Group, Retail Financial Services (trading as Farmers Credit), National Australia Bank, ASB Bank and The Warehouse Group. He has extensive board experience, including with Vector Energy Solutions, The Warehouse Financial Services, The Merino Company of New Zealand and Bendon Group.

Bruce is currently a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards for the ‘IBM Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual of the Year’ award. Bruce is a Fellow of FINSIA and holds an MBA and a PGDipBus (Information Systems) both from the University of Auckland. Bruce is based in Seattle.

Christopher Fowler

Christopher (Chris) Fowler Visionary and Executive Director

Chris Fowler was appointed as Visionary and Executive Director of Pushpay on 13 December 2019.

Chris started working on what became Church Community Builder for his local church in 1999, recognising a need for an internet-based solution to help people and their church connect with each other and to make sure people were not falling through the cracks, when their desire was to find connection and community. As an entrepreneur with a passion for the local church, Chris imagined something beyond the outdated back office tools of the time, which ultimately resulted in the church management system that Church Community Builder now provides the church.

As the child of a worship pastor and grandchild of a senior pastor, Chris has been involved in the church his entire life, including serving on the elder board of two churches including the mega-church he currently attends, New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US (a Customer of both Pushpay and Church Community Builder). Chris previously served as the CEO of Church Community Builder. Chris also played a key role in the formation of Outreach, Inc (https://www. and prior to that led and grew the Audio Books division of Ingram Entertainment.

Chris brings key industry knowledge and 26 years of business experience to the Pushpay Board of Directors. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Belmont University. Chris lives with his family in Colorado Springs.

Peter Huljich

Peter Huljich Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Pushpay with effect on 8 May 2019. Peter was previously the Alternate Director of Pushpay for Christopher Huljich.

Peter is an investment professional with over 18 years’ experience. He is a Partner at the Huljich family’s investment firm, Christopher and Banks. Peter actively manages the firm’s interests, which include property, listed equities and unlisted equities, primarily in Australasia and the Americas, with a focus on enduring technology companies with global reach.

Peter co-founded Huljich Wealth Management in 2007, which managed the largest KiwiSaver Scheme (in terms of members) with a 100% New Zealand owned manager. He served in a number of roles including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, prior to the KiwiSaver business being acquired by Fisher Funds Management in 2011. Peter has experience serving on a number of listed and unlisted boards including Mike Pero Mortgages, Sugar International and Diligent Board Member Services.

Peter holds a BCom from the University of Auckland, a DipNZX from Kaplan and a DipInvRel from the Australasian Investor Relations Association. He is also a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is a Fellow of FINSIA. Peter lives with his family in Auckland.

Christopher Huljich

Christopher Huljich Alternate Director to Peter Huljich

Christopher Huljich was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Pushpay on 1 February 2014 and on 8 May 2019 was appointed as the Alternate Director for Peter Huljich.

Christopher was a Co-founder of Best Corporation, which floated on the NZX in 1991 and was subject to a takeover by the Danone Group in 1995.

He has over 40 years’ experience in both commercial and residential property in New Zealand and Australia including large scale commercial, industrial and residential developments and has business interests in many listed and unlisted companies in New Zealand and Australia.

Christopher is the Managing Partner of Christopher & Banks and has invested in many SaaS-based companies, including the sole pre-IPO funding of Diligent Board Member Services. He is also a Co-founder of the Huljich Foundation, which aims to provide memorable experiences for children suffering from life threatening disease.

Christopher brings immense business knowledge across many industries as well as good strategic appreciation and vision. Christopher holds a BCom from the University of Auckland. Christopher lives with his family in Auckland.

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