Encounter Success believes every person has the potential for great success. Our purpose is to empower people to do more, learn more and encounter success through a thrilling dirt bike riding experience that makes a difference! For us, success is seeing our customers safely push past the fears that are holding them back from reaching their unrealised abilities and talents, and encounter their God-given potential. Our goal is that our clients would know their individual uniqueness and how incredibly valuable they are through their Encounter Success experience.

  • We take our world class expertise in dirt bike riding and social science to facilitate life changing experiences.
  • A completely unique experience that safely draws people out of their comfort zone and enables them to learn a whole new skill.
  • Encounter Success is a social enterprise which funds the charitable work of Youth Encounter that delivers social impacts for youth.

About Youth Encounter Ministries Trust

Youth Encounters vision is to see young people and their families encounter their God-given potential. We are about creating an atmosphere of acceptance where real connection can be formed because as people are empowered in their true value, we believe they will encounter their true potential.

Our mission is to unleash and release the potential in young people and their families through delivering exciting and engaging programmes using the risk taking activity of dirt bike riding. Through a pathway of therapy, counselling, mentoring, residential camps, community gatherings, work experience and job opportunities, our youth are empowered to live life wide open! 

Our approach to safety

Our approach to safety is fundamental to the success of our organisation. We believe in creating a culture of safety, driven by our top leadership with the systems in place to filter down to our participants.

Meet the Encounter Success team!

Mary Wanhill

Once known as ‘Scary Mary’ for her daredevil accomplishments on a dirt bike, Mary Wanhill was forced into a change of direction after a career-ending injury in 2009. Since then Mary has pursued a life of impacting young people with her passion to see them be all that they can be as they navigate through life’s challenges. 

Using dirt bike riding as her tool along with her counselling diploma, Mary brings her insights to effectively engage with young people as the founder of Youth Encounter Ministries Trust, creating powerful connections that has created a vibrant community of young people. 

Tracey Christian

Tracey joined our team in October 2017 as our Operations Manager, where she is responsible for the smooth running of the day to day operations as well as helping us to grow our services with her focus on sustainable funding to help achieve our vision and mission. 

Tracey is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our youth and believes strongly in giving them opportunities to grow and develop into the incredible young people their potential reveals.

Josh Cumming

Josh has a heart of compassion in reaching out to youth as he relates to their struggles from his own journey. His story is a gift to many as it has given him a platform to inspire others to be the best they can be. He's gentle but bold in his approach which has been instrumental in Youth Encounter's development and effectiveness with youth.

Josh's mechanical skills are also put to great use as he takes care of the equipment used so effectively throughout the organisation’s processes.

Joel Wanhill

Co-Founder, alongside his wife Mary, Joel is qualified in the horticulture industry managing kiwifruit orchards. The expertise Joel brings to Encounter Success is his talented ability to ride a dirt bike, being one of the very few in NZ to backflip a dirt bike. Joel also has been a successful motocross racer and is passionate to impact youth through the tool of dirt biking. His friendliness and humble attitude is a great contribution to the Encounter Success team. 

Andre Whitehead

At only 19 years old, Andre is a success story in himself. A self-employed entrepreneur, he runs his own bee business and in the quieter months contracts his horticulture skills out to the local Te Puke kiwi fruit industry. Andre has worked for Youth Encounter as an employee and volunteer staff for the past 2 years. He takes his responsibilities seriously and is skilled and trained in the organisation’s safety systems and procedures, making him one of our key instructors. 

Jordan Milsom

As an achieved competitor on the NZ national motocross circuit, Jordan brings his youthful but professional approach to the team. With coaching experience under his belt, he has the ability to simplify the techniques needed to co-facilitate a safe activity but at the same time empowering participants to do their best.

Des Meyfarth

Des joined Youth Encounter in July 2018 as our Activity & Equipment Coordinator as well as helping to oversee the health & safety systems. He’s from an engineering background with knowledge and experience in a wide range of trades.

Des has a passion for linking in with youth and to see them grow and develop to their full potential. He enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors mountain-biking or hiking.


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