Kurtis Budden lives in Newcastle, NSW with his wife and daughter. In addition to his work in medical research, Kurtis runs the youth group of the independent Baptist Church he attends and spends his weekends playing soccer. In the past, Kurtis has participated in short-term missions in Malawi and Botswana, and is passionate about seeing the church mobilised to meet the spiritual and physical needs on a local and global scale. Aside from his local pastor and parents, Kurtis’ theology is influenced by the likes of C.S. Lewis, David Platt and John Piper.