‘Off the Cuff’ with Karl Faase, CEO of Olive Tree Media

Karl Faase

SUTHERLAND, NSW, AUSTRALIA — Karl Faase is a well known Australian Christian communicator, media presenter, leader and social commentator. He is the CEO of Olive Tree Media, through which he produces programs of excellence for Christian media and local church use internationally. He chatted to JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … Watching sport on TV and eating Kettle chips – it might also involve a quality glass of red wine.

My first job was … Bank clerk and teller in Lithgow NSW, working for Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC Bank).

My most annoying habits are … retelling pointless stories of minor sporting experiences or achievements to my wife who is not interested but I tell her anyway.

A clear childhood memory is … living on the farm in country NSW just outside Tambar Springs, my dad was a farm hand and we lived on the property. I remember having a day off school and sitting in the cabin of a harvester for the day.

What makes me nervous is … dealing with technology (phones, computers etc) when my IT specialist son is not around and I am not patient enough to wait to get him to do it. Always ends in tears, usually mine.

The best advice my parents gave me was … don’t chase after what looks like success. Just be yourself and do what you love (my interpretation of the many comments they made that pointed to this phrase).

BonhoefferIf I weren’t a Christian communicator, media presenter, leader, and social commentator, I’d be … either a company CEO or have a career in politics.

I’m most thankful for … my wife Jane, three wonderful kids and 3 grandchildren & another on the way. Truly blessed.

My favourite meal is … Great Italian pasta dishes.

A book I love is … too many to narrow down to one – but a brilliant recent read, Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … waiting patiently – for anything.

A song that resonates is … not a whole song just a phrase “a thousand times I’ve failed, still your mercy remains, should I stumble again, still I’m caught in your grace” (From The Inside Out – Hillsong).

My ‘happy place’ is … There are several for me. One of my favourites is playing on a quality golf course late in the afternoon as long shadows are cast across stunning fairways and greens. This highlights the contours of manicured fairways in beautiful afternoon light. It also helps if I am playing well!

My most embarrassing memory is … A number of years ago I was asked to do an introduction to a speaker. She was a good friend, respected leader, and speaker who at the time was in her late 60’s. I thought I had a very clever introduction but, in the end, it came over as sexist and ageist, I still cringe when I think about it.

My hidden skill is … being able to recount the number, length, par, shape and difficulties of each golf hole on a course I have played more than once.

If I were a dog, I’d be a … perhaps a Bloodhound — a dog on the trail of a scent and relentless in pursuit.

It’s a bit corny, but I love … anthemic worship songs played and led by skilled, Godly musicians.

I’m most at peace when … one of the places of peace for me is actually very strenuous. Riding the magnificent mountains of Europe (Pyrenees, French & Italian alps). Stunning scenery and just toil away in the quietness by myself with my own thoughts and taking in the beauty of the mountains.

The country I’d love to visit … Nepal.

Favourite quote … “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton

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