Val Griffiths, the youngest son in a sporting family, was born in the logging and saw-milling town of Taihape, New Zealand, in 1922.
Educated at Hamilton High School, he undertook University Studies extramurally while in the Army during World War Two. He was admitted to the New Zealand Society of Accountants in 1944, to the Australian Institute of Cost Accountants in 1945 and subsequently graduated from Victoria University, Wellington with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. He received legal training, specialising in the administration of Trustee Law and in 1951 commenced a public practice as a Chartered Accountant in Hamilton where he had a lifetime experience in business.
Val became a Christian in 1941 and as a convinced evangelist, took a leading part in the outreaches of his church and nationwide crusades by visiting evangelists. His particular contribution was as a member of the New Zealand Open Air Campaigners in presenting the Gospel in the streets, the factories and wherever people gathered.