Interim Pastor | email@example.com
I grew up in Auckland and became a Christian while I was at University. I'm married to Phyl and have two adult children. Over the years I've had an interesting mix of career jobs, including accountancy, music teaching and local church ministry. I've been a member at Westgate Baptist for several years, and I was recently invited to take on a transitional ministry role while we look for an appropriate person to call as our next senior pastor. My personal desire is simply to encourage the members of our church, and to help them grow in their discipleship and ministry, learning to become all that God created them to be. It is a wonderful opportunity and honour to serve in this way.
JAY WIN MEADS
Childrens Pastor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Win was born in Ipoh, Malaysia. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1995 when she began studying at Massey University in Palmerston North. She first worked in Christian media, and then began work in children’s ministry in 2008. She is married and has two children.
Youth & Community Pastor | email@example.com
Ko Puhunga tohoroa toku maunga
Ko Hokianga toku moana
Ko Ngatokimatawharua toku waka
Ko Nga puhi toku iwi
Ko Ngati pakau toku hapu
Ko Taheke toku marae
Ko Ben toku ingoa
I was born and raised in Glen Eden and call West Auckland home. My wife, Maggie, and I have been married since early 2017 and we have been members of Westgate Baptist since 2017 also. I am the Youth & Community pastor at Westgate Baptist and serve to see Christ's revelation become more relevant within His community. I graduated from Carey College in 2018 with a degree in Applied Theology and alongside my pastoral commitments, I also serve Hobsonville Point Secondary School as a 24/7 Youth Worker.
Office Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
I started attending Westgate Baptist with my two daughters in early 2014 and joined the staff team in late 2014. I was born in Fiji into an Anglican family and immigrated to NZ in 1987. I love being part of the body that serves God, church and community and I always strive to ensure that things run smoothly so that our focus can remain on Him.
I'm husband to Diana and father of our two children - Morgan and Charlotte. During the week I work as a high school maths teacher at Glenfield College on the North Shore. I've been coming to Westgate Baptist for around seven years now, and I've served on the worship team for most of that time. When I get a bit of down time I really enjoy playing designer board games like Space Hulk and Champions of Midgard, or reading a good book.
I lived the first thirty years of my life in Mosgiel, and became a christian at the age of seventeen at a Girls' Brigade Camp. In 1986 I ventured north to Auckland to study at the Bible College of New Zealand, where I met Peter and we were married in 1988. I have two adult sons; we live in Henderson and I work thirty hours a week at The Warehouse. Peter and I have been involved in pastoral ministry with several different parishes of differing denominations over the years. I enjoy serving the church by helping with tithe counting, info desk, morning tea and tea towels. I always count it a privilege to pray with people and to see the power of God meeting people's needs. We also run a home group.
Evan and his wife Katherine have been at Westgate Baptist since 2006. Evan has been an elder for three years and also takes part in the music worship team. He is a deputy principal in a local primary school. Katherine hosts a home group, is also a primary school teacher and runs an after-school tuition centre. They have two wonderful teenage children. Evan enjoys squash, kayaking, Chinese dim sum and a good movie. He sees church as a place where people can connect the Bible to their lives, draw close to God in worship and experience the multiple facets of God's love for his children through each other's gifts.
Brook Turner is the Head of Community Services Development at VisionWest Community Trust and has over twenty years of faith-based charity experience. Brook has previously been a senior and associate pastor and has a passion for community change at a local level. Brook and his wife Katie have three children and live in Massey.
I'm married to Mary and we have two adult children and a grandson here in Auckland. I am currently working as the School Chaplain at Rangeview Intermediate under the Lifewalk organisation. Also, along with Mary, facilitating the children's grief and loss programme 'Seasons for Growth' in local schools under the Anglican Grief & Loss Support Services organisation.
As an Elder, I care about the spiritual vision and direction of the fellowship, about getting a meal to a family going through hard times. I care about getting alongside members of our church family going through a world of hurt and praying and crying with them in their pain and I care about providing solid support and (where necessary) top cover for our Senior Pastor and the outstanding Pastoral team. I solidly subscribe to the Willow Creek mantra 'Lost people matter to God; therefore, they should matter to us.'