Vision

Our vision is to be a vibrant, expanding church community, empowering people to impact their world.

In everything we will endeavor to be God-centered, and will highly value:

  • Prayer. Recognising our need for an intimate relationship with God.
  • Life Changing Teaching. Teaching the Bible to bring transformation in the lives of individuals and the church.
  • God Honouring Worship. Lifting up Jesus and giving freedom to the Holy Spirit.
  • Intentional Outreach. Influencing our community for good and reaching it through evangelism.
  • Spiritual Growth. Bringing disciples to maturity to serve God and others.
  • Biblical Relationships. Demonstrating our love for God in the way we relate to each other.
  • Functional Excellence. Seeking to honour God in every area by offering him our best.
  • Future Looking. Facing the future boldly and moving forward with faith.

History

1956 - 1958

The beginnings of Whangaparaoa Baptist church were beach services held on Manly Beach during summer Sunday evenings in the 1940s. In 1956 an inaugural meeting was held in Whangaparaoa Rate Payers hall and in 1956-58 services were held every Sunday in that hall.

1957

In 1957 work started on the first building, which is now our café.

1959

With the opening of the new church, it adopted its first constitution and was accepted into the Baptist Union of New Zealand in 1959.

1975

In 1975 today’s auditorium was completed.

2000 - 2001

2000 saw major internal upgrading works required to cope with the ever increasing size of the congregation and its activities. A suite of offices was built over the foyer. These were finished in June 2001 and this is the church you see today.

2008

2008 was our Jubilee Year – 50 years since the opening of our church building.

2013

In 2013 we purchased a commercial property next to the church with the hope of building the WBC Ministry Centre. This will house the Whangaparaoa Baptist Kindergarten (currently within the church building) along with some of our fantastic community ministries.

Team

Pastors


Mike
Mike
Teacher Pastor
Wendy
Wendy
Children's & Families Pastor
Josh
Josh
Team Leader Youth Pastor /CYC Director

Staff


Naomi Young
Naomi Young
Music Director
Sandy
Sandy
Care & Connections Coordinator
Adam
Adam
Young Adult Pastor
Jillian
Jillian
Church Administrator
Person Default
Kerry
Finance Administrator
Person Default
Sophie
Admin/Receptionist
Person Default
Sharryn
Receptionist

Church Elders


Church Missions

Jeff and Ruth Auty

Serve as teachers and administrators in the International Christian School in Hong Kong which has significant outreach into the local community.

Brent Morgan

Is the International Director of the Leprosy Mission International. He is based in London UK.

Mike and Linda H.

We are grateful to the Lord for bringing us to work at Eastwest College, where students train for worldwide missions doing Intercultural Studies. Mike and Linda are also working with WEC NZ It is very exciting to see workers going out to the nations of the world. Luke 10:2 says the Lord of the harvest is sending out His workers into His harvest. It is a privilege to be involved in preparing, sending and resourcing effective workers for the mission field.

Hannah R.

Is teaching in a school for local and foreign children which is part of a hospital and community health project in Bangladesh.

Whitney Lake

Is also a member of YWAM, and has been serving in various parts of the world. Currently, she is working at YWAM Montana.

Brian Michell

Is a former director of OMF International. He teaches courses twice a year in the theological colleges of the Evangelical Church of Borneo in East Malaysia.

Christine Platt

Formerly served with The Navigators, and currently continues to make occasional short visits to Timor Leste, and is still involved in publishing Bible studies and other materials for the East Timor people.