Staff and Elders

Hamish Baxter – Pastoral Leader

Hamish comes to us with a mix of church and corrections work. He believes the church exists to work alongside God in his aim of making himself known in the communities we are planted in. The church’s presence should make the local community a better place to live, work, play, and even to die – because God is at work there to establish his kingdom.
Hamish is part way through a Masters of Applied Theology through Carey Baptist College. He is married to Cheryl, they have three boys, a miniature and a regular size schnauzer.

Rosie Wareing – Youth Ministry Team Leader

Rosie has been part of our church community since the age of 15. She is currently in her last year of training at Carey Baptist College to become a youth pastor. She is the youth ministry team leader here at Royal Oak Baptist church. Rosie loves to journey with young people in seeing them follow Christ. Rosie also loves working with the youth ministry team in following God and discerning the voice of God as a community. She also is a big fan of mochas and gaming.

Mel Burns – 24/7 YouthWork Team Leader

Mel currently leads a team of Youth Workers who serve in our local high school. She also helps lead our community trust, and is passionate about our local community. Mel has a background in Non-profits & Social Services, and loves working with those on the ‘edges’ of our society. Mel is married to Ben, and they have two dogs.

Janet Vaughan – Elder (Chair)

Janet is a General Practitioner. She is mother of 3 teenagers and wife to Rob.
She also hates writing blurbs so this one’s short.

Philip Church – Elder

Philip is married to Dorothy and they have three grown children and two grandchildren. He worked for Laidlaw College for fifteen years where he taught biblical studies. He now divides his time between tutoring distance courses for a couple of theological colleges, and some translation work for the Bible Society. Before Laidlaw he worked in Accountancy and he is the church treasurer.

Geoff Matthews – Elder

Geoff joined Hebron Christian College as an Associate Principal in 1991 and became Principal in 1992, a position he currently holds. Married to Sue, an Accident and Emergency nurse, Geoff is the proud father of 5 adult children: Julie, married to James and mother of two daughters, Lysette a primary school teacher, Alayna, a NZ Police social worker, Dylan, married to Heidi, an engineer and Brock, a builder.
His interests include beekeeping (since the age of 13), basketball, guitar and banjo playing, photography and video editing. Having founded (and currently chairing) the New Life Foundation (NZ) Trust in 2005, he raises support and finance for the New Life Foundation orphanage and school in Tanzania.

Sam Kilpatrick – Elder

Sam works full time at Carey Baptist College where, as well as lecturing in the area of youth ministry, he is responsible for the training of Youth Pastors. Sam has a background in pastoral ministry having worked for a number of years in both Manurewa and Botany and he is hopeful that the Church can be a place that demonstrates Christ’s love through word and deed. Sam is married to Laura and they have three kids aged 7, 5, and 3 years old.