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 – Associate Pastoral Leader, Youth

Rosie has been part of our church community since the age of 15. She has just completed her Pastoral Leadership training at Carey Baptist College and is now one of the Associate Pastoral Leaders 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.

Steven Goulstone – Associate Pastoral Leader, Ministry Partners

After spending 2016 with ROBC in his final year as a student at Carey Baptist College, Steven has joined the pastoral team to better facilitate the way we partner with the ministry God is doing among us, through us and beyond us.
His heart as a pastor is primarily for people and loves to see people living out of their identity in Christ.
He is married to Pritika and they have a daughter, Aaliyah, who was born in January.
He is a total Star Wars nerd and loves drinking coffee.

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.

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.