Staff and Elders


Hamish Baxter – Pastoral Leader

‘I believe the Church exists for those who are not yet in it. It is called 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 has a mix of church and corrections work experience, and is part way through a Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Theological Seminary (Los Angeles). He serves on the governance boards of Prison Fellowship New Zealand and of Carey Baptist College.
Hamish is married to Cheryl, they have three boys, and two dogs (a miniature schnauzer and a standard schnauzer).

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.