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).

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.

Soana Douglas – Elder (Chair)

Soana Douglas is a mum to 2 boys and 1 girl. She is married to Carl and they are both passionate about working in the kingdom. She is also in the worship team and assists in Royal Oak Playgroup which is operational twice a week. Soana loves reading and singing

Caleb Haurua
Born and raised in South Auckland, Caleb comes from a proud whanau of Maori and Pasifika heritage. Married to Deborah and father to Iraia, he lives in Three Kings. Having completed his Masters at Carey Baptist College in 2017, Caleb has been involved in youth ministry since he was a little fella. Coming to faith as a teenager, Caleb desires to see young people thriving in their calling to follow the Way of Jesus, nurtured within God’s church for the sake of His Kingdom and mission to the world. Caleb also loves talking (in general), Royal Oak dumplings, and the NZ Warriors.

Kathleen Martin

Kathleen Martin is a retired administrator who is passionate about seeing others grow in their giftings and faith. During her time at ROBC, Kathleen has been a home group leader and assisted with a variety of events. Kathleen has two adult daughters, loves hand crafts and spending time with her extended family.