Gift Basket Contact Us Baptist Intranet login

Our Leaders



Craig Vernall

National Leader

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 0339

Beulah Wood


E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 815 1079

Josie Te Kahu


E: [email protected]
P: +64 21 260 4202

Regional Missional Leaders

David Costar

Regional Mission Leader - Top of the South

E: [email protected]
P: +64 27 824 6815

Mike Walker

Regional Mission Leader - Waikato

E: [email protected]
P: +64 21 793 431

To be Appointed

Regional Mission Leader - BOP/Eastland


Paul Edlin

Regional Mission Leader - Wellington

E: [email protected]
P: +64 4 234 7336

Derek Pyle

Regional Mission Leader Otago Southland

E: [email protected]
P: +64 21 280 5817

Kim Peters

Regional Mission Leader - Canterbury Westland

E: [email protected]
P: +64 21 153 3112

Ministry Heads

Winston Hema

National Administrator

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 0337

Karen Warner

Children & Family Ministries Team Leader

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 7958

Ruby Duncan

Neighbourhood & Justice Initiatives Team Leader

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 7956

Steve Davis

Multicultural Inclusion Ministries Team Leader

E: [email protected]
P: +64 22 183 2364

David Moko

Kaihautu – Manatū Iriiri Māori

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 7952

Brian Krum

BYM National Team Leader

E: [email protected]
P: +64 27 248 9978

Assembly Council

Assembly Council acts in a governance role and is responsible for establishing policies and practices consistent with both the determinations of the annual Assembly of the churches and in between Assembly, for the wellbeing of the movement. Its responsibility extends to ensuring that the National Leadership and the National Resource Centre implement effective management procedures.

Assembly Council comprises the President, the Vice President, eight members elected by Assembly, the National Leader, National Administrator, and a representative from the Council of NZ Baptist Missionary Society  and up to three co-opted members. 

Current members: Josie Te Kahu (President), Beulah Wood (Vice-President), Craig Vernall (National Leader), TBA (National Administrator), Andrew Bollen (NZBMS rep)

  • Rob Stacey (Chair)

  • John Alpe

  • Blue Bradley

  • Peter Foster

  • Alistair Hall

  • Luke Kaa-Morgan

  • Raewyn Moodie

  • Melanie Wilson

Baptist Assembly

Baptist Assembly is the annual gathering of representatives and which elects the three governance bodies:

  • Assembly Council - Life and work of Union itself

  • Baptist College Board - Carey Baptist College

  • Mission Council -  NZ Baptist Missionary Society

Assembly also appoints the three senior staff members who manage each of the above entities:

  • National Leader

  • Carey Baptist College Principal

  • NZ Baptist Missionary Society Director 

According to agreed strategic directions and according to the specific purposes for which the particular President with his/her own gifts and experience has been appointed, the President contributes to the work and witness of the denomination at all levels.

This contribution may be in the contexts of local churches, regional Associations, Assembly Council, Mission Council, other BU bodies, etc. Wider opportunities may include interdenominational, national and international. These opportunities may come in a variety of forms, and may include anything from dispute resolution to ceremonial functions.



Postal Address
National Resource Centre, PO Box 12 149,
Penrose, Auckland 1642

Physical Address
473 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland


Phone: (09) 526 0333

Email: [email protected]


Privacy Policy Disclaimer Charities Commission No. CC22731
© 2013 The Baptist Churches of New Zealand. All Rights Reserved