What do you know about Regional Pastors?

North New Zealand Conference (NNZC) has eight Regional Pastors in place. In nearly all cases, these are not full-time in Regional Pastoring, but have other responsibilities as well. Because much of their work is done quietly in the background, their presence might not be widely known. Here are some quick facts. . .

Role description. . . . Regional Pastors are senior pastors in the field who provide added guidance, support, inspiration, training, and resourcing for pastors and congregations. Each Regional Pastor serves a selection of geographic areas, or alternatively may serve with a specific focus for the entire Conference. There is one goal—to help advance the Everlasting Gospel in our territory.

A change of direction. . . . The Regional Pastor model springs from a change of direction in NNZC—from a “departmental” structure to an “all hands on deck for spiritual health and growth” approach. Pastoral support resources are shifted as much as possible from the office to the field, leading to greater local presence, involvement and response. Regional Pastors began as a trial move in 2010, and leaders are finding it is proving its worth immensely.

In the southern region. . . . Anton van Wyk, based in Palmerston North. Serving Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, and Taranaki. Jake Ormsby, based in and serving the Wellington area; also providing chaplaincy support in Wellington and beyond.

In the central region. . . . Ben Martin, based in Whakatane. Serving Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Gisborne.

Auckland region. . . . Etonia Temo. Also Paora Teaukura, who serves additionally as co-ordinator for Family Ministries. And Paul Siope, also leading the Conference-wide church planting ministry.

Youth and childrenʼs ministries. . . . Matt Moore & Dale Hokin, taking a “Jesus First” approach Conference-wide, with emphasis on connection and training in the field.

In Northland. . . . Doug McLeod, based in Whangarei while also continuing his overall ministry as Sr Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches.

Role description. . . . Each Regional Pastor serves as a G-U-I-D-E . . . to guide, to understand, to inspire, to defend, to encourage. See 1 Corinthians 4:1, 4, The Message.

  • Please pray for the Regional Pastors and all with whom they work.
  • If you would like more information about this, please email Valmarie Young, ValmarieYoung@adventist.org.nz.

Paul Siope

Healthy Adventist Churches Senior Pastor


Doug McLeod

Regional Pastor for North & West Auckland & Northland. North Harbour Church Pastor


Paora Teaukura

Auckland Cook Islands & Mangere Church Pastor


Etonia Temo

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - Auckland / Otahuhu, Auckland Fijian & Auckland Indian Church Pastor


Ben Martin

Bishopdale Church Pastor

Since graduating from Avondale college in 2006 with a Bachelor of Ministry/Theology, Ben has been serving in the North New Zealand Conference, most recently at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as pastoring pastors in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. Ben’s passion is to see the local church be a place where people feel welcomed and accepted – and where they can have a real and powerful encounter with God. Ben’s passion as a local church pastor is preaching and teaching from the Bible, and he loves to  help others find that passion and joy for the word themselves. Born in Sydney, yet is half Kiwi (father from Christchurch) resides now in Christchurch with his wife and two sons. He enjoys in his spare time traveling, technology, photography, mountain biking, and motor racing.


Anton van Wyk

Regional Pastor for Manawatu-Wanganui / Taranaki. Wanganui & Hawera Church Pastor