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. . . . Lance Boulton, 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 / Calvary Community Church Pastor

Email: pmvsiope@hotmail.com

Paul has served as a church pastor, church planter and key note speaker in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, and the USA.  He is the senior pastor for Healthy Adventist Communities.  He believes “the gospel is at its best when we are most at risk” and that “being comfortable being uncomfortable is the Kingdom norm for every disciple maker of Jesus Christ” — so that Gods love and peace can be concretely extended and experienced over every form of injustice and oppression.


Doug McLeod

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - Northland / North Harbour Church Pastor

Email: doug.mcleod@xtra.co.nz

Born in Zambia and lived in Zimbabwe where he served in the military as a communications specialist in the bush war.  Moved to South Africa where he studied and worked as an electrician, then studied and worked as a pastor in the Cape Town, and then Durban areas.   Moved to New Zealand in 1997 where he has served as senior pastor in the Manawatu, and the Auckland region since 2001.  He holds a PG Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters in Management in New Zealand, with a focus on change management.

Married to Angie, has two adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Pr Dougie is an avid distance runner having passed the 100 mark in competitive marathons and ultra- marathons.  Recently ran the Boston Marathon.  His passion is Jesus.  He believes the local church is the hope of the world and yearns to see the realization of the Kingdom of God in his church and community.


Paora Teaukura

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - Auckland / Auckland Cook Islands, Mangere, HaveLife & Light House Church Pastor

Email: teaukura@xtra.co.nz

Born in the beautiful Island of Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands, Pr Tek as we love to call him, served in Tokoroa in the early Seventies before joining Fulton college to study for full time ministry.

During his years in the ministry, he has served as Minister, Ministerial Secretary in the Local Mission and as Youth Director, both at Mission and Union levels of the church. He began his service in North New Zealand in 2002 and continues to serve the Conference in his capacity of Pastor, and Regional Pastor.

His three lovely children, five beautiful grandchildren and an adorable granddaughter bring joy to his life.


Etonia Temo

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

Email: etonia.temo@gmail.com

Pr Temo, is an evangelist at heart and is passionate about making disciples for Jesus. He served in many roles in the Trans Pacific Union Mission, Greater Sydney Conference and has been working as a Pastor in the North New Zealand Conference since 2006.  He is married to his beautiful wife Laveti and together they share 3 children.  One of their favorite things to do as a family is to sing for the Lord.


Ben Martin

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - Central / Hamilton Church Pastor

Email: ben.martin@me.com

Since graduating from Avondale college in 2006, Ben has been serving in the North New Zealand Conference, most recently at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church. 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 in Cambridge with his wife and two sons. He enjoys in his spare time traveling, technology, photography, and motor racing.


Anton van Wyk

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - South / Palmerston North Church Pastor

Email: anton.vw@xtra.co.nz

Born South-Africa. Studied and worked as a Pastor in and around Cape Town. Conscripted into the Military for two years. Arrived in NZ in 1997. Married to Sandy (music teacher). 3 sons: 1. IT in Melbourne. 2. Professional Musician in Wellington 3. Works with Enliven Care in Palmerston North. One grandchild (3 years old).

Works as Senior Pastor and Regional Pastor out of Palmerston North, NZ (that is where Longburn Adventist College is. We have a Primary and a Preschool here also).

Hobbies: Motorbike riding, nature walks / outings.

Passion: To treat people as individuals and not as cases in order to return them to passion, uniqueness, wonder and discipleship destiny.


Limoni Manu

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - South / Ministry Development Pastor / Palmerston North Church Associate Pastor / Wanganui & Hawera Church Pastor

Email: lmanu@live.com

Born in Tonga. Raised in the mission fields of the South Pacific. Studied in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Philippines. Worked as a Pastor and Chaplain in Fiji (1990-1995). Lecturer of Theology at Fulton College, Fiji (1996-1999) and Pacific Adventist University, PNG (2000-2007). Migrated to NZ in Dec. of 2007. Joined the workforce of the NNZC in 2010. Married to Sulueti L Manu from Fiji. Have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren: 1 granddaughter and 3 grandsons. Loves teaching the Word of God. Lives in Palmerston North and serves in Manawatu.


Jake Ormsby

Regional Pastor for Healthy Adventist Churches - Wellington / Porirua & Porirua Cook Islands Church Pastor / Wellington School Chaplain

Email: j.ormsby@clear.net.nz

Jake Ormsby has served in the NNZ Conference for more than 30 years as a Primary school teacher/Principal, Pastor and School Chaplain. He is currently pastoring Porirua and Porirua Cook Island Churches, Chaplain for Wellington School and is also Regional Pastor for Wellington. He met and married his wife Evelyn while planting the Wellington school where she now serves as a teacher. They have two children and two grandchildren. Raised on the love of a very close family and the fruit of oceans, rivers, lakes and bush-land of the Bay of Plenty and Manawatu, he has a love for people, a passion for the outdoors and exploring ancient historical sites, enjoying Evelyn’s delicious quiches and salads and spending precious time with whanau.