North Island – Lead Team


Eddie Tupa’i

Lead Pastor / Ponsonby Church Associate Pastor


Eddie has served as the Lead Pastor for our Conference since 2005 and has the unique ability to translate vision into day-to-day reality. His passions include inspiring people to be servant leaders through Jesus’ example, for churches to be a Prayer House for all people and for every member to be authentic God Worshippers. Eddie also serves as a local church pastor at Ponsonby Seventh-day Adventist church. He is married to his best friend and partner in ministry Tessa and together they have 4 boys.


Ben Timothy

General Secretary / Administrative Pastor


Originally from Wellington Ben is married to Noeline with two sons and seven grandchildren. After working for the NZ government for thirteen years he commenced pastoral ministry in North NZ in 1993. He has pastored churches on the west and east coasts of the Conference,  Waikato, King Country and Auckland.

Ben believes many people today feel the need for hope and are looking for it. The church is a medium and voice for true hope that can only be found in Christ. To effect transformation in our communities the church must embody and demonstrate God’s true character by intentionally continuing Jesus’ service and sowing his gospel of hope in people’s lives.


Shane Palipane

Chief Financial Officer


A Sri Lankan by birth and an Australian by nationality, Shane has made New Zealand his current home. He was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for the North New Zealand Conference in 2010. He is passionate about holistic stewardship, servant leadership and vibrant health. Shane is married to Anne and together they have two children Shane Jnr and Soraya.

North Island – Ministry Support Team


Hana Greenfield

Executive Assistant / Communications


Having been in this role for nine years now, it feels as if NNZC is my life! I joined the team in 2009 and have since then grown and learned so much of what I do today on the job. I can see how my previous work experience in HR, admin, office management and volunteering with non-for profit organisations overseas , has helped shape and prepare me for ministry in this context. I am married to Paul Greenfield who is also my partner in ministry in our local church. Together we are very grateful for our 5 children. I am also currently working on a Degree in Counselling through BTI in Tauranga. Watching individuals and churches grow in health has been the most exciting part of my job. I can’t wait to see what God does in and through us in the next season of ministry.


Valmarie Young

Administration Assistant for Healthy Adventist Churches / Membership Management

Email: 09 262 5620

Lisa Kask

Graphic / Website Design


I first started working as a volunteer for North New Zealand Conference doing staging design, making costumes and producing news publications. In 2007 I was employed full time where my main role has been designing our posters, slides and applications for our events and keeping our website up-to-date. I love my job, I love the people I work with and I especially love using the creative skills that God has blessed me with. I’m very passionate about design and portraying the spiritual themes in our events.

Outside of work one of my favourite things to do is Instagramming the photos I have taken of our beautiful New Zealand scenery, my husband surfing and our little boy. I’m crazy about Amigurumi (crocheted stuffed dolls), so when I have spare time I’m often found with hook and yarn in hand making my next creation.


Kim Teao

Reception / Administrative Assistant for Trust Services

Email: 09 262 5620

Wholeheartedly committing her life to God in the year 2000 was the start of a life journey in faith, hope and love. Kim began serving at the North New Zealand Conference in February 2014 and her desire for people is to pursue their relationship with God, to live life as God intended for them by His gracious Spirit through the love of Jesus. The reason for her smile is the joy in serving the Lord 🙂


Russell Jones

Trust Services Director


Trevor Gray

Conference Health & Safety Advisor

North Island – Healthy Adventist Communities Team


Paul Siope

Healthy Adventist Churches Senior Pastor / Calvary Community Church Pastor


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.


Lynelle Laws

Partners in Ministry Coordinator / Women’s Ministry Coordinator


Lynelle coordinates the Women in the North NZ Conference of SDA’s and is also responsible for nurturing the Pastoral Spouses in the same. She has training and experience in teaching from Pre School aged children, through to Tertiary level. Her passion is to meet people where they are, sharing an authentic Christianity, that allows Jesus to shine on a practical level.


Dale Hokin

Family & Children’s Pastor. Pathfinders & Adventurers Director


Dale has the role of strengthening families to better love and support each other, and to better reflect Jesus. He is passionate about having people loved and nurtured, and supporting each other spiritually, emotionally and physically. This also means our children are being raised in strong, Godly families and churches where they are free to thrive and know God. Add Pathfinders and Adventurers, a discipleship ministry for children, and Dale has the best job in New Zealand. He is supported in ministry by his wife Anneli, and by their children Kara and Joshua.

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Matt Moore

Youth & Chaplaincy Pastor


Matt Moore is a Kiwi who has called Australia home for the past 13 years. Matt is married to Carly, and they have 2 boys, Ryan (11) and Jayse (8). Matt has spent the last 13 years working on the Gold Coast as a Teacher/Chaplain and is passionate about the gospel and seeing young people make decisions for Jesus. Matt has a degree in Primary Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Family Ministry. He loves the All Blacks, Cambodia, badminton, golf and cold watermelon…though in NZ, he will happily sub the watermelon for Feijoas!

Facebook: SDAYouthNZ


Doug McLeod

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

North Island – Accounting Services


Irene Yang

Senior Accountant / Team Leader


Anne Grondman

Assistant Accountant


Hoang Le-Kimani

Assistant Accountant


Nellie Tahana

Assistant Accountant


Steven Kershaw

Senior Accounts Clerk


Masina Palelei

Senior Accounts Clerk

North Island – Entities


Norman King

Tui Ridge Park - Manager


Christine Miles

Adventist Book Centre (ABC) - Manager

Email: 09 277 8543Website:

Jon Marshall

Bethesda - Chief Executive Officer

Email: 09 2625650Website:

North Island – NZPUC Directors


Denison Grellmann

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) - Chief Executive Officer

Email: 09 625 0888Call Centre: 0800 4 999 111Website:

Denison, his wife and two young boys arrived in New Zealand in June 2016 when Denison began serving as the ADRA New Zealand CEO. Having moved from the Philippines where Denison served as the Country Director for ADRA. Originally born in Brazil, Denison has been on a great number of adventures in his life having served with ADRA in countries including Madagascar, Mozambique, and Laos, along with time at ADRA Australia and ADRA International. Having previously studied management, accounting and international development, Denison has acquired a great set of skills and experience which adds great value in leading the ADRA team.

Denison is also a strong believer in taking action to support others, “when people see that we truly care about helping them rebuild their lives, they will see a reflection of God in our service.”


Pat Timmins

Early Childhood Education Coordinator


Rosalie McFarlane

NZPUC - Education Director

Email: 09 250 1770Website:

Rosalie oversees the Seventh-day Adventist School system in New Zealand, Cook Islands and French Polynesia.  Originally from the Waikato, trained through Longburn Adventist College, Rosalie has worked as a teacher and Principal in Adventist schools for 30 years and served in her current role for 7.

She dedicated herself to supporting children through holistic education to choose Jesus as their personal Saviour and committing themselves to eternal service to others in their areas of, gifting, skill and expertise. Developing high quality leaders and teachers and supporting all Adventist parents to educate their children in a way that allows them to be authentic Adventists leading the church through the 21st Century is her driving vision.

Adrielle Carrasco

Adrielle Carrasco

Director of Adventist Health Ministries & Union Liaison for Women’s Ministries

Email: 09 250 2746 or 021 027 31130Website:

Adrielle began her career in health as a registered nurse at the Auckland Adventist Hospital. The following eight years, Adrielle worked extensively in the South Auckland community in various nursing roles, and focused her skills on diabetes education towards the end of that time. She has also worked on various health projects in the community both in New Zealand and Australia.

Recent years have seen Adrielle working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for diabetes, presenting workshops and classes in diabetes management and insulin administration, and completing a Master of Health Sciences at Otago University. With her current role as director of Adventist Health Ministries, she is passionate about helping others live happy holistic lifestyles, while being a positive influence in their community.

Adrielle is happily married to Dan and has three grown children.