South Island – Ministerial Staff
Invercargill & Wicklow Street Church Pastor
Prison Ministries / Ilam Church Pastor
Ministerial & Discipleship. Bishopdale Church Pastor
Prior to entering Ministry I was a dairy farmer and involved in the local church. I am married to a very special lady, Rosalie, and have two awesome children Geena and Caleb, in whom I am especially proud. It was the local church who encouraged my spiritual growth which eventuated with me attending Avondale to study Ministry. An experience that affirmed that this was where God wanted me to be. So the local church has always been very special to me, each church I have served in has been a place of God’s holy people. It is as Paul affirms in Eph.4:12 the place where we are to be equipped for ministry. After six years ministering in north New South Wales, ten in the North New Zealand Conference and since 2010 here in the South New Zealand Conference, that view has not diminished, and in fact it has been affirmed in the present climate of ‘discipleship’. Now it is my privilege to work with the ministers as Ministerial Secretary while still ministering in the local church. For the local church is where the rubber meets the road and where the Holy Spirit is working among His people. I’m excited about what He is about to do in our conference.
Christchurch Fijian Church Pastor
The Haven (Nelson) & Westport Group Church Pastor
Queenstown & Wicklow Street Church Pastor
Jonathon is a proud kiwi, born and bred in Christchurch. As a young teenager Jonathon gave his heart to Jesus, immediately feeling the call to tell other people about Jesus. At the beginning of 2013, Jonathon promptly quit his job in order to move to Australia to study at the Avondale College Seminary. While studying at Avondale Jonathon served in the local College Church as an Elder, and the College men’s dormitories as a Residential Assistant. In 2016, he graduated from Avondale with a Bachelor of Ministry and Theology (Church Ministry Specialisation). Jonathon is passionate about bringing young people to know Jesus, and for people of all ages to know and recognise the value that God has placed on their lives by sending Jesus to die for each and every one of them.
Timaru & Christchurch Multicultural Filipino Church Pastor
Blenheim Church Pastor
Oamaru & Dunedin Church Pastor
Rangiora & St Martins Church Pastor
Youth Discipleship / Bishopdale Church Pastor
Sarah-Jane Riley is the Youth Director of the South New Zealand Conference and associate pastor at Bishopdale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Christchurch. Originally from North NZ, she trained in social work and then went on to work in youth work, adventure therapy, youth health, health promotion, and violence prevention. In 2009 she accepted a call to come and work in a full time ministry role in South NZ as a local church youth worker. She then went to Avondale College in 2014 and completed post graduate studies in ministry and theology, and returned to the South NZ Conference at the beginning of 2016 to serve.
Sarah-Jane believes that it is a movement of disciples that will advance the gospel, with a culture that is loving, inclusive and intentional. She believes that young people have significant influence in this movement as they are fully engaged in all aspects of what it means to be church in the communities and world in which we live.
Oxford, Aranui & Garden City Fellowship (Tongan) Church Pastor
Papanui Church Pastor
Stephen is married to Lindita since 2006 and has one son, Samuel, and one daughter, Deborah. Stephen is Irish and arrived in New Zealand in 2016. Stephen has a MA in Pastoral ministry and experience working in 4 countries and has served as a local church pastor since 2005. Stephen is interested in studying about the Sabbath and mental health and follows closely the work of ADRA since serving as ADRA Ireland director for a number of years.
Samoan-Addington & Samoan-Aranui Church Pastor
Ashburton & Garden City Fellowship Central Church Pastor
Younis has experienced the overwhelming impact of Jesus in his life and has been motivated to love and serve others as a result. He considers it a privilege to spend his life extending that invitation to others. He is married to Romina Lata and has one son—Avishai. He loves building relationships and speaking on topics that answer the most fundamental questions of life from the Bible. He is passionate about sharing his discoveries and guiding people on their journey towards a greater quality of life in Jesus Christ.