South Island – Ministerial Staff
Invercargill & Wicklow Street Church Pastor
Prison Ministries / Ilam 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
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.
Samoan-Addington & Aranui Church Pastor
Timaru & Christchurch Multicultural Filipino Church Pastor
University Church & Dunedin Church Pastor
Rangiora & St Martins Church Pastor
Oxford, Aranui & Garden City Fellowship (Tongan) Church Pastor
Pastor Siaosi Kei first came to New Zealand in 1996 and in 1998 he got baptised. He has been in ministry for six years, including one year as a Bible Worker. Pastor Siaosi is married to Mo’uifo’ou and they have seven children. Five girls Ailine, Hazel, Estelle Ana, and Siola and two boys Siaosi Jnr and Sinamoni. Their love for God transpires in their willingness to surrender their lives to Christ daily. Their heart’s desire is to make a positive impact on anyone within their sphere of influence and lead them to Christ. Pastor Siaosi says that learning to be content with whatever the Lord give them and share with others is a great blessing in this journey of ministry.
Papanui Church Pastor & Christchurch Regional 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.
Invercargill Church Pastor & School Chaplain
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.