On Sabbath afternoon 24 June, family and friends gathered at the Royal Oak Church to celebrate the Ordination of Pr William Iererua by decision of the New Zealand Conference Executive Committee and the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee. It was also the final service that William would attend as pastor of Royal Oak church.

Born and raised by his mother in Kiribati and the United Kingdom in his early years , William and his sisters moved to New Zealand when he was 12. Having no real church experience made meeting Jesus in High School a very special time for William. His heart found it’s home at the Henderson church where the family were welcomed with open arms.  Today his mother and sisters all attend Seventh-day Adventist churches.  One of his sisters was baptised recently.

During his years of study at Avondale college, William kept in touch with Beatrice, a special friend from the Henderson church.  They were married in 2011 and now have four beautiful boys together.  Kevin, Abel, Uriah and Samosoni bring much joy, contentment and energy to the family.

William joined the North New Zealand Conference ministry team as an Intern in 2013 and served alongside Pr Greg Timmins who played a vital role as mentor during his internship at the Manna Park and Royal Oak churches. This year William was appointed pastor for Royal Oak church and ACTS church plant. He also served at the Auckland Seventh-day Adventist High School as Chaplain. His two deepest passions and anchor points in his ministry are prayer and making disciples.  William is also currently enrolling to do post-graduate research on effective methods of disciple-making in South Auckland.

William began his final speech in Sabbath with a poignant echo of the words from the song “Rock of Ages” written by Augustus M. Toplady, “Nothing in my hand I bring; Simply to the cross I cling.” What followed was a moving, Spirit-filled proclamation of the call God has placed on his heart to be a shepherd who feeds God’s lambs, but first and foremost to be a faithful husband and available father.

We want to wish William, Beatrice and their tribe of boys the very best of God’s blessings as they serve at Manna Park and Papakura for the remainder of 2017 and also as they live out their lives in service for the King. We will walk beside them as fellow disciple-makers every step of the way.

Watch Pr William Iererua’s speech here

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Hana Greenfield – Executive Assistant / Communications
North New Zealand Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
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