Rod is the Chair of the Baptist Assembly Council and Sole Pastor of Opawa Baptist Church, Christchurch.

What is something you think everyone should experience at least once in their life? 

Eat BBQed venison back steaks cooked by Blue Bradley of Northern Easter Camp fame. 

If you could be a pro at any one thing, what would it be?

A cricket opening batsman.

What is a random interest that has completely nothing to do with your study or work? 

World War II, especially the Holocaust.

What is the oddest fact you know?

I am full of odd facts, but here’s one – 10 to the 100th power is called a googol.

What is the most boring thing you’ve ever done?

When I graduated in 1989, an intense recession was underway, so I got whatever work I could until I got a permanent job late in 1990. One of those filler roles was handwriting notes on VUW student records for the typist to type up.

What is your favourite way of connecting with God?

Alone, in the quiet and usually without words.

Can you describe a significant moment when you experienced God’s love?

I was at a church camp when an older guy injured his back. I prayed for him, and he was healed. It blew both of us away, me because I was wondering if God had forgotten about me. I was not in a great space, but the healing was a sign that I was still the beloved of God.

What is your favourite thing about the neighbourhood where you live?

I have just arrived, so it’s early days, but it’s 1 km from my favourite cafe and from church. I’m starting to meet the neighbours. 

What do you love most about being Baptist?

In 1985, I stumbled into Remuera Baptist as a brand new believer; I went there because I lived nearby. I had no Baptist heritage. From 1986 to 1991, I went to various churches in Wellington, ending up at Karori Baptist in 1992. I have been in the movement ever since. I love our movement because it’s where I belong; for good or for ill, the Baptists are my people.

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