The National Leader of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand is formally an Officer of the Baptist Union and is elected by Assembly on four-year, then three-year terms as recommended by Assembly Council.

This role oversees the strategic and spiritual wellbeing of the collective of 250 faith communities, along with their leadership team and the regional Association Chairs. The vision and direction of our movement of churches is shaped and guided by the National Leader who accounts to Assembly Council.

Our current leader

Kia ora

I love Jesus. I love the Bible. I love the Gospel. I love the Church. And I love Mission.

My number one task is to keep the eyes of New Zealand Baptist’s firmly fixed on Jesus. It is his words that we must listen to the most. He will show us what our priorities must be. How to treat one another. How to live in our neighbourhoods. It is the power of his Gospel that will bring renewal to people and places.

While my leadership philosophy comes from the Bible verse, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”, I have been mostly shaped in my own leadership by people with severe intellectual and physical disability. My daughter was born with inoperable brain cancer. Despite living until she was 13 her life was marked out by much suffering. And my 28-year-old son lives with the cognitive abilities of a 9-month-old baby.

Prior to becoming National Leader I spent 13 years on the staff at Carey Baptist College, 8 of these as Principal.

From the National Leader's keyboard

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February 26, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: New life

New Chair of Baptist Women New Zealand, cohort of Pastoral Leadership students, and pastoral appointments…

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February 19, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Painting a picture of gospel renewal

A chat with Old Testament Lecturer, Michael Rhodes | Assembly Council and ‘30 around 30’ retreats | Gospel renewal on marae | Adoring Jesus |…

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February 12, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: What gospel renewal looks like

How we might pivot our strategic priorities more towards gospel renewal | Arotahi Renew Together 24 | A phenomenal day at Waitangi | There is…

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February 8, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Baptist pivot to mission

The Baptist movement is a missionary one. Four mission leaders share what bringing gospel renewal to our local neighbourhoods looks like.

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February 5, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: A privilege to serve you

Charles shares his decision after reviewing his finishing date as Baptist National Leader | Baptisms | Luke Kaa-Morgan’s experience at the recent national Hui-aa-Motu |…

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January 8, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

We are making a difference!

The annual update from our National Leader, Charles Hewlett, for 2023.

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December 25, 2023 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

An angel sits on top of our Christmas Tree

A Christmas message from our Baptist National Leader, Charles Hewlett.

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December 18, 2023 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: The people

When it comes to the Baptist family of churches in New Zealand, it is the people. Here are just a few of the amazing people…

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December 11, 2023 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Act justly

A creative venture | 1st Assembly Council gathering with new members | Ruth from Arotahi prays a beautiful expression of hope and justice as a…

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November 27, 2023 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Our stories

Most weeks, I hear a story of gospel renewal from within our Baptist family. Last week, I heard of four things I'm keen to share…

Charles' Podcasts

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