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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June 10, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Young people bring renewal

Te Puke Baptist Church breaks ground for their housing project | Baptist whānau in national awards | KB youth leaders retreat | More…

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June 4, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: On a mission

Ask your church’s youth leaders about their weekend | A role carved out for us | How the Psalms can inspire Christian worship | More…

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May 27, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Graduation

The most exciting Kingdom event I’ve ever been to | Highlights of our college’s class of 2023 graduation | We need to get radial with…

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May 20, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: The kingdom of God

Ordinary churches making extraordinary decisions | Six baptisms at Pakūranga Chinese Baptist Church | Surveying experiences of authority in the local church | More…

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May 13, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: What do you enjoy about your work?

Highlights of pastoring | 11 Baptisms at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church | Consultation time | Hearing from a Christian entrepreneur | More…

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April 15, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Healthy faith communities

Journeys to baptism that began at eCamp 23 | Over 100 attend free English class bringing gospel renewal in Christchurch | Influencing change for people…

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April 7, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Proclaiming Jesus

Thank you Easter Camp volunteers! | Celebrating culture with the Karen community | My day at Easter Camp | Baptist attendance statistics | The Baptist…

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April 2, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Living

Charles invites four Baptist leaders to reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – our Lord and our Saviour.

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March 25, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Our invitations

A prayer for Easter camps | Motueka baptisms | Karen Baptist Churches' culture night | Responding to the Ministry of Disabled People announcement | More…

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March 18, 2024 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Charles Mail: Keeping you informed

Preparing to meet with the Prime Minister | 100 years at Liberty Baptist Church | What’s our Lead Team reviewing? | What does self-care look…

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