The President of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand is formally an Officer of the Baptist Union and takes on the voluntary role for a year after spending a year as the Vice-President.

The President presides over all business sessions of the annual Assembly, and takes on various roles during the year according to the skills and experience they bring to the role. Submission of possible candidates for the office of Vice-President are made by local churches to Assembly Council who make the formal nominations to Assembly for election. On this page you will find articles and other content created by the President.

Our current president

I have been a part of the Baptist Union of New Zealand since I moved here in 1998 and it is a privilege to serve in the role of President.

I have a heart for social justice and to reach out to those on the fringes of our society, but my joy and passion has always been to share the gospel with those who do not know Jesus.

Before becoming a fulltime pastor I was a mechanical engineer and worked in managerial roles in engineering industry. In my last role I was the principal of a Polytech Institute in India. I moved to New Zealand in 1998 and felt called to theological study.

I graduated from Carey Baptist College in 2000 and have been a pastor since then with the Baptist Union. In 2012 I planted Immanuel City Church (Baptist Congregation) in the inner city with a vision to reach international students. This church has moved to the suburb of Balmoral, and I continue to pastor this congregation on 0.5 FT basis.

My passion is to see our local churches strongly rooted in the word of God; to live out the gospel every day in their workplaces and homes. I also have a passion to see churches become multicultural churches; welcoming and embracing each other’s cultural diversity and modelling this to the community around them. Along with the leaders within the Baptist Union I like to spend time pastorally supporting and encouraging churches to do the above.

I was a member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal with Ministry of Justice from 2009-2019 my role was to be a part of the hearings on human right breaches and give decisions. I am on the board of Indian Evangelical Mission New Zealand, which supports the missionary work in India among tribal and unreached people groups. I am also a Voluntary Chaplain at AUT and support students and staff there.

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