GET TO KNOW US
Lloyd Ashworth — Interim Pastor
Ministry and music have taken me all over the globe for the past forty years! My ministry journey began here in West Auckland at the Bible College of NZ in Lincoln Road in 1974. There I met and married Judy. I trained for pastoral ministry at the Baptist College and my first church was Glenfield Baptist in 1980, which was then on the edge of the city. We were blessed with three children who are now adults and married with their own children. Ministry in New Zealand has included churches at Glenfield, Hillsborough, Whangaparaoa, Milford and now Ranui. Ten years as the Executive director of International Needs NZ in the 1990s saw me establishing ministry partnerships between western churches and churches in the developing world. For a time in the early 2000s, I sold real estate in Tauranga, but my heart has always been in ministry and that’s my great passion. My other loves are jazz music, fishing and travel. We live at Tindalls Bay on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.
Tai Taua — Associate Pastor
Ranui is home to my family and me because we love the atmosphere of God’s presence here amongst our church family.
God has been so good and faithful to Ranui Baptist and we’re all involved in the ministries and the things that the Lord has blessed us with throughout the years . God bless!
Rob Kidd — Elder
I am happily married to Barbara. We have two adult children, one a teacher and the other working in the civil and drainage industry. I have been part of the Ranui family since I was a child and my wife Barbara since we were married in 1990. I believe God is incredibly well organised and loves us all so much. We see testimony of this through his structured approach to creation and then sending Jesus to save us. I see my spiritual gifting as leadership, helping with the organisation and administrative aspects of the church’s and the community trust’s activities. People matter and both Ranui Baptist Church and the Ranui Baptist Community Care Trust is all about helping people – whether it be budgeting, food parcels, emergency housing, counselling, spiritual development and so on. It’s a great privilege to be involved in God’s work at Ranui.
Gabriel Taua — Transformation Youth
I am married to Angela Taua. I lead our Transformation Youth Group (TYG) for Ranui Baptist Church. It is an honour to be working in such an important role. Seeing these young ones and their willingness to change/grow has inspired me. Our primary focus is to get these kids to understand the gospel and the basics of Christianity. The first and second greatest commandments are the foundation of Transformation Youth Group. Matthew 22:37-39 – (Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself) The way we love may not be right until we come into Gods light and understand what true love is. Jesus died on the cross pure, perfect and without fault just for us so that we can be reconnected with the father. We also teach respect, kindness and discipline. We encourage our youth to apply these teachings to their daily lifestyle. We are now living for Christ, not the world. If you want to see change; you are going to need to make that first step in giving your life to the one who saves; Jesus Christ.
Cherith Telford — Elder
Hi. My name is Cherith and I am married to Alan. We have 3 adult children who live in Dubai, Auckland and Wellington respectively. I am a Deputy Principal at a local high school and love working in our community with young people and families. Alan and I moved to Auckland from the Hawkes Bay and chose to live in West Auckland as this is a community that reflects a balanced slice of NZ with different socio-economic, cultural and age groups all working together. This is also why we choose to fellowship at Ranui. It is my pleasure to serve the Ranui family through the gifts of teaching, pastoral and encouragement, all done with a smile and a laugh.
Graham Davis — Elder
I am married to Karen and have been part of the church family since 2002.
I am the Community Support Worker and Emergency Housing Tenancy Manager for Ranui Baptist Community Care. I took on these roles after many years in the transportation business. The elders of Ranui Baptist Church and the Trustees of Ranui Baptist Community Care, recognised my ability to connect easily with people and my relationship with West Auckland Community Leaders so they asked me to undertake Chaplaincy Training and to operate as a Community Chaplain in Ranui. I have played a large part in establishing and operating our social services and community services and enjoy making a difference in the lives of those who need our help.
Peter Soole — Chairman of the Elders
I am happily married to Carole, with two children and five grandchildren. My years of experience as a High School Teacher and H.O.D. Science have added to my wisdom and grace in handling pastoral issues. My gifts of teaching, wisdom and prophecy bring on-going encouragement to the church. I enjoy supporting my children and grandchildren; including my daughter who is a Teacher and a Granddaughter, who is a trainee Teacher. I love to organise outdoor expeditions with family and watching them grow through the experience. I am also a Ranui Baptist Community Care Trust member.
John Blight — Elder
I am married to Marian. We have two children and five grandchildren whom we adore. My journey has brought me from the Waikato, where I was the last of four to leave my parent’s home. After moving through several churches we have settled in Ranui, where we feel very much part of this church family. Life has had its ups and downs but in all those situations God has been there for us. My strengths are having an ear to hear God’s voice and prayer is a priority in my life. My desire is that, together as a church, we are always open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Worship is crucial to us, acknowledging God as the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Let us work together to build his church in Ranui.
Carol Dawson — Elder
I am married to Ian. We have 2 married children and 5 grandchildren who all have a big input into my adventures in life. I see my spiritual gifting as being of the prophetic & discernment, with my strengths being able to relate to people of all age groups, to have a listening ear, to understand where they are at in life and able to help with ideas and give encouragement. I find our church a place where people do matter and can feel welcomed and loved.
Ministry Team Leaders
We also have
Emergency Housing, Foodbank and Men's Ministry
Sherilyn Sampson & Sarah Benitez
Friendship Group and Op-shop
Toy Library & Playgroup
Join us on Sunday?
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!