Paid Staff

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Chris Finlay, Regional Mission Leader (RML)(interim)

Chris’s role is part time providing leadership to the region for pastors and churches. Amongst other things, Chris heads up pastoral care of our pastors and the monthly pastor cluster meeting. 

Chris is also the Interim Pastor of Paraparaumu Baptist Church

M: 021 156 1380 E:

Johanna Vannathy, Youth consultant & Central Easter Camp Director

Jo’s role is part time supporting and working with youth pastors and key youth leaders in our region, both within the NZ Baptist movement and beyond. Jo also coordinates the running of the Central Easter Camp held every Easter weekend at Manfeild Park in Feilding.  Originally a Baptist initiative, Central Easter Camp now provides the opportunity for young people from multiple denominations and other groups to come together to grow in relationship with Jesus and with each other.

M: 021 269 3379




…….. is employed part time by the Association providing admin support. 


Volunteer Association Executive Members

Brian Smellie (Chairman)

Epuni Baptist Church Oversight Team M:  021 420453 E:

Nigel Scott

Senior Pastor Waikanae Baptist Church

Laurie Coetsee

Assoc Pastor Upper Hutt Baptist Church

Rob Petrini

Senior Pastor Hutt City Baptist Church