Our main objective is to support churches and pastors so that they are healthy, growing and focused on mission. Our main resource is in our experienced and expert coaching staff. They cover areas of youth, young adults, children & families, finance, multicultural inclusion, as well as more general church issues of pastoral search, pastoral support, conflict resolution and administration.

The Association also has specified funds that can be given as small grants or loans to churches. The Baptist Foundation provides grants to Baptist community ministries in the region. It encourages discerning and interpreting the needs and opportunities of God’s gospel activity in a church’s local area. It has resources such as an eldership performance review as well as a pastor review package.


Peter Browning

Peter was made CEO of Auckland Baptist Social Services (later renamed to Baptist Action) in 1991, a position he held for 11 years. He was a founding member of Eastview Baptist and served on the initial leadership team with his wife, Mary, and subsequently chaired the governance group for eight years. He joined the Association Board five years ago and has been the Chair of the Board for the last four. In addition, he is Chair of Iosis, the Baptist family service agency in Manurewa, a Director of Baptist Foundation Ltd and a Trustee of the Baptist Children’s Trust. Interest areas for him are collaborative efforts between churches, sustainability and leading change in church life.

Reti Ah-Voa


  Reti worships at Māngere Bridge Baptist, where she has served as an elder and is the Key Leader of the Youth and Young Adults Ministry.  She has a background in people/middle management, strategy and missions (Middle East), and has held governance roles locally and overseas. She is passionate about the kingdom of God. Reti has completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Auckland) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Theology (Carey).

Darcy Haliday

Darcy is a graduate of Carey Baptist College (then the New Zealand Baptist Theological College) and has been in pastoral ministry for just on 30 years—11 years at Colombo Street Baptist Church (now Beckenham) in Christchurch and nearly 19 years at Henderson Baptist Church. He was married to Sue for 35 years prior to her death in 2013 and has three children and six grandchildren. In addition to his pastoral duties at Henderson, Darcy is also a chaplain to the Police in Waitakere. He has recently transitioned from the role of Senior Pastor to that of Pastor Together with Rawiri Auty at Henderson Baptist Church.

Helen Brereton

Helen is an interim and transitions pastor helping congregations navigate change and renewal who joined the NBA Board in November 2016. Helen has lived in the north for 20 years, and is a married mum to three young adults. She is passionate about helping individuals and congregations attain emotional and spiritual health, and is keen to see Northland churches, church leaders and their families thrive. Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi (With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive).

Neil Hamilton

Our newest board member, Neil has been a pastor for over 20 years. He has pastored Beachlands Baptist Church for 15 years as well as being honorary chaplain and a qualified firefighter with the Beachlands Volunteer Fire Brigade. Neil is passionate about congregations making life changing impacts in their local community. A quantity surveyor prior to the call to pastoring, Neil brings property and construction skills to the NBA Board as well as a big heart.

Co-opted to the Board August 2019

Kien Choo

I started pastoring a Chinese migrant church in Auckland from 1st April 2015 till now. Auckland Chinese Baptist Church was founded by a Hong Kong missionary 63 years ago.  The church is now preparing the next generation of kids and youth into an  English congregation while keeping the Cantonese/Mandarin bilingual church worship service.


Clifford Thompson

My name is Clifford Thompson. I am the Lead Pastor of The Render Gathering which is based in South Auckland. I am a father of 5 children and husband to my beautiful wife Lisa.


Born into a pastoral family, I have served God and his bride my entire life. Outside of ministry I worked for Corrections NZ for 12 Years in a variety of roles and also as the vocalist in a band, touring australasia.


Our heart is to see people won for Jesus. Lives transformed and people living out their purpose. Our vision is to Help You Become, which is why we now lead The Render Gathering, which is the ekklesia of Gods people, coming together to become all he purposed them to be. 


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Wayne Boyd

Wayne was appointed to the role of Finance and Admin Manager in February 2014, taking over from Maurice Cavaney. This is a half time role - his other 20 hours per week are spent at Iosis Ltd, the Baptist social services agency in Manurewa, where he is Finance Manager. Wayne is a qualified accountant and member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  His background is in commercial roles - he was previously Financial Controller for Pharmacybrands Ltd (now Green Cross Health) and Accounting Manager at NZ Credit Union. He enjoys working in the Not for Profit sector where the focus is on the work we do and not the profit we make, although we do still need to ensure that our financial position remains sustainable.

Wayne is married to Merryn and has two married children and four grandchildren. He was for many years a member (and treasurer) of Eastview Baptist and now attends Botany Life. He enjoys most sports and is a long suffering supporter of the Blues and Warriors.

NBA Administrator & Church Administration Coach

Murray Cottle

Murray has been involved in a variety of Baptist ministries. He has been pastor at Napier, Mangere, Glen Eden and Westgate Baptist churches. He and his family served with NZBMS in the Solomon Islands where Murray set up an in-service training programme for village pastors. He was Regional Superintendent for the Wellington and Central Districts Associations for 4 Years and then was full time Regional Consultant in Auckland for 2 years. For the last 14 years he has worked, on a part time basis, as coach and advisor with the Northern Baptist Association churches. He was a member of Assembly Council for about 10 years, currently is a Board member of Carey College and is a trustee in the Trust that oversees prison chaplaincy in NZ. He is a Justice of the Peace. Murray is married to Karen and they have three children and they are enthusiastic about their eight fabulous grandchildren.

Church Ministry Coach & Pastoral Search Advisor

Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones serves as the Multicultural Ministries Coach for the Northern Baptist Association. He works with the national Multicultural Inclusion Ministries Team. He has 38yrs experience in pastoring Baptist churches and consulting with them in wider roles across the denomination. The churches he has served in have included increasing numbers of migrant peoples, and multi-ethnic staff teams. He holds a Masters of Ministry degree. He is responsible for mentoring and resourcing established and recently arrived ethnic pastors and their churches within the Northern region. He also wants to educate and equip existing churches to embrace the richness of being intercultural. When not doing the things above, Lindsay can be found doing DIY projects or spending time with his eight grandchildren.

Multicultural Inclusion Ministries Coach

Raewyn Moodie

Raewyn Moodie has 27 years experience in pastoral ministry with children and families. She has completed a graduate diploma in Applied Theology at Carey College and loves to connect with and encourage those in this vital area of ministry, both volunteer and paid. She is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren and is based in Kumeu but very happy to travel throughout the Northern Baptist Region to speak and to meet with ministry leaders and pastors. Her special passion is encouraging churches in intergenerational ministry. 

Children & Families Ministries Coach

Alan Ameye

Alan Ameye, and his wife Heather, spent thirteen years working for YFC (Youth for Christ) in Wellington before moving to the City of Sails to serve as youth pastors for just over 10 years at Windsor Park Baptist Church on the North Shore. His current role is the Northern Regional Youth Ministry Coach for Baptist Churches, which he has been doing for the last 17 years. Alan enjoys identifying and observing trends in youth ministry and endeavors to keep up with new initiatives around the world. He loves sitting with Youth Pastors and hearing their stories over a coffee, (which ironically he doesn’t drink) and supporting them in their ministry.

Youth Ministries Coach

Mel Wilson

Melissa and Myke have been married for 10 years and have a beautiful daughter Violet who turned one in January. They are based in Takanini and attend Eastgate Christian Centre where Myke plays drums in the worship team. Melissa graduated from Carey in 2011 with a Bachelor of Applied Theology and completed the Youth Pastoral Ministry track. She is passionate to see God move in young adults lives and for the Baptist movement to be an example of how church loves and connects with this generation. She is looking forward to hearing from Young Adult Pastors and Leaders, learning from you and developing Kingdom focused strategies that see our young adults living for Christ.

Young Adult Ministries Coach

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