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 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.


Shelley Motu'apuaka

Board Chair

Rosie Fleming



Reti Ah-Voa

Regional Leader

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).

Rick Pierce

Network Pastor Development & Health

Rick had a ten-year career as a Chartered Accountant prior to completing his Diploma of Pastoral Leadership and Bachelor of Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College in 2004 to 2006. After a four-month role as Interim Pastor at Milford Baptist he was called back to his home church, Windsor Park Baptist as Pastor, Young Adults in June 2007. 

After four years, he shifted to a newly created role, Pastor Spiritual Formation. He served in that role for nine years until he finished his Pastoral call at Windsor Park in September 2020 to take up his current role with the NBA as Network Pastor, Health and Development. Two words sum up the focus of this role for Rick: unity and maturity - How are we giving increasing expression to our unity in Jesus Christ (through inspiring a ‘walking together’ of Pastors, Leaders and Churches across the Region), and how are we, as God’s People in the Northern Region growing in Christlikeness (through serving Pastors and Leaders to reach their potential; strengthening governance and leader development culture and resourcing and equipping churches to identify and develop the next generation of leaders). Both aspects are vital as we work towards our national vision of becoming a collective of thriving faith communities bringing gospel renewal to people and places in our local Northern Region neighbourhoods.

Josie Te Kahu

Kaiarahi-a-rohe Mō Te Tai Tokerau / Northland Area Leader

Josie has previously served as the Baptist President and Vice President as well as, as an elder at Palmerston North Central church and has co-pastored with husband Rewai.  She has held a number of governance roles including being a current member of the Carey Board. She is also one of three spokespeople for Te Kapa Rautaki working on a governance model with Maori, alongside Charles. Josie is of Nga Puhi, Ngati Paoa and Ngai Tahu descent.

We are so excited to have Josie join our team supporting the pastors and ministries of our 14 churches of Northland/Te Tai Tokerau and look forward to what Josie & Rewai bring to the leadership of our mission of bringing gospel renewal to the beautiful Northland.

Rachel Roche

Kaitiaki Regional Advisor

In this capacity she will liaise widely with pastors and ministry leaders within the region to develop and utilise an audit tool to help churches/faith communities to gauge their administrative and missional health, then to work alongside pastors and church teams towards their health goals for their faith community. We are very excited to have her on our team.  

Rachel Roche loves a good story. She will listen to yours as well as share hers. It is not surprising stories were the basis of her Master of Applied Theology (Carey). Her love of people and the church has led her into mentoring pastors, being involved in her local church (Franklin Baptist), and seeking out ways to share Jesus’ love and light. Over the years she has worked as a teacher, Pastor, and Internship Coordinator at Carey.

Rachel has many pivotal experiences that have shaped her, including being wife to Mark, Mum to three boys, and being blessed with a legacy to live a faithfilled, sustainable and ethical life. Rachel shares, “I am super excited about this next chapter, to journey with Northern faith communities towards greater health and gospel renewal. I love that we get a front row seat together to see God writing His outstanding amazing story.”

Raewyn Moodie

Children & Families Ministries Coach

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. 

Nathan Palmer

Kaitiaki Youth & Emerging Generations Ministries

Nathan joins our team in late February 2023. We are excited for the innovative thinking, intergenerational and integrated ministry approach he will bring, along with his energy and passion for young people.  He is also passionate for those pastoring and leading ministry among intermediates, youth and young adults, and is eager to meet our folk on the ground when he commences in the New Year. Nath will take up an 0.8 role and will be based partly at the office in Penrose and otherwise on the road heading to support our local churches and pastors.

Tēnā koutou katoa,
I am really excited to be joining the team at the Northern Association as Kaitiaki Youth/Emerging Generations in February. I have been married to Alana for five years and we have a four-week old daughter, Matilda. We’re slowly adjusting to the sleepless nights! I was the Youth Pastor at Gracecity Church (formerly Greenlane Christian Centre) since 2018, before moving into my current role as NextGen and Young Adults Pastor in early 2022. While I’ve been at Gracecity for the last few years, I did grow up as a Baptist, and have been involved in Northern Easter Camps and QB Training weekends for several years. I’ve also been fortunate to consider myself a “friend of the Baptists” for the last few years, and am looking forward to officially re-joining the Baptist whānau. I’ve lived in Tāmaki Makaurau my whole life (although I support Aussie in sports…) and enjoy playing anything competitive. I’m also a strong believer in seeing young people thrive and fulfil their potential

Frances Leung

Kaitiaki Administration and Finance Assistant / Board Secretary

Frances originally came from Hong Kong and has been living in Auckland for 30 years. She was brought up in Baptist churches. She has worked for Carey Baptist College for 17 years serving the Chinese Christians and churches in Aotearoa.

Since the beginning of her Christian life in her teens she has been devoted to serving in local churches and other Christian organisations. She loves journeying with others, providing support and nurture in their lives. She has a heart for theology and the mission of God and is continuing theological study part-time at Carey. Frances enjoys visual arts, music and caring for the environment. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Kristina Qu

Finance Manager | Board Treasurer

Kristina joined our team in November to take over from our retiring contracted Finance Manager, Wayne Boyd. Kristina provides financial management services to NBA, Baptist Action Trust and Baptist Foundation. She can be found in the office on Tuesday mornings.

Wenting (Kristina) originally came from mainland China and has been living in Auckland for 20 years. Some years ago, as a typical international student, Kristina was invited to the Baptist church and because of the care she received from the people in the church, she found her own faith in Jesus Christ. Since the beginning of her Christian life, Kristina has been devoted to serving in the local church, especially for children: Sunday school and young adult group; she fellowships at Northshore Chinese Baptist Church.
Kristina is a Certified Practice Accountant, and she is very excited to serve the God with these professional skills and knowledge. She has a family with two children and enjoys family life, travelling and fun along with the normal family chaos.

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