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Services 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Sundays

Pastor Neil

Background Image: Madang Papua New Guinea

About Our Pastor

Originally from Waikato: I was bought up on a dairy farm in Rototuna where my dad and later my half brother, farmed ayrshires. I didn’t continue with farming but was apprenticed as a carpenter to Street Construction in Hamilton.

Papua New Guinea: After becoming qualified, I pursued my trade in Mendi, Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea with the Methodist Church. Initially building staff houses, but later operating the sawmill. 
The illness of a fellow Missionary Carpenter, saw me posted in his place to the fairly remote outpost of Kip in the neighbouring Lai Valley. I picked up the task of building a house for the Tongan Minister. Kip turned out to be a life changing appointment for me,

  1. I was recommended to The Leprosy Mission (TLM.) as a Leprosy Control Officer.

  2. I met my future wife, Frances.

Children: Under TLM we were based at The United Church (previously Methodist) station of Hoyebia in Tari, where our three children were born, and as they grew, attended the International School in our area, run by the Asia Pacific Mission.

The Leprosy Mission: I continued as a Leprosy Control Officer, covering mainly the Western side of the Southern Highlands. Initially doing the work myself, but later, as National personnel became available, I became more involved in training and oversight until eventually, it became appropriate to close our work in Tari.

Last Mission in PNG: For our last involvement in Papua New Guinea, we moved to Madang, where I returned to my trade in setting up an accommodation and a training centre for future Leprosy Mission involvement.

Back To New Zealand: After this, our family returned to New Zealand and to Hamilton, where I was employed in the Training for Employment initiatives. First with the Salvation Army, and later with the Hamilton Apostolic Trust.


Pastoral Calling: In 1991 Frances and I responded to the Pastoral calling on our lives, and I began the necessary training. Thanks to the Apostolic Trust’s support, I was able to continue my employment with them while training. During this training we suffered a double drowning tragedy of our daughter and a friend’s son. 
A Pastoral vacancy came up in Te Aroha, and with our family, now four, we moved to this beautiful town, and took up responsibility for the Assembly of God Church there.

Open Home Foundation: I continued employment with the Apostolic’s in Hamilton. Later, when they supported setting up a branch of the Open Home Foundation in Paeroa, I became part of the support and worked with the OHF for a number of years, until my position was dis-established.


On Site Work Support (Chaplaincy): I then started work with  I.T.I.M Inter. Trade. Inter. Mission.(later Vitae) as an on-site industry support person, and continue to be involved with them to this day..

One Door Closes Another One Opens: At the closure of the Te Aroha Fellowship, we joined ourselves to the Morrinsville A/G Fellowship, where following two pastoral staff changes. We put our name forward, were accepted – and I am still here today, but minus Frances whom we lost  in August of 2017.

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