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About our church

Motueka Baptist is a community reflecting God's Kingdom priorities and dream of reconciling all things, including people to himself and others -  across cultural, social and generational barriers. 

We have a charismatic style of worship and value biblical teaching. We empower and equip people to serve with their gifts and passion. Faith is love with sleeves rolled up, so we partner with God in His mission to transform people and communities through modelling wholistic expressions of the Kingdom of God that will inspire hope, locally and globally. We help people have a personal walk with Jesus. He makes all the difference in our lives.


We are:

— Very friendly, and welcoming and inclusive of new people.

— Inclusive of children and youth.

— Laid-back, relaxed and informal including when we gather in church. 

— Real, down-to-earth Christians.

— A loving, generous and supportive family.

— Outwardly focused, apart of and serving our community.

— Committed to a te Tiriti o Waitangi journey with Te Haerenga ki Motueka

— A partner Eco Church through A Rocha NZ

Being a popular holiday destination, we regularly have people from all around the world and throughout New Zealand visit us, and we welcome the opportunity to worship and fellowship together.

Motueka Baptist Church was established in 1987 and is a member of the Baptist Union of NZ

Meet Our

Leadership Team


Paul Cossey


Angela and I have 3 adult children and have been in pastoral leadership in 4 churches since 1991. We moved to Motueka at the start of 2019. I enjoy my vege garden, orchard, bee keeping and keeping active in this amazing region.


James & Hannah Matthews

Youth Ministry

We have a beautiful little girl. We have both been involved in youth ministry for a number of years. We enjoy adventures in the great outdoors, developing our lifestyle block and connecting in with young families and youth.


Paul Gibson


I am married to Mel and we have three children. We've lived in this amazing region since 2004. I enjoy art and sketching, spending time with friends and family, playing squash, and exploring the great outdoors by bike or walking.


Louise Vette

Children's Ministry


I'm married to Keith, we have three awesome children that keep us very busy. We are bee keepers in this stunning region. We like riding bikes and horses and love the beach. We live in a cool house bus and have a fluffy white bunny. I get to hang out with the cool kids in the Hui Tamariki kids church classroom.


Paula Wellington-Tough


I'm married to Hamish and between us we have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

We moved from the North Island to Motueka at the end of 2017 for retirement.

I enjoy our natural environment and learning about the history of our country.  Walking, swimming and cycling,  spending time with friends over a leisurely cup of coffee and a good game are added bonuses.


Chris Condon


I have been  married to Alison for nearly 42 years and we have 3 married adult children and 7 grandchildren We have lived in this wonderful area for nearly 11 years. I am retired from farming but have other business interests that keep me busy. I am  involved with a community activity called Men’s Shed and am a petrol head with a Hot Rod. I love serving our Christian Community.


Cherie McDonald

Creative Ministry


I'm  a local of 30 years.  I have an adult son living in Australia and I’m Inspired to explore and share all things creative.


Isobel Mosley


I'm married to Paul. We are both retired and have lived in Motueka for eight years, having moved here for the climate, sailing and tramping.


Alastair Currie


I’m married to Deborah and we have three daughters. We have lived in this region since 2008. We found Motueka Baptist Church welcoming and a great place to call our own church.

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