Elders

Jeff Gardiner Jeff Gardiner- Chairman of Elders
I’m married to Denise and have 4 adult sons – Daniel is married to Mel and has 3 children, Jared is married to Callie, they have a daughter , Brett is married to Amy, they have a son and Adam is married to Ange, they have a son and young baby. We have been members at SWBC since 1995. Denise currently works for our church with SYC. I have been involved in Kidz Alive, Missions Council, Cashmere Neighbourhood Community, SYC Trust and Eldership. We enjoy time with the family and friends, great coffee and sport.
Pam Arnold Pam Arnold
I have a lovely husband waiting for me in Glory, eleven gorgeous grandchildren, four daughters and sons-in-law who are pretty special too. I have been a secondary school teacher, motelier and am now the proud/reluctant (!) holder of the Gold Card. Over the years at South West I have taught at the English Language Centre, served on the Eldership and as my great passion has always been hospitality, have been involved in the Café ministry from it’s beginning. In my spare time I like to read, walk, knit, scrapbook and chat over coffee with friends. It is my great joy and privilege to be part of and serve in this awesome Church family here at South West.
Debbie Tennent Debbie Tennent
I’m married to Alastair, and have been blessed with four children. I started coming to SWBC when I was 17 years old. Youth group, home group and being part of the worship team have been opportunities that God has used to grow and strengthen me and allow me to grow and strengthen others. Throughout the week I work part time at Mackenzie and Willis. I am interested in people from other cultures. God has given us amazing diversity in the people He has created and the cultures they live in. It’s a God given treasure to share life with each other and learn from the differences between us.
Geoff Siave Geoff Siave
Kia Ora, Talofa. I have been attending our church for eleven years and have been an elder for one year. Having been a school principal for most of the past 25 years I have
appreciated being part of a board which actively seeks to hear God’s voice about our direction. I greatly value this challenge. I am married to Lynda with three children (the youngest is eighteen). Although born and bred in Christchurch, when the All Blacks play Manu Samoa, I wear blue!
Chrissie Chrissie Muirhead
Kia Ora, I am Chrissie, I hail from Hamilton and Tauranga where I was schooled and committed my life to Christ. In the last four years I have lived in Europe and am now settled in Christchurch. I joined the journey that South West is on two and a half years ago. I am passionate and committed to seeing people find belonging in Christ and Christian fellowship and am an active member of the Westlake/Oaklands community.
Stuart Stuart Manning
I was born and bred in Brazil to kiwi missionary parents, moving back to NZ in my mid-teens. I am married to Fay and we have three young adult children and one son in law. In 2000 we moved to Bolivia where I worked for 6 years for the Salvation Army as Director of their hospital and community health programme. We returned to Christchurch 11 years ago and attended St Augustine where I served on Vestry. We joined SWBC in February 2011and have since been actively involved in our Somerfield Neighbourhood Community. We love SWBC’s mission heartbeat, both locally and globally. I am a Registered Architect and enjoy my family time, architecture, sports and am a member of Chapel Brass.