Elders

Jeff Gardiner Jeff Gardiner- Chairperson 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 2 children, Brett is married to Amy, they have 2 children and Adam is married to Ange, they also have 2 children. 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 Lifegroup, SYC Trust and Eldership. We enjoy time with the family and friends, great coffee and sport.
Fi small Fiona Kenneally
Kia Orana. I am married to Roy and we are very blessed to have two children; Kahurangi and Maia and our nephew Marama. I have been part of SWBC for 14 years. SWBC’s heart for local and overseas communities drew me in and I have been involved as a volunteer for Cross Over Trust, managed SHARP Trust and am now actively involved in the Rowley Neighbourhood Community. Currently I am a relieving teacher in the local schools around my neighbourhood and am the chairperson of the BOT at Rowley Avenue School. I love playing netball as I get to hang out with some amazing ladies from my neighbourhood and exercise at the same time!
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, a son in law and a daughter 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 13 years ago and attended St Augustine where I served on Vestry. We joined SWBC in February 2011 and have since been actively involved in our Somerfield Neighbourhood Community. We love SWBC’s mission heartbeat, both locally and globally.
Jo Jo Robertson
Kia ora. I’ve been part of the SWBC family since I was born. I’m married to John and we have 2 boys – Callum and Aidan. John and I both work part-time and share the job of parenting. I really value all the ways I am involved at SWBC. We love being part of the Addington Neighbourhood Community and really enjoy the diversity of friends and connections we have in Addington. It’s also good to be part of the ministry of Cross Over Trust, to contribute to our Sunday gatherings, and to be involved in leadership through my role as an Elder. Our family spent 10 years living in Asia as part of the global work
of SWBC and it’s been a privilege to stay connected to the global work of SWBC since coming back
geoff small Geoff Siave
Kia Ora, Talofa. I have been attending our wonderful church for twelve years, and have been an elder for the past two years. I greatly value the teamwork and energy of our Pastoral and Core Leadership Teams and the scores of people who share Christ’s love in our community each week. It is exciting seeing the initiatives and challenges which evolve and grow (or don’t grow) over time. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve in Eldership for another year as we continue to seek discernment and guidance for our church. I have been married to Lynda for thirty years, and we have three grown children, and Basil – a perpetually hungry cat.
Dave small David Wilson
My connection with South West Baptist Church has been for over 10 years of my life. I have been involved in Sunday School, Tuesday Night Christian Fellowship and helping lead a lifegroup in Halswell. I am married to Fiona, who teaches at Middleton Grange, and have three children Emma, Izaac and Joel. I am currently helping set up Easy Eats with our lifegroup for our local community, with the hope this can be replicated across Christchurch to help families to eat healthily and within a budget. I have enjoyed being part of the journey the church is on and have tried to contribute where there is a need. With a background in leadership, finance, building teams and culture, my passion is developing people and groups. SWBC is a big part of my spiritual journey and I love seeing how it influences and inspires people both locally and globally with God at its heart.
Steve Withington Steve Withington
Kia ora koutou. I am married to Juan, and we have 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren. I have been part of South West Baptist for 25 years, including 11 years in overseas mission in Bangladesh and 8 years as a part time pastor. I work part time as a doctor in Ashburton Hospital and for the University of Otago. I am part of the West Spreydon neighbourhood community, serve on the Stepping Stone Trust Board and SWBC’s Global Team, and I enjoy reading and playing tennis. I am passionate about local and global mission, community, and the gracious, inclusive love of God in Christ.