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 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 Neighbourhood Community, SYC Trust and Eldership. We enjoy time with the family and friends, great coffee and sport.
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 12 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.
Chrissie Chrissie Muirhead
Kia ora, I hail from Hamilton and Tauranga where I was raised and committed my life to Christ. I moved down to Christchurch primarily to study nursing. It’s been great connecting in with family of South West, South West quickly became integral in shaping my walk with Christ. Over the past year I have predominantly invested my energy and my passions in the Westlake Oaklands community, Eldership and working in partnership with adolescents who require assistance in managing mental illness and support in parenting their wee ones. In this, God has given my heart a yearning for unity in our church, families to experience God’s wholeness and children and adolescents empowered to be disciples of Christ. I am so thankful to be able to serve as a part of the body at South West.
Jo Jo Robertson
Tēnā koutou. I’ve been part of the SWBC family since I was born! (apart from a few years in Auckland) I’m married to John and we have 2 boys – Callum and Aidan. We live and work in Addington – John and I both work part-time and share the job of parenting. We love being part of the Addington Neighbourhood Community. I work at the Addington Coffee Co-op and at Addington School with Cross-Over Trust, and enjoy being part of the preaching every- so-often on Sundays. We spent 10 years living in Asia as part of the Global work of SWBC and since we’ve been back we’ve worked at staying globally connected in the way we live here – it’s a privilege to keep partnering with our people overseas while we’re here.
Geoff Siave 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.
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.
Steve Withington Steve Withington
Kia ora koutou. I am married to Juan, and we have 4 adult children. I have been part of South West Baptist for the last 25 years, including 11 years in overseas mission in Bangladesh (1997-2004, and 2013-2015), and 8 years as a part time pastor (2006-2012, 2016-present). I also work part time as a doctor in Ashburton Hospital, am part of the West Spreydon neighbourhood community, serve on the Stepping Stone Trust Board, and enjoy reading and playing tennis. I am passionate about local and global mission, community, and the gracious, inclusive love of God in Christ.