Elders 2020

Steve Withington Steve Withington – Chairperson
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, and the bicultural group, and serve on the boards of Stepping Stone Trust and Twigger Trust and also SWBC’s Global Team. I enjoy reading and playing tennis. I am
passionate about local and global mission, community, and the gracious, inclusive love of God in Christ.
Stuart Stuart Manning
Kia Ora, Bom Día, Saludos… Fay and I and our family have been at
SWBC for 10 years and during this time are blessed to be part of the
Somerfield Neighbourhood Community. We have three adult
children. My heart globally is in South America, having been born
and bred in Brasil and then later working in Bolivia with Fay for 6
years. Here at SWBC I have been on the Eldership for the past 4
years. I am an architect and have run my own architectural practice
for 20+ years. I’m looking forward to the journey ahead with SWBC,
as we trust and explore together where God leads us beyond these uncertain times. We love SWBC’s mission heartbeat, both locally and globally, and our vision to share the love of Christ in the world.
Gill Pawson
He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. I have been part of the SWBC whānau
for four years and appreciate the variety of opportunities for service
and meaningful engagement. The intentionality of mission, locally,
nationally and internationally excites me. I enjoy involvement with
the bicultural group; the Hoon Hay community hub; serving on the
Arahura Trust Board and more recently investigating how I can
serve with the ongoing Refugee programme in communities. I work
at Laidlaw College as Campus Administrator/Student Dean. It’s
energising being involved with our students as they wrestle with and grow in their Christian faith. I love walking, biking and good times with friends… over coffee. I am married to Sean and together we have five adult children and three wee Moko.
Jo Jo Robertson
Tēnā koutou katoa. I’ve been part of the SWBC whānau since I was
born. I’m married to John and we have 2 boys – Callum and Aidan.
John and I share the mahi of earning money and parenting. We are
involved in all kinds of ways at SWBC. We love being part of the
Addington Neighbourhood Community and really enjoy the diversity
of the Addington hapori. I do my mahi at Cross Over Trust,
contribute to our Sunday gatherings, and I’m 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 Taitu-uga Geoff Siave
Kia Ora, Talofa. Lynda and I are parents to three young adult
children who are in no rush, it seems, to provide us with grandchildren! We are part of the leadership of the Oaklands
Neighbourhood Community, and have been SWBC members for
fifteen years. He tangata, he tangata – it is people, it is people – who
make our walk as a church so real! It’s been an amazing last few
months, but once again our community of hundreds has adjusted,
and worked hard to support each other. I have felt privileged being
one of a group of Elders, seeking to hear God’s voice in our collective life.
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
Christian Fellowship, Spreydon Baptist Church Ministries Trust and
leading a lifegroup in Halswell. I am married to Fiona, who teaches
at Middleton Grange, and have three children Emma, Izaac and
Joel. I work as CEO for SICON Ltd which has approximately 250
staff. I enjoy being part of the journey the church is on and try 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.