Elders 2021

Steve Withington – Chairperson
Kia ora koutou. I am married to Juan, and we have 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I have been part of South West Baptist for 30 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. I enjoy reading and playing tennis. I am passionate about local and global mission, community, and the gracious, inclusive love of God in Christ.
Gill Pawson
He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. I have been part of the SWBC whānau for five 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 bi-cultural group and the Hoon Hay community hub. I work
at Laidlaw College as Campus Manager. 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 four wee Moko.
Tim Perry
Kia Ora. My wife Katie and I have 3 young kids, we live in and are part of the West Spreydon neighbourhood. We have been part of SWBC since our married lives – I have been part of SWBC since moving to Christchurch to study in 2003. It has been a fantastic journey over the years being involved in volunteering, then being one of the youth pastors, and more recently as a family we have spent almost 5 years with the global team in Asia. It’s great to be a part of a church that has a heart locally and globally, that is present in our local neighbourhoods and our global neighbourhoods and that cares deeply for the poor, struggling and unreached. I look forward to this new chapter with Duane as Senior Pastor as we continue to live out God’s call for our church.
Jo Robertson
Ngā mihi ki a koutou. 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 who are both at Hillmorton High School. 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 Addington. In all the difference around us, we understand more of the character and nature of God. I work at Cross Over Trust, am the Board Chair at Addington Te Kura Taumatua, contribute to our Sunday gatherings, and I’ve been an Elder for the past few years. 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
sixteen 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 year, 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.
David Wilson
My connection with South West Baptist Church has been for over 11 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.