Elders 2022

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 at Ashburton Hospital and for the University of Otago. I am part of the West Spreydon Neighbourhood Community, and the Treaty Partnership 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 6 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 Treaty Partnership group and the Hoon Hay community hub and am also a Local Connector. 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 five wee moko.
Tim Perry
Kia ora. I’m married to Katie and have 3 kids. We live in and are part of the West Spreydon neighbourhood. 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 and then being one of the youth pastors. As a family, we have spent almost 5 years with the global team in Asia and are now heavily involved in our neighbourhood community. It’s great to be part of a church that has a heart locally and globally, that is present in our local and global neighbourhoods and that cares deeply for the poor, struggling and unreached.
Janelle Butcher
Kia ora. I have a passion for God, for people and for life. I love to worship and pray, and I delight in seeing people progress well through challenges before them in a God-honoring way. I am married to Tim and we have attended SWBC for 34 years. We brought up our three children here – our daughter attends SWBC while our boys attend other churches; I delight in them, their spouses and our grandchildren. I have been involved in various church ministries and Trusts and am currently involved in Project Esther Women’s prison ministry, marriage ministries and am on the board of Kingdom Resources and Arahura Centre. I was a pastor at SWBC for six years and am currently employed as a social worker at the CDHB in the SMHS (Specialist Mental Health Service). I am someone who enjoys a challenge, complexity, and who likes investing in organisations and people to enable them to be all they can be to bring glory to God.
Taitu-uga Geoff Siave
Kia ora, talofa. I have been in the eldership team for several years. During that time we have worked on some weighty matters. I’ve found it a privilege to be part of a group which so actively seeks to hear God’s voice through consideration and discernment. Lynda and I have been attending SWBC for 17 years. We enjoy being part of the Oaklands Neighbourhood Community leadership and we generally get involved in wider SWBC events when time and energy align. I have been a school principal for many years, but I have recently transitioned to delivering professional development to principals and staff around issues related to supporting Pasifika learners in schools.
David Wilson
Tena koutou katoa. My life with South West Baptist Church has been a rock and instrumental to my Christian journey. I have been connected with SWBC for over 12 years and have always felt welcome, accepted and inspired by those attending and leading our wonderful congregation. I have been involved in a number of areas during my journey including Sunday School, Tuesday Christian Fellowship, Spreydon Baptist Church Ministries Trust (SBCMT), Lifegroup Leadership and as an elder for the past few years. I am married to Fiona and we have three young adults: Emma, Izaac and Joel. I lead a fantastic team at CORDE Ltd which employs approximately 300 people. 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 am very thankful that love for Jesus and one another is at the forefront of decisions that are made in this small but influential part of God’s Kingdom.