Elders 2019

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, 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.
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 14 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.
Gill Pawson
He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. I have been part of the SWBC whanau for three years and appreciate the variety of opportunities for service and meaningful engagement. The intentionality of mission, locally, nationally and internationally excites me. I currently enjoy involvement with the Bicultural group which also has a national investment; the Hoon Hay Neighbourhood Community; serving on the Arahura Trust Board and volunteering as a support worker in the wider Christchurch city community with Victim Support. These roles are both challenging and deeply satisfying. I have helped to lead Alpha and an Alpha follow-on group. I work for Laidlaw College as the Christchurch Campus administrator and love seeing our students develop in confidence and understanding as they wrestle with their Christian faith. To relax I love walking and biking as well as a good laugh and chat with friends over coffee. I am married to Sean and together we have five married adult children and one (exceptionally gorgeous) wee Moko.
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 has 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 have been enjoying SWBC for fourteen years.  We are part of the leadership of the Westlake/Oaklands Neighbourhood Community.  For me, a church highlight of the past year has been our collective welcoming of the three refugee families and especially the love and work of the various Neighbourhood Communities around those families.  I value SWBC’s mission work – both overseas and within our own city.  God’s love in action.  I feel challenged by the call to discipleship and I think there is room for growth for us as a church in this area. I enjoy serving in a governance role where we seek to hear God’s voice in stewardship and leadership.  Lynda and I have worked in schools for over thirty years. We have three adult children.
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.