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previous contributors

Over the years we have been blessed with a wide range of gifted contributors. Here is our hall of fame of those who have contributed on this site. They are our contributors-emeritus.

  • Miriam Bier teaches Old Testament at the London School of Theology. She loves to get out and about exploring but also daydreams regularly about the classic Kiwi summer!
  • Dale Campbell is married to Diane, father to Thomas, and was Associate Pastor at Northcote Baptist Church from 2007-2016. He also blogs ( and plays/writes music.
  • Brad Carr is the husband of Rochelle, father of three boys, and lead pastor of BotanyLife Community Church in East Auckland, a church they helped to plant in 2004. Brad is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a contributor to the One Step Ahead preaching course.
  • John Catmur is on the pastoral team at Auckland Baptist Tabernacle. He arrived there after a journey through a music degree, a government job, a dash of theology in London and a flight across the world.  He likes bicycles and cheese.
  • Stu Crosson  has been the Vicar of St Matthews, Dunedin since 2006, after a period in exile in Babylon Auckland. Married to Mary, they have three school age boys and he is committed to help in raising up the next generation of Christian Leaders. Stu goes onto Facebook at least once a year.
  • Paul Davison has been the pastor of Hastings Baptist Church longer than anyone else.  He tries hard to be effective through all kinds of ministry of the Word, including preaching.
  • Laura Giddey is youth and young adults pastor at Shore Community Church (in Albany), and makes excellent brownies.
  • Val Goold- KoTapuae o Uenuku toku maunga. Ko Kurahaupo toku waka.  Ko Rangitane o Wairau toku iwi. Val was born in the Waikato and is still a committed fan of Waikato rugby (complete with Mooloo cowbell!!). Val studied at Victoria University completing a BA in Economic History and then completed a B.Div at Laidlaw. Val taught History and Economics at Macleans College before moving up an age group to work with university students. Since 2002 Val has worked as the Head of Student Ministries, for Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. Val is passionate about helping people live authentic, growing, and biblically shaped lives wherever God leads them (whether that be the lecture theatre, the workplace, the sports field, or the pub!). Val is nearing completion on her Masters in Education (Adult Education) where she has focussed her thesis on women in leadership of not-for-profit organisations in NZ.
  • Myk Habets teaches systematic theology at Carey Baptist College and is Director of the R.J. Thompson Centre for Theological Study. Myk was an itinerant preacher for over a decade but now, with his wife Odele and two children, he attends Windsor Park Baptist Church.
  • Tim Harris is Dean of Bishopdale Theological College and a dedicated connoisseur of movies and the creative arts—and happily finds any excuse to show clips of the same in the classroom.
  • Thalia Kehoe Rowden began 2011 as the full-time minister of New Plymouth West Baptist Church and ended it as the full-time mother of Sweet Baby James. She now lives in inner-city Wellington and blogs at whenever James is asleep.
  • Jody Kilpatrick leads a charmed life filled with meaningful work, excellent family and friends, and slow-but-steady swims at the Tepid Baths. Amongst the people of Ponsonby Baptist Church she is discovering what it is to pastor.
  • Robyn Mellar-Smith is blessed to be married to Grant, have a bunch of beautiful kids and grand-kids, and be the pastor of Epuni Baptist Church.
  • Andrew Picard is husband of Margaret, dad of Olivia and Amy, a friend to many, and a follower of Jesus. He lectures at Carey Baptist College and co-ordinates Field Education.
  • Nigel Pollock has a passion for effective evangelism, whole-life discipleship and encouraging the next generation of people of influence.  He is married to Ailsa and they have three boys; Luke (15), Jamie (13) and Craig (9).  The family live in Wellington, where Nigel is National Director of TSCF (Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship). Nigel travels extensively around the Pacific Rim and beyond.  Nigel is the author of Unconditionaland the best-selling Relationships Revolution“.
  • Melissa Powell was the Associate Pastor of cession|community for 6 years until December 2009 and is currently embarking on the journey of church planting. She is married to Jacob and mum to Emily, and soon to be mum of one more.
  • Karen Spoelstra is a lay preacher, bible-teacher, trainer, mother and mentor – currently working for Anglican Youth Ministries in Auckland helping young leaders reach their potential. She is a member of St George’s Anglican Church.
  • Steve Taylor is a Baptist-on-loan and a kiwi-in-exile, working as Director of Missiology for the Uniting College of Leadership and Theology, Adelaide, Australia. He is author of Out of Bounds Church?, Learning to Create a Community of Faith in a Culture of Change and writes regularly at
  • Rewai Te Kahu is a Maori Baptist minister serving with the New Zealand Army as a Chaplain. He has just completed three years of ministry in Waiouru and is now posted to Linton with his whanau Josie, and their three sons.
  • George Wieland is the Director of Mission Research and Training at Carey Baptist College, where he formerly taught Biblical Studies for a number of years. He has pastored churches in Brazil, England and Scotland, and preaches regularly in a range of contexts in NZ and overseas.


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