Baptist church welcomes new pastor
Te Puke Baptist Church is rolling out the red carpet on Sunday to welcome its new senior pastor.
Ross and his wife Diane Banbury are from Blenheim and are looking forward to the fresh challenge and opportunity of leading Te Puke Baptist Church.
Both Ross and Diane were schooled in Christchurch and after they married moved to Blenheim where their three boys were born.
Ross, trained as a carpenter, volunteered with Youth for Christ (YFC) and also started work with at risk young people.
Together he and Diane directed the work of YFC in Nelson for seven years before moving back to Christchurch.
Diane trained to be a social worker and they continued in their youth and community work. After several years, Ross became the youth co-ordinator of Papanui Baptist Church where one of the highlights was the building of the Papanui Youth Centre.
With close to $1 million raised to build the fit-for-purpose facility, it was a huge project for the whole community.
After managing the Youth Centre for three years, Ross and Diane moved to Blenheim to pastor the Oasis Family Church.
Here Ross developed an emphasis on reaching out to the community and created a community trust which is an active arm of the church.
Ross and Diane have been very active in the communities they have lived in.
They believe that partnering with others is key to the work of the Church.
Their welcome to the church will be on Sunday at 10am and everyone is invited to attend the service and pot luck lunch that will follow.
Te Puke Baptist Church’s new senior pastor Ross Banbury and his wife Diane.