Bap­tist church wel­comes new pas­tor

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

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.

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