Our pastors head up a team of staff and volunteer leaders who manage our various ministries and outreaches. Feel free to call in to the church office during the week to meet our pastors and staff.
Richard BirtSenior Pastor
Richard came into the role of Senior Pastor at Morrinsville Baptist in January 2019.
Richard and Julie have been married over 25 years and have three adult sons: James, Matthew and William plus a new daughter in law, Alexandra. Richard worked as a relationship manager for AMP Capital Investors, based in Wellington for many years. Julie was a home executive, while their boys were young, before becoming increasingly more involved in various ministries and jobs as the boys became more independent.
Julie and Richard began to take their faith in Jesus Christ seriously in their early thirties and they felt called to move into various church-based ministries. They have worked overseas; in the Middle East, and most recently in Europe where Richard completed a degree in applied theology.
Richard recollects their joy in discovering that the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only offers forgiveness of sins and a restored relationship with God, but the incredible miracle of a new heart and new desires. They passionately want to see these Gospel truths transform peoples’ lives today in the community of Morrinsville and beyond.
Roman 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death…. [NLT]
Tom Chapman-SmithAssistant Pastor
Tom started as Assistant Pastor on February 2nd 2021.
Tom is married to Melissa and they have 3 beautiful children.
Kelly JohnsYouth Pastor
In March 2019 Kelly was appointed to the Youth Pastor position at Morrinsville Baptist Church where she leads a team of amazing youth leaders who run the ONE8T Youth ministry (College age), is the 24-7 Youthwork Team Leader which is at the local college and she runs all other youth based events at the church.
Kelly grew up in a Christian family and gave her life to the Lord at a young age. She met Dave in her teens at Bible College, where Dave was studying and Kelly was working as a Nanny.
Kelly and Dave have been married for 23 years and have 4 adult children and one son-in-law to be. Kelly was a homemaker for the past 21 years while actively leading in the youth ministry of Morrinsville Baptist Church for the past 9 years. Kelly has been employed as the female 24-7 Youthworker in Morrinsville College for the previous 5 years, where she has completed her certificate in Youth work and is now the 24/7 Youthwork Team Leader. Together Dave and Kelly have been undertaking volunteer work across various community groups in the local district for over 13 years. Kelly is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Counselling through BTI (Bethlem Tertiary Institute).
Kelly and Dave have a passion for young people to find their worth and value in Christ, and a desire to see our youth eqquipped and empowered to develop their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NLT)
Sue CookOperations Manager
In May 2019, Sue started as Operations Manager at Morrinsville Baptist.
Sue moved to NZ from Australia when she was 18 and shortly after that gave her heart to the Lord. Married to Kevin for over 35 years,they have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Kevin & Sue have been members of MBC for over 20 years and have actively served as Ministry Leaders and team members in various areas of church life during this time.
Alanah joined the Morrinsville Baptist team as our receptionist in June 2015.
She completed a one year Internship with Glory Release Church, Hamilton and a Certificate in Ministry Development School with Encounter Church, Auckland.
She continues to serve in her local church and also the wider family in the body of Christ since 2014.
She enjoys a good laugh, deep conversations, catching up with awesome friends and any activities that is associated with the word FUN!!!
Her passion is to journey with people to discover their true identity, freedom, love and victory in God through exploring an intimate relationship with him. So that they are empowered to release the supernatural healing power of God to set the captives free.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come