About us

Our Vision: 
Building a community that connects people with Jesus Christ.

Our Mission:
Love God

Love Others

Make Disciples


Matamata Baptist first gathered as a church family in 1965.  In November 2020 we celebrated our 55th birthday! We can look back over the past 50+ years to some amazing moments of seeing God at work. But we're also so excited to be a part of what God is doing right now in our community of Matamata,   and we look forward to what He will do in the future .

Nathan Gann
Cliff & Janette Diprose
Mike & Jean Clancey
Robin & Chris Collins
Glen Diprose - Chair
Richard Haskew
Viv Bishop
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Ash & Kaitlyn Stewart, Nigel & Kathy Pettigrew, Phil McKoy,

Elizabeth & Nathan Gann, and Jean & Mike Clancey,


Karen Vowles, Phil McKoy, Viv Jackson, Declan Smith,

Steve Jackson, Sandra Pickering (Secretary)

our STAFF:

Nathan Gann

I am the senior pastor of Matamata Baptist Church. I graduated from Talbot Seminary in Los Angeles. Liz and I are originally from the United States, and we have been married for 17 years. We were called to New Zealand and moved here in 2017, and we absolutely love Aotearoa!

We have two kids, Silas and Lucy. Silas is at Bethlehem Intermediate School and he enjoys sport. Lucy is at Matamata Primary and she enjoys dance and doing artwork. Some of my other interests are hanging out with friends, teaching, reading, writing, painting, movies, music, and running.

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Declan Smith

Assistant Pastor 


Hi! I'm Declan. I'm married to Melissa , and we have 2 amazing girls. Elanor and Isobel, who are a total joy and blessing to our lives. I've been Worship leading since I was 15, and love serving God's people in their worship to Him. I graduated with a BMus majoring in Jazz from Auckland University. I've served in a couple Baptist churches in NZ as an elder, music director and worship pastor, before moving to Matamata in 2020. I oversee the teams that lead our worship, as well as occasional Sunday teaching, and various other things that need doing around the church.

Outside of work we love spending time with our girls, binge watching TV shows and movies, the occasional bit of DIY, and eating good food with friends. 

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Sean Schutte

Assistant Pastor 


My Name is Sean Schutte, I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was radically born again in 2007 and ever since I have had a passion for God and God's people. I have served in various churches as a deacon and youth leader. I met my wife Jessica at Cornerstone Church in 2007 and we were married in 2009, and we have a beautiful daughter named Kenzy. I started here at Matamata Baptist in 2019, where I serve in Leadership of our Youth and Young adults ministries, as well as oversee our Pastoral Care teams.


As a family, we love the outdoors where my wife explores her photography, and I am a keen fly fisherman and outdoor adventure hobbyist.


Viv Jackson

Administration & Treasurer


Hi there I'm Viv, the Adminstrator/ Treasurer here at Matamata Baptist. I've pretty much been in Matamata my whole life and attending church here since I was 9 months old - Love the area, love the people, love being part of what God is doing here in my home town. I'm also employed part- time elsewhere doing admin for a local engineering firm, and really enjoy both my jobs.

I've recently married Steve, and blending 2 families with 5 teenagers in a new home location is keeping me (hopefully) out of trouble.

In my "spare" time, I enjoy hanging out with my kids, cuppas with friends, and chilling at home with my new hubby! I'm also the proud owner of a very cute little dog who accompanies me to work each day, and has taken the role of the official greeter at church during the week if someone pops in. Feel free to drop in and say hello!

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Bridgit Hildreth

Office Administration


Kia Ora, I’m Bridgit! Originally from Putaruru, I’ve had links with Matamata throughout most of my life. Like so many other Kiwis I’ve spent time living and working overseas and in 2018 I returned home from Birmingham, England in with my hubby Matt and our two gorgeous girls Matilda and Esther.

We love spending time as a family exploring NZs beautiful scenery, beaches, local playgrounds and ice cream shops. Time for myself is scarce, but in winter you’ll find me wrapped up on the couch watching a favourite show and knitting. In summer you’ll find me pottering around the garden or doing a bit of DIY.