About us

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

Our Mission:
Love God

Love Others

Make Disciples


We were established as a church in 1965.  On November 1st 2015 we celebrated our 50th birthday! We can look back over the past 50+ years to some amazing moments of seeing God at work.  And we look forward to what He will do in the future to reach Matamata and beyond.

Nathan Gann
Nigel & Kathy Pettigrew
Cliff & Janette Diprose
Mike & Jean Clancey
Robin & Chris Collins
Glen Diprose - Chair
Richard Haskew
Viv Bishop
Mirella McKoy
Viv Bishop

Administration & Treasurer


Marilyn Luxford

Worship Leader



Phil McKoy, Cliff & Janette Diprose, Nigel & Kathy Pettigrew,

Nathan & Elizabeth Gann, and Mike & Jean Clancey,


Glen Diprose (recently stepped down), Karen Vowles, Phil McKoy, Mirella McKoy, Jess deJong, Viv Jackson, Nathan Gann, and Richard Haskew. Not pictured: Steve Jackson, Sandra Pickering (Secretary)

our STAFF:

Elizabeth, Lucy, Silas & 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 almost 15 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.

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!

Declan Smith

Assistant Pastor (with focus on Worship)


Hi! I'm Declan. I've been married to Melissa (another American) for 5 years, and we have 2 amazing girls. Elanor (2) and Isobel (6 months). 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 from Auckland University.

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. 

Sean Schutte

Assistant Pastor (with focus on Youth & Young Adults)


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.

We have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter named Kenzy who  is currently attending Tower Road Christian Pre-School. As a family, we love the outdoors where my wife explores her photography, and I am a keen fly fisherman and outdoor adventure hobbyist.


WORSHIP TEAM: Danny, Sam, Matt, Rachel, Liz, KJ, Michelle,

Silas, Marilyn (Worship Pastor) Ezra, Amber, Stephen, Hannah, and Khan. 

(Not pictured: Garrett, Siobhan, Jackie, Tony, Michael, and Peter)

CHILDREN'S TEAM: Karen, Mike, Rebekah, Kevin, Emma-Jayne, Royden, Jacquie, Lora, Charlotte, Liz, Grace, Cam, Olivene, Jamin, Jess, Adelene, Philippa, Suzanne, Kara, Sandra, Rosemary, Kathy (Children's Ministry Leader), Christina, Timothy, David, and Rebecca.

(Not pictured: Mas and Karlyn, Karen, Olivia, Nat, Lockie, Marcia, Jess, Emma, Christine,

Alicia, Mabel, Beatrice, Karen, Matt, Valentina, Romey, Rick and Brooke, and Hope)

YOUTH TEAM: Elena, Terri, Matt, KJ, Dale, Danny,

Cristy, Philippa, Steve, and Viv. (Not pictured: Sean, Joel and Nat, Jason & Roxanne)

baptist church

07-888-8338   office@matamatabaptist.org

Corner of Tower Road and

Rawhiti Ave, Matamata 

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