Kia Ora!

Meet some of our awesome team!


Declan Smith

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've loved serving Matamata Baptist since then as one of the Pastors.

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. 


Bridgit Hildreth

Office Administrator

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. In 2018 I returned home from Birmingham, England with my hubby Matt and our two gorgeous girls Matilda and Esther.

We love spending time as a family exploring NZ's 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.


Viv Jackson

Accounts Administrator

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'm married to Steve, who keeps 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 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.

We have two dedicated teams of leaders that provide governance and oversight of our church. Alongside our pastors, they give leadership and direction to our church whanau.

Elder Team

Ash & Kaitlyn Stewart, Nigel & Kathy Pettigrew, Phil McKoy, Jean & Mike Clancey, Sean Schutte.

Management Team

Karen Vowles, Mike Clancey,

Viv Jackson, Declan Smith,

Steve Jackson, Reuel Christiansen, Sandra Pickering (Secretary)