About Latimer Church

About Us

We’re very much work in progress - flawed and ordinary people learning to become the servant-hearted community God wants us to be - full of his joy, humility, integrity and kindness. We’re an Evangelical church made up of four different congregations, all relaxed and friendly, all sharing the same convictions.

We love Jesus - by honouring his word

We are so thankful that God sent Jesus to take away our sins and his wrath - and we want to please him by obeying his living word and being transformed by it through His Spirit. We want as many as possible to be equipped to preach and teach God's word.

We love Jesus' people - by serving each other

We are so thankful that God has made us part of the family of Christ - and we want to reflect this by serving each other in love and humility, to develop relationships between us that are deep, real and encouraging. We want everyone's gifts to be used to the maximum in this.

We love Jesus' world - by speaking of Jesus

We are so thankful that God has given us the best news this world has ever known - and we want to serve the communities in which we live by telling the message of Jesus and flooding them with practical acts of kindness. We want to provide training in evangelism and opportunities to serve our local community.


As a staff team our main roles are to teach the Bible and pray for people. We love getting to know people better and knowing how we can encourage you in following Christ – you can find out more about us by clicking on who you would like to see. Please contact us through the contact us here.

James de Costobadie

James de Costobadie - Senior Minister

Costa came to know Christ aged 19 when he was prodded to think about Jesus by the only Christian he knew. He and his wife Teresa came to NZ from the UK in 2005 and are grateful to God for their 3 Kiwi children born since. He loves his family and Christ's family, and enjoys playing cricket and reading history books, but still gains most delight when people come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Tim Capill

Tim Capill - Assistant Minister

Tim was taught the wonderful news of Jesus from a young age and over the years has grown more thoroughly convinced of the hope Jesus alone offers. Tim oversees the 7pm and 4:15pm services, and Training across Church life. He is married to Melody and they have four children (Caleb, Abigail, Asher and Mariah).

André Posthuma

André Posthuma - Assistant Minister - Evangelism

Andre joined the staff team in August 2019 after finishing study at RTC Melbourne. His main area of focus at Latimer is overseeing the church's evangelism, leading the Chur youth group and community ministry. Prior to this role, Andre worked as a teacher with at risk high school students. He's married to Grace and has two young and highly energetic children.

Esther Ward

Esther Ward - Operations Manager

Esther grew up on a small farm in North Canterbury. When she was 16 she was sent along to help as a leader at a children’s Christian camp in Woodend: this was the first time she really realised she needed a relationship with God herself! Esther looks after the day-to-day office administration and event organisation, as well as helping at senior Youth Group and Kid's Church at the 4:15pm service.

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson - Youth Ministry

Simon had the privilege of growing up in a home which loved and trusted in the Lord. By his grace, God has never let go of him since then. He has spent the last 15 or so years doing youth ministry both in New Zealand and London, sometimes alongside other work or study, sometimes full-time. He loves it and hopes to do it until .. well, you know. He loves all things sport and fitness related.

Shelley Liken

Shelley Liken - Children's Ministry

Shelley is married to Craig and is chief chauffeur to their four children, Emily, Jonty, Samuel and Lottie. Shelley has worked as a primary teacher and now counts it a complete privilege to be singing, dancing, squishing, and sharing the bible with the children of Latimer Church and the Mairehau community as she coordinates the WOW Creche, Movers and Groovers, and teaches Bible in Schools. Occasionally Shelley likes to dress up in strange costumes and sing opera at the top of her lungs with the NZO, but this is not advisable when looking after small children!

Ministry Apprentices

Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis - Ministry Apprentice

Tim grew up in England and moved to New Zealand aged 12 with his parents. He was raised going to church but it was at aged 19 living back in the UK in a christian community house that he saw his need for the forgiveness of Christ. Tim used to be a barber and is now doing his third year as a Ministry Apprentice, where he is involved in youth and young adults work and is a part of the 8.30am and 7pm services on a Sunday whilst doing some theology study on the side. He enjoys making bread, riding a bicycle and talking to people.

Bridey Hentschel

Bridey Hentschel - Ministry Apprentice

Bridey is in her second year as a part time Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.

Alec Bryant

Alec Bryant - Ministry Apprentice - First Year

Alec is a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.

Robert Yemm

Robert Yemm - Ministry Apprentice

Robert is doing his second year as a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.

Thomas Johnson (TJ)

Thomas Johnson - Ministry Apprentice

TJ is doing his first year as a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.

Elfie Halliday

Elfie Halliday - Gap Year

Elfie is doing a voluntary Gap Year Apprenticeship at Latimer Church.


Vestry is the leadership team elected by the church at the AGM which has responsibility for all matters of governance.

Rachal Aspinall


Katherine Deacon

Derek McFadden

Bob Henderson

Katie McFadden

Renee Santich

Senior Ministers Warden: Mark Santich

People's Warden: Ronnie Ellis

Treasurer: Rachal Aspinall

Vestry Members: Katherine Deacon, Bob Henderson, Matt Hewat, Ryan Nelson, Mel Tomlinson,