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 - 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).
Sam Anderson - Assistant Minister - Edification
Sam Anderson joined the staff team at Latimer Church at the beginning of 2019. Sam's main areas of ministry is overseeing Growth Groups across church life as well as music and service planning at the 10am & 7pm Services.
Jane Halliday - Welcoming & Integration
Jane became a Christian when she was 19 years old through a small Brethren church and has attended St. John's (now Latimer Church) for the past 11 years. Jane is married to Jonathan with three children - Elfie, Eddie & Nate. Her background is in teaching. This year Jane is working for Latimer Church, enjoying catching up with friends, reading and providing for the social lives of her kids.
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 - 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!
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.
Tim Ellis - Ministry Apprentice - Second Year
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 a ministry trainee 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.
Nicole Fogden - Ministry Apprentice - Second Year
Nicole is a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.
Alec Bryant - Ministry Apprentice - First Year
Alec is a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.
Robert Yemm - Ministry Apprentice - First Year
Robert is a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.
Bridey Hentschel - Ministry Apprentice - Part Time
Bridey is a part time Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.
Liana Lowry - Gap Year Apprentice
Liana finished high school last year and is doing a one year Gap Year program at Latimer Church, primarily focusing on children's ministry.
Vestry is the leadership team elected by the church at the AGM which has responsibility for all matters of governance.
Senior Ministers Warden: David Wareham.
People's Warden: Ronnie Ellis
Treasurer: Rachal Aspinall
Vestry Members: Derek McFadden, Bob Henderson, Sarah Garza, Mel Tomlinson, Brad Mitchell