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 4pm services, and Training across Church life. He is married to Melody and they have four children (Caleb, Abigail, Asher and Mariah).

Tim Behan

Tim Behan - Assistant Minister

Tim is the 4pm Service congregation pastor, as well as heading up Evangelism. He is married to Sarah and they have two children.

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.

Bridey Hentschel

Bridey Hentschel - Pastoral Care Coordinator


Sarah Lineham

Sarah Lineham - Women's Trainer

Sarah is currently on long-term leave.

Brooke Coxon

Brooke Coxon - Music Director (currently on leave)

Brooke works part time overseeing the music and training of musicians at Latimer Church. Brooke and her husband Barnaby recently returned to Christchurch after living in LA for a number of years.

Lizzy Williams

Lizzy Williams - Children's Ministry admin

Lizzy assists Shelley with Children's Ministry admin and compliance. Lizzy is married to Kerry and has 2 children, Joey and Stacey.

Barnaby Coxon

Barnaby Coxon - Church Manager

Barnaby joined the staff team at Latimer in October 2021. Barnaby & his wife Brooke recently moved back to Christchurch after spending 5 years in LA. Brooke & Barnaby have a beautiful baby daughter named Evelyn.

Esther Ward

Esther Ward - Operations Manager

Esther looks after the operations and  administration at Latimer, she is also involved in the women's ministry team at the 7pm Service..

Ministry Apprentices

Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Pete is in his second year as a Ministry Apprentice.

Zeresh Zafar

Zeresh Zafar

Zeresh is doing her first year as a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.

Matthias Paltridge

Matthias Paltridge

Mathias is in his first year as a Ministry Apprentice.

Christo Venter

Christo Venter

Christo is in his first year as a Ministry Apprentice.

Jo Robson

Jo Robson

Jo is doing a Gap-year Apprentice at Latimer Church.


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

Senior Ministers Warden: Mark Santich

People's Warden: Juliet Wensley

Treasurer: Rachal Aspinall

Vestry Members:  Mel Tomlinson, Lyall Simmons, Alec Bryant, Stowe Campbell, John Thrupp, Andrew Woodfield