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

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.

Brooke Coxon

Brooke Coxon - Music Director

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.

Ministry Apprentices

Robert Yemm

Robert Yemm

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

Bridey Hentschel

Bridey Hentschel

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

Thomas Johnson (TJ)

Thomas Johnson - Ministry Apprentice

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

Pete Smith

Pete Smith - Ministry Apprentice

Pete is in his first year as a Ministry Apprentice.

Cindy Sloane

Cindy Sloane

Cindy is in her first year as a Ministry Apprentice at Latimer Church.

Matthias Paltridge

Matthias Paltridge

Matthias is doing a Gap Year Apprenticeship at Latimer Church.

Ethan Santich

Ethan Santich

Ethan is doing a 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, Mel Tomlinson, Lyall Simmons, John Bryant, Stowe Campbell