Why do we exist?

Lakes Church is a new and growing church that aims to provide a place for people to belong,  where they can find Jesus and community, and honour God. 

1 Corinthians 13 v 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

What are we about?

Jesus is about relationships and changed lives.  Lakes Church wants this to be one of their primary focuses - our relationship with Jesus, each other, how we can know Him, and how He can change our lives. 

"Build each other up."  1 Thessalonians 5 v11

Meet the Start Up Team

Geoff & Sandra Hill

Geoff and Sandra have a passion for serving Jesus and seeing people grown in their faith.  Geoff is serving as Pastor in a part-time capacity.  He has a Degree in Christian Ministries from Adelaide, Australia, and  a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology from Laidlaw College, NZ.  Sandra grew up in Fiji with missionary parents and grandparents.  She works as Finance Manager for a Maori Ahu Whenua Trust. They have three grown children who love Jesus too. 

Caleb & Maddi Ellis

Caleb and Maddie originate from Whangarei.  They work as Farm Managers in Ngongotaha. Caleb has spent time at Word of Life training and serving in the Waikato. 

Maddie is involved with youth camps and is a keen horse rider. They bring vibrancy and enthusiasm to the team, looking to be involved in children's and youth work. 

Dennis & Evelyn Falconer

Dennis and Evelyn (nee Dawson) have called Rotorua home for years.  Dennis can be found down at the Lake front on most big events where there are fireworks. He is a hands on man with many skills,  audio and sound to name one, and pyrotechnics another.  Evelyn is known around Rotorua for her voice - she is a music teacher and a gifted singer.  Dennis and Evelyn lead the worship team.

Wu & Yvonne Khoo

Wu and Yvonne have been in New Zealand for over 30 years and have lived in Rotorua for the past 13 years. Wu has been with the Start-up team since the Lakes Church’s inception and Yvonne is the treasurer for the church. They are keen to make the church a place for people to belong, fellowship and grow. In their free time, they enjoy travelling, walking and dining.

Steve & Jo Lawson

Steve and Jo are parents of adult children and now grandparents.  They have many years of experience in a variety of aspects of church life.  They care about people of all ages encountering God's message of hope, being encouraged and equipped to honor God.

Peter & Pam MacDonald

Peter and Pam are dairy farmers in the Rerewhakaaitu district.

They look forward to serving as new members of the Lakes Church Start-up team.