Jesus is Lord of His church. Underneath the guidance of Jesus are leaders who are specially called to shepherd the sheep and serve the church in various ways.

The main focus of all our leaders and staff is:

“To equip God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up…” Eph 4:12 (ESV)

Elders (Leadership Team)

At HBC, we believe the Scriptures teach that the congregation should appoint a plurality of qualified men to serve as overseers. The elders direct the spiritual life of the church at the pleasure of the congregation, handling matters relevant to the Word and prayer. Elders are required to meet the stated qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1. They meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning our church family. Some of our elders are employed by the church while others work in secular jobs.

Peter Somervell

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Peter was raised on a dairy farm in central Hawkes Bay. Every Sunday he was taken with his sisters to a small country church for Sunday School, but did not recall ever hearing the gospel. A move from the family farm to Hamilton at age 13 brought about great changes in his life, and a lengthy period of teenage partying, drinking and wasteful living. At age 19 he found himself at rock bottom and was open to hearing the gospel. He repented of his sin and trusted Christ as his personal Saviour.

After a few years completing an apprenticeship as a fitter turner, Peter left NZ to train at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles. He was appointed as Senior Pastor at HBC in July 2006 after serving for several years at Wanganui East Baptist Church. Peter serves as HBC’s main teaching elder and oversees our Sunday morning services.

Peter is married to Francelle and together they have four children – Mark, Luke, Katherine and Emma. Peter and Francelle share a love for the outdoors and enjoy sailing, kayaking, biking and hiking. They also like reading books, travelling, and watching a good movie.

Andrew Ho

Andrew Ho | Elder

Andrew became a Christian through the faithful gospel ministry of a church in Hong Kong (where he grew up). Andrew joined HBC in 1997 after immigrating to NZ with his family. As an elder, Andrew is active in the Pastoral Care Ministry and also serves in the Management Team as our church treasurer: his desire is to learn from Jesus how to be a good shepherd in whatever role he undertakes.

Outside of HBC, Andrew works full-time as General Manager of a property and cleaning services provider. He is married to Debbie and together they have one adult son.

Chris Wade

Chris Wade | Elder

Chris grew up attending church and Sunday School, but only began to seriously consider the Christian faith while going through baptism classes as new parents in an Anglican church in South Africa. After becoming a born-again Christian, Chris and his wife Ruth joined St James Church in Kenilworth, Cape Town under the Bible teaching of Frank Retief.

Chris has attended HBC since 1996. He has worked in the building industry for many years. Within HBC, Chris oversees the Children’s ministries, co-leads a homegroup and is a member of the Management Team. In his spare time, Chris enjoys working on his two-seater airplane and playing with his grandchildren.

Ian Lange-Smith

Ian Lange-Smith | Elder

Ian was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in a Christian family. He remembers accepting Jesus at 5 years of age, but truly committed to follow Him as Lord and Saviour at the age of 12 after hearing a gospel challenge in an evening service. Following high school and two years of military service, Ian moved to the Natal region in South Africa to study engineering, and met his wife Alison there. After getting married in 1984, they moved to Johannesburg to work and raise a family. They attended Honeyridge Baptist Church during this time, enjoying a season of formative spiritual growth. Ian and his family moved to Auckland in 2001.

Ian serves the HBC family by leading a homegroup and as Chair of the Missions Committee. He works full-time as a telecommunications manager for an office equipment supplier. Ian and Alison have three adult sons: Bruce, Keith and Hylton. When he’s not working, Ian enjoys sailing Paper Tiger class catamarans and cycling along New Zealand’s many bike trails.

Roger Alexander

Roger Alexander | Elder

Roger spent his childhood years growing up on a farm in Wellsford, and being taught about Jesus from an early age in the small Open Brethren church his family attended. At the age of 12, he attended a holiday camp at Willow Park Christian Camp where a teacher challenged the students to follow Jesus Christ. Roger then privately made a commitment to follow the Lord.

At HBC, Roger oversees the home groups ministry and co-leads a homegroup. He has been a self-employed builder since the age of 30, but loves his vocation so much that he feels he’s “never worked a day in his life”. Roger enjoyed 38 years of marriage with his first wife Aileen until she left to meet Jesus face-to-face in 2005. He is now married to Celia. He has two married sons and seven grandchildren.



Deacons are spiritually mature Christians who serve in some area of ministry so that the elders can accomplish their God-given calling of shepherding and teaching (a pattern first seen in Acts 6). Deacons are required to meet the stated qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

Our deacons from November 2014 to March 2016 are:

Mike Austin | Sound Team

Chris Breddy | Catering/Hospitality Team, Management Team

William Chong | Worship in Song, Music Team

David Chua | Worship in Song

Max Cope | Sunday School, Management Team

Phill Davidson | Youth

Tommy Dersley | Auditorium, Management Team

Lynette Dersley | Counting Team

Rob Fuata | Widows Assistance

Jayby Graham | Intermediates Ministry

Ngaire Hart | Widows

Wayne Parfitt | Evangelism Team

Jon Scanlan | Worship in Song

Carl van Ballegooy | Catering/Hospitality Team


The role of church staff is to assist with the daily ministry of HBC.


Ray Scrivener | Office Administrator

Ray serves as the friendly face behind the counter in our church office. If in doubt about anything – ask Ray!


Geoffrey Downing | Cleaning Administrator

Faithful and diligent in keeping the church spick and span, Geoffrey has been helping out with church cleaning for many years.