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Howard & Lenore Heap

Elder

We came to faith in Jesus Christ as young children. Howard has been a member of Church on Vogel since 1968 and Lenore since 1972. Howard has been an Elder since 1977 and retired from secular work in 2005. We have three children and four grandchildren. We both serve in a variety of ministries and have a strong commitment to maintaining clear Biblical teaching. We are also passionate about ensuring that the church “family” lives out its Vision and Mission.

 

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Stephen & Christine Little

Elder

We have been married for 33 years and have three sons and two daughter-in-law’s.  Our family is very important to us and we believe God created the family unit to be a foundation of our society. We both love being at Church on Vogel with the strong emphasis on clear Bible teaching to make God’s Word relevant for today. This encourages people to discover a deeper relationship with Jesus and an eagerness to share that faith. Stephen works in the Microbial Fermentation Unit at Fonterra and Christine teaches at Cornerstone Christian School.

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Frits & Alison van Echten

Elder

We were both brought up in Christian homes. We have been married for over 40 years and have four children and five grandchildren. Our Christian journey led us to Church on Vogel in 1997. The loving, non-judgemental attitude of the people and their desire to honour God and faithfully teach His word from the Bible is what drew us into this church family. We are both keenly involved in various aspects of church life at COV.

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Tasa & Sesimani Havea

Elder

Tasa & Sesimani Havea are originally from the Kingdom of Tonga. They have three children (one boy and two girls). The Havea family loves God and loves serving not only in the church family but also in the wider Christian community.
They are involved in leadership of the International Student Ministry. The family love sharing the gospel whenever an opportunity arises. Tasa works as a Scientist at Fonterra and Sesimani works as a Researcher & Tutor at Massey University.

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Adrian and Irene Graham

Elder

We have been married for 32 years and have 6 children aged 27 to 14.  We came to faith on the same day in 1989 and have lived and fellow-shipped at many different churches around NZ. We began fellow-shipping at Church on Vogel in 2015 after moving back to the Manawatu to be closer to family. We have thoroughly enjoyed the strong focus on Gods Word and truth and the family atmosphere at COV.  Family is very important to us and it has been a real blessing to see how COV has grown our children in their walk with the Lord. We have a passion for overseas mission and look forward to seeing COV continue to reach out into the local community as well as overseas.

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Tony and Toshiko Martin

Elder

Tony attended a Youth With a Mission Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Hawaii in 1983. He spent the following seven years helping lead a local DTS based in Palmerston North, which embarked on short term missions trips to Tonga, Japan, Philippines, and around New Zealand. Tony and Toshiko met on Tony’s second Japan outreach and were eventually married in 1987. Tony and Toshiko were members of Gateways Christian Fellowship for many years. They lead the young adults ministry there for four years. More recently they joined Church on Vogel and helped launch the “Commissioned” young adults ministry—which they continue to oversee.

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Andrew & Sonja Mitchell

Senior Pastors

In 2012 I (Andrew) began a 2-year internship with Pathways Bible and Mission College. At that time, Sonja and I had been married for 26 years with six children aged between 12 and 22 years. We had been running our own firewood retail business for nearly 20 years and had been members of Gateways Christian Fellowship in Palmerston North for 22 years. Through my involvement with Pathways we were asked to consider a pastoral position at Church on Vogel. As we sought God we both felt an unmistakable call so in April 2013 we stepped out of our comfort zone and became part time pastors. In 2015 we sold the business and went full time. Church on Vogel is full of exciting challenges and great opportunities. We work with a wonderful team of very supportive and forward looking elders. We feel very privileged to part of what God is doing in Roslyn and in the wider Christian community.

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Jamie & Rebekah Pearce

Associate Pastor

I began young adult pastoring at COV at the beginning of 2016, and Associate Pastor as of 2018. I am responsible for the young-adult ministry of the church with a team of other leaders. I am married to my lovely wife Rebekah Pearce, and we have a son named John born in April 2018. I have served in youth and young adult ministries for several years prior to my coming to COV. I have completed various study, including a Graduate Diploma in Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College. I have a passion for the Word of God, desiring to see both young and old grow consistently in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus, and to see all generations walk together as the ‘family’ that God has called them to be.