303-305 Mary Street

Thames, 3500

07 868 6274

Foodbank opening hours

Monday to Thursday 9am - 11.30am

Bring ID and proof of address

Our Vision: The Lord Jesus Christ

Our Mission: To know Christ and make Him known

Our Plan: To Love God, to Love our Neighbours and to Love One Another

Our worship services at at 10am on Sundays.  Kidzone Sunday School. All welcome

Cafe on the first Sunday night of the month at 7pm

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Thames Baptist Church—Guiding statements

Our mission statement

To know Christ and to make Him known

We believe this should underpin all things along with our vision statement and our core values

Vision statement

To be a loving family of God which, under the Lordship of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, will make disciples of Jesus here and beyond.

Five core values

  • Reverence for God
  • Healthy relationships
  • Biblical teaching
  • Unity in diversity
  • Relevant community involvement


Thames Baptist Church—An introduction

 Thames Baptist Church (TBC) began in Thames around 1869 when the gold rush was at its height. The first stalwarts were rugged individuals who proudly stood for Christ in what was, at first, a frontier town. “Daddy Mason” was their evangelist who went among the miners taking the good news with him.

These early pioneers set the scene for a church which has continued the work they started. There are descendants of the first Baptists still in the church today.

Approximately 30 years ago the church became interested in developing a ministry with the disadvantaged of Thames. This has continued through the years through two independent trusts.

Leadership Team

Pastor:  Chris and Karlene Lee

Chris has a Masters in Ministry from Otago University, a Bachelor degree in Applied Theology and a Diploma in Mission from Carey Baptist College

Karlene is a social worker with a Masters in Social Work, majoring in mental health and a Diploma in Community and Social Work from Otago University


   Shaz Kerebs: Shaz is self employed but worked as a Youth Pastor at the Thames Baptist Church for several years

Colin McLaren: Colin is a retired Social worker/counselor. He runs a home group and is involved in street ministry.

Diane Pawley: Diane describes herself as a wife, mother, grandmother and a carer for the elderly, She loves making greeting cards and teaching others how to do the same.

Brian Kenning: Brian brings a wealth of experience from his life time vocation being a Thames Baptist Pastor. He has a passion to assist people to grow their faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Shane Dyer: Shane is an active home group leader. He has a passion for Christ and actively cares for those about him that are in need. He is also involved in street ministry.

Treasurer:  Terri Churton: Terri is an accountant who is currently working for the Kauaeranga Christian Camp

Administrator:  David Gibson: David is a retired Lawyer