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
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.
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
Elders: David Kitchen: David is a retired medical Doctor
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
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.
Treasurer: Terri Churton: Terri is an accountant who is currently working for the Kauaeranga Christian Camp
Administrator: David Gibson: David is a retired Lawyer