Who We Are
Get to know our church
Glen Eden Baptist Church (GEBC) is a multigenerational, multicultural, community focused church in the heart of West Auckland. Established in 1959 out of a desire to make a difference in the Glen Eden community, GEBC is a warm family church home. We are passionate about making a difference in our community by sharing the love of Jesus and providing a warm and friendly environment in which people at all stages of their spiritual journey feel encouraged and challenged.
HOPE in Christ,
TRANSFORMED by Christ,
EMPOWERED through Christ to change the world
We are a community of people who love Jesus Christ, we have found our Hope in Him, have been Transformed by Him and Empowered through Him to change the world. This world view orientates us around four core values.
The gospel does not just have power, it is the power of God (Romans 1:16-17). The Kingdom of God is gradually and relentlessly growing (Matthew. 13:1-23, 11:12). We are called to partner with Christ to see His Kingdom come in greater expression in all areas of life and ministry.
We recognise that the biblical narrative displays God’s heart for mission. So, we seek that all people come to faith and grow in Christ; young, old and people from all cultures and backgrounds.
(Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 17:23)
We acknowledge and support the special relationship that was created by the Treaty of Waitangi, between Tangata Whenua and the Crown.
It is our belief that a relational loving community includes people of all ages, so we are intentional in loving others and making all feel welcome at GEBC. We believe all people are made in God’s image and are of equal value; with Christ pursuing their wholeness, spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually & relationally.
We pursue the presence, encounter and ministry of the Holy Spirit in corporate worship and in all areas of life. Believing the Spirit speaks through the word we uphold the Bible as the inspired Word of God and as the final authority in all aspects of life and faith.
Before coming to Glen Eden Gary had a background in sport, corporate and ministry work. Gary is a fully qualified Professional Golfer with over twenty-five years’ experience in self-employment and business management. Gary’s ministry experience commenced in 1987 serving two years at Holy Trinity Church as Youth Pastor, as well as 15 years as Associate Pastor at Titirangi Baptist Church. Gary finished after eight years as the National Team Leader for Baptist Youth Ministries before accepting the call to come to Glen Eden as Senior Pastor. Gary has done theological study at Trinity College, Laidlaw and Carey Baptist College. Gary is married to Sarah and they have been blessed with four wonderful boys.
Born and raised in Whanganui, Abbey moved to Auckland in early 2000 to start an amazing journey that would see her impact children and families in their everyday and spiritual lives.
Married to Aaron, they have two boys and feel blessed to be a part of the GEBC community.
With experience in organising both large and small events, facilitating training groups, public speaking and building relational connections, Abbey is looking forward to using these skills at GEBC and in our local community.
Youth Ministry Leader
Was born and raised in South Auckland, living in both Otara and Manurewa. Lazarus comes from a family of 7 and has cultural roots in both Maori and Cook Island. He is also married to Brianna Haurua-Long. Lazarus brings 11 years of youth ministry experience (intermediates through to young adults) and Theological training (Carey Baptist) to our team here at Glen Eden. He also volunteers his time on the church’s worship team as a musician.
Lazarus is passionate about sharing the Gospel with our Youth and is eager to see the transformative work that God’s has instore for the wider Glen Eden community.
Children’s Ministry Leader
Married to Abbey, and Dad to their two sons, Aaron has called west Auckland home since arriving to work for the Air Force in 1998.
With his skills in IT, problem-solving and handyman ability, he feels blessed to be serving GEBC and the surrounding community.
Preteen Ministry Leader
With a passion for discipleship and helping young people grow in their faith, Cianne contributes to the Intermediates ministry at GEBC.
She also works with others in our Inclusion ministry, helping newcomers feel at home and find their place in life together as a church.
Cianne immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2007, completing high school at Pakuranga College and a university degree from Carey Baptist in Auckland. Together with her husband Ben, Cianne enjoys learning from travel, spending time at the beach and writing.
Carol is married with 3 boys. She has been part of the GEBC family for over 13 years. Carol formerly worked at Ziera Shoes as Retail Administrator looking after 23 shoe stores and formerly Customer Service. She brings these multi-tasking skills into her role here at GEBC.
She volunteers for Bellyful, who make meals for families with new borns or families with severe illness. Cooking and delivering meals as well as administrator of the West Auckland branch for two years.
She felt called to this work and is passionate about people and the community. God’s timing is perfect.
Judy was born in the Solomon Islands to missionary parents and spent her formative years there before returning to NZ to complete her secondary schooling. Judy has a 3 year Bible College Diploma from the Bible College of NZ (now Laidlaw College) and previously served for 8 years as Church Administrator for another church. She is keen to serve her local church and is pleased to have the opportunity to serve as part of the community at GEBC.
Having lived out west all of her life, Heather has fond memories of time spent around the Waitakere Ranges and Whau River. With over 15 years of experience working with youth, including the completion of the Bachelor of Applied Theology and Diploma of Pastoral Ministry (focussing on youth) at Carey Baptist College, Heather is using her knowledge and people skills in her role as the Community Champlain for Vision West Community Trust.
Heather is passionate about sharing God’s love with people and helping them grow and continues to impact the Glen Eden Community with her infectious laugh, huge heart and ability to see the uniqueness of those around her.
Izak Van Niekerk
VisionWest exists to end homelessness, reduce poverty, support the elderly,
and ensure young people have hope for the future.
VisionWest Community Trust has offered community-based services to people in West Auckland since the 1980s. Today the Trust has grown to be one of the largest community based Trusts in West Auckland, providing services particularly for those that are disadvantaged or marginalised in our community.
The Trust is located at Glen Eden Baptist Church, and continues to look at new and innovative ways of effectively meeting community needs, working towards a mission of ‘building hope together’ and a vision of ‘transformed lives, healthy communities’
Visit www.visionwest.org.nz to find out more about the services of VisionWest Community Trust.
Me mahi ngātahi tonu tātou – Together, we can do more.
Mission is a core part of who we are at Glen Eden Baptist Church.
We stronly believe the local church is called to be involved in overseas cross-cultural mission and support individuals, groups and organisation to share the gospel internationally. At GEBC the ‘Goers and Senders’ group meets monthly to hear from missionaries and to pray for them. The group meets for lunch on the 3rd Sunday of the month in ‘The Zone.’
Peter and Leonora
For many years, Peter and Leonora have lived and worked in one of South Asia’s largest red-light districts, serving with Tranzsend, where they have helped establish a freedom business which offers employment to vulnerable people. The electronics and stationery business they set up has continued to grow, and now employs many women out of the sex trade. Currently they are offering heritage tours for individuals and groups, which gives participants the opportunity to explore, understand and pray for the people of South Asia. They have established a network of relationships with local groups, providing hospitality, education and support. They are also heavily involved with a theological college in the area, where they support both the faculty and students.
Short Term Teams
Other teams are sent out from GEBC on short term mission to places such as Fiji, India and around New Zealand.
To learn more about what we believe at Glen Eden Baptist Church please click on the link.