About Us

Long Bay Baptist Church was established in 1978 and has always been keen to be an integral part of the local community. All that we do is based on our understanding that God has shown us Himself in Jesus Christ, and He calls us to discover life and purpose by following Jesus and sharing His love with others. We meet the needs of people from childhood through to the eldery.  We also provide support to immigrants, operate a food bank, offer financial and tax advice, and provide housing for those struggling with mental health issues.

Our commitment to Jesus is expressed in baptism, and church involvement. A sense of being family is a huge priority for us. Our family celebration time on Sunday mornings is always a highlight of our time together! Those of all ages are valued, and encouraged to be involved in our worship services and in our ministry. Children and youth have programs designed to help them develop friendships and life skills.

We are part of the Baptist Union of churches here in New Zealand, and we both offer, and receive, support from our Baptist family. Our close relationship with other local churches is also valued. Our desire is to continue to be a pivotal part of our Long Bay community offering support, friendship, faith and life.

We are a family with open arms.
Our mission is to communicate Christ’s love and make disciples.

Meet The Team

James McBurney

James McBurney

Senior Pastor

James was born in Durban and lived much of his life there before immigrating to England in 2001. He married Verena in 1997 and they have 4 children; Kaitlyn, Faith, Judah and Keziah.

James completed his theological diploma through the Theological College of South Africa and then continued with his theological studies through Spurgeons College in London. He was the associate Pastor at Ashford Baptist Church, before being called as co-pastor to Long Bay Baptist Church, where he has been since 1 October 2012.

Email James

Aimee Visser

Aimee Visser

Children & Families

Email Aimee

Verena McBurney

Verena McBurney

Children & Families

Email Verena

Jackson Roach

Jackson Roach

Youth

Email Jackson

Rodney Duncan

Rodney Duncan

Pastoral Care

Email Rodney

Elizabeth Kostelijk

Elizabeth Kostelijk

Admin & Finance

Email Elizabeth

Deborah Lynch

Deborah Lynch

Admin

Email Deborah

Rosemary Marks

Rosemary Marks

Admin

Email Rosemary

Keith McMinn

Keith McMinn

Treasurer

Email Keith