The church's Governance Group is responsible for:
The Group, and any individual Group member is appointed by and accountable to the Church membership as a whole, as opposed to any subset of the Church membership, even if nominated by that subset.
The Group is composed of four representatives from the church's congregations, the Senior Pastor, and one other pastor on rotation.
Andrew Lowe (Chair)
At Large Representative
Senior Lecturer of Engineering, AUT
Andrew Lowe has been at the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle for over 19 years and during this time has been involved in English language Bible studies for the Chinese congregation, small groups, worship teams and occasionally preached within the All Nations congregation. He has served on the Tabernacle Missions Trust since 2010 and the Governance Group since 2013.
Andrew is married with three children. He works as a Senior Lecturer in mechanical engineering at Auckland University of Technology and prior to this was Chief Technology Oﬃcer and Managing Director at a medical device company.
Neil is the team leader at the Tab and has been in full time pastoral ministry for over 24 years. He has a passion for Jesus, and a desire for the church to be 'the hope of the world'. He also delights to see people growing as life-long followers of Jesus and exercising their unique God-given spiritual gifts and callings.
Neil's qualifications and training are in the area of theology, church ministry, counselling and Not-For-Profit management. His spiritual gifts include leadership, preaching/teaching, pastoral ministry and encouragement.
He has been married to Jennifer for over 27 years and together they have two adult children, Jono &Zoe.
In his spare time Neil enjoys going to the gym, mountain biking, playing guitar, reading (theology and a good thriller!), travel and good coffee!
Bruce grew up in Ashburton being a baptized member of Ashburton Baptist, trained as a teacher and worked in several communities to replant Owaka Baptist, plant Doubtless Bay Baptist, Niue CC and several gatherings within Lae and PNG.
Bruce served as an ISV self-supporting [KICS] partner for 10 yrs in Indonesia and as this project concluded in 2015 moved his energies towards FFF having served in the Eldership role for the past 18 mts. providing overall leadership to FFF Auckland [6 groups] and FFF Tab while Paul is away.
Being based in Auckland for 20 yrs [initially as CEO BCNZ] Bruce served on the ISV Council as Treasurer and Chair of the FAC.
Professionally Bruce has worked within Education serving in the roles of HoD, DP, Principal, Ex principal, ED, CEO and now is the Principal Consultant within his own Company.
Chao Wei Fan
At Large Representative
Chaowei grew up and was baptised in the Mandarin Congregation. Since then, he has served in various capacities including youth group leader, worship team and more recently as a Deacon (Elder) of the congregation.
He has spent the last year in the Governance Group, learning the systems and processes that operate in the wider-Church context. He is also a recent graduate now working at a law firm and deals with commercial disputes.
Glenn is appointed as an ‘at large’ member from the 5 Tab Church congregations. He has been at the Tab for 39 years and is part of a small group of members who have provided a long term stable base for this city ministry where many people pass through for short periods. With wife Philippa, they have 3 adult sons and 2 grandchildren, some of whom are also active Tab Church members.
Glenn has participated in a range of ways, including his role as the Executive Chairperson of the TabTrust. The TabTrust is a ministry established by the Tab Church 120 years ago. It manages commercial properties and other investments to generate revenue which it then gives away to Baptist projects/ministries throughout NZ.
Glenn is a consultant to various private and public sector clients and has extensive experience in Property, Planning and Transportation. Outside of work he is the Chief Fire Officer of the Auckland Volunteer Fire Brigade which provides support services to emergency operations across the Auckland region.
I am born in sunny Singapore and became a Christian at 17 when a schoolmate invited me to go to a church near the school. I accepted Christ soon after hearing the gospel because I believe in a Creator God and that I was very much aware of my sinful nature.
I have been active in church since a teenager doing various things – giving tuition to needy kids in the church neighbourhood, editor in the youth magazine, leading bible studies, writing to Christian prisoners and others.
I moved to Melbourne to marry Ted. We returned to New Zealand in 1992 and Samuel was born two years later. We came to the Tabernacle around 1999 and was involved with the Global ministry for many years, assisted in setting up the previous All Nations and Living Waters before returning to the Tabernacle in 2018. One of the young Global leaders asked me to help to lead table discussions as various ones were away. I agreed and began to feel at home all over again. It was like we never left.
I am thankful to God for the life He has given me and the opportunity to serve Him. The Tabernacle is strategically placed to make disciples of all nations; they come to us and we go to them. I have set my eyes on the things that are above; they are eternal from everlasting to everlasting. Amen to the Glory of the Risen King.