John Lockley Executive Pastor
John joined the staff at HCBC in October 2016 as Associate Pastor with responsibility for pastoral care, small group ministry, evangelism and community ministries. John is a long term member of the church who has served as an elder and as the chair of the Te Whānau Pūtahi Trust.
John comes from an education background where he was a secondary teacher then university lecturer and education researcher, publishing in the fields of technology education, curriculum and pedagogy development and sustainability education. He is currently undertaking studies in theology to add to a life’s experience of Christian ministry, including international student ministry and being the chair of the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank Trust.
John is a people person with well-developed governance and leadership skills.
John is married to Verity and together they have four adult children. John enjoys; gardening, reading, singing with the Hamilton Community Gospel Choir, and spending time in the outdoors boating and getting ‘off grid’ motor homing.
Sarah Barnett Youth Pastor
Sarah joined the HCBC team in 2018 to lead the youth ministry. Sarah was trained as an early childhood teacher, teaching at the Te Whānau Pūtahi early childhood centre for the previous seven years before being called to take the plunge into full time youth ministry. Sarah has been involved with the church since she could crawl – both at HCBC and Te Whānau Pūtahi. She has been part of the youth ministry for the past ten years, transitioning from a youth member onto volunteering as a leader over the past few years. Sarah has a deep passion to see young people grow in their faith through discipleship and community. She is keen to do further study to equip her with more tools to engage with the youth both within the church and the community. In her spare time Sarah enjoys crafts, music and is an avid kmart enthusiast.
Olivia Hitchcock Children, Family & Community Pastor
Olivia and Gareth joined the HCBC team in 2016 as the Children and Families Pastor. She did her Bachelor of Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College. On graduation Olivia received a call to be Youth and Children Pastor in a West Auckland Church, where she served for five and half years.
More recently Olivia has been working for Corrections, being a part of a team focusing on the rehabilitation of prisoners and working with volunteers. During this time Gareth and Olivia married and had a daughter, Briella. Together they have served as volunteers in their home church, in a variety of roles.
Olivia is passionate about seeing children develop a faith of their own and having a real connection to their church. She is looking forward to working with parents like herself and assisting them to raise our children in the faith
Olivia enjoys a good long black, playing with her daughter, spending time with her family, supporting Freeset and quilting. Gareth is a trained Primary School Teacher.
Nathan Cunliffe Media Pastor
Nathan and Catherine joined the HCBC team in 2008 leading our youth ministry. Following a number of years as a furniture maker Nathan received a call to put down his trade tools to study at Carey Baptist College.
HCBC first called Nathan to lead the youth ministry as an intern while he completed his Bachelor of Applied Theology degree at Carey. In September 2010, Nathan was commissioned as Youth Pastor.
Prior to his academic study, Nathan also spent four years as part of a youth leadership team in Tauranga which gave him an excellent ministry foundation, and forming the basic principles of servant leadership and building small groups through authentic relationships.
In more recent years Nathan’s work with the youth has lead to developing a media arts presence within HCBC to encourage young people with creative and artistic gifting. Nathan believes that worship is not only for those who can sing or play an instrument but for anyone who wishes to use their gifts to bring glory to God and so he spends much of his time creating digital content for Central Baptists social media platforms using static images, 3D animation and film. He is always on the hunt for stories where God is healing or bringing hope to share these stories with those who may be encouraged by them.
Nathan is married to Catherine, a trained school teacher, also with theological training. They have four children, Joshua, Laura, Kate and Harvey.
Cecelia Lockley Worship Co-Director
Cecelia has been a member of HCBC since infancy and an active participant in the music ministry for 13 years. She has proven experience managing and teaching music groups; teaching singing and performance skills at High-Schools, and barbershop in the community. She is currently on a national education planning committee for Sweet Adelines NZ focusing on up-skilling New Zealand singers. She is also in the midst of training to be a hairdresser and works in boutique event and wedding hair styling.
Cecelia is passionate about creating spaces in which people can creatively express worship to God.
Cecelia enjoys leading worship, singing with her quartet and singing jazz when she gets the opportunity. She likes playing board games with her friends, cooking, water-sports and the sunshine.
Bayley Milne Worship Co-Director
Bayley joined HCBC in 2018 when he came to study music at Wintec. He quickly became part of the music ministry, playing in both Topshelf and Contemporary services. Bayley previously spent 8 years serving in the music ministry at Doubtless Bay Christian Centre in the Far North where he is from.
Bayley graduated from Wintec in 2021 with a Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music). He has professional experience as a sound and mixing engineer, composer and producer. He works in and with bands, as well as solo artists. He is also a highly accomplished musician himself. His experience is with both live and recorded music.
Bayley is passionate about creating an environment in which God’s gathered people feel comfortable to offer worship freely.
Bayley enjoys making music, playing and watching football, eating good food and playing board games with friends.
Stewart Best Up-stairs Church Pastor
Shane Vink Te Whānau Pūtahi Mission Leader
Shane joined the HCBC team in 2015, as the Mission Leader of Te Whānau Pūtahi a mission outreach connected with HCBC and serving the communities of Fairfield and Enderley.
Shane is married to Rachel and currently they have no children. Shane and Rachel have been involved in TWP since its inception.
For the last ten years Shane has led the Waikato branch of OAC (Outreach and Church Ministries). Shane has a passion to reach out to the community’s of Fairfield and Hamilton and is committed to youth and children’s ministry. Shane and Rachel believe that God is doing a great work amongst Maori in Fairfield and around Aotearoa.
Glenda Caradus CAP Debt Centre Manager (Christians Against Poverty)
Glenda has attended HCBC since 2003 and joined the Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre team as a debt coach in 2014 becoming the Debt Centre Manager in September 2015. The CAP Debt centre helps people struggling with unmanageable debt.
Glenda has a career background in teaching (secondary and early childhood) and currently has a national role in adult education with NZ Playcentre. Glenda was the leader of the intermediate age ministry for 10 years and has been on several short term mission trips.
Glenda is married to John and they have three adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Glenda enjoys the great outdoors, gardening and seeing others empowered to fulfil their potential.