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  • Wanaka Baptist currently consists mostly of young and older adults who have come from different parts of New Zealand and the world to live in Wanaka and surrounding areas. We have come from different cultural and denominational backgrounds, but have all found family in Wanaka: The family of the body of Christ.

  • Currently, there are speakers of English, Spanish and Portuguese and other languages in our fellowship.

  • We meet mid-week for evening Bible Study at home and strive to grow closer to God and to each other, always around the guidance of the Word of God.

  • We like to celebrate birthdays and special occasions sharing some nice meals together. We also like to be there for each other when one is passing through a difficult moment and needs both prayer and practical help. Since most of our families are far away, we have truly found family here in all the sense of the word and beyond just a Christian cliché.

  • There is a women’s group that meets every 2 weeks for coffee and a biblical reflection.

  • We also meet every Sunday at 5:30pm for our church service. This has provided an alternative to the surrounding churches who usually only have morning services.

  • Our services are around the Word, worship, and fellowship. We pray together, sing spiritual songs, reflect on the teachings of scripture, and always share a meal at the end of the service.

  • This meal is an important part of our identity, as it has always provided us with a great opportunity to greet and welcome newcomers, to get to know each other better, to share what’s happened in our week and to encourage one another and build each other up.

  • We are a small fellowship, part of the Baptist Union of New Zealand, the Otago-Southland Baptist Association, and the newly constituted Central Otago Baptist Network.

  • Our new Pastor from 19 February 2024 is Ps. Derik Kotze, who recently moved to the Cromwell/Wanaka area from Invercargill along his wife Chantal and daughter Amarissa.


  • Word: We want to be surrounded and transformed by the Word of God every day (Psalm 119:105). Scripture unites us all and is what allows us to find common ground and freedom of fellowship to serve the Lord together in good conscience, no matter our background. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

  • Worship: We pursue a life of worship unto our God. This is to be not only expressed in our corporate singing, but in all aspects of our Christian life (Rom 12:1).
    Whether it be doing the dishes, driving a brother or sister back home, leading the Sunday service music, or preaching the Word, “whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of theinheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23-24)

  • Fellowship: We strongly believe that God has put us together for a reason. He builds his church and puts together different members that make one body, his Church. That’s why we delight in gathering in the name of our Saviour; to spend time together and get to know each other well, to share meals and have all things in common (Acts 2:44), to share our good and bad moments (Gal 6:2), to be there when someone needs prayer and practical help (Gal 6:10), to sharpen (Prov 27:17) and build each other up (1 Thes 5:11).

  • The true humanity and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

  • The atonement made on the Cross by our Lord for the sin of the world

  • The person of the Holy Spirit as the one who sanctifies and who sets apart empowers and imparts spiritual gifts to the church

  • The inspiration of the Bible and its authority in all matters of faith and practice

  • Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

  • Membership of the church is for those who have received salvation

  • The immersion of believers as the only scriptural form of baptism

  • Meet regularly for worship, prayer, teaching, encouragement and fellowship

  • Engage in the task of mission, principally within New Zealand but also overseas (see Matthew 28 : 19 - 20)

  • Express God's love to the community through ministries of the Word and practical care

  • In every possible way to seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ and bring them into his Church

Have you heard there is GOOD NEWS?
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