THANK YOU for visiting our church’s official  website. We are honoured that you stopped by and hope you browse around and get to know us better as this site tells much about who we are. As you learn more about us, we would love to get to know you also. So, please accept our invitation to come and rejoice with us in our worship services. If you have any questions, comments, prayer requests, or would just like to say hello, please contact us.

May God Richly Bless You,
Lewis Howell, Pastor

About Our Church


OUR CHURCH is a Baptist church by conviction and a biblicist church by principle and doctrine. As an Independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. This has always been the case, an Independent Baptist Church is not a break away from any other Baptist affiliation, neither from the Baptist Union. As an Independent church we vote to support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. The Bible is our church manual, with absolute and final authority over everything our church does within or without the church. There are many Independent Baptist Churches here in New Zealand, and thousands more throughout the world.

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Your First Visit

VISITING any church for the very first time would make anyone nervous, even the same for those who have left years ago yet still feel drawn to return for another visit. We want to put you at ease and let you know that you are welcome who ever you are. We want your first visit and returning visits to our church to be refreshing, friendly and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people and a place where you feel welcome and “at home”!

After a visit or two, you will see why we enjoy church so much and call it home

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Is Heaven Your Home?

HELL is not a popular topic today, while everyone we talk to wants to go to HEAVEN.

MOST PEOPLE think there is no way to be 100% prepared for Heaven, they think they will have to take their chances when they meet God. However, God said, “He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know [100% sure] that ye have eternal life.” To be 100% sure of a home in Heaven is a possibility, but there are some facts from God’s Holy Word that you must understand, believe and act upon. (I John 5:12-13)

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Did We Visit Your Letterbox?

If you received a pamphlet in your letterbox, we want to thank you for taking the time to read it and for visiting our website. Please accept this pamphlet as an invitation to our church here in Whakatane.

If your letterbox is like ours, it gets pretty full each day with many important adverts and even more important mail. In the midst of it all, you found our little pamphlet with the most important message you will every read. This message is more then a piece of advertising, well beyond the definition of “junk mail” and posted personally to you from the heart of God.

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