I grew up at Ponsonby church (Auckland) and now I am the assistant pastor. The church has a lot of history. It was the first established church in the southern hemisphere.
On October 13, we will celebrate our 125th anniversary. Ellen White preached in the original church, which is now our hall. All other Adventist churches in Auckland have basically come out of this church—it is the mother church.
All other Adventist churches in Auckland have basically come out of this church—it is the mother church.
A challenge that we face is that most members don’t live around here anymore. For about nine years we ran a big mission every year, however, we stopped doing that for a few years. We had to regroup.
This year we are running a mission again, with General Conference stewardship director, Dr Erika Puni, as the main speaker. It has been going quite successfully and we have many non-members attending. We are using personal invites to encourage people to come along.
Ponsonby is quite central as it’s just a stone’s throw from the CBD. We have about 400-500 people attending on a weekly basis, with all different age groups and nationalities represented.
There is a large group of Cook Islanders who meet at the church on Friday nights and a large Samoan fellowship who run Adventist Youth programs on Sabbath afternoons.