RIVERSIDE CHURCH LEADERSHIP

 

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AVISH PETRAS

PASTOR

Avish is married to Monica and they have 2 daughters. Hailing from India  he is passionate to see the Body of Christ being established on the Word of God. Professionally, he started as a mechanical engineer, but God put him into ministry in 2005 to serve His Church.  As a Bible teacher God graciously opened doors to teach His Word in different Churches in and out of India, while working as an Assistant Professor in a University.  On the basis of the study and revelations he not only completed his Ph. D, but also started helping Churches and organisations by teaching concepts of God's Economics in the New Covenant to see them grow.  The Petras family's faith journey to New Zealand in 2018 is a testimony of the Lord's call and provisions to everyone who hears and follows the Lord's Word. They are committed to their call to serve the Body of Christ through the Riverside Christian Church Family. 

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Janine and Gordon 

ELDERS

We were both born and raised in Whanganui, marrying in 1976  and going on to have five children, three boys and two girls.

In 1979 our lives were turned around and we gave our lives to serve God and others in whatever way God lead us. Over the years we have done short term mission trips into Myanmar and Thailand. We had been serving at Riverside Church for 20 Years then God called us to serve with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in Papua New Guinea for 5 years. We came  back home to Riverside Church and back into the Eldership team. Our Church family come from many different cultural backgrounds and social backgrounds and we love how everyone can feel that they can participate in the services and in our small groups. We look forward to seeing what God does in the future of Riverside Church.

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Pamela and David Coleman 

DEACONS

David and Pamela are born and bred in Whanganui. They have eight children and Five grandchildren between them. David runs his own furniture making business and Pamela currently works as administrator for

Open Home Foundation. Pamela is Treasurer here at Riverside and while David is Music Director. They enjoy each day given, using the gifts and abilities to care to the Father's family.   

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Kerry Terrey

DEACON

Tēnā koutou katoa.Ko SS Australis te waka. Ko Wainuiomata tōku awa. Ko Cattle Ridge tōku maunga. Ko Riverside Christian Church tōku marae. Ko Ngatii Kereti tōku iwi. Ināianei ki ti noho ahau ki Kai Iwi.  

Ko Ihu Karaiti tōku Ariki.

Ko Richard Terrey tōku hoa tāne. Ko Krys, ko Caleb, ko Syndi, ko Angie, ko Rae, ko Dani, ko Mikal, ko Niki ko Beth āku tamariki.

Ko Kerry Terrey ahau. Mā te Atua manaaki i a koutou katoa. Tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa.

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Alan and Jeanette

ELDERS

Alan and Jeanette first met through youth group at this Church in the 1970’s and married in 1981. They have two daughters and two sons (plus two son-in-laws and two daughters-in-law) and grandchildren.  They have a dairy farm just north of Whanganui, this keeps them pretty busy along with the privilege of supporting their children and families who live nearby. They have taken an active part in church life throughout their married life, as deacons, youth leaders, small group leaders and in eldership for a number of years. They are looking forward to seeing God's plans continue to unfold for Riverside Christian Church, bringing the reality of a living Gospel message to those who have not yet heard it and supporting those who are seeking to live according to that gospel.

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Lindsay Middlemiss 

ELDER

Lindsay began to fellowship at Riverside in 2007, and has found being part of church at Riverside both fulfilling and rewarding. He has a passion for prayer. Facilitating Prayer warrior programs throughout the week in Riverside Christian Church.

Praying for the wellbeing of the congregation and the communities that make up the river city of Whanganui. "A praying church is a living church". 

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Leon Kyle

DEACON

Leon is Wanganui born and bred and is married to Shelley. They have 2 adult children and have been fellowshipping at Riverside since 2012. Leon is in charge of overseeing and helping to maintain the practical running of the buildings at Riverside. He has done multiple “mission trips” to Cyprus, Fiji and Papua New Guinea to help spread Gods word and to help with practical building and maintenance projects.