Who's who


PASTORS: Rotorua Baptist is led by Pastor Angus Budge and alongside him is his wife, Wendy Budge, Assistant Pastor.

LEADERSHIP TEAM: Matt Pepper (chair), Jessica Lee, Greg Manzano, Neil McCullum, Rose Powley and Maree Rauhala. Together they provide governance, pastoral and spiritual oversight and direction. They provide support to the ministries and ministry leaders within the church.  

OPERATIONS TEAM: Murray Dillner (treasurer/administrator), Ivan Thomson (finance team), Hamish Lee (building convener). This team provides oversight of the Church operations and property management.


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    Lead Pastor - Angus Budge

    Angus is married to Wendy and they have four adult children (2 sons and 2 daughters and one daughter-in-law).

    Scots heritage and proud of it.  Ex-lawyer (don't hold that against him!), loves all sport - mostly from the couch or side-line these days, average but dedicated golfer and keen fisherman - desperate to know how to actually catch them! (All tips are welcomed).

    Angus loves hanging out with his family, sharing stories with folk over coffee or a meal, and absolutely loves the Church. He enjoys living in this fabulous part of the country, with its friendly people and beautiful nature. You will often find him pottering in the garden - learning the art of espaliering fruit trees, sneaking chocolate or a sausage roll, reading a good book or in the kitchen cooking his famous Paella or a warmly spiced curry. And he's even pretty good at the dishes too.

    “My desire is to persuasively communicate God's love and to see lives transformed". 

    CONTACT: angus@rotoruabaptist.org.nz

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    Assistant Pastor - Wendy Budge

    Married to Angus and they have four adult children: Hugh (married to Laura), Callum, Meg and Allie, and a fur-baby dog, called Georgie.

    Trained as a nurse but has more recently worked in management and ministry roles. 

    She loves spending time with people and enjoys hospitality on all levels (the gathering of people, the decorating of the space, the cooking, the eating - especially the eating!), coffee, exercising with dog, gardening, art, design, fashion and a good movie! And time spent with family is one of her favourite things.

    Wendy is the Chair of the Bay of Plenty/Eastland Baptist Association and also has a special interest and experience in women's ministry -  facilitating events and spiritual retreats. Journeying alongside young families is also a passion of hers. 

    ‘’My desire is to see people and faith communities thrive and walk in fullness, wholeness and obedience, knowing that even through the ups and downs of life - they are loved to bits by a faithful God.” 

     CONTACT: wendy@rotoruabaptist.org.nz


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     Neil McCullum 

    Married to Ruth and have 4 adult children and 14 Grandchildren who they spend time with regularly - all who are following their faith and attend church. Neil has been attending Rotorua Baptist Church for over 30  years and was baptised not far away - in Whakatane. When not at work, Neil loves the outdoors, reading and going on adventures with his family.

    He owns and runs a very busy small IT business employing 3.5 staff.          

     “My desire to be obedient to all that God tells me to do".

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    Jessica Lee

    Married to Hamish and Mum to Christopher.

    Hairdressing now for 9 1/2 yrs and is back at work as the assistant manager,  after taking maternity leave. 

    She loves being a Mum to a busy toddler, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves hospitality, entertaining, cooking and baking. Jess has a passion for hair, makeup, fashion and loves a good long soak in a bath or hot pool. She makes designer cakes for special occasions in her spare time (usually at midnight!). Jess has been at RBC since she was 9yrs old after coming back from the mission field with her family in 2005. She also serves in the sound box at church doing digital media along side her husband and the rest of the team.

    "My desire is to see a new vibrancy come to the church, for church to grow and be inviting for new and current church goers and for relationships to be strengthened with God and friends". 

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    Matt Pepper (Chair) 

    Matt is married to Louise and they have three children: Keegan (married to Melissa), Lucy and Aaron. Aaron is the only one left at home and attends John Paul College.

    He has a background in management and has been dairy farming for a number of years. He will happily tell you all the benefits of drinking lots of milk and eating lots of cheese.

    Matt likes to be continually learning (just started guitar lessons!) and keeping active by regularly mountain biking in the Redwoods, adventure racing or heading to the beach.

    "I have a desire to be an obedient disciple, and to take joy in being part of a growing and thriving church community".

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    Maree Rauhala

    Maree has been married to Ilkka for 29 years – 10 of those they have resided in Asia doing mission work. Maree and Ilkka have three adult children, one son-in-law and three delightful grandchildren.

    Maree has a background in banking, administration and ESOL teaching. She currently works part-time from home, as the Funding Co-Ordinator for a local NPO working with at-risk youth.

    In her spare time Maree loves to get outside in the forest, beach or play in the garden, or spend time with her grandchildren.

    Maree is part of the kids church team.

    "My desire is to always be ready to direct others to Jesus".
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    Rose Powley

    Rose is married to Rob and they have 3 grown children with partners and one precious grand-daughter. They have been part of the RBC community for a long time, with Rob being an accomplished musician and part of the music team. Rose is a specialist literacy teacher serving many of the Schools in Rotorua. She brings many leadership and governance strengths to the team as well as a strong pastoral heart.

    In her spare time you will find her with her family, surrounded by art and music or out enjoying nature with Rob in their campervan.                         "I am looking forward to serving and contributing to this wonderful Church community and beyond".

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Treasurer/Administrator - Murray Dillner

Murray is  married to Kathy and together they have 2 married sons and 4 (nearly 5) grandchildren. Murray is retired and in his spare time, loves to fish, read  and potter in the beautiful nature around his home. Murray serves at the local fire station. He is often found helping people with odd jobs, firewood and gardening.

He is a Pastoral care elder alongside his wife Kathy. Murray and Kathy run regular Alpha courses at the Church and have a heart for journeying alongside people as they seek to answer the big questions in life. They have a special interest in mission.  He also serves on the visual/data team on a Sunday morning.

‘My desire is to see people love and follow Jesus'


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Administrator - Nikki Hyde

Nikki is married to Graeme and they have two teenage children.

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Pastoral care elders

Murray and Kathy Dillner, Rob and Jan Bellingham, Chris and Barbara Thomson, Val and Ivan Thomson.

Ministry and team leaders

Administrator: Murray Dillner

Music team: Rob Powley 

Kids church: Jennifer Lee

Creche: Ruth McCullum

Intermediates: Neil McCullum (interim)

Youth: Wendy and Angus Budge (interim)

The Living room: Wendy Budge/Lora Martin

Mingle and Munch: Kay Carter

Kitchen manager; Sarah Budge 

Newcomers: Val Thomson

Technology: Hamish and Jess Lee

Te hahi: Jenni Diggs/ Angus Budge

Global mission: Bronwyn Schick

Home mission: Andrew Austin

BMF: Mike Power

Alpha: Murray and Kathy Dillner

Prayer: Pastors and elders

Prayer chain: Ann Clausen 

Pastoral care: Wendy and Angus Budge and team

Homegroups: Angus Budge

Women's ministry: Wendy Budge

Men's ministry: John Penman

Young families: Wendy Budge