Pastor & Leadership Team
Rev Jock & Cathy Brunskill
Pastors, Rev Jock and Cathy Brunskill have been blissfully married 36 years and have 8 children and 10 grandchildren. They love family times, reading, swimming, gardening and walking the dog together. They met through Christian youth camps when Jock was a youth group leader and Cathy the camp registrar.
Jock was a lawyer for 10 years and a partner in an Auckland law firm. They were both involved in planting the former Northwest Baptist Church in West Auckland. Then the LORD called Jock into full-time ministry. He trained in Bible College with AOG Australia and was the Senior Pastor of Franklin Baptist from 1990-1996. He and Cathy really enjoyed the bi-cultural journey at Franklin and were strongly connected with Baptist Maori Ministries. Later he took the family to Canada where he did an MA in New Testament Theology at Briercrest Seminary.
For the past 19 years Jock and Cathy served with WEC International as missionaries. Jock was the Dean of Studies at Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies for 13 years, and for the past 6 years he was the National Director for WEC based in Gordonton. Cathy’s role has been Jock’s chief supporter, home maker and home-school teacher. She taught all their children up to tertiary level. Now that they are empty nesters Cathy likes to be available for Mum and Nana duties while sharing in hospitality, debriefing and offering a listening ear to those who need to talk.
Jock was also the Licensee and Board chair for Rainbows Gordonton Early Childhood Centre on the WEC/Eastwest campus since 2002. He has served on the NZ Board of Wycliffe Bible Translators since 2010. Jock and Cathy have travelled quite extensively encouraging and mentoring mission personnel reaching the unreached in many WEC fields.
His ministry gifts are pastor/teacher, giving, and serving. Jock’s main teaching areas were interpersonal relationships, preaching across cultures, prayer and ethics.
Our office manager Karen Allen is usually the first voice or person you meet when you phone or visit the office. This person juggles lots of different things and is a great source of information and often a good starting point if you have an enquiry about the church and will then be able to direct you to the correct person. Please feel free to contact the church office and if outside the hours the office is open, leave a message and we will get back to you.
Where to find us
100 Malfroy Rd, Victoria, Rotorua ph. (07) 348 5263
Please come and join us at 10am this Sunday as celebrate “Dads”. New Zealand has a record of ‘father-hunger’ and many children are growing up fatherless. At age 15, only about 1 in 4 teenagers live with both their biological parents. Most teenagers in New Zealand have experienced multiple changes in household composition. About 1 in 4 children in New Zealand are growing up in single parent families and the majority of those single parents are female. Males are the parent in only about 12% of single parent families. I myself was raised by my widowed mother in a one parent family. Scripture has much to teach us about fathers: there we find men who lived with the pain of childlessness, fathers who were blending multiple parent families, and adoptive fathers. We see warrior fathers who sacrificed their children for their mission, and Dad’s who sacrificed everything for their daughters. There are rule-book Dads like Manoah, delinquent Dads like Eli, wounded fathers like David, and waiting Fathers like the prodigal’s Dad. There are fathers in the faith as spiritual Dads. Above all, we see God, the perfect father, who defines his identity toward us as our Abba Father who is in heaven. Jesus himself was co-parented by a man who was not his biological father. Just as Mary was specially chosen, so was Joseph chosen. He was probably much older than his young wife, and it seems likely that Joseph died before Jesus began his ministry. Certainly Joseph was around when Jesus was missing aged 12 but he doesn’t appear later in the Gospel record. Joseph was a man who heard from God, he was courageous and protective, he obeyed […]
This Sunday we look at forgiveness, 10am kick-off. The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb 9:22b) which alerts us to its cost in terms of sacrifice – but also its importance. In Matthew 18, Peter was prepared to go to 7 times (cf. Luke 17:4). But in response Jesus said not 49 times which would be seven times seven, which is what I used to think he said. If you read this again you will see Jesus said 77 times – which is even more. What did the Lord mean and what was he emphasizing? And why 77 times? How many times have we been forgiven by the Lord? Are we already forgiven everything we will ever do? Where is the place then for confession of sin? I think you will see that the whole area of forgiveness is worth thinking into quite a lot. There is a saying, “To err is human, but to forgive is divine’. That’s not a Biblical reference. It comes from an essay on criticism by Alexander Pope. But Jesus did forgive sins and demonstrated that He had the authority to do so. He forgave a sinful woman and forgave the sins of a paralysed man who was lowered through the roof. But ultimately Jesus went to the Cross as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, grief and shame. Also, he forgave those who crucified him. We too are to forgive. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.” (Eph 4:32)