For a few years, folks from Grace Baptist Church have been conducting Sunday afternoon meetings, along with children’s holiday programs in Rolleston where two of their families lived. This included one elder and a deacon. Since near the beginning of 2013 they teamed up with a few other families from St. John’s of Latimer Square and one family from St. Saviour’s.
Each church has had a vision for seeing a new church established in Rolleston in the near future – partly because of the families they have living there, but also because of what is happening in Rolleston.
The fastest-growing town in New Zealand
Rolleston is now the fastest growing town in New Zealand. Since the earthquakes there has been a systematic plan to shift much of the housing in the Christchurch area south. As a result, Rolleston has grown from a town of about 2,000 before the earthquakes, to a town of 11,000 today, and is planned to be 30,000 to 40,000 over the next decade or so. In addition, once the motorway extension project is complete, Rolleston will be only a 15 to 20 minute drive from Christchurch – including Canterbury University. It is already only 10 minutes from Lincoln University.
This is a place and this is the time to see a church planted in Rolleston.
Called to serve Rolleston
In the Lord’s providence, each of the ministers from these Christchurch churches and most of the families involved knew Joe Fleener from various camps and conferences.
This resulted in Joe being called to consider the pastorate of Rolleston Baptist Church at the beginning of 2014 and affirmatively answering that call in March of that same year.
The Fleeners relocated from Auckland to Rolleston the beginning of August 2014 and officially began services in their home on 14 September 2014!
Our story begins
We eight families, along with thee young adults (approx. 35 people including children) have now come together for the purpose of establishing a Baptist church in Rolleston which we pray the Lord will bless and make a true church which magnifies Christ and faithfully proclaims the gospel in this community.