On a cold October morning in 1925, a group gathered on a plot of land on the corner of Blockhouse Bay and New North Road.The land was dedicated to God and soon the small, committed group began building their church.
Avondale Baptist Church opened its doors on the 21st of March 1926 with 26 members. As the years rolled by there was one thing clear – this was a church with a heart.
The church sent its first missionary to the Sudan in 1933. Giving support, over the years, to others who chose to spread God’s word overseas. Today we partner with three missionary families in different parts of the world.
But the focus of the vibrant church has been the community it lives in and the people who surround it. Children ministries have thrived as has the call to recognise the role of women in ministry. Mrs. Joan Black becoming the church’s first woman deacon in 1974. Calling Rev Beryl Turner as Assistant Pastor in the late 1980’s, showed courage. Placing Avondale a step ahead of other Churches in this era.
The needs of the community continued to be at the front of most people’s minds. A successful Toy Library, adding cheer to children in the area. Government funded Works Schemes helped many unemployed find permanent jobs. Bringing us to our current ministries: English Conversation Classes, Kids Discovery Club and partnering with VisionWest Budgeting Services.
The past has shaped who we are in Avondale Baptist, but the present and future is in the hands of God. And He has an exciting future for this church and community – at this busy intersection in Avondale. Plans for the next 3-5 years will continue to surprise and delight everyone.
The Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past, or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already – can you see it now?” - Isaiah 43:18-19
David Jenkins (MTS), with his wife Dorothy, have been involved in Christian ministries throughout their adult lives, beginning with missionary work in Irian Jaya (now Papua), Indonesia. Later, David became pastor in several NZ churches, including the NZ Baptist Centennial Project where he and Dorothy planted churches in Paihia, Kerikeri and Russell. From 2012-2018 David was part-time Senior Pastor at Mangere Bridge Baptist. He has also held two Interim Pastor positions with Avondale Baptist being his third. His other ministries have included leadership of Mission Agencies, Bible College lecturing, church leader Internship Training, and brief roles with World Vision and Habitat for Humanity. David and Dorothy have a daughter Deran (1970), son Murray (1972), and five grandsons.
Suzanne was born in the Waikato. She has lived in Auckland since 1985 and is married to Roy. She has a varied background in adminstration and has worked in several church offices. She has been at ABC since 2014 and enjoys the variety and challenges working for a church brings. She can be found in the Church Office Mondays-Thursdays from 9am-2pm.
At Avondale Baptist Church we have a diverse group of elders who come from different backgrounds. Some have been in the church for more than two decades and they have held senior positions in the business world. But they all bring humility and servitude and are committed to serve the church and the local community. The eldership follows the ministry led model but ultimately, believes that Jesus Christ is our leader and we all are his followers. The team is made up of: Martin Roberts (Chair), Beulah Wood, Gayle Balogh and Rena Bowling.