about acconz v2

Russell and Noelle Carle

Russell and Noelle Carle and their family came to New Zealand in 1995 as missionaries with the Advent Christian General Conference of America. They pastored the Takanini Church of Christ (Life & Advent), the same church that Jack and Connie Jones (also Advent Christian missionaries from USA) had pastored many years ago. Russell and Noelle returned to the USA in 1999.

David and Tarnya Burge

In 1998 David and Tarnya Burge and their growing family joined the Carle family and David began working with Russell as an Associate Pastor at Takanini Church of Christ and as a church planter. When Russell and Noelle returned to the USA David pastored the church until he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. He died in July 2010.

Jefferson and Penny Vann

The leadership of the New Zealand Conference sought assistance from the Advent General Christian Conference in the United States and requested that Jeff and Penny Vann, who had recently returned home after serving for 13 years at Oro Bible College in the Philippines, be released to come and help them during David’s illness. ACGC graciously agreed, as did Jeff and Penny, and they served as “pastors-at large,” during 2010, assisting several churches and the Advent Christian Conference New Zealand. They returned to the USA in early 2011.

Advent Christian Conference in New Zealand

The Advent Christian Conference in New Zealand was established in 1998. ACMissioNZ was adopted as the official channel for mission support among ACCONZ churches.

Our First Church Plant

The Randwick Park Christian LIFE Church (now Christian LIFE Church) had its first meeting at 4.30 pm, on Sunday 6th March, 1999, at the Randwick Park Community House. Since then we have shifted house. We now meet on Tuesday evenings as a separate fellowship in the lounge on the Takanini Church of Christ premises.

Prayer And Fellowship

Every ministry needs prayer support. We are thrilled that a Prayer Fellowship group started in West Auckland in May of 2000. This group meets to pray specifically for the needs of ACCONZ people, churches and ministries. We covet this prayer support and realise that we must constantly bring each and every care before our God who answers prayer. The group meets on the first Sunday of every month – originally at the home of Rob and Patricia Carr in West Auckland. Now (2010) the meeting rotates around the churches in Takanini, Thames and Hamilton, giving the opportunity for fellowship as well as time for prayer.

Time At Thames

David and associate worker Garry Schäche began travelling down to Thames every second week to assist with running a LIFE Group in association with the Thames Church of Christ. This group was designed to teach and equip the church folk for ‘lifestyle evangelism’ and to conduct Bible study. The group was advertised in the local community and special events were held at the church. The group began to grow and it has been a great time of fellowship.

In 2008 Gavin and Alison McIntosh (pictured) undertook the pastoral work at Thames, now named the Parawai Church of Christ. This reduced the workload for David and Garry, but they and other ACCONZ members have continued to be closely involved with the Thames folk.


Our Churches

ACCONZ now has 5 member churches:


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