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.