About us - who we are




Welcome to the community of Matamata Bible Church

Matamata Bible Church is an evangelical group of Bible believers
We are community and youth focused with a genuine concern for world missions through financial or practical support including the following:
Mobile Missions Maintenance
Christian Camping New Zealand
and many missionary organisations

Our Vision - just two words

Living Jesus


Build mature obedient Christians

To support each other and teach the Bible in such a way that our church community grows under the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit.

Create a loving community

To live in such a way that all races, gender and social groups find acceptance and love.

Share the message of Christ

To communicate effectively the truth about Jesus Christ and the new life He offers to all who will believe firstly in Matamata and New Zealand and the world.

Core Values

Living as People on a Mission.  Matthew 28:19-20

We are sent people. We will go outside the church into our community. So we will continually ask ourselves: How can I care for the needs of others among the people I come in contact with? We commit ourselves to sharing our faith by coming alongside people where they are at and showing that Jesus loves them by loving support, both in practical care and in what we say.

Loving Community. John 13:34-35

A loving community is a place where everyone is accepted as they are. It is a place where we look for opportunities to serve others and not the other way round. It is a place where everyone is safe from any form of abuse. It is a place where everyone is welcome.

Multi-Generational, God-Centred Worship Service.  Psalm 96:8-9

We are committed to providing, as far as possible, opportunity for all age groups to experience meaningful worship services. Our focus for worship is the majesty and beauty of our God and Saviour.

Effective Small Groups.  Matthew 25:31-46

We are committed to working together in small groups to both support each other and to become an effective force in meeting the needs of the community around us so that the love of Jesus Christ is demonstrated in practical ways.

Truth that Changes Lives.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

We believe that the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to transform lives not merely fill us with information. We value the plain-spoken, culturally appropriate explanation of God's word so that we are equipped for living.

Prayerful Dependence.  James 4:13-16

We recognise that apart from God we can do nothing. We have been called to move out of our comfort zone to further God's mission and we recognise that we are dependent on Him for both specific direction and enablement to do this. So we are committed to prayer seeking God's perspective in all we do so that He is at the centre, and is the focus, of all we do.

Strong Families.  Ephesians 5:21-6:4

We are committed to building strong family relationships. This means supporting men to become better husbands and fathers, women to be better wives and mothers, and children to respect their parents and brothers and sisters. The importance of children will be reflected by an emphasis on youth ministry, with people of all ages contributing to this.

Humble Servanthood.  Mark 10:42-45

We are committed to serving each other - to seeing a need and meeting it. Leadership of others will be underneath supporting and not over above controlling.

Shared Ministry.  1 Peter 4:10

We believe God has gifted each and every believer to be able to contribute to a ministry to others in the church. We will encourage and embrace the contribution of every member.

Lead Teams

A number of teams are involved in ministries in the church and are supported by both an Elders Team and a Ministry Development Team.


Bryce & Christine Anderton
Ross & Gaylene Bay
Brian & Missi Bonnar
Dean & Anita McDonnell
Brent & Heather McIntosh
Ross & Shona Wellington

Ministry Development

Brian Bonnar
Ruth Harkness
Caroline Baker
Andrew Lind
Wade Linnell
Kathy Veltman


A number of people are involved in a variety of the tasks that need to be fulfilled at Matamata Bible Church however the following people may be readily contacted along with members of the Elders and Ministry Development teams who are also listed on this web page.

Caroline Baker

Caroline is our Office Secretary. If you contact the office Caroline may be the person you will speak with. Caroline also takes care of many of the administration tasks that arise in the church

Brian & Missi Bonnar

Missi and I want to see the love of God grown and displayed in peoples life so others will come to know Jesus. Missi has a background in teaching and I was a builder before going into ministry. 

We believe the family of God is bigger than the nuclear family as it incorporates multigenerational and multicultural people to create unity in its diversity. We endeavour to make MBC a safe place, a refuge, where people are able to bring hurts and find healing. In a family everyone is connected in a support network that is able to organically incorporate and grow as people from the community are influenced by the gospel. As people experience the love of God through the family of God, they will better understand what it means to live in relationship with God. Out of the security people have in the family of God they will be able to reach into the community as representatives of Jesus.