From the beginning of 2023 Rev Sione Tesimale is the minister for Whangaparaoa Parish.
Rev Andrew Gamman is working in the Waitoki and Wainui districts.
Sione, is a New Zealand born of Tongan & Samoan descent, and has been involved in the Methodist Ministries for 20+ years as a lay preacher, youth leader as well as facilitating men’s, couples and family workshops. Sione is married to his wife Sandra and blessed with four children; Mina, Sam, Isaac and Sinaita. In his spare time, he spends it doing family outings and supporting his children with their extracurricular activities.
Sione, has a background in counselling of over 20 years. He brings his knowledge of working with all backgrounds, cultures, all ages and different world views. His hope is for a Parish to be a safe environment that gives you the freedom to seek, explore and recognise what God has called you to be. Sione, believes that it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit that individuals will feel heard, treasured and loved wholeheartedly. He is looking forward to working alongside everyone in the Parish, to inspire and encourage each person to reach their full potential. Therefore, achieving the church mission: “To proclaim in word and action the transforming gospel of Christ.”
Andrew is a previous minister in the Parish and was employed again in 2020 to head up outreach in the Waitoki and Wainui area. He is married with four children and four grandchildren. On his days off he is in his boat, just out of sight from Manly Beach, catching snapper for tea.
Andrew’s ministry background is in church planting, pastoral leadership, theological education and publishing. His colourful and varied ministry has included such diverse activities as being an on-air radio host, visiting field projects in Outer Mongolia with World Vision International, staying in a Hutterite Community and touring European Reformation sites with a group of Schwenckfelders