About Us

My name is Derek Jellick, my wife Lenore and I Pastor the Tikipunga Baptist Church.

I am a first generation follower of Jesus Christ in my family, which makes me a white sheep in the family.

We were saved in 1994, and began to attend Tiki. That’s the very short version!!

I had a Word from God almost immediately that I was going to lead these people, no dates of course. Fifteen years later, much water under the bridge and it came to pass.

We’ve been involved over those years in all different areas of ministry from youth outreach (Drop in Centre), to worship, preaching, practical helps and eventually at church leadership level.
Over that time I believe God has given me visions of what He's going to do in the church and through the church.
We have been implementing different aspects of that over the last three years as Pastors.

In a simple kind of way I love the outdoors; pig hunting, deerstalking, fishing and diving, so when God said to me "get back to the basics" that suited me fine.

Jesus has a passion for the lost (Luke 19:10) and so do I.
I believe the Gospel is still the Power of God for Salvation to everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)

I believe Jesus Christ the Messiah suffered and died on Calvary's cross paying the penalty for our sin; He purchased our salvation, our peace and our wholeness. (Isaiah 53:5)

I believe in believers full emersion baptism in obedience to the Word of God and as a demonstration of dying to self and rising to new life in Christ.

I believe the Holy Spirit is God's Spirit at work in the world today. He abides in every Spirit filled believer. He is our comforter and guide, and leads us into all truth; He testifies of Jesus. (John 16:12-15)

He empowers us to witness, He empowers us to follow Jesus and He authenticates the preaching of the Word with signs and wonders. (Hebrews 2:4) (Romans 15:15-19)

Tiki is a place where God's love changes lives and gives people hope and is known as a loving caring community of people.
We want to see people come to know the Lord and to grow up in Him; no matter how old they may be physically, learning to hear His voice and to be led by Him. (Ephesians 4:11)

We want to see the Body of Christ rise up in power and authority and truly be a light of the world.
I hope you’ll call in and visit us.

Pastor Derek

Cnr. Kiripaka Rd. & Heretaunga St. Whangarei