Here’s a bit about who we are.
What we believe
We are a Gospel centered, Bible believing, Family Friendly Church. We hold the Scriptures, as God’s word, to be without error and having authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe an accurate and beautiful summation of Biblical doctrine is expressed in the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. As such all of our Pastors, Elders, and Deacons hold to this confession, and all biblical teaching within our church will be in agreement with this confession.
It is our prayer that
“...this small volume may aid the cause of the glorious gospel by testifying plainly what are its leading doctrines. This little volume is not issued as an authoritative rule, or code of faith, whereby you are to be fettered, but as an assistance to you in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness. Here the younger members of our church will have a body of divinity in small compass, and by means of the Scriptural proofs, will be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them."
Quote from C. H. Spurgeon
Ian’s passion is that the people of God might be built up in all the means of grace and especially through the preaching of the word of God. That in this way we might live lives pleasing to God, full of prayer, holiness, and gospel proclamation. Ian is married to Angelene and has four children. Ian loves the outdoors, especially hunting (but don’t worry, very few animals have ever been harmed by him).
Philip with his wife Nahomi and three children immigrated from Chennai in India in 2005. He works as an accountant in an Auckland firm. Philip conducts regular Bible studies for Tamil-speaking people in Auckland. He loves reading theological books. He also has a keen interest in books and documentaries that deal with the days leading to the two world wars, and their aftermath. He loves to watch cricket and NBA. His great joy has been to see his children come to faith and go on to serve the Lord.
Abraham describes himself as a sinner saved by God’s amazing grace. He lived a sinful God-hating life before the Lord encountered him through a Youtube video where he had heard the preaching of the gospel. He was not attending a Church or friends with any Christians at the time but at the moment of being born again (John 3:3) he desired to be with God’s people. By God’s grace he has been attending South City for 6 years, serves as a Deacon and has a passion for God’s word to be proclaimed to the lost through evangelism. Abraham is happily married to his wife Shonelle and they are blessed with four children. Abraham loves spending time with his family, enjoys watching combat sports & playing video games.
Though I was born and brought up in a Christian household, I was not a stranger to sin. I came to know Jesus as my Saviour at a later age when I realized how sinful I was in my thoughts and actions. My sins never bothered me until God opened my eyes and convicted me. I had a great guilt which was removed later when I understood that God will not condemn me for my sins (Romans 4:7-8). God has transformed me and I am no longer the person I used to be and he is still sanctifying me. Because Jesus has covered me with His righteousness, I have the joy and hope of eternal life. I want to spend my earthly life serving Him and His church to the best of my abilities. I am happily married to Hannah and blessed with two children.
In God’s providence, South City church came into existence in September 2014, with 15 founding members. Alfie Orr was the pastor with Dave Aiken and Philip Dhinakar as deacons. The first service was held on 7 September 2014, at 11 Alicante Avenue, Manurewa.
From 9 November 2014, the church started meeting at Waimahia Intermediate School in Clendon. This was where South City’s Sunday School started with a single child. On 22 July 2018, the church started meeting at our current location at 83 Maplesden Drive in Clendon Park.
John Bycroft has been a vital part of South City Church since its inception. The church is grateful to the Lord for his commitment, devotion and generosity.
Alfie Orr continued to pastor the church till his retirement in July 2021, when Ian Goodman took over from him.