• Reinforce understandings of Biblical foundations
  • Encourage intentional spiritual practices
  • Help people to identify and operate in their spiritual gifts


  • Be welcoming, friendly and hospitable
  • Grow in bi-cultural and multi-cultural understanding
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful relationships
  • Respond to practical needs
  • Have fun together


  • Value all ages contributions
  • Facilitate connections across all ages
  • Involve children and youth in core faith practices


  • Foster a missional outlook
  • Equip everyone to talk about Jesus
  • Be a people of spirit and influence


  • Collaborate with other churches
  • Serve those in need
  • Support community projects
  • Reach out to SIT

Our Mission Statement:
Love God, love others.

meet the team


Keith grew up in Invercargill,  lived in Auckland for some years, then went to Missionary Training College in Tasmania, where he met his lovely wife Ros. After they married,  they were called from Melbourne back to Invercargill to plant and pastor Eastside Baptist. Their two children Emily and Zac were born here. After ten years, they moved to Taupo where Keith was senior pastor for 13 years. In 2016, they returned to take up the senior pastor role at ICBC. Keith loves playing tennis, DIY and reading.

DERRICK HILLS Associate Pastor

Derrick is married to Jill, and they have three living adult offspring (Campbell, married to Chloe, Gabrielle married to Inoke and Charlotte married to Dave). Nathan our second son died in 2016 after a prolonged illness. My interests revolve around seeing people grow in Christ, Christian community, and my own personal theological reflection. I enjoy family times (especially a young grand-daughter), reading, producing firewood, and tramping.

BRONWYN ELDER Children + Families Pastor

Bronwyn grew up on a farm outside of Winton and attended Central Baptist in her high school years.  She studied at Otago University and later at Teachers College during which time she met her husband, Nick.  They have four young children, Isaac, Benjamin, Emma-Grace and Levi.  Bronwyn taught in Gore for five years before they moved closer to Invercargill.  She took up the Children and Family pastor role at the beginning of 2017.  Bronwyn enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends and reading. She is also studying by distance at Carey College.

JEREMY THOM Youth + Young Adults Pastor

Jeremy grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Being a pastors kid meant he lived in quite a few places from the Eastern Cape to Natal. Eventually, whilst studying at Bible College in Cape Town, he met his gorgeous wife Tanya. In 2008, they moved to New Zealand to take up the youth pastor position at Whitby Baptist (now North Porirua Baptist) in Wellington, where they spent five happy years during which their two children Noah and Zoe were born. They moved to Auckland in 2013 to take up the position of Youth Director at Greenlane Christian Centre, before embarking on two years of theological study which lead him to Southland and Central Baptist. Jeremy is passionate about the great big gospel of Jesus Christ, rugby and meat in all its glorious forms.

CANDICE HUME Church Administrator

Candice is responsible for the day to day running of the office. Her hours are 9am to 12pm Monday-Friday. Candice grew up in Invercargill and after 20 years away (first in Dunedin, then Christchurch) recently returned with her husband Duncan and daughter Natalie. Prior to working at Central Baptist Church, Candice was a lab manager and technician in Plant Pathology. She also works as a freelance editor and proofreader. Her interests include getting outdoors, reading, films, baking and spending time with family and friends.