Iliafi Esera is married to Fia and they are the Senior Ministers of the Faith City Church Wanganui. The Esera’s have been the Senior Ministers of the church for over twenty one years. They are held in high regard within the city of Wanganui among both the church and the un-churched. Faith City Church is a vibrant assembly and it is distinctly Pentecostal. It is a church with a distinct sound and leads the City in the areas of praise and worship. It is active in missions not only locally but internationally. The church is the proprietor of Faith City School which is one of the most respected schools in the city. The School is part of the church’s outreach into the community and has for many years made a significant impact on the generations of the city, many of whom have gone on to excel in the fields of medicine, education, law, music, sports and technology just to mention a few.
The Esera’s are leaders in the faith to many pastors and Christian ministers across the globe, speaking regularly across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands, Asia the USA and Russia. Ps Iliafi is currently the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in New Zealand, a role which he has fulfilled since 2011. Ps Iliafi is a missionary at heart and is happiest when he is ministering cross-culturally. His passion for God and for people is contagious and his desire to see people live their Christianity in a practical way is well known. Pastor Iliafi loves young people and will go out of his way to mentor and train young people to fulfill their God given destinies.
Pastors Iliafi and Fia are also pioneers at heart and have helped with pioneering and church planting work in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, as well as Australia, the USA, India and Russia. The Esera’s have been in pastoral ministry for twenty nine years and they have eight children and ten grandchildren.
Steve was born and raised in Taranaki. His spiritual journey was shaped in the local Presbyterian Church until his early teens. He was saved in 1976 while a second year teacher trainee at Palmerston North and married Pip in 1977. They initially planned to become missionaries.
Steve taught 10 -13 year olds around the lower North Island for nine years, becoming a Senior Teacher, Department Head, Beginning Teacher Trainer and a National Curriculum Writer for Science for that age level.
They attended Hawera A/G where Steve was baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit in 1982. He resigned teaching to become the church administrator in 1986 In 1988, they became the Senior Pastors and served in Hawera for another 12 years, during which time they planted three churches.
In 2000, they became Senior Pastors of citywestchurch. Steve has served as Regional Overseer for the West Coast Region for twelve years. Pip is also a staff member and has served the movement as National Woman’s Ministries Coordinator for the last three years. They are blessed with four amazing children, all married and aged between 27 and 34 and 2 grandchildren.
Having served on the National Executive for a single term, Steve’s passion is to see our movement continue to expand and flourish in influence across all ethnicities and ages. He has coordinated for the movement the sale and purchase process for the new National Office. His heart to raise and mentor young leadership, has built an amazing team in his own church. He brings 27 years of ministry experience to the executive. Steve and Pip maintain a passionate heart for missions.
Whiromena (Mina) Acraman
Mina Acraman has pastored Hastings Assembly of God with her husband, Dennis, for 20 years in a “Priscilla and Aquila” leadership style. She has held a credential with NZAG for 13 years and has 35 years of ministry experience in this fellowship at local church, regional and national levels, including church planting.
Mina has been a pioneer and leader in NZAG women’s ministry – from initiating conferences for hundreds in the early 90’s to smaller mentoring groups for our nation’s key leaders currently.
The gift on Mina’s life has taken her to many nations. In each of these ministry contexts, Mina has found herself amongst Christian leaders as much as their congregations. Her ethnicity gives her acceptance nationally and internationally along with her capacity to operate in the Holy Spirit.
Mina has a strong preaching and exhortative gift, ministering from life-tested perspectives, encouraging both men and women. She passionately believes that people can “rise and become who God has uniquely created them to be”; that each person has a destiny that is revealed through faith and courage despite all impediments; and that indigenous perspectives can be a significant part of that divine positioning.
Mina is well-connected to key leaders outside of NZAG, adding to her breadth of influence.
Mina comes from a large Maori Iwi; she and Dennis have five grandchildren who are the love of their lives.
Terry was ordained in 1999 by A/G NZ while still a grocery manager of a local New World; prior to that he served in New Zealand Army’s two rifle battalions. In March 2000 he became a fulltime assistant pastor of the then Waitomo Christian Fellowship (now Journey church). In January 2001 he became and still is the senior pastor.
Together with his wife Terry has experienced the highs and lows of pastoral life. He understands the challenges of being in a rural town and having limited resources. He knows the power of vision having travelled many times to Rwanda as part of Hope Rwanda, and has witnessed the significant after-affect on his church.
Terry’s church presently enjoys a healthy season of growth. Firstly because of the grace of God; secondly, because the church grew with Terry as he completed his MA in leadership through Alphacrucis.
Terry’s passion is to see churches excel with powerful ministry/leadership teams. He believes that each local church exists to be a present channel of Gods life and love.
Roy originally came from Christian Life Centre, Sydney, in 1979, to study at Christian Life Bible College and completed his diploma in 1980. Following his graduation, he remained in the Lower Hutt Assembly and has since been involved in most areas of that church’s life and leadership. After working for Telecom NZ for eleven years he came onto the church staff in 1992 as the Assistant Pastor.
In 1996 he became the Senior Pastor and in that year was also appointed as the Principal of the Wellington Regional Bible School, an extension training centre of the Advance Ministry Training Centre, Auckland, and remained its principal till its closure in 2002. He was a member of the Board of Advance Ministry Training Centre, Auckland, from 1997 till 2006.
As the senior pastor he, with the leadership team, has led the church (now known as “Hutt City Church”) through a period of transition and he considers it a great privilege to be working with the team as they minister together to the church congregation and reach out to the local community.
Roy has been the A/G NZ Regional Overseer for the Wellington Region since 2003, with a one year gap in 2006.
He is married to Maxine and they have three adult daughters and an eight year old grandson.
Roy’s passion is to mobilise, equip and release people to fulfil their potential and destiny in God and, to this end, is willing to serve in the movement in any capacity that enables him to do so.
La’u has been involved in the Assemblies of God in New Zealand for many years serving mainly in the Samoan churches. He was born again in Samoa in 1969 while studying in Avele College, Apia Western Samoa; and then travelled to New Zealand in 1976 for further education. He served in Porirua Samoan A/G for a number of years in various positions including oversight of the youth for many years.
He is married to Nancy and they have two sons Makisua and Charles and daughter Rose who all love and continually serve the Lord. Lau and Nancy have recently taken on the role of leading the Samoan churches with A/G NZ.
In 1979, La’u and Nancy moved to Napier to pastor the Napier Samoan A/G, and have seen the church grow and expand and have in the past three years built a new church seating 1000 people on a ten acre property. God has blessed them and they have reached not only to their Samoan people but across the borders to other cultures and nations. They both have a passion for missions and often travel on mission teams.
Pat Lamborn found Christ on a farm in 1974 as a 19 year, was baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit and never looked back! He farmed in Northland with his wife Margie and growing family until they were both attended the Assemblies of God Bible College in Sandringham before going on staff at the then West City Christian Centre in Glendene, Auckland. In 1998 they accepted a call to Timaru Assembly of God, now Connect Community Church. During the 14 years they led the church they saw steady growth and the development of a great team of young leaders and highly mobilised members deeply involved in the church and their community. At the end of 2012 they handed the church on and moved into Christchurch to begin a new church plant there. Connect Church (Christchurch) started public services 6 months ago and is meeting in Cashmere. They are enjoying the challenge!
Pat had been a Regional Overseer in the South Island for six years prior to being elected onto the National executive four years ago. He currently the Overseas Missions facilitator for the movement and is a NZ Police Chaplain.
Pat and Margie have been blessed with 5 children, 4 now married, and 9 grandkids.
Peter is married to Annette and they have 3 grown children now living in various parts of the world. Peter is currently Senior Pastor of Nations Church in Dunedin and loves South Island life (snow and all).
Peter comes from a primary teaching background. He first pastored Marton Assembly of God for several years before moving to Auckland to take over the Avondale church which was struggling at the time. Over a period of almost 16 years Peter and Annette worked to grow and build a stable multi-cultural church in Avondale. During that time they learned a great deal about cross-cultural ministry and learned to appreciate the joys and struggles of working cross-culturally. Out of that valuable ministry experience was birthed a desire to see our movement grow into a true multi-cultural movement where each culture is respected and honoured. In March 2011 Peter & Annette moved to Dunedin as Senior Pastors of Nations Church.
Peter served as Auckland Regional overseer for two years prior to completing his first two-year term on the Assemblies of God Executive. He graduated in 2010 with an MA (leadership) from Sydney College of Divinity and Alphacrucis. He is also a part-time lecturer in Homiletics and Leadership studies at Alphacrucis. He desires to see the Assemblies of God growing as a relational movement, where each pastor feels supported and encouraged in the work they are called to do, no matter how large or small the church they lead. He also would like to see our ministerial training programme continue to develop so that our churches have available to them a wide variety of well-trained ministers at a variety of levels. He believes the Assemblies of God has a great future in New Zealand. The best is yet to come!