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Wanaka New Life Church Leadership Team



John Turnbull

Deacon and Trustee

John and Cherie have been a part of Wanaka Christian Fellowship/New Life since 1979 and is the church where their family (Aimee, Fergus, Christopher, Susan & Campbell) have grown up in. They have variously been involved as Elders, Deacons, Trustees, House Group Leaders, Worship Team, Sunday School, and Crèche. John and Cherie count it a privilege to have been associated with ministries from Tony and Kay Wiltshire (founding Pastors) to Wayne and Judy presently, having been closely connected through many types of life experiences and ministry.


Ian & Dawn Taylor

Deacons and Trustees

Ian and Dawn have  been part of Wanaka New Life Church for all of the time they have lived in Wanaka, Ian for over 30 years, Dawn almost as long. They have held various roles from Sunday School teaching to Church Treasurer and they have held Deacons and Trustees roles for the last eight years. They have been married for 29 years and have 3 adult children Caleb, Tiffany and Daria.


Peter & Lisa Cartlidge

Deacons, Mens Ministry, Mums Group and Social Support

Peter and Lisa moved to Wanaka in 2007 from Christchurch, after hearing the call from God to bring their family here and start a new business. Peter is the co-owner of a custom home audio installation company, and Lisa works in childcare. They have four daughters called Gracie, Chloe, Amelia and Emma, aged from 5-11 years. They have a big heart for hospitality and love to serve wherever there is a need, both inside and outside of the church community. During their time at Wanaka New Life Church they have been youth leaders for an extended time, but now focus on the men's ministry and mums group, as well as attending to social needs in the church as they arise.


Judy Ward

Music Director

Judy has been playing in music teams since a teenager and leading teams since her early twenties.  She loves to take people with musical ability and a heart to worship and see them step out and develop in their gifting.  Coupling what they bring with the Holy Spirit’s anointing she has seen people who would have never had a chance in a large church minister in amazing ways. All of Wayne and Judy’s children have gone on to minister in church music teams at various times also.


Heather Churchill

Women's Ministry

Heather has been a part of Wanaka New New Life Church for three years. Previously she lived in Auckland and was part of Life Church, (Pastored by Paul de Jong) involved with Woman's Ministry and Divorce Recovery Ministry Team. She has three grown up children plus three grandchildren, all living in Wanaka area, and they were the reason for her move South. Heather’s passion is to see the broken healed and restored to rightful role God has for them, to bring in the unsaved and to encourage those struggling.


Nathan & Michelle Veysey

Youth Ministry

Nathan and Michelle have been part of Wanaka New Life church for three years, since moving down from Auckland for a lifestyle change in early 2012. Nathan loves the outdoor lifestyle Wanaka provides, mountain biking all Summer and Snowboarding in the Winter. They have been married for four years and have a young Son, Bos. Nathan and Michelle desire to see more Wanaka youth coming into personal, exciting and liberating relationships with Jesus Christ.


Peter & Lyz Dozzi

Mens Support Group, Children's Ministry

Peter and Lyz Dozzi have been involved in the Wanaka New Life Worship team over the past four and a half years as keyboard player and worship leader respectively. Peter is currently leading a men’s study and support group, Lyz is this term’s Children Church leader. They both have a long term involvement in ministry and church life in Australia and have a passion for local church and the advancement of God’s kingdom.