Our Staff and Elders

Brian Winslade

Senior Pastor

E: bwinslade@hcbc.nz

Brian and Liz joined the HCBC team in April 2014, returning to NZ after six years ministry in Australia and the USA. They have been in continuous ministry since 1979, including roles as a youth pastor, regional youth director, missionary service in Bangladesh and Senior Pastor of four multiple staff churches.

From 2001 to 2006 Brian served as the National Leader (CEO) of the Baptist Union of New Zealand, and from 2008 to 2011 as the National Director of the Baptist Union of Australia.
Brian is a graduate of the NZ Baptist Theological College and Bethel University, MN, U.S.A. from which he holds a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Brian’s dominant spiritual gifts are in leadership and teaching. Over the years he has traveled extensively training church leaders and consulting on mission, church health and growth, and has been a frequent speaker at church leadership conferences in a number of parts of the world. At heart, he and Liz are local church people. They believe in what the local church can be as a redemptive community of faith, and in helping shape God’s people into a dynamic missional force for the kingdom of God.

Brian enjoys good coffee, walking, playing golf (badly) and watching a diverse range of sports. Brian and Liz have three adult children and six grandchildren.

John Lockley

Associate Pastor

E: jlockley@hcbc.nz

John joined the staff at HCBC in October 2016 as Associate Pastor with responsibility for pastoral care, small group ministry, evangelism and community ministries. John is a long term member of the church who has served as an elder and as the chair of the Te Whānau Pūtahi Trust.
John comes from an education background where he was a secondary teacher then university lecturer and education researcher, publishing in the fields of technology education, curriculum and pedagogy development and sustainability education. He is currently undertaking studies in theology to add to a life’s experience of Christian ministry, including international student ministry and being the chair of the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank Trust.
John is a people person with well-developed governance and leadership skills.
John is married to Verity and together they have four adult children. John enjoys; gardening, reading, singing with the Hamilton Community Gospel Choir, and spending time in the outdoors boating and getting ‘off grid’ motor homing.

Olivia Hitchcock

Associate Pastor - Children's Ministries

E: ohitchcock@hcbc.nz

Olivia and Gareth joined the HCBC team in 2016 as the Children and Families Pastor. She did her Bachelor of Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College. On graduation Olivia received a call to be Youth and Children Pastor in a West Auckland Church, where she served for five and half years.

More recently Olivia has been working for Corrections, being a part of a team focusing on the rehabilitation of prisoners and working with volunteers. During this time Gareth and Olivia married and had a daughter, Briella. Together they have served as volunteers in their home church, in a variety of roles.

Olivia is passionate about seeing children develop a faith of their own and having a real connection to their church. She is looking forward to working with parents like herself and assisting them to raise our children in the faith

Olivia enjoys a good long black, playing with her daughter, spending time with her family, supporting Freeset and quilting. Gareth is a trained Primary School Teacher.

Nathan Cunliffe

Associate Pastor - Youth Ministries

E: ncunliffe@hcbc.nz

Nathan and Catherine joined the HCBC team in 2010 leading our youth ministry. Following a number of years as a furniture maker Nathan received a call to put down his trade tools to study at Carey Baptist College.

HCBC first called Nathan to lead the youth ministry as an intern while he completed his Bachelor of Applied Theology degree at Carey. In September 2010, Nathan was commissioned as Youth Pastor.

Prior to his academic study, Nathan also spent four years as part of a youth leadership team in Tauranga which gave him an excellent ministry foundation, and forming the basic principles of servant leadership and building small groups through authentic relationships.

Nathan’s aim is to develop devotion to Christ through discipleship as Jesus asked in the great commission. He sees a significant need to train youth leaders in the challenging task of leading their peers in Christian discipleship.

Nathan is married to Catherine, a trained school teacher, also with theological training. They have four children, Joshua, Laura, Kate and Harvey.

Shane Vink

Mission Leader - Te Whanau Putahi

E: shane.vink@tewhanauputahi.org

Shane joined the HCBC team in 2015, as the Mission Leader of Te Whānau Pūtahi a mission outreach connected with HCBC and serving the communities of Fairfield and Enderley.

Shane is married to Rachel and currently they have no children. Shane and Rachel have been involved in TWP since its inception.

For the last ten years Shane has led the Waikato branch of OAC (Outreach and Church Ministries). Shane has a passion to reach out to the community’s of Fairfield and Hamilton and is committed to youth and children’s ministry. Shane and Rachel believe that God is doing a great work amongst Maori in Fairfield and around Aotearoa.


Glenda Caradus

CAP Debt Centre Manager (Christians Against Poverty)

E: glenda.caradus@capnz.org

Glenda has attended HCBC since 2003 and joined the Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre team as a debt coach in 2014 becoming the Debt Centre Manager in September 2015. The CAP Debt centre helps people struggling with unmanageable debt.

Glenda has a career background in teaching (secondary and early childhood) and currently has a national role in adult education with NZ Playcentre. Glenda was the leader of the intermediate age ministry for 10 years and has been on several short term mission trips.

Glenda is married to John and they have three adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Glenda enjoys the great outdoors, gardening and seeing others empowered to fulfil their potential.

Liz Winslade

HIPPY Hamilton Coordinator

E: lwinslade@hcbc.nz

Liz Winslade was appointed as the HIPPY Hamilton Coordinator in January 2015, after working as an early childhood educator for more than 35 years. She has held various teaching positions, including Head Teacher of two early childhood education centres.

Hamilton Central Baptist Church is the first provider in Hamilton for HIPPY, an international programme preparing pre-school children for school through resourcing parents to interact with their children’s process of learning. HIPPY is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment programme that builds the confidence and skills of parents to create a positive learning environment.

Liz is married Brian Winslade (HCBC’s Senior Pastor). They have lived in four countries throughout their married life, including a stint as missionaries in Bangladesh. Liz enjoys good coffee, reading, social media and catching up with friends. Liz and Brian have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Janene Forlong

Worship Director

E: worship@hcbc.nz

Janene is a passionate worshiper, musician and songwriter. Originally from Christchurch, Janene moved to the north Island to go to Faith Bible College where she met her husband Michael Forlong. Michael and Janene were married in 1987 and in 1988 they moved to Wellington where Michael joined the pastoral team at Lifepoint AOG. In 1993 the now growing family moved to Matamata to plant a church and they worked there for nine years.

Janene and her husband have now been part of Central Baptist Church for over 13 years and Janene has been the Director of Worship for ten of those years. In 2016 Janene wrote her first book, ‘Where Fear Rules.’ She is passionate about Gods restoration work and her interests include fashion, design, cats, roses, her family and of course music.

Support Staff

Tammy Lynn John – Receptionist

Kelvyn Fairhall – Accountant

Molly Thetford – Accounts Clerk



Ian Brown

Nancy Caiger

Andrew Darby

Jan Kane

John Lockley

Robert McClue

Nicky Nunn

Brian Winslade