Mike and Rebecca Walker started at Whitianga Baptist Church in July 2017, after spending 11 years in Hamilton South Baptist as their Senior Pastor and prior to that Avalon in Lower Hutt and Manurewa in South Auckland.
They got married in 1988 and have three sons, Nathanael; Caleb and Mitchell; who are now adults and no longer live at home, as home left them in Hamilton.
Mike trained both on the job and through study at Carey Baptist Theological College. In paid ministry since 1995 he is also the current Regional Mission Leader of the Waikato Baptist Association.
Mike and Rebecca believe that Church is more like a family than anything else and as such it carries the blessings and stressings of them as well.
Relationships are the most important thing God has given us. This is reflected in his great commandment to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and with all your strength. The other is like it, to love your neighbour as yourself.
So we are called to love God, ourselves and everyone. Sounds easy until others show up, that’s when it gets starts to get hard. This requires grace to be at work, and it is this that allows us to let others be able to “Come as you are”.
That is our invitation, prayer and welcome to you as well.
Nga Mihi Mike