Our Team

It’s everyone!

At Trinity, the Ministry Team is never just the paid staff and pastors. We believe that Jesus has given every Christian the gifts and opportunities to serve (minister) to their fellow Christians and to the community around them. We see this happening at Trinity week-in and week-out as people express love to one another, pray for one-another, serve, provide, train and teach.

Ministry Leaders

Our Ministry leaders are responsible for helping our church family grow and mature as Christians in various aspects and to use their gifts for the glory of God.

James Ballinger- Senior Minister

James is married to Charley and they have three sons and a daughter. Wren, Ena, Louis and Rupert. James and his family have recently returned from Japan where they spent several years running a course equipping young Japanese people to teach the Bible and consider full-time word ministry. James first went to church as an adult and is passionate about helping people investigate the claims of Jesus. He loves coffee, walking, and eating good food.

David Thompson – Assistant Minister

David is married to Maria, and they have two sons: Ezra and Micah. Originally from the UK, New Zealand is now home, although no distance can reduce his love of Newcastle United.

Mackenzie Shewan – Church Administrator

Mackenzie is currently studying maths and computer science at Canterbury University alongside her work at Trinity. She loves enabling God’s people to meet and praise Him, especially when it gives her an excuse to use her label maker.

Grace Phillips – Music Director

Grace is a keen pianist and enjoys playing music with her husband, Luke. Grace loves seeing people respond to God’s word through song. She also works as a support worker for Hohepa.

Kyla Horne – Children’s Ministry Director

Kyla loves to see children come to know God and grow in their knowledge and love of Him each week as they discover more about Him at Sunday School each week. When she isn’t teaching Sunday School Kyla works as a neuroscientist and loves spending time in her garden or cooking with her husband, Paul.

Tim Wilson – Warden

John McKie – Warden


Trinity is governed by a Parish Council, comprised of the Senior Minister and ordained assistant clergy, Churchwardens, and elected Vestry Members and the Treasurer. The Wardens, along with the Vicar, are the legal officers of the church.

Our Vestry for 2024 is:

Senior Minister: James Ballinger

Churchwardens: John McKie & Tim Wilson

Treasurer: David Wong

Vestry Members: Kyla Horne (Synod Rep), Joy Penno (Synod Rep), Martin Winder, Rob Vosslamber, and Sam Butcher, Nick Cook