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Our Team

Ian & Christine Grant

Pastor & Pastor's Wife

Ian and his wife Christine were married in 1979 and have lived in various locations in NZ and overseas. They moved to Taupo in mid 2020 to be closer to their family. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. Ian has worked as an architect for government agencies and in private practice. Today he pastors Grace Presbyterian Church here in Taupo. Ian holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auckland University and a Master of Theology degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, USA. ​

Peter & Margaret Reynolds

Elder & Elder's Wife

Peter was raised in Auckland in a Christian home where he made an early profession of faith. His tertiary education included a B.Ag.Com at Lincoln University in NZ, followed by an M.Div and D.Min at Westminster Theological Seminary, and a ThM at Covenant Theological Seminary, both in the United States.
From 1984 until 2015 Peter has been church planting and pastoring in South Auckland, teaching at Grace Theological College in the area of counselling, apologetics, hermeneutics and preaching, and working as a counsellor and conciliator with Grace Counselling and Conciliation Services.
Peter’s wife Margaret has also worked as a counsellor with qualifications gained both in NZ, and a Master’s in counselling from Covenant Seminary (USA). She and Peter together counsel with couples. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. They live in Auckland and visit with the Taupo congregation whenever possible. Peter considers it a privilege to be an elder in Grace Church Taupo, meeting monthly with Ian and Steve, and looking to the Lord to raise up elders from within the Taupo congregation as the Lord provides and enables.

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Steve & Eva Panapa

Elder & Elders Wife

Steve and Eva have been married for 47 years and have been blessed with 7 children and 13 grandchildren.
Steve has been in pastoral ministry since 2000. His ministry began at Trinity Church, a new church plant in Takanini, then he was called south to Catlins Evangelical Church for 3 years, Grace Church Invercargill for 6 months, and then returned back north to Trinity Takanini.
In 2010 they planted a church in Rotorua. Due to medical reasons, they returned to Auckland in 2017. Steve presently pastors Providence Presbyterian Church, South Auckland.
Steve is very pleased to support Ian and Christine Grant and the church as they seek to preach Christ in all his majesty, glory and humility here in Taupo.

Luke & Lauren Sheldrake

Elder & Elders Wife

Luke and his wife Lauren moved to New Zealand nearly 6 years ago from the North of England. They have 5 young children and enjoy life together out on the East Coast in Gisborne. After completing a Masters degree in Theology (Kings Evangelical Divinity School) Luke was ordained as the Pastor of Grace Church Gisborne, where he enjoys preaching, evangelising and equipping the Saints for works of ministry. As regular holiday goers to Taupo, both Luke and Lauren share a heart for the church here and long to see the church flourish and grow in the grace of God. Luke gladly serves with the other Elders in supporting Grace Taupo.

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