Leadership and Staff

Senior Pastors

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Pastors Jono and Vanessa Martin are the Senior Pastors at Richmond New Life.  

Pastor Jono has been on full-time staff since 1999.  Along with Pastor Vanessa, he has played a vital role in ministering across the different age groups at Richmond New Life Church.   They both have a desire to see people released into the call of God for their lives and to see people loving and impacting the community around them.

Pastor Jono brings leadership, vision, direction and encouragement to the staff and church while overseeing the team and their various roles.  Pastor Vanessa leads the women's ministries associated with the church while also having visionary and pastoral care input into many other areas.  Pastors Jono and Vanessa are both elders at Richmond New Life Church.

Pastors Jono and Vanessa have five children.

Founding Pastors

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Pastor Steve and Kathy King are the Founding Pastors of Richmond New Life Church.
Together, they have served God in fulltime leadership and ministry since 1980.  Pastor Steve and Kathy are both elders at Richmond New Life Church.

Pastor Steve oversees the pastoral care areas within Richmond New Life Church.  He has a vital role within our local community offering mentoring, support and supervision of leaders from other churches.  Kathy is a qualified counsellor and teacher and has a prophetic gifting.  Pastor Steve and Kathy train and empower people involved in Christian ministry both nationally and internationally.

Pastor Steve and Kathy have five adult children and five grandchildren.

Youth Pastor

whoswho JamesAndKatePastor James Dixon is our Youth pastor.

Along with his wife Kate, James carries a huge passion for young people, worship, and evangelism. James has interned at Richmond New Life and has previously held the position of Intermediates pastor.

Intermediates Pastor

whoswho CliffordAndElainePastor Clifford Lourens is our Intermediates pastor.

Along with his wife Elaine, Clifford has had many years of experience working with, and ministering to children and young people. Together they have served at Richmond New Life for many years in the children’s area in a voluntary capacity.

Children's Ministry

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Jenny Nicholson leads the children's ministries at Richmond New Life. 
She has 14 years of experience working in and leading children's ministries. Jenny's passion is to see each child and young person know and experience God, feel accepted and loved and build good friendships - and from this great foundation to live now and in the future as secure people, loving and serving our amazing God. 
Jenny is married to Chris and they have three children.

Life Groups Pastor

whoswho TrevorAndJudyPastor Trevor Davis champions the Life Groups at Richmond New Life.
Pastor Trevor, and his wife Judith, sow into many peoples lives: encouraging, mentoring and ministering to them. They have a wealth of experience in both ministry and business.


Chris Baigent, Richard Kempthorne, and Andrew Riordan are elders at Richmond New Life along with Pastors Jono and Vanessa and Pastor Steve and Kathy King.
Chris Baigent
Chris is married to Mandy who supports him in his role as an elder.  Together Chris and Mandy have a heart for the church and in particular missions. Chris and Mandy have five adult children.
Richard Kempthorne
Richard has been an elder since the beginning of Richmond New Life.  He is well recognised as a leader in our church and in the local community.  Richard is supported in his roles by his wife Jane. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.
Andrew Riordan
Andrew brings a great perspective to the team. He is married to Sharon and they have 3 adult children and 4 grand children.

Administrative Staff

Jan Higgins and Debbie Manteiga are the administrative staff at Richmond New Life.
Jan Higgins
Jan is the office administrator and has worked in this role for over eight years.  Jan's tasks involve the day to day running of the administration required in a church, she is often the first port of call when you are phoning or visiting the church office. Jan is married to Michael, they have four adult children and four grandchildren.
whoswho RyanAndDebbieDebbie Manteiga
Debbie, along with her husband Ryan and their family, are a much loved part of Richmond New Life. Debbie has previously fulfilled a 3 year internship at Richmond New Life while studying though BCNZ.  She performs a range of roles including overseeing events, design and creative arts, administrative tasks and working in a support role with our senior pastors, Jono and Vanessa.


whoswho LilliLilli Partridge is an intern at Richmond New Life.
Lilli volunteers as an intern, working mainly with Jenny and the team in the children’s and young peoples ministry area. This is for 15 hours per week. Lilli is studying at Annesbrook Leadership College (2 days per week) and also working 10 hours per week as a 24/7 youth worker at Waimea College.