Rev Grant Stewart (Senior Pastor)

pastoral team gary heardRev Grant Stewart joined the pastoral as Senior Pastor in April 2020. Grant is married to Cathy and together they have been engaged in pastoral ministry with the Baptist Church for over thirty-five years, serving Churches both in New Zealand (Mt Roskill and Remuera)and Australia (Mitcham and East Doncaster). Grant trained initially as a Secondary School teacher before spending three years completing an M.Div. through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and an M.Min. through the Melbourne College of Divinity. Father to three adult children and four grandchildren he is an avid sailor and sea-kayaker. Growing up in NZ he spent his early years playing rugby union and squash, then became a keen marathon runner and triathlete before morphing into a Masters Athlete. Grant combined his passion for both Sport and Pastoral work by becoming the inaugural Sports Chaplain ('Rev') with the Melbourne Storm Rugby League team, serving for the past twenty seasons, from early 2000 until the present. Grant has also been involved in advocacy and mediation work, is a qualified Spiritual Director and is trained in Church Health Coaching and Consultancy, spending four years serving as a Regional Minister for the Baptist Union of Churches in Victoria, Australia.

Sharyn White (Associate Pastor - Families, Community and Connections)

Sharyn WhiteSharyn joined the pastoral team at Ashburton Baptist Church in February 2021.

Sharyn was 13 years old when she and her family were introduced to Jesus and over the following years helped to plant two new churches before she joined the team at Werribee Baptist Church. Married to Scott and mother of three, Sharyn is passionate about the local church and enjoys creating inclusive and welcoming environments and facilitating connections between the church and local community.