Our People

Pastoral Leadership Team

Rev Brett Jones

Brett is the founding pastor of cession|community  and just won’t leave! Brett is passionate about  people reaching their God-given potential. He revels in the village that is a part of who cession|community is becoming. He longs to connect people to their Creator. Brett grew up in Howick and continues to live here with wife Kristen and their 4 children.  He once emptied a bucket of water on his head to make a point. He forgot he was wearing an expensive microphone at the time…Brett currently serves as National Leader for our movement.  Contact Brett here.  Brett’s  Sabbath day is Fri.

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Rev Melissa Powell

Melissa is Associate Pastor to cession|community and a cession original who has  returned for this role.           


Melissa provides Executive/Systems support, Staff supervision and works with Brett on the pastoral team.  Contact Melissa here.

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Our Servant Leaders

cession|community is under the spiritual oversight of our Servant Leaders, who operate as our elders:


Greg Buckley


Jacob Powell
(Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Whātua)

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Sarah Smith

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Rev Brett Jones