Our People

Pastoral Leadership Team

Pastor 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.

Pastor 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.

Servant leaders

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

Greg Buckley, Brett Jones & Jewel Turinsky. 


cession|core is a group of ministry team leaders charged with coordinating the ministry of cession|community:


              Carmel Bell (YOUTH)


               Sarah Johnson (CULTIVATE KIDS)


               Vania Dunn (CONNECT WORSHIP)               



               Kristen Jones (COMPASS MISSIONS)



               Lindsay Brooke-Smith (CONNEXIONS)


               Katie Buckley (CATALYST OUTREACH)


cultivate kids

                        Sarah Johnson is the Children's                                    Ministry Coordinator leading a great                          team of committed volunteers in                                Cultivate Kids.  Our kids participate in 4 age group classes designed to meet their particular developmental needs while ensuring they belong to the wider church family.  Find our more about Cultivate Kids here


                        Carmel Bell is Youth Pastor to the                                cession|youth|community (CYC).                                 Carmel works as a youth worker and                          Team Leader at Pakuranga College                            where she interacts with youth from the Howick area. Head over to the CYC page for more information or connect on Facebook

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