Campus Pastor at City Impact Church North Shore
“I feel like God has wired me to help people. It’s really rewarding getting to do what I was created to do.”
A moment with God
Greg grew up on the North Shore, attending a local church with his family. But his first real encounter with God came at the age of ten at a church camp at Snell’s Beach.
“During a service at that camp, God became real for me. I knew I had to get water baptised. That was a key moment for me.”
However, at 14, Greg started to drift, allowing his involvement in sport to pull him away from church.
“There wasn’t much happening for my age group and I used that as my excuse to stop going to church.”
A mid-flight promise
Meanwhile, Greg’s brother Andrew started attending City Impact Church.
“He was always inviting me along and I’m so grateful for his persistence. I finally made it to a service to watch the Power Team. They were Christian strongmen who would rip up phone books, squash frying pans, and then preach the gospel!”
At the end of the service, Greg asked Jesus into his life but for some weeks he didn’t put anything into practice. Then one day, he found himself on a really rocky flight from Gisborne to Auckland.
“The tiny plane was getting really tossed around. I knew things were bad when I saw a passenger in a pilot’s uniform holding on white-knuckled to his seat. I prayed, ‘God, if you get me through this flight I am all yours.’”
True to his word, the very next Sunday, he recommitted his life to Jesus Christ for real.
“As I did, this huge weight lifted off me. I realised I no longer had to keep up the façade of trying to live a life without Jesus Christ.”
A sermon that changed everything
“He was preaching from James 4:2 about being a ‘master asker’- asking God for what you want. Up until then I’d just been living an average life. That sermon was a game changer. That’s when I started believing God that there was more.”
At the time, Greg was selling bacon into lunch bars. He booked in with an HR consultancy, telling them he felt he had more in him than what he was currently doing.
“I asked a friend to give me a one-day crash course in Word and Excel so I could say I had a little bit of computer experience. I ended up landing a job at Telecom, looking after a $10m portfolio!”
Called to Ministry
Greg became Telecom’s top salesperson in 1999 while still keeping church as his priority. Not long after that, Peter Mortlock approached him about joining the church staff as a pastor.
“That was a huge step of faith. We had our first baby on the way and had just finished building our new home. I didn’t know how it was all going to work, but God is faithful. He has done so many great things for me and my family at City Impact Church.”
“Jeremiah 17:7-8 says if I keep my trust and confidence in God, I can overcome no matter what, because I’m governed by what’s on the inside of me. I love my role as Campus Pastor of City Impact Church North Shore, and I’m excited about the future!”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
City Impact Church North Shore
Over the years we’ve changed our name (originally Bays Christian Fellowship), moved and grown to several thousand members, and the Campus now covers three and a half hectares with facilities including our christian school, a childcare centre, offices, arts academy, cafe, 900 seat chapel and the 2500 seat sanctuary.
All are welcome to join us for one or more of our Sunday services:
- 8.30am: Chapel
- 10:30am: Family Service
- 6:30pm: Evening Service