The old house, their first Tasman Road base, has gone and the beginnings of a new community centre for the Hub Church has been built.
Hub pastor, Richard Brons — or Bronzie as he is known to all, said the building of the new first worship building was the vision of the late Ruth Clifton “so we are carrying on her vision.”
The Apostolic Church purchased the property in the 1990’s and built the worship centre and offices alongside. The house was used for church activities, meetings and the kitchen facilities. Earlier this year they built the new wing, now visible since the house was removed recently, which has toilet and storage facilities. It is hoped building the new community centre which will house a commercial kitchen, large meeting spaces, a classroom and storage spaces upstairs, will be commenced mid 2016.
“We need to be sure we have the church people behind us before we begin,” Bronzie said. “Our main vision is to create a family demographic, with the focus (to be) family oriented and with a complete age mix.
“Our vision statement is huge, rebranding — one of the keys to rebranding is the crew and we work towards unfolding the grace of God in their (peoples’) lives. So Jesus Christ gets the glory. We need to be completers not competitors, standing together rather than pulling apart.”
Bronzie grew up in Whangarei and has a varied life since. Before he came to Ōtaki three and a half years ago, he was in Waikanae with his wife, Joanne and their six children. The three oldest are all in employment, while the younger children are home schooled.