Peter & Sue Whitcombe are the founding leaders for Jesus First, New Zealand, an independent Pentecostal movement of Churches with Churches in Auckland & Tauranga.
They started the North Shore Church in late 2005, meeting initially in the Staffroom at the Oteha Valley School. The Church soon outgrew the Staffroom & then the children’s ministry became too large for the available facilities, so a move to Northcross Intermediate School followed in March, 2008. The Church in Tauranga commenced public meetings in October 2011.
Peter is committed to seeing the biblical outworking in the Church of the “five-fold” ministries of Ephesians 4:11–12, so that the saints are equipped to do “the work of the ministry” & for the “building up of the Body of Christ.”
He has a passion to see God’s people outwork their individual destiny & calling and for the Church of Jesus Christ to come to maturity in Christ & he is motivated by the Great Commission which will only be fulfilled by the Church functioning apostolically so that people are being “equipped & sent.” Part of this passion is seen in the commitment to plant Churches wherever God calls & gives opportunity.
Peter has a clear preaching & teaching gifting & has ministered in Churches & conferences in New Zealand & in South Africa. He is also on the Board of Celebrate Messiah, New Zealand. His love for and commitment to Israel & the Jewish people are clearly evident in his public ministry.
Sue has a very warm & genuine shepherd’s heart, a love for people, a commitment to Israel & the Jewish people & a powerful preaching ministry that communicates sincere exhortation & encouragement. She is a fully qualified early childhood & primary school teacher, wife, mother, grandmother &… much more.
Like Peter, Sue is committed to the Church of Jesus Christ, to God’s people & to His call on their lives.