Missionaries to New Zealand: Steve and Rita Williams

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. (Acts 20:28)

Steve and Rita Williams, with son Stefan and daughter April

Steve and Rita Williams were members of Bent Creek Baptist Church back in the 1990s and were sent by our church to minister overseas!

Steve and Rita have served in New Zealand for over 9 years. Before deployment to New Zealand, they served as missionaries in Germany and Austria where they established a retreat/counseling ministry and served as Mission to the World area care coordinators.

South Pacific Islands

During the first three years in New Zealand, the Williams family lived in the city of Tauranga (map) where they began their outreach. During years four, five and six they lived in the southern part of Auckland where they helped in leadership development for the local churches. For last 3 years they have lived in North Auckland and served to help plant a new church there!

In addition to church planting, the Williams trained national leaders through Grace Theological College, and Steve served to assist the local chaplaincy at a local university.

Over the years, they have reached out to neighboring islands in various ways. Most recently, their outreach included the independent republic of Vanuatu, which consists of 83 islands. In March, this country sustained great damage from a direct hit by a Category 5 hurricane. Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale called the storm a “monster” Killing dozens and destroying or damaging 90% of the buildings in the capital.

The church plant north of Auckland has grown to the point that it now has a stable congregation and a solid leadership team. Since the church is established, the Williams have been free to plant new ministries in New Zealand. The family has moved to Christchurch on the South Island in order to help launch new ministries and new churches there!

BCBC supports the Williams’ mission. Come to the worship service this Sunday at 11 am to hear more about their exciting commission.

Dr. Williams obtained his PhD from Florida State University with concentrations in family sociology and family therapy along with a MA from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) in theological studies and interpersonal relations. Rita holds a BS from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) in psychology and Bible while also studying counseling at the graduate level. Steve and Rita Williams haveĀ  an abiding concern for the future of Christian marriage in their ministry as teachers and counselors. They have written a book on the topic, which is available by clicking the picture below.*



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