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"To Know Jesus and Make Him Known"


"To Know Jesus and Make Him Known"

About Us

We are a fellowship of evangelical Christians who gather together for the purpose of knowing and glorifying Jesus Christ.  As Christ grows His church - through the faithful proclamation of God's Word and our striving to be obedient to it, our vision is also expanding to see the lost all around us and to go to them with the Gospel. Consequently, we are a fellowship in the process of constant development by God - making us to be more like Jesus Christ. 

Sunday Morning Service: 10am

54 Nixon Street, Wanganui East


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What We Believe

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible is God's written revelation to man. It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture. 

We believe in the one Living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons -- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.  

We believe that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit when the repentant sinner responds to the Word in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.  All the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. 

We believe in the Spirit-filled life. As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.  

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation.  
We believe the church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.  It is the proclaimer and protector of divine truth and has the God-given task of taking the gospel to a lost world.

The Five Solas

Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
We affirm that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative word of God, is the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all—that is, it is clearly expressed, easily understood and self-interpreting.

Sola fide ("by faith alone")
We affirm that justification (that is being declared right by God, or salvation) is received by faith only, without any mixture of or need for good works. Having said that, we also affirm that saving faith is evidenced, but not determined, by good works.

Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
We affirm that salvation comes by God's grace or "unmerited favor" only — not as something earned by a sinner. We affirm that salvation is a free gift from God for Jesus' sake.

Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone")
We affirm that Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that there is no other means of gaining salvation.

Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone")
We affirm that all glory is to be due to God alone. This is because salvation is accomplished solely through His will and action — not only the gift of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit.



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Find us on the map, give us a call or send us an email, we'd love to connect with you.

You'll find us at 54 Nixon Street, Wanganui East. Our office is open Tuesday-Friday from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm. Feel free to give us a call on +64 6 343 8999 or complete the email form, we'd love to hear from you.

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Further Information

Further Information


Why We Exist

Our purpose for existing is three-fold:

UPREACH:   We believe that loving and glorifying God is man’s highest calling and our relationship to Him is our greatest priority in life (Matt. 22:37; Deut. 6:5).  All that we do as a church flows out of this relationship.

INREACH:  This concerns the need for each and every individual in our fellowship to be equipped for service and growing in spiritual maturity (or Christ-likeness), (Eph. 4:11-13; Col. 1:18-19).  This takes place on Sunday mornings as well as in small group meetings throughout the week.

OUTREACH:   God has called us to go beyond the “Christian camp” to a world that is in need of Him (Matt. 28:19-20).  We believe God has given every Christian a “sphere of influence” in which to be a testimony for Christ.

Where We Fit In

We are not alone.  We are part of a larger body of Baptist Churches that are scattered throughout New Zealand.  Because Baptists have no authoritarian creed or church government, there are wide variations of expressions of faith and practice.

What are we preaching?

We believe in faithfully preaching God's Word - as it is the main means whereby people are changed - as the Holy Spirit makes God's inspired Truth come alive in our hearts.

Calvyn Jonker has just finished preaching through Luke in a series called "Follow Me"

Dave Tastard is just about to finish Ephesians 

Our new series will focus on the Book of Revelation. The preaching for this series will be shared by Calvyn Jonker, Dave Tastard and Micheal Newland. 

John Leevers (Relief Pastor) did a series on The Beatitudes

Please be patient with us! All these sermons will be available for download or streaming on our website.

We are in the process of migrating sermons from the old website to the new one.

We invite you to join us this Sunday as we worship and serve our wonderful risen Saviour. Please stay after the service to enjoy coffee and fellowship!

Men's Group - Thursday evenings (7.30-8.30 pm)        

Business Devotional every Thursday (7.30-8.00 am) MINT on Majestic Square (Working in town? Join us for a good cuppa and a time around God's Word prayer).


  • Home Groups (a wide variety meeting during the week)
  • Youth Ministries (every Friday @ 7.00 pm)
  • Community Outreach Services at Summerset Rest Home; Friendship Lunch; Women's Coffee Mornings

What can you expect when visiting WEBC?

About 160 people attend Wanganui East Baptist each Sunday, all from a range of ages and backgrounds. Dress style also ranges all the way from casual attire to formal suit and tie. Worship music is a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music, however it does differ from Sunday to Sunday.

The service lasts for about an hour and a half, and afterwards there is a morning tea where we encourage you to have a cup of tea or coffee and get to meet a few people. During the service, the pastor / service leader may ask people to greet those around you, however you won't be singled out as a visitor. Also, an offering bag will be passed around during the service, but please feel free to let this pass by.

Junior Church is available during the service for ages up to intermediate school. For more detailed information please visit our page on Children's Ministries.