We want to acknowledge, thank and honour John & Gillian Cameron for their incredible service and leadership of Arise Church for the past 20 years. Aotearoa New Zealand is different because of the ministry of John & Gillian. Their courage, faith and obedience to God to step out and launch Arise Church in 2002 has left an indelible mark on the Christian landscape in this nation and has impacted tens of thousands of lives.
As the founding pastors of this great church they have paved the way for a fresh wave of revival. There are countless stories of salvation, discipleship, families being restored and people stepping into ministry as a direct result of their leadership. ARISE Church has had a significant effect on the story of Christianity in Aotearoa in the 21st century. This church, under the leadership of John & Gillian, has presented the gospel of Jesus Christ to a new generation and as a result, many have found faith in Christ which has impacted families and communities across NZ. This church is now active in 13 towns and cities around Aotearoa and also blessing many online as well.
Their lasting impact within the wider Christian church of New Zealand cannot be understated. ARISE has been a source of strength and encouragement for many pastors, leaders and churches across New Zealand and around the world. John & Gillian have been at the forefront of this in their love, honour and care for other ministers and ministries.
John & Gillian have raised a second wave of pastors, preachers and church leaders who continue to serve God and His people both in ARISE Church and in churches and ministries around the nation that will continue to bear great fruit for the Kingdom of God. We want to publicly acknowledge and celebrate their tenure, their leadership and their service to God, to the staff of ARISE Church and to the church members for 20 years.