Our Leaders

Interim Lead Pastors

The Arise Board are happy to announce the appointment of Ben & Amy Kendrew as Interim Lead Pastors of Arise Church. Ben & Amy have been part of Arise since 2003 and in their time here as volunteers and staff they have been involved in a number of areas of church life. Ben & Amy have a pastor’s heart and deep love for people, and it is their commitment to do what they can to build a healthy church that bridges divides and brings reconciliation and unity – first to God and then one to another. Their desire is to faithfully serve people and trust that God has a great plan for his Church and for every person who wishes to call Arise home.

Leadership Team

Nathan Chambers
Head of Creative

Ben Carroll
Auckland Campus Pastor
Head of Content and Strategy

Shehan Joseph
Head of Services

Abby Ayling
Head of Operations and Support

Melvyn Tan
Head of Digital, IT and Events

Ben Kendrew
Interim Lead Pastor
Campus Pastor Lead

Amy Kendrew
Interim Lead Pastor
Head of Pillars and Generations

Joe Bundy-Cooke
Hamilton Campus Pastor
Head of Hub 2 Campuses

Chris White
Hutt Valley Campus Pastor

Our Board

Kylie Fletcher
Chair Person

Kylie Fletcher (Ngaa Rauru ki Tahi, Ngaati Ruanui, Ngaati Porou) is a management professional, with a background in people leadership for large Government departments. Her qualifications and expertise are in the areas of Māori, management and economic development. Kylie is an experienced public servant with proven experience in governance across not-for-profit organisations and tribunal environments. Kylie has been a member of ARISE for seventeen years and is currently journeying with the leadership and Māori community across the church as they explore the covenant responsibilities of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Ben Kendrew

Ps Ben Kendrew has been appointed as a Trustee to the Board. His appointment brings to the Board an executive Trustee which will enhance the working relationship of the Board with the Leadership Team, Campus Pastors, and staff.

Robert Reid

Robert Reid is a respected leader in the wider NZ Christian community. During a varied career in mechanical engineering, sales management, property development, business and pastoral ministry, Robert has developed a unique ability that spans both commercial and not for profit sectors including many parts of the developing world. Today Robert works alongside successful property executives, philanthropists, church leaders, international missional leaders and individuals as a consultant or in advisory and governance board roles.

Alice Camaivuna

Alice Camaivuna is a Solicitor specialising in Administrative and Employment Law. Alice holds a current practising certificate and has extensive experience advising government departments, school boards and charitable entities. Alice has also been involved in providing legal advice on the establishment and maintenance of numerous governance entities including providing strategic advice to support good decision making. Alice is mum to three young boys and has been a member of Arise for sixteen years.

Anna Pasikale

Anna has over 30 years' experience in the NZ public service and the NGO sector. She has held management and advisory roles in the areas of governance, justice, anti-corruption, health, education, vocational training, human rights, equity, research and evaluation. She has worked across New Zealand and in the Pacific region. Anna and whanau have been members of the Arise community for over 10 years.

Dr. Alistair Papāli’i-Curtin

Alistair is Samoan Pakeha with the matai title of Tofilau from Iva, Samoa. Alistair is a New Zealand trained medical specialist and is a practising Consultant Ophthalmologist in Wellington. Alistair has over 12 years of governance experience with national and international professional organisations and institutions. Alistair abides by the professional and governance codes of conduct of the NZ Medical Council as a registered doctor, and the NZ Institute of Directors as a member (MInstD). Alistair and his whanau have been part of the Arise community for over five years and is dad to two young children.

John Robertson

John Robertson is an experienced Organisational Leader, Business Coach and SME Entrepreneur. He has experience in Incorporated Society leadership and Directorship, not-for-profit boards and church governance and leadership. John and whanau have been members of the Arise community for 8 years and is dad to four adult children and ‘Poppa’ to two beautiful grandchildren.

Joe Bundy-Cooke

Joe Bundy-Cooke is our current Hamilton Campus Pastor and was part of the original team that planted the campus in 2010. He and his wife Jess also pastored the Whangarei campus between 2016-2019. Supplementary to his role as a Campus Pastor, Joe also works with others pastors across Arise to provide support and leadership. He has a diploma in Christian ministry with BCNZ and has been on staff at Arise for almost 12 years. The Bundy-Cookes have 3 precious children and have been in ministry for 16 years.