We are a vibrant community of joyful believers: we worship the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Worship and prayer are central to who we are and we offer our praise to God in the full freedom of God’s adopted children. We seek as much of the Holy Spirit’s work throughout our whole community as we can possibly get.
We believe and affirm all the historic Christian creeds; and we hear and obey Scriptural sermons which inspire and encourage us. We are a Bible & Spirit community. We make it our regular habit to break bread together in a warm, generous fellowship; and we also value human care and genuine works of service to our neighbours.
We seek to be ourselves in the truth – which is for us always found in Jesus Christ our Saviour, and the very Truth itself.
Loving God. Loving People.
What We Believe
At The Upper Room, our statement of faith is summarised in the Apostles Creed, which is reproduced in full below:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
We have three unique services at The Upper Room. Each of these services represents a wonderful part of our Christian tradition, and each of them speaks to us and informs us in different ways. Check out the short descriptions below, and visit the page of each service to view photos and find out more about each of these wonderful services.
Rhythms of Grace
Dr Craig & Kim Heilmann
Craig and Kim founded The Upper Room in 2011, at the instigation of friends who have become founding members of TUR. They returned to NZ from Duke University in 2009 where Craig earned his Doctoral degree under Stanley Hauerwas in Oct 2009.Their passion is to see the Missional Christian community take root, grow, and flourish; to see the churches of the West take a leading role in sharing their Kingdom resources with the third-world churches; and to see Christians embodying the full life-transforming power of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the power of His Spirit.
Phil & Victoria Hathaway
Phil lives in Herald Island with his wife, Victoria, and their three sons. He enjoys running, fishing and any adventure-based activity. He previously owned his own construction business for 15 years and has recently spent five years developing ICONZ (previously known as Boys’ Brigade) in the greater Auckland area. Phil’s passion is fostering people’s giftings in order to create a thriving and supportive team environment.
Dean & Phillipa Smyth
Dean and Philippa Smyth joined The Upper Room Church in August 2015 as Executive Pastors. Dean has worked full time in ministry for over 15 years and together they have a real passion for the prophetic, encouraging and equipping God’s people. They live in Glendowie with their four boys.
Pastor & Curator
Husband to Robyn, father to four and grandfather to four more, Mark was a Baptist Pastor – most recently at Cityside Baptist (cityside.org.nz) in Auckland, and Christian Commitments Manager with World Vision. Co-author of “The Prodigal Project: journey into the emerging church”, and author of “The Art of Curating Worship: reshaping the role of worship leader”.Passionate about curating worship events that engage the ordinariness of life with the extraordinariness of the creativity of the Trinitarian God and shape hearts and desires after the Kingdom of that God.
Christine grew up in Nelson in a great Christian family who were very involved in their local Anglican church. As a Christian all her life, she has been involved in many areas of church community.Christine studied spatial arts at university before going into commercial interior design. Christine started helping Craig and Kim as they established The Upper Room and this has grown to be a part-time role for her.
Co-Director Children’s Ministries
Ian was born into a family of 10 in the beautiful suburb of Point Chevalier. His passion has always been to help people and he aspires to become a school teacher after university. Growing up there were a lot of kids at most family gatherings, you would usually holding a baby or looking after the kids – which Ian loves! This is because the joy that they bring is euphoric, and is a beautiful thing to witness. In becoming a Kids Church director, Ian can combine his passion and love of kids together and teach them more about who God is and what he has done for us.
Daisy was born and raised in a large Polynesian family in the heart of South Auckland. Daisy has always loved children, and being the eldest grandchild in New Zealand meant that she helped raise her younger brothers and cousins as if they were her own. Her other passion is Theology so after she graduated from the University of Auckland with her Arts degree, she felt the call to study at Laidlaw Bible College. She is currently working on her Masters of Theology and finds that working as a Kids Pastor has allowed her to practice what she learns at school while fulfilling her life’s passions.
Caleb and Deborah Haurua
Caleb and Deborah are former Carey Baptist College graduates, having met while doing postgraduate studies in Applied Theology. Deborah trained as a Pastor and Caleb recently completed his Master’s thesis.
Deborah comes from a YWAM family, born in Niue and having grown up in Oxford (South Island) and Mt. Roskill. Caleb was born and raised in a proud Cook Island and Māori family, actively involved in their local church in South Auckland.
They both love sport (Deborah once blocked Caleb three times in a pickup basketball game), catching up with mates, eating dumplings in Royal Oak, and long walks on the beach (well…Caleb not so much).
Their teenage years in youth group were foundational to their faith and help shape their vision for a Christ-centred community of young people here at the Upper Room.