About The Upper Room

Our Beginnings

The Upper Room was founded by a group of around 60 followers of Jesus who started gathering for prayer and worship in late 2009 in response to a revelation of Luke 22.12:

“you will find a large Upper Room fully furnished, make preparations there.”

We gathered upstairs in a Newmarket gym — our first “fully furnished” Upper Room.

In January 2010 we stepped out in faith to plant the Upper Room. We set up and packed out each week in Parnell school hall. Not long after the church community of around 180 pulled together and renovated our current warehouse space where in July 2011 we began the next chapter of the Upper Room in Clayton Street, Newmarket.

The Upper Room is a community who believe in lives being transformed by God’s life-breathing Holy Spirit as the name of Jesus is lifted up as living Lord over all created things.

Dr Craig & Kim Heilmann

Our Founders

Dr Craig and Kim Heilmann are the founders and senior Pastors of the Upper Room. Both are graduates of Regent College in Vancouver. Craig earned his doctoral degree in ethics from Duke University under Stanley Hauerwas in October 2009 and is widely published. Kim, daughter of Ian and Mary Grant, worked with Youth For Christ before founding the hugely successful Attitude programme for sex education in schools.

Craig provides the theological rigour at the core of Upper Room and together they lead the vision to be a thinking, as well as praying and worshipping community.


Dean & Philippa Smyth

Executive PastorS

Phil & Victoria Hathaway

Associate PastorS, Community Care

Mark Pierson

Caleb & Deborah Haurua

Youth Pastors
Christine Quinn


Kendyl Smith
Young Adults
Tash Kestle
Worship Director
James Fistonich
Worship Coordinator
Ian Manu
Intermediates Worker

Daphne Haurua & Finlay Morris

Kids Workers

Chelsea Riddell

Creche Worker

Our Elders (L/R): Tash Kestle, Jenna Scullin, Gil Watson, Hal Short, Jeremy Smith, Craig Heilmann, (Absent Veronia Houghton)