OUR SENIOR PASTORS
STEVE & PIP BATTEN
Steve & Pip have served as Senior Pastors of citywestchurch since 2000. They have a passion to raise a significant church within the city of New Plymouth and this nation. They carry a mandate to build a strong local church empowered by the Holy Spirit which will effectively reach this community, region, nation and beyond. Previously they were Senior Pastors of the Hawera Assembly of God Church for twelve years. They both come from teaching backgrounds, meeting, training and marrying in Palmerston North in the mid 1970s and teaching in the lower North Island.
Steve was raised in New Plymouth and was saved at Palmerston North Teachers' Training College in 1976. Pip was born in Vanuatu. Her parents were teaching missionaries with the Presbyterian Church. She was saved in 1974 attending an Anglican Youth Camp. Pip serves the wider Assemblies of God movement as she heads up the National Assemblies of God Women’s Ministry. They entered the ministry in 1986. They enjoy gardening, travelling and spending time with their four adult children and their families.