Campus Pastor at City Impact Church Queenstown
While Tom hails from Canada, Jocelyn is a born-and-bred kiwi, growing up the youngest of three children in a Christian home in South Taranaki.
“I always loved God and was always aware of Him but, in the denomination we were in, I was never challenged to make that personal commitment to Jesus Christ and ask Him into my heart.”
When Jocelyn left home and started work, she continued going to church.
“I met Tom on a blind date on a Friday night. He asked if I would go out with him again on the Saturday night and I said, ‘Yes, if you come with me to church on Sunday!’ So guess where he went on Sunday?”
A new experience
“Peter and Bev’s lives had been radically changed. They had come into this new Christian experience and were talking about the ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’. We didn’t understand it.”
Peter challenged Tom to go to a local church when they got back to their home town.
“Peter made him shake hands on it and if there’s one thing about Tom, he’s a man of his word!”
A different person
So Tom went along to the Pentecostal Church Peter had told them about, but Jocelyn stayed at home, still skeptical.
“The man who came home that night was a different person to the one who had walked out the door. Tom had encountered Jesus in a whole new way that night. He asked me to help him be a Christian and I realised that I couldn’t because I didn’t have a clue. So I made a commitment right then and there. I asked the Holy Spirit to baptise me, and Christianity started to come alive for us from that moment on.”
Not long after that, Tom and Jocelyn moved to Gisborne, asking God to show them which church to attend.
“We grew like wildfire in that little AOG church in Gisborne. We were absolutely hungry for God. We just devoured everything that God gave us. We grew in leaps and bounds.”
Business, ministry and Canada
Tom and Jocelyn ran their own business in commercial photography and multi-media, as well as volunteering and ministering at church. Then, in 1986 they returned to Canada where they continued to run their multi-media business.
“Peter and Bev’s son Tarry later joined us in the business for a year. Little did we know that this training would be the start of City Impact’s TV show Impact For Life, and their multi-media ministry.”
In 2003, Tom and Jocelyn felt that God was calling them to start their own church, and later this became the first City Impact Church in Canada.
“Tom and I have always worked together, whether in ministry or business – we’ve always been a team.”
“I love seeing people committing their lives to Jesus Christ, and even more I love equipping people with the keys from God’s Word to succeed in life.”
Working in the multi-cultural, multi-national flavour that Queenstown represents is challenging, and ever changing, but ultimately rewarding.
“God is working in Queenstown and the church is going from strength to strength. I love it in the Bible when Jesus asks if his disciples are going to leave Him and Peter says, ‘Lord, where else would we go?’ Jesus is the only one with the answers for this world.”
John 6:68 NLT
Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.”
City Impact Church Queenstown
Nestled under the hills of Frankton, our Queenstown church is a haven for local and international visitors alike.
The church became part of the City Impact family in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Being a part of the tourist mecca that is Queenstown means the church is truly international.
Located directly opposite the Queenstown Events Centre on the outskirts of the city, this campus boasts a purpose-built facility including a sanctuary, offices, cafe, and childcare centre.
All are welcome to join us for one or both of our Sunday services:
- 10:30am: Family Service
- 6:30pm: Evening Service