Our story

In the beginning

Peter and Sue Whitcombe are the founding leaders for Jesus First, New Zealand. They started the North Shore Church in late 2005, meeting initially in the Staffroom at the Oteha Valley School. The Church soon outgrew the Staffroom and then the children’s ministry became too large for the available facilities, so a move to Northcross Intermediate School followed in March, 2008.

Who we are

We are a church of a number of different ethnicities and of people of all ages. Our people are sincere in their love for God, passionate about worshipping Him, committed to being disciples who are disciple-makers, committed to standing with Israel and believing for God to move by His Spirit in our nation.

And now today

We still gather on Sunday mornings at the Northcross Intermediate School, Sartors Avenue, Browns Bay. The auditorium is situated through the main school office entrance at the end of the driveway. We have a Worship and Communion Service at 10.00am and we enjoy tea, coffee and fellowship after the service. There are Children's and Youth programmes that run concurrently with the service.

At the heart

Our hearts are to see the unsaved come to true salvation in Christ and to see the saved “equipped for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

What to expect when you visit

  • a warm welcome.
  • sincere love and holy reverence for God.
  • worship that is sincere, vibrant and expressive.
  • a people who are seeking to place Jesus first in all that we are and in all that we do.
  • preaching that is Christ-centred, that holds God’s Word as full and final authority, that releases faith in Jesus, which demands discipleship and which brings transformation in those who respond to God’s Word.
  • a powerful programme for children that runs concurrently with our morning service.
  • people who are interested in your journey, who will listen to you and who will pray with you if that is your need.

Babies, Children and Youth

  • We have Children’s Church and Youth programmes that run concurrently with our morning service. The Children’s Church programme runs each week (excluding School Holidays) and the Youth programme runs fortnightly. Little Lambs: 0 to 3 years Bright Sparks & Ignite: 4 to 11 years Youth@JesusFirst: 12 years plus.

  • We cherish children and believe that they are as impacted by the Word of God as their parents. Children are welcome to remain with their parents after worship and communion and sit under the preaching of the Word of God. We have made colouring equipment and other activities available to help keep them occupied. Should they have difficulty settling, we also have toys and activities available upstairs in the Staffroom.

Dress Code, Tea/Coffee/Fellowship

  • We don’t have a “dress code” as such but “tidy casual” would best describe the way most people dress to come to meet the Lord and to fellowship with His people.

  • Make sure that you plan to stay and have fellowship with us after the morning service. We would love to get to know you, to answer any questions you may have and to encourage you in God.

Our beliefs


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Our team

The North Shore Church is lead by a team of Elders and Deacons supported by ministry leaders in various areas. Our full and part-time staff are:


Peter & Sue Whitcombe

Peter and Sue are the founding leaders of Jesus First, planting Jesus First, North Shore in 2005.

Peter has a clear gift of preaching and teaching. He is part of the Eldership Team and also on the Board of Celebrate Messiah New Zealand.

Sue has a very warm and genuine shepherd’s heart and a powerful preaching ministry that communicates sincere exhortation & encouragement.


David & Liz

David & Liz Otway have been serving with us in a full-time capacity since 2008. In 2011 they planted a Jesus First Church in Tauranga which they lead through until 2016 when God called them back to Auckland.

David ministers out of a powerful pastoral gift as well as an anointing to preach and teach God’s Word. He is inspired also in evangelism and they both have a heart for children and youth.