Brief History

oldChurch1Morrinsville Baptist was started in 1910 by a small group of believers living in the new settlement of Morrinsville situated some 35km east of Hamilton. From our very earliest days the church has had a strong missional identity, starting numerous 'outposts' or outreaches in surrounding towns and villages that in turn led to new Baptist churches being planted. Today the church has more than 300 people attending from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.



We are motivated to share the love of God with our town and region through practical demonstrations of God’s kindness and love, and by presenting the good news of Jesus in a way people can understand and respond to.

We gather together for lively worship and inspirational teaching every Sunday. Our morning worship services start at 10.30am, at our church building at 56 Moorhouse Street. We offer a range of children's groups that run parallel to our morning worship during the school term. 

Apart from Sundays, we also meet in various homes and locations across the area during the week. We have a variety of community projects and ministries (see the Ezekiel Trust pages) that seek to demonstrate the love of Jesus in practical ways.

We welcome you to come to our church centre at 56 Moorhouse Street and enjoy our hospitality, participate in worship, and experience the presence of God in a fresh and relevant way.

Our Pastors

Our pastors, supported by staff and a strong team of volunteer leaders, are responsible for the day to day running of the church.

Richard Birt

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Richard came into the role of Senior Pastor at Morrinsville Baptist in January 2019. He is married to Julie and they have three adult sons and a new daughter-in-law. Richard and Julie have served God in various church-based ministries in the Middle East and in Europe. They are passionate about seeing the Gospel transform peoples’ lives today in the community of Morrinsville and beyond.

Kelly Johns

kellyjYouth Pastor

Kelly came into the role of Youth Pastor at Morrinsville Baptist in April 2019. She is married to Dave and they have four children. Kelly and Dave are passionate about serving the youth of Morrinsville.