Our Team

We have a fantastic team of leaders and volunteers at Tauranga Elim Church, we encourage everyone to use their individual gifts to make this a great place! Below are our Pastors, Elders and Staff who make up our key leadership team.

Senior Pastor — Trevor & Debbie McDowell


Kia Ora. Debbie and I are the senior pastors and have the privilege of leading this great church. We love God and our hearts desire is to know Him more. It’s great to serve in this church but most of all, we love seeing lives being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We have been senior pastors since 2001 after serving for 10 years as associate pastors in Gisborne. We have 3 awesome boys, Caleb, Brodie and Luke.

Elders — Neil & Margaret Trebilco


We have been at Elim since 2000.  Margaret is a trained primary school teacher and Neil has a chemistry degree but now grows kiwifruit – the world’s best fruit! We are blessed to have two amazing boys (young men), Joshua and Levi . We are passionate about seeing people connect with each other and believe that Connect Groups are the heart of the Church, where believers can see amazing growth and the development of their gifts.

Elders — Clendon & Karryn Greenway

We are passionate about the church and seeing it’s people walk in their full potential. We have 3 beautiful daughters and love living in Tauranga! We run our own business and we enjoy having people over for a meal or a coffee… our door is always open!

Elders — Scott & Michelle Raleigh

Hi I’m Scott and my wife is Michelle. We have loved serving in this church for more than 30 years. My main role has been leading the Street Reach Team, who serve needy people in our community. We also both lead the Pastoral Care Team and Michelle heads up the Prayer Line Team as well as hosting the Ladies Connect Group. We have 2 grown children Brittany and Chase.

Elders — Ted & Gill Ebbing

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We want to get the most out of life and know that this means you need to invest a lot in. We have been involved in Tauranga Elim Church since 1998 and been a part of the Elim movement for 25 years. Gill is an Occupational Therapist with the Community Response Team at Tauranga Hospital, BOPDHB.

Ted is employed in the IT industry developing business in this region. We have three amazing kids Hannah, Sophie and Joel. We love the outdoors and water sports. As Elders we are passionate to see ECCT grow with contagious people attracting others to know God as we Connect, Grow and Reach together. We hope you will join us on this awesome ride we are going to have together.

Elders — Nathan & Del Miller

Del and I, with our 2 boys Jared and Jadon, have been coming to this church for about 12 years. We love Sunday Services and my main role is to ensure the “tech team” are trained well so that people are comfortable and able to worship without distractions. My wife Del is also one of the worship leaders.

PowerPack & PowerTots Leader — Paulette Stent


Hi my name is Paulette Stent. I am married to Darren and have 2 children, Aimee and Ethan. I run the 5 and Under ministry here at Tauranga Elim Church.  I believe that children can learn so much more about God than we give them credit for and our program is designed to help our little ones learn about and know God’s abundant love for them. I count it as a privilege to have the opportunity to input into our young children’s lives.

Worship Director — Joy Bevins


Hi I’m Joy! I’ve been going to Tauranga Elim church for many years now and have been involved with worship for most of that time. I am married to Mark Bevins and we have two boys and a girl; Alex, Noah and Aria. Mark is also part of the team, he plays acoustic guitar and is a great support!
Worship is my passion and I love seeing people impacted with Gods love in His presence. My heart is to see people make a connection with Jesus as we come together to worship Him!

Graphics/Admin Support — Delyse Verwey


I love being a part of  the Tauranga Elim Church family and working with such an awesome team in the office. My husband Sean and I married in 1994 and are the proud parents of two very handsome boys, Joshua and Joel.  We are originally from South Africa and have been living in beautiful New Zealand since 2002.  We  were privileged to become New Zealand Citizens in 2013.  I’m responsible for creating graphics for church as well as administration support.