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Our church has a rich tapestry of history. With thankfulness we recount our inspired beginnings led by Pastor Morry Mounsey and his beloved wife, Audrey. Their genuine and practical approach radiated warmth and touched the hearts of many in our coastal town of Whitianga.
Morry and Audrey were true pioneers and visionaries. At the start, they opened the doors of their own home, to nurture a fledgling congregation of seven souls. They eagerly gathered, for worship and the teachings of the Bible.
In January 1980, Morry and Audrey, were individually inspired to build a church. As an outcome, the church stands nestled at the crossroad’s of Whitianga, a testament to the dedication of members and the bigheartedness of the community.
Today the current congregation benefits from the efforts of those who have gone before them. They are aware that there were many miraculous moments in the church’s construction process and that generous assistance had been given by local people.
The church moves forward with a legacy of faith and dedication, well-resourced for the future. A positive expectation of things to come carries the church forward as it seeks to train a new emergent multi-cultural generation to serve God and to fulfil his purposes.
Pastor Dennis Acraman was miraculously converted to Christ in the early 70's. An energetic street preacher, he itinerated with several ministries during the "Jesus Movement" winning people to Christ around New Zealand. Leaving a successful career as a Senior Executive, Dennis pioneered a church in Auckland with his wife Mina in the late eighties. They then pastored a church in the Hawkes Bay for 25 years before shifting to Whitianga in 2015. Pastor Dennis is a practical teacher with a deep desire to see people develop a love of the Bible.
Over the years, Dennis has walked alongside many in their ministry development with some now pastoring their own churches. Despite the pressures of pastoring a busy congregation Dennis extends his ministry to other churches for preaching, seminars, and leadership and governance consultancy. He has ministered widely in other countries, carries a burden for the ‘Pacific Triangle’ and a heart for indigenous people around the globe. On Dennis's 1995 visit to the Solomon Islands, God used him to bring a fresh move of the Spirit to the churches across the nation that is still being talked about till this day. He presents lectures on revival and other select subjects.
(Nga Tūhoe, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao)
Mina Acraman pastors Crossroads Church, Whitianga, with her husband Dennis in a ‘Priscilla & Aquila’ leadership style. She has over 45 years of ministry experience and has served on the AGNZ National Executive for the last 12 years. She ministers around the nation and is passionate about revival in churches and has spear headed many new Māori Christian initiatives. She is involved in multiple prayer initiatives which reach across the denominations. Her motto in recent times has been ‘Prayer is the Work’. Mina has a strong preaching and exhortative gift; she ministers from life-tested perspectives which encourage both men and women.
She has recognized giftings in the Holy Spirit and constantly receives feedback from people about the substantial impact she has had on their lives through prophetic and encouraging words. She passionately believes that people can; ‘rise and become who God has uniquely created them to be’. She sees in each person, a destiny that is actuated through faith and courage, despite all personal impediments. Mina’s ministry has taken her to many nations. She has ministered in Australia, Tanzania, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Ukraine, Belarus, Chile, Easter Island, the Navajo Nation, and Kazakhstan.
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