Meet Our Team


Darren Ayling

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Darren joined the Central pastoral team in 2008, and is co- pastor. Before studying theology at Carey Baptist College he was a Speech & Language Therapist working with patients with head and neck cancer.

Darren thinks Central is a great place made up of people on different journeys and stages of faith. He believes church should be a safe place that welcomes difference, and embraces a variety of traditions and practices.

Darren is married to Lou and they have two children. He has supported Arsenal faithfully since the age of 5 and the Dallas Cowboys avidly since the age of 8.

In his spare time, Darren enjoys writing about himself in the third person.


Andrew Bollen

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Andrew is co-pastor at Central. Andrew is married to Xanthia and they have four adult children (one deceased). He loves movies, computers and is a great fan of Pink Floyd. Andrew started here at the beginning of 2011 after ministering at Karori and New Plymouth West Baptist Churches. Once upon a time he worked for Telecom.

Andrew and Xanthia are currently also the wardens for Central House – our ministry to students.


Stephen Bowater

Youth worker
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Stephen works part time for Central as our Youth Worker. His work is primarily with students which is why he looks so saintly!


Liz Eichler

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Liz is Central’s Children’s worker and works part time. Liz has a background with Scripture Union and teaching english as a second language. She has twin daughters and a husband who all love soccer.

Bec Osborne

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Bec works part-time for Central. She is responsible for the day to day accounts and book-keeping for the church.

Roselyn Tan

Office administrator
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Roselyn works part time for Central as our Office Administrator. Her amazing administrative skills keep us all on the straight and narrow.


Central House

Central House wardens
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Xanthia and Andrew are our wardens at Central House – our youth hostel for young people moving to Wellington to study or begin work.