Eastgate Christian Centre has announced the appointment of Andy Shudall as their new senior pastor, effective from October 15.
He will be succeeding senior pastor Allan Taylor, retiring after many years of dedicated service.
With decades of pastoral experience worldwide, including serving as senior pastor at Titirangi Baptist for the past eight years, Shudall brings a wealth of cross-cultural ministry leadership to Eastgate Christian Centre. Though his journey has taken him across the globe, he considers Auckland home after living in New Zealand for 18 years.
He and his wife Ines have deep east Auckland community roots, having lived on Cascades Road for 10 years. They are excited to return out east and reconnect with the local community as well as the church.
“Originally from Liverpool, Andy grew up in a church-going family but only discovered faith in Jesus in his late teens,” a spokesperson for Eastgate Christian Centre said.
“Since then, his vibrant faith has been central to his life and work. Pastor Andy looks forward to sharing his passion for seeing lives transformed by the grace and love of Jesus Christ.”
On October 15, Eastgate Christian Centre will hold a combined 10am service to formally commission the the new pastor. A morning tea will follow the service is open for anyone to attend.
“Ines and I are thrilled to be back home in east Auckland, starting this new chapter with the superb community at Eastgate Christian Centre,” Shudall said.
“I’m excited to connect with old and new friends alike. Please come along on Sundays or reach out anytime to ask questions or share how we can best support you and your whanau.”
He elaborated on his sense of call to serve the communities of east Auckland and beyond.
“Eastgate’s vision speaks of being called by God to be a lighthouse church where every person can experience transforming faith and be enabled to impact the world through local initiatives and international partnerships,” he said.
“I’m motivated to see this fulfilled and extending Eastgate’s legacy of being a church that’s good for those who attend and good for our whole community.”
The church said, “Eastgate Christian Centre welcomes everyone to meet Pastor Andy and hear him speak. For more information on service times or to contact Pastor Andy, visitwww.eastgatecc.org.nz.”