About us

Activating faith, hope & love

Discover Activate Christchurch

ACTIVATE means to "make active" - that is, "Characterized by ACTION, rather than contemplation or speculation."

Our Mission is to inspire & equip people to BE everything that God has created them to be; and to DO everything that God is calling them to do.

As a church we're passionate about pursuing the presence of God in our Sunday gatherings. We prioritize worship, and recognize that our role is to respond to what He's doing, not the other way around.

It doesn't matter what we may have planned, or what programs are running - when God starts to move, everything changes!

Meet The Team

Josh & Liz van Berkel

Senior Leader / Children's Pastor

Josh is a strong communicator who loves to create opportunities for people to encounter the presence of God. Liz carries a passion for the prophetic and oversees the children's ministry, which includes three of their own!

Abel & Kira Robb

Elders/Worship & Young Adults Leaders

Abel & Kira have a passion for worship, and to see young people connected and thriving in their local church community.  They both work in the education sector, Abel as a primary school teacher and Kira as an ESOL teacher.

Mala Gwynne

Pastoral Care Co-Ordinator

Originally from Singapore, Mala is a warm, kind and compassionate person who emanates the love of Jesus to everyone around her. If you pop along for a visit, it won't be long before Mala's making you feel welcome!

Dan & Amanda Cracknell


If Activate ChCh has a 'jack-of-all-trades' then it has to be Dan. He's an elder, he preaches, he leads the gathering, he even helps out on the Host team. Amanda also wears multiple hats, as a new mum, an elder and worship leader!

Stephen Forrester


Steve comes from a Salvation Army background and loves to see people equipped, empowered and released into all God is calling them to be. He's encouraging, supportive - and if you need them, has a lot of tips to improve your golf game!

Denise Healey


Denise carries a strong prophetic anointing and is a highly valued member of the team. She has decades of experience on the mission field, and loves to see the Holy Spirit move!

Our Values

Our vision is to ACTIVATE community transformation by whenever,  wherever being like Jesus!

Big Hearted

Genesis 12:2
I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.


Joshua 1:9
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.


Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Kingdom Focused

Philippians 3:13-14
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.


Romans 12:4-5
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Our Beliefs

What we believe shapes what we do. At Activate Christchurch our beliefs, ministry and vision are based on the Word of God and a love for Jesus.

What we believe

Activating Community Transformation

Our vision

Wherever, whenever be like Jesus

Our Mission

Join us this Sunday

Our doors are open to all in Christchurch, no vaccine certificate required. Join us for vibrant worship, Christ-centered ministry, and a genuine sense of belonging.

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"Genuine, authentic people!
Not flashy or showy, just real."
Guy Evans