“From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”



Bridges Church is an eldership led church. Elders (Kaitiaki) are overseers who bring spiritual leadership, governance and direction to the body.

The eldership team is made up of individuals who have a range of gifting’s and strengths for building up and growing ‘the members of the body’.
These include bringing governance, direction and vision, leading, guiding, getting alongside, discipling, administrating, teaching, modelling the supernatural, pastoral care and bringing encouragement, worship, outreach and so forth.​



Bridges Church is made up of many teams that serve and lead in various areas where needed. The purpose of the Pastoral Team is to help support, encourage and guide members of the body and of the community. 

The Pastoral Team is led by Crispin & Bernette Bernard, supported by team members: Conrad and Jo Smith, Scott and Jo Williams, Paul and Rachel Mudge, Chrissie Richmond, Marlies Clemens, Allysia Kraakman, Kim Hopping and Monique Wiles.

For more information, contact the Church Office by emailing


Both Crispin and Bernie are Elders and together they lead the Pastoral Care Team.

Malcolm is an Elder and leads the Worship Team.
Ruth co-ordinates the Meet, Eat, Repeat outreach.

Doug, supported by his wife Linda (not pictured) is an Elder and co-leads the Teaching Team with Gerard Hay.

Gerard is an Elder and co-leads the Teaching Team; supported by his wife Ange.​

Paul and Rachel are Prospective Elders and play a key part in supporting GAP.​



The passion and joy of the Bridges Worship team is to lead our congregation into a place of real connection with the Holy Spirit through praise and worship of our most high God;

to enter into a space where the Holy Spirit is flowing and the words we sing are anchored in biblical truth. While musical excellence is always a goal – as we do want to give our best in worship – Our goal is actually to seek God and know Him more.


“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ ‭NIV‬‬


The worship team practices most Thursday nights from 7pm.

Let Malcolm know if being part of the worship and serving through either helping with sound/media or on the worship team interests you by texting 027 601 8928.



Damian and Anna Kete are the key leaders of a faithful team that makes up our Kid’s Ministry Team – particularly overseeing Kids Church.

Bridges Kids get to learn about God and His Word, grow their faith, and build relationships with each other on a Sunday while the main service is on. At 10:40am after worship, the children aged 3+ come together for morning tea and then break off into smaller age-based groups to dive into Bible learning. Our heart is for the children to know the Father’s love – Agape – to build their faith within the truth and to be an active and valuable part of the church. We are blessed to have a faithful team of leaders who act on their desire for the kids to know Jesus by teaching them each week.

For more information, contact the Church Office,



Denise Badger and Coralie Clark are the key leaders of the wonderful Aroha Cafe Team. Aroha Cafe runs every Sunday morning after the Sunday service and provides a warm environment with beautifully made barista-coffees and hot drinks, as well as freshly baked goods – both savoury and sweet!

Our Vision: to provide an inviting space to serve excellent coffee/tea and snacks, with flair and style. Create a friendly atmosphere where people are comfortable to sit, converse, linger and share, while they eat and drink after Church.

Our Mission: to build unity in our faith community by engaging in meaningful conversation around faith, community and love of people – over good food and coffee.

For more information, contact Denise by emailing or Coralie by emailing ​



Ray and Denise Badger are the key leaders of the Deacons Team here at Bridges Church.


For more information, contact Denise by emailing or by texting Denise on 027 473 9494.​



Synergy (Cambridge) Trust is the legal entity under which Bridges Church operates. Synergy (Cambridge) Trust is a Charitable Trust and as such the Trustees are responsible for ensuring the Trust operates in accordance with its purposes.

The Trust Board’s role is to make management and financial decisions and make sure that all legal obligations are met. The Trust Board does not make decision in isolation, but works in close connection with the eldership team who provide spiritual direction and oversight to the church.

The Bridges Church Trust Board is currently made up Kim Hopping, Ruth Tweddle, Bernette Bernard and Murray Smith.

For more information, contact the Church Office by emailing



Ruth Aish and Denise Badger are the key leaders of one of our outreach outlets – Meet, Eat, Repeat. This ministry is a free monthly community meal – every third Friday of the month, from 5:30pm here at Bridges Church. This is an outreach arm from Bridges to the community, supported by local business and private enterprise.

For more information, contact Ruth by texting 027 202 1191.​



Monique Wiles and Lynette Aish are the key leaders of the Connect Women’s Group. This group is a friendly and welcoming community with a purpose to create a safe space for women to connect; first to get to know God and second to get to know one another. Some events are God-focused and some are relationship focused.
Guest speakers vary from around NZ and in our local community – empowering women to handle what life throws at them and to reach out to God in faith.

Connect Women’s Group meets approximately 6pm to 8pm weekly, on either a Friday or Saturday (between February to November).

Contact Monique by texting 027 6030 460 or Lynette by texting 020 419 24930.



Joe Kingston is the key leader of Bridges Church’s GAP team. This team is also supported and supervised by Paul Mudge. GAP runs every Thursday night throughout the term from 6:00pm to 7:15pm and is a programme designed to encourage our intermediate aged youth to pursue deeper relationships with God and the wider Cambridge community.

For more information, contact the Church Office by emailing



Jackson and Aimee Stanley are the key leaders of the awesome Bridges Youth Team, made up of some awesome people who are passionate about the youth of the Cambridge community. The mission statement of Bridges Youth is ‘To know you, and for you to know God.’

Bridges Youth meets weekly through the term on a Wednesday evening from 6:45pm to 8:45pm. For more details, find us on social media or get in touch by emailing



Bridges Church is blessed to have the 24-7 Regional Coordinator, Allysia Kraakman, and multiple 24-7 Youth Workers as a part of our congregation. These awesome people go into the Cambridge schools and form relationships with students; journeying with them through both their middle-school and high-school experiences. These Youth Workers are Carla Rhodes (CMS), Luke Stanley (CMS), Joe Kingston (CMS) and Jackson Stanley (CHS).​