About Us

Our People and our Beliefs


At Wanaka New Life Church we are passionate about Jesus and people. Our heart is to grow people in relationship with God through the person and power of the Holy Spirit, to grow and strengthen each other through relationship and to engage with our community, accepting all peoples and meeting needs as we have opportunity.

Wanaka New Life Church is a multi-generational church committed to living for Jesus, celebrating Him, loving His Word – the divinely inspired scriptures that are the Bible and walking in the supernatural power that the Holy Spirit gives!

Our senior pastors are Wayne and Judy Ward, who have been pastoring the church since 2006. To find out more about Wayne and Judy please scroll down.

We are a contemporary family church, a member of New Life Churches of New Zealand.


Our Vision

Loving people, building community and
experiencing New Life together through Jesus Christ.

Pastors Wayne and Judy Ward

Our Pastors

Pastors Wayne and Judy Ward have been pastoring Wanaka New Life Church since 2006. Together they have a heart to grow a healthy church that is a welcoming place for people of all ages and stages, and that empowers people to walk in the fullness of God’s plan for their lives.

Previous to pastoring the church in Wanaka, Wayne and Judy were Associate Pastors of Riverton New Life Church.

Both Wayne and Judy were born and bred on the South Coast and have a passion for the Southern Region of beautiful New Zealand, especially the Lakes District. They have three adult children, John married to Rachael, Zoe married to Kim, and Seth.

Wayne is currently serving as the Otago/Southland Regional leader for New Life International. This involves overseeing and supporting a number of churches in the region. He is also an Industrial Workplace Chaplain in the Wanaka area. Currently Judy is the Music Director, and outside of her church responsibilities she also a Wanaka real estate agent.

If you would like to speak with Wayne and Judy, please email us through our Contact Page and they will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

How to Get Involved

We would love to help you serve by finding you a place in our team.

There are many ministries that we need helpers with, and various other ways that you can be involved in the life of Wanaka New Life Church and make a difference.

Where would you like to get involved?

Sunday School and Youth: Teachers, Helpers
Door Hosting
Kitchen Morning Tea
Visiting Others
Prayer Chain
Ministry Outreach
Worship Team and Sound Techs
Connect groups
Engine Room Prayer