Connecting People to Jesus
BridgeWay is a family – a Bible-believing, Jesus following family. We believe that God "so loved the world", and that He sent Jesus because of that love. We are serious about God’s truth and Jesus’ mission – The Gospel. We love God and each other, we are growing together in God’s Word, and we seek to serve others with authentic grace and humility. If you need a place to belong and want to experience spiritual renewal, then BridgeWay is the place for you! Welcome!
Assist people in discovering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and growing a community of believers who are wholly committed to Him.
When we trust Christ as Saviour, we begin a personal relationship with Him; however, it is vital that we grow deeper in that relationship, have a community of believers around us for fellowship and accountability, and then spread the gospel locally and around the world.
Love God. Grow Together. Serve Others.
The gospel is at the heart of everything we do, because we are followers of Christ and we desire to obey what Jesus commanded.
We are a family of believers in Jesus Christ, so every plan that is made, every activity that's planned has one top priority and goal – the gospel! We desire to follow the pattern of the first-century church by reaching and making disciples in our Jerusalem (Hawkes Bay). The book of Acts records this testimony of the church:
It is evident from this statement that this church was actively engaged in communicating the gospel, and the result was people became devoted followers of Jesus.
So, how does this happen? How can this purpose begin and become a reality?
First, we must trust Christ as Saviour and have a personal relationship with Him. Then, as we submit ourselves to the Lord, God's love can grow within us and spread when we meet with our family of believers to worship God through corporate praise to the Lord and the teaching of His Word.
A family needs communication and community to grow together. In this same way, our BridgeWay family grows through Christian fellowship and the preaching of God's Word. We teach the Bible in every service, at every activity, and through continual one-on-one discipleship.
Jesus served others! And, He desires us to use our God-given gifts to serve others as well. BridgeWay is a place for family members to realize and use their gifts through the care of others, outreach, and missions.
10:30am - Worship Service
6:30pm - Mid-Week Service
At BridgeWay, we are passionate about advancing the gospel in New Zealand and around the world – your generosity has an eternal impact.
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Dr. Dalton A. and Paulette Walker
Dr. Walker & Paulette have been married for 43 years and served together in ministry full-time for 37 years, having served the last 23 years in Auckland and presently, the Hawkes Bay Region. The Walker's raised 2 of their 3 sons in New Zealand, and they now have daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.
Dalton is Senior Pastor at BridgeWay Baptist Church in Havelock North and has been a church planter in the United States, as well as here in New Zealand. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Psychology and Nouthetic Christian Counselling.
Dr. Walker's heart for people is displayed by his sincere empathy, love, and compassion, especially for those in his community.
Paulette is an integral part of the ministry at BridgeWay – she truly loves the church family as her own. In church planting with Dalton, Paulette is actively involved with the women's and children’s ministries. Her 43 years of experience as a Domestic Engineer have given her a heart filled with love and a desire to help and encourage others in Christian life.
Dalton and Paulette enjoy the great outdoors, road trips, a BBQ with friends and family, meeting new friends, and a smooth cup of coffee.