the Leadership Team
Pastor Abri & Leoni Brancken
Our Leading Pastor is Abri Brancken. Abri completed (1994-1997) 4 years of full-time Theological studies at the Waterberg Training Centre in South Africa, obtaining his degree in Religious Studies. During his studies, he met his wife to be Leoni and they got married in 1996.
In 1998 Abri & Leoni moved to Pretoria and joined a megachurch where they became actively involved in the church’s missions departments' short-term international outreaches program. In 2001 he received a call to another megachurch (Moreletapark Church) in Pretoria where he served as Arts Director and Senior Worship Leader for four years, overseeing the worship, dance and drama departments of the then 17 000-member church. In 2006 Abri and his family moved to Israel in order to gain a greater understanding of the culture and traditions in which the Bible was written, furthering his informal anthropological studies while in Israel.
In 2007 Abri & his family returned to South Africa and he co-planted the Living Word East congregation in Pretoria where he served for 6 years. In December 2012 Abri and his family moved to Mauritius to pastor the Living Word Church on the island, a multi-cultural evangelical congregation. They served there until February 2016. In March 2016 they moved to Auckland to join MBCC.
Abri is also a strategist, author & songwriter. His books can be purchased online through Amazon.com, Lulu.com and other media platforms. In 2014 Abri was awarded his Doctorate (PhD) in Biblical Studies after completing 2 1/2 years of research on the topic of "Life Alteration through GRIN Technologies". His thesis was entitled, "Altering God's Design", and addressed the complex issues surrounding the morals and ethics of altering life on earth through genetic engineering and other GRIN technologies. He argued against the advancement towards Trans-humanism and the creation of new life forms, whether plant, animal or human, through GRIN technologies. Abri is also a qualified Chaplain and over the years Abri & Leoni have travelled to more than 30 countries for business and church-related projects. Some of these countries include Israel, Russia, America, England, Brazil, Holland, Belgium, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Egypt, Greece, Malawi, Mauritius, Hong Kong, etc. Abri & Leoni enjoys assisting people from around the globe and from all walks of life to take the necessary steps towards greater spiritual growth, fulfilment and success. The LORD has blessed them with three boys.
Pastor David & Angie Yeh
Born in a Christian family in Taiwan, David spent his early childhood in Hong Kong and Japan, then eventually moved to New Zealand in 1980.
Became a born-again Christian in 1983, he started to take part in the youth ministry actively in Taiwan after he finished his tertiary education here in University of Auckland in 1993.
He graduated with Master in Divinity at China Evangelical Seminary in Taiwan, then served as a senior pastor from 2002. Ever since he came back to Auckland in 2011, he has been mainly involved in the ministry of English-speaking young generation. David is married to Angie, who is originally from Malaysia. They have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua.
Pastor Kierohn & Danel Sims
Kierohn was born into a Christian Family in Cape Town, South Africa. At a very young age he immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand and grew up on the East Coast Bays. Kierohn attended all the local schools around the Bays. He graduated with a Diploma in Christian Studies from Laidlaw Bible College and a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Sydney College of Divinity.
Kierohn has been involved in Sunday school, the worship band, sound and Youth ministry both in a church context and as an Assistant Chaplain at Paremoremo Maximum Security Prison. He was involved in the security industry prior to starting his official Ministry at MBCC on the 28th of July 2020 as the Youth Pastor overseeing both the youth and young adult’s community.
Kierohn and Danel got married on the 11th of December 2020.
Wendy Liu (Pastoral Care)
Wendy was born in China and came to New Zealand in June 1994. That same year she came to faith in the Lord.
She graduated from New Covenant Bible College in 1999. She is married to Jack Wei and they have two daughters, Gloria and Grace. For many years Wendy served as a church worker with New Hope Chinese Church in Auckland. She also served for a time as the Manager of Christian (Chinese language) Newspaper, Morning Star.
She has also been involved in the planning and running of major inter-church events sponsored by Chinese Churches. She began her present ministry with MBCC in January 2015, focusing on pastoral care for our Chinese-speaking members. Wendy is currently busy with her Masters Degree in Theology.
Wendy Liu （刘文华）出生于中国大陆，1994年6月移民新西兰，同年信主。1999年毕业于New Covenant Bible College New Zealand。与丈夫魏建和育有两个女儿Gloria & Grace。Wendy 曾担任奥克兰新希望中国教会传道、基督教晨星报行政主任。及参与组织安排一些大型华人教会联合特会。2015年一月正式加入MBCC，任华语传道，负责教会华人弟兄姊妹的牧养关怀。
Chinese Pastoral Care Worker
Ann Yao (Administrator)
Ann Yao serves as our Church Administrator. She took over from Jacky Sun in May 2016 after Jacky stepped down to further his studies. Ann is from Shanghai, China and came to New Zealand with her husband Richard and son Sammy in Oct 2000. She became a re-born Christian in Aug 1992 in Shanghai and had baptised two years later. After completed her Diploma in Mission at Carey Baptist College in 2006, Ann has started to take part in various ministries actively at MBCC since early 2007.
Our Elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church. Both the Old and New Testaments repeatedly employ the metaphor of "shepherding" to describe the spiritual leadership of God's people. Not surprisingly, the New Testament views elders as shepherds as well (e.g. Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). The elders' mission is to lead, teach, protect and love their church members the way shepherds care for the sheep in a flock so that the church members will grow up into spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-13). We currently have four Elders.
Pr. Abri Brancken
Abri is our Leading Pastor. To read a short bio about Abri, please scroll to the top of this page.
Pr. David Yeh
David is our Associate Pastor. To read a short bio about David, please scroll up.
Originally from Hong Kong studied counselling at Laidlaw College(formerly the Bible College of New Zealand) and now has his own practice. Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Family Keeperswhich provides counselling services to the Asian community. He is also a volunteer support worker in Victim Support and a volunteer counsellor in the Salvation Army's Oasis Centre for Treatment of Problem Gambling. Michael is married to Emily and they have two daughters.
David is from from Nanjing in China where he lectured at Nanjing Normal University. David is married to Michelle and they have two daughters.