One day not long after the loss of his Dad, Peter’s sister took him to church. When the preacher asked if anyone wanted to receive Jesus as their Savior Peter found himself standing with tears streaming down his cheeks. Peter knew straight away he was meant to start preaching the Gospel. Not really knowing what that meant or how to go about it, he asked a minister in Stratford, New Zealand, how to become a preacher.
After Peter and Bev married, he began a successful career in sales, breaking records at every company he worked for. But the couple, who by then had two young sons, felt called to start a church. In 1982, Bays Christian Fellowship was born into humble beginnings. Meeting in St Anne’s Hall in Browns Bay, Peter and Bev started with just 20 people, including themselves and their boys.
At first, Peter continued selling real-estate because he wanted to be self-supporting. But then God challenged him to give up selling, and the family lived off their assets for two years.”God was challenging me to go full-time into ministry. The Bible says he who preaches the Gospel should earn his living by the Gospel. But I took on part-time jobs because I didn’t want to draw an income from the church.”
So for five years, Peter did whatever it took to survive and provide for his family. He did everything from cleaning at Rangitoto College to selling second-hand vacuum cleaners, to installing dummy security cameras. However, motivated to follow God’s plan, Peter eventually took a leap of faith and began his full-time career as a minister – spurred on by a scripture that still guides his actions to this day: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15 NIV).Since then, Bays Christian Fellowship has become City Impact Church. Peter and Bev have seen it grow to include five campuses in New Zealand, and more around the world including Tonga, Canada, India and Mexico.
Now home to thousands of people, the church runs programs for children, youth, and senior adults and even produces its own television show. The church’s North Shore campus has a school on site that runs from primary right through to secondary level.
Peter says he is deeply grateful to be able to lead City Impact Church, working towards fulfilling its vision and helping others find God. “Before I gave my life to Jesus, it was all about me. I was living for myself. But when you become born again you realize it’s not about you. It’s about God first, and about other people as wel
Today, City Impact Church averages thousand of members, and the Campus now covers eight acres of land with facilities including a Christian school, a childcare center, offices, arts academy, cafe, 900 seat chapel and the 2500 seat sanctuary.
I encourage you to check out City Impact Church (www.CityImpactChurch.com
) and learn from the ministry and mission of Pastor Mortlock and his team. You will be challenged to raise the standard of your personal life and ministry. I look forward to serving with you in the winners circle!
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