Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership work as a team to uphold the vision and values of CityChurch Waitakere; they also work closely with the Senior Pastor in all spiritual, financial and other matters pertaining to the church. These leaders have a desire to show God’s love by being friendly, approachable and caring as they interact with others in the church and community

The Senior Pastors

Sanjai & Sunitha Kandregula

Sanjai is married to Sunitha and has two sons, Samuel and Nathaniel. Sanjai has been in the ministry for over 20 years; he has been working at CityChurch Waitakere for the last 8 years and has been the Senior Pastor since February 2009. 

Prior to migrating to New Zealand in 1999, Sanjai was involved in organizing large crusades and conferences in India. He was also a Principal of a Ministry Training Bible School. He has a great desire to see people coming to know God and enjoys helping people reach their God-given potential. He is crazy about cricket and would watch a game any day, any time.

Sunitha is a primary school teacher by profession. Her heart goes out to families in the community and she loves to take any opportunities that arise to share the love of God. She is passionate to see the move of God in women and children especially. She loves cooking and watching romantic movies.

Associate Pastor

Richard Thomas

Richard is an engineer by profession and has three grown up children. Richard has been serving in various capacities in CityChurch Waitakere for over 10 years and has recently taken on the role as Associate Pastor. Richard brings with him prior experience as pastor, and business acumen.

He is actively involved with mentoring key youth leaders, oversees the youth ministry and has a real passion for people to know the grace of God. Richard plays a key role in the senior leadership team as an oversight member, bringing with him his knowledge of people and management skills.

If you were to ask Richard about his favourite thing to do for fun he would say “eating out!”



John & Maureen Templeton

John and Maureen have been married for 15 years and have been involved in many aspects of church life and leadership.  John is a self-employed consultant in the insurance industry and Maureen helps John in the business.

Currently John oversees the Connect Groups, while Maureen is involved in pastoral care and Healing Rooms.  John has a love for bringing Bible study to life and he also wants to provide opportunities for people to make friends outside of a Sunday service.  Maureen cares for the wellbeing of people who need healing in any area of their lives.

Both John and Maureen love to stay fit, and catch up with family and friends.  They they both love to have a good time and enjoy life with others. 


Richard & Donna Hatch

Richard and Donna have been married for 12 years and have 5 children between them and 11 grandchildren.  Richard is a self-employed builder and Donna currently manages Christians Against Poverty for the Henderson region. She also works part-time as an Executive Assistant for Waitemata District Health Board.

Richard is part of the senior leadership team as an oversight member and he is passionate about men’s ministry and currently leads this within CityChurch Waitakere.  Both Richard and Donna have a real desire to see people’s lives changed through coming to know God and receiving the practical help they may need within the church and community.


Andrew & Deborah Sylvester

Andrew and Deborah have enjoyed being a part of CCW for over 20 years. They have invested their time and talents in many areas of the church. Deborah has led worship and been an integral part of the music ministry at CCW for many years, with a prophetic edge to her leadership. As well as working as a PA in a West Auckland law firm, she loves to express her creativity, running her own interior design business. Andrew has served as a creative and innovative thinker in various leadership roles. His passion is to see people experience the fulfilment that comes from walking and working with God. He works in business development and education and is also a keen sportsperson who regularly competes internationally as a New Zealand age group triathlete. Together they enjoy sharing their time and attention with the CCW family, and love to see people grow in faith and confidence as they pursue their purpose in God.

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