A bit about St Paul’s 
in the Park

Saint Paul’s Anglican Church was built in 1886, the year of the Tarawera eruption, to serve the growing rural area of East Tamaki, on the outskirts of Auckland. For over 125 years the church has been a landmark and focal point for the people living in this valley.

St Pauls in the Park - church interior

St Pauls in the Park - church exterior

As the area has changed over the years, so the life and ministry of Saint Paul’s has adapted and grown. Now, with the rapid growth of Dannemora, Donnegal Park, and Flat Bush, St Paul’s is in the centre of a thriving multi-cultural neighbourhood, and remains a landmark given its location within Barry Curtis Park.

We have always been a neighbourhood church, and still work hard to reflect the hopes and needs of the people who live and work around us. The little church is a haven of spiritual peace. It is also the home of a growing congregation committed to the spiritual growth and health of the Flat Bush area.

We would love for you to join us in this exciting and challenging work.

When do we gather?

We have two Sunday morning services.

Sunday 9.00 am

Holy Communion

Sunday 10.15 am

Praise and worship, including Holy Communion.

Singing is a feature of our worship at St Paul’s in the Park. If you enjoy singing, join us at the 10.15 am service.

Welcome to Sunday School

On Sundays we meet together with the church family in the hall, during the 10.15 am service. We later proceed to the church where the children are actively involved in Sunday School.

They share special items of news they may have, and a prayer/song together. Bible lessons are presented through varied activities such as stories, video clips, pictures, crafts or a game.

We all return to the Sunday church service where the children join their families to receive Holy Communion. After the notices they are encouraged and given an opportunity by Rev. Warner Wilder to step forward and share/show their Sunday School activity with the rest of the church family.

St Paul’s Ministry Team

Priest in Charge

The Rev’d Warner Wilder

Warner Wilder after 29 years as chaplain of Kings College, Otahuhu is now Priest in Charge at St Paul’s in the Park. After an early career in sheep-farming, Warner went on to be ordained into the Anglican Church and spent four years as Vicar of his local country parish of Porongahau, in the Hawkes’ Bay before becoming Chaplain at Kings College.


Associate Clergy

The Rev’d Ann McLean

Ann has two married adult children and five grandchildren. She is trained as a registered nurse, hospital midwife, and operating theatre nurse, and has worked in London, Manchester, Tasmania, Perth WA, Melbourne and Auckland. She is interested in pastoral care, mainly with older people and was ordained in February 2006. Previous parishes are St Peters, Pakuranga and St Johns, Bucklands Beach. Ann has served at St Paul’s since 2008.

Sunday School

Bernadene Adonis

Bernie is a retired school teacher, who currently still works as Support Staff at a school. She is married to Joss Adonis and they have three grown-up daughters. She has always been passionate about children, enjoys working with them, and is involved in the Sunday School ministry of our church.

Mervis Wilder

Music Leader

Mervis Wilder

Mervis is married to Rev Warner Wilder. She hails from Zambia and is the mother of four young children. Back home she led the singing at her church in Lusaka, St Agnes Anglican Church.