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About Us

About Us: About Us

Atomic Church is a division of the Kawerau Community Church Trust Board. 

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Atomic Church is based in Rotorua and Kawerau, sitting as a charitable trust under the name Kawerau Community Church Trust Board. 1996, a small team of 10 adult helpers and 5 kids started a kid’s club in Kawerau with whoever walked in off the street. One year later this little group had grown to 45; we then proceeded to take them on a kid’s camp where they all got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.


As a follow up plan, we decided to meet them all the Sunday morning after camp, from there we just kept meeting and meeting until we realised that God had sovereignly planted this church (KFC Kids For Christ) and with no planning or vision we just loved everyone and anyone who arrived.


Within a small amount of time those kids became teenagers and those teenagers became adults, so we transitioned from a kid’s church through to an adult church (Kawerau Community Church) over several years. In 2016 we planted our Rotorua church and with a fresh vision in mind we changed our name into Atomic (A Tent of Meetings In Christ) and rebranded all that we do for both locations.

ATOMIC is a spirit-filled and spirit-led church that is called to love and serve our communities with the grace, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ.


We seek to change lives, empower people, and serve our community with the following values:

  • Love – Changing lives only happens when we can love people past their current situation

  • Unity – Empowering people by creating a whanau based environment, that includes things like, identity, inclusion, guidance and boundaries, giving the devil no room to cause division between each other, the Lord and the call of God on our lives

  • Serve – serving causes partnership, not only inside the church but outside the church as well.

About Us: Meet the Team
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Our Pastors

Ps Matai & Cissie Bennett

Our Board

Matai Bennett - Chairman

Inuwai Hurae - Treasurer

Paea Paul - Trustee

Rangitukehu Paul - Trustee

Leanne Atutahi - Trustee

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