Kelly and Melanie Watkinson


Pastors Kelly & Melanie Watkinson lead Celebration with fresh vision to see Christchurch City & surrounding areas won for Christ & to see a people passionately in love with Jesus, zealous about his works & bold in the declaration of their faith.

With that vision in mind, we are moving full steam ahead with excitement at what God is doing through our local church.

Come experience the place we call home!


We believe that church should be a place that is full of life, excitement, and the transforming presence of God. When you visit Celebration, you will experience just that. Our worship is high energy and passionate, we teach from the Bible in a powerful but practical way. Every week hundreds of people are finding hope and encountering new life during our weekend services.

From the quality nursery and fun-filled children’s service to the relevant, inspiring teaching, there is something for everyone! Most importantly, you’ll experience the presence of God.

But rather than let us tell you about it, come check it out for yourself! Visit us and see what we’re all about!


Celebration Centre Church was founded in 1990 by Pastors Murray and Nancy Watkinson. Today it’s an established, strong, and thriving local church, and Murray and Nancy have progressed to establish several other Celebration churches in New Zealand, the United States, Uganda, and Rarotonga.

Kelly and Melanie Watkinson undertook some lead-pastor duties at Celebration Church Christchurch in January 2011, including administrative, pastoral, and weekend service responsibilities. Kelly continued stepping into his new role working hands–on with every aspect of the church in the months that followed.


Now Kelly and Melanie have responsibility for most happenings in the day-to-day life of the church. Murray and Nancy remain as senior oversight and at times continue to minister in the local church at weekend and midweek services and key senior leadership meetings.

Murray and Nancy also continue to lead the Celebration movement churches and remain focused on giving apostolic vision and direction to senior movement church leadership. They host the Celebration movement annual conference in Christchurch.

Additionally, they oversee the business development /investment arm of the church, and building construction projects.

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