About Mike & Joy Connell

Mike and Joy Connell were the founding Pastors of Bay City Church, Hastings New Zealand. Formerly both
science graduates and school teachers, they pioneered a Christian school in Dannevirke, NZ in 1978, and
then pastored their local church for seven years before moving to Hastings, in 1985.
They led a Church planting movement in New Zealand for ten years, and from their church sent missions
teams and missionaries into more than 20 different countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the
Pacific. Ministry accomplished includes Power Evangelism, Deliverance and Healing Conferences, Bible
School establishment, Bible School Training, Church planting, Church leadership training, Businessmen’s
Conferences, Orphan Aid, Church based Microfinance, Building projects, Preschool establishment,
Satellite TV for Pakistan and Middle East, and practical aid.
Mike has a dynamic teaching and deliverance ministry. He is an internationally recognised teacher of the
Word, who moves powerfully in prophetic, deliverance and inner healing gifts. Mike brings clear teaching
and a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit and is very effective at bringing deliverance and healing and
freedom to those who suffer demonic oppression and are emotionally broken.
Mike brings a revelation of the Father Heart of God that sets people free from an Orphan mindset and
from struggles with rejection and abandonment. His strong love and sensitivity for God and His people
have enabled him to minister and bring great healing to the broken hearted and oppressed, and equip
them for an overcoming life. His passion for healing the broken hearted and deliverance is accompanied
by a passion to equip people to become strong in spirit and in faith and to apply Kingdom principles to
their life and relationships.
Mike has a heart for people and is able to bring a wonderful balance of humour, compassion and truth to
his teaching messages. Mike's anointed messages have affected the hearts of people worldwide and
have equipped and empowered them to advance the Kingdom. Over the years, Mike and Joy have seen
many thousands of people trained and equipped to move in the Spirit and minister healing and
deliverance, and multitudes of people healed and set free of bondage's.
Mike & Joy have seven children and are also very proud grandparents of twenty four grandchildren. They
both believe in strong family values and continuing to invest in the next generation. This is obvious when
you meet them. Mike and Joy travel and minister together, and have a heart for the welfare of pastors
and leaders and their families. Joy carries an amazing ability to connect with people and a passion to
minister healing and freedom.
Mike was ordained by Apostle Clark Taylor of Australia as Pastor and Leader of Christian Outreach Centre
in NZ in 1989.
More recently he was ordained by Apostle Guillermo Maldonado from Miami, Florida, and is part of the
with King Jesus Ministries Network.
He functions as an Apostle and teacher, ministering globally, and also as Apostolic Oversight for BayCity
Outreach Centre, Hastings which is now led by his eldest son David and Kate Connell, and where he and
Joy are based.