About

The Baptist Student Hostel has been providing high quality accommodation and delicious food since we opened our doors in 1972. Generations of Palmerston North students have loved their time with us and still maintain friendships that started right here.

For more detailed information about the hostel please refer to the BSH Information booklet.

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The Managers

The hostel is run by our two amazing on-site managers, Graeme & Sharon Roff, who run the daily hostel operations and tirelessly serve the students in many ways. Graeme and Sharon attend a local church and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.

Board of Trustees

The Baptist Student Hostel is overseen by a Board of Trusties made up of 6 volunteer members from various backgrounds.

Geoff Dixon
Geoff joined the Board in 2012 and took on the role of Chairman in 2013. His passion is to see the legacy of the Hostel continue as a place where students can start well in fulfilling their dreams. Geoff leads an active life as Senior Pastor of Hokowhitu Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic church in Palmerston North. He is married to Sonja and they have 5 adult children and 2 grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and exploring the beauty of God’s creation.

Terry Southern
Terry joined the Board in 2014 and was actually a student resident at the hostel in his undergraduate days at Massey. His passion is to see the hostel maintain its position as one of the very best and most enjoyable places of student accommodation in Palmerston North. Terry attends Central Baptist Church and has interests in aviation, the outdoors, science, engineering, philosophy and spending time with his wife Kate and their three children.

May Dabb
May joined the board in 2013 and is an active member of Hokowhitu Baptist Church. She has a passion for young people which saw her in a role of teachers aid at Awatapu High school for many years, and she is a regular visitor to the Hostel in a pastoral capacity. Most Sundays her lounge is filled with young people from her church and the Hostel. She enjoys camping with her husband Rob, drinking coffee, visiting cafes, meeting people, coffee and more coffee.

Helen Aim
Helen joined the board in 2016 and has taken on the role of secretary, and brings her youth and vitality to the Board. Helen attends Hokowhitu Baptist Church, and loves camping with her husband Peter, playing board games, travelling and chocolate. 

James Anderson
James joined the board in 2016 and attends Hokowhitu Baptist Church. James was a student at the Hostel in 2010 and also a tenant of our flats in 2012-13. He loves technology and is employed in the IT industry. He is married to Morgan and they have two daughters. 

Yvonne Stevenson
Yvonne joined the board in 2017 and brings experience from her time as a board member with another Christian accommodation provider in the Manawatu.