2018 2nd Year Interns
Which Presbytery did you come from? Alpine
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Alpine Presbytery at Hope Presbyterian Church (Hornby site)
Where did you study your theology qualification? BTheol from Laidlaw College (Christchurch)
Tell us about your family Originally from Atlanta, USA. Been in NZ for 8 years. Married to Jocelyn. Daughter, Emerysn (Emmy), 2 dogs, 2 cats. Father in law, Colin Price, is minister for Amuri Cooperating parish. I enjoy an eclectic array of music from Punk rock to do-wop, hip-hop, to Wagner. I enjoy sports. I’m an amateur film buff. I love Marvel Comics and all the Marvel movies.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry I’m attracted to the beauty of life; creation, mystery, art, love, the beauty of God, the beauty of the Gospel. The beauty of the Gospel is what I feel called to share and to do so in ways that convey the beauty of God, of creation, of humanity, and the beauty found in the relationship between three.
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Kaimai Presbytery at Whakatane Parish
Where did you study your theology qualification? Laidlaw College
Tell us about your family I am happily married to Robert. We have two adult (step)sons, though I dropped the step a long time ago. Thei names are Tom and Rowan, with my eldest, Tom got married to Renae last year.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry My passion for ministry comes from a deep sense of being sold out for the communitiy that my Lord leads me to serve, and how he leads me to make the name Jesus famous in that place. My passion comes through the people who I meet, both inside and outside the church walls, with a particular passion for rural, small town and indigenous communities. This sense of call and passion extends to my community involvement as a volunteer fireman, and a civil defence first responder. My passion for ministry can be expressed in Romans 10 v 14 – 15. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? St Margaret’s Church and New Mission Seedling in Prestons.
Where did you study your theology qualification? Grad Dip in Bibs and BTheol(Hon) at Otago University.
Tell us about your family I’m married to Andrew, who is the minister at St Margaret’s in Christchurch. We have sons aged 12 and 10 and daughters aged 7 and 5.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry For me, the call “to go and make disciples,” involves journeying alongside people; and in this regard, the shepherding imagery of Ezekiel 36 and Luke 15 resonates with me. It also involves teaching, and I am invigorated by teaching and learning. Whilst I am always learning and growing in my own understanding, I feel called, as Peter was, to feed the sheep. I hope and pray that what I teach and learn is founded on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that it reminds us that we and the whole cosmos are being made new in him by the Spirit! By being involved in a New Mission Seedling in Prestons, Christchurch, I am exploring and experimenting with what it means to “go and make disciples” in an un-churched community.
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Northern Presbytery at Kohimarama Presbyterian, Auckland with Rev. Nikki Watkin-Ward.
Where did you study your theology qualification? Laidlaw College, Henderson Campus, Auckland.
Tell us about your family I was born and raised in Whanganui. I love music, sport and old suitcases. I have a primary teaching background and came into the internship from Massey Presbyterian where I worked for seven years as a youth and young adults’ Pastor. I am married to Hope and together we farm four energetic boys Lucian, Dominic , Elias and Theo.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry I believe in authentic Christ-centred community as a means to grow and support the body. I am passionate about ground-up ministry; where initiatives are encouraged and given the freedom, and resources, to come to life. I like to think theologically and to present the scriptures in creative memorable ways so that people are inspired into their Kingdom callings (through the Spirit). I also believe there is a lot to be learned and gained from various ancient and contemporary practises of worship and Spirituality; including liturgy, music (both contemporary and ancient) and symbolism as meaningful ways to connect with God communally. Overall, my heart is to see worship, church-life and church-community that is empowered by the Spirit (in both word and deed) and focussed on the person of Jesus Christ. A communal church life that is authentic, compassionate, enmeshed (outside of the church-building) in varying ways in its surrounding community, and which is so full of love, grace and truth that it draws in those outside of a professing faith.
Hone Te Rire
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Kaimai Presbytery at Nawton Community Presbyterian Church, Hamilton.
Where did you study your theology qualification? Te Wananga-a-Rangi, Te Aka Puaho & Department of Theology & Religion, University of Otago
Tell us about your family married to Hani Hunia, six children – 24, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17yrs & 3 mokopuna; previous relationship, two children – 31 & 29yrs & 5 mokopuna; Nickii Maria MacPherson – deceased, NI, 1996, aged 16yrs
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry “He pononga koe mo te Atua, katahi, ka rua, he pononga koe mo to iwi” [a servant to God first, and a servant to your people second] (words of wisdom from my late Aunty Millie Te Kaawa to me, Feb 2012)
I grew up in West Otago wanting to be a vet but God had other ideas. In my second last year of high school, God completely changed my passion, from animals to people for His glory. I then studied Theology at Otago University before working at Camp Columba, running ministry camps in Pukerau, Southland. During this time I married Cecil who is a registered nurse and currently specialised in mental health. In 2015 we pack our bags and moved to Australia for 9 months before starting our OE. We then travelled around the world for 9 months which was absolutely amazing. I began my internship in 2016 at Leith Valley Presbyterian Church and Student Soul (Dunedin). I was on parental leave in 2017 and now in 2018 I am continuing my internship at Mornington Presbyterian Church (Dunedin). I am interested in new or different ways of doing church but more interested in what God is doing. Seeing people understand God’s love for them and come into closer relationship with Him excites me a lot! I also like a good book, the outdoors- a lot, movies, gardening, playing sport (not watching it) catching up for “coffees”, and other similar things.
2018 1st Year Interns
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Pleasant Point Presbyterian Church
Where did you study your theology qualification? Otago University
Tell us about your family Married to the talented Angela. Our two energetic children are Eloise (5) and Daniel (3).
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry I find joy, comfort and energy in the story that God calls us to be a part of. I seek to encourage and sustain people who are already in that story, and to call others to it from the story that the world tells us is all we need.
Which Presbytery did you come from? Alpine
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Grants Braes & The South Dunedin Project
Where did you study your theology qualification? Laidlaw College (ChCh)
Tell us about your family I’m married to Sheree and together we have a 3 year old daughter, Laura. I’ve been working with young people for the past 18 years and my favourite colour is Green.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry I am passionate about the Church stepping up and into the role that God has called us to, being light and bringing hope.
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And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Mahurangi Presbyterian Church, Warkworth
Where did you study your theology qualification? Laidlaw College (Christchurch)
Tell us about your family Married to Vanessa, and we have one daughter Madelyn (16months old)
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry passionate about seeing God’s life-giving and transformative power at work within people
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Student Soul, a mission congregation for young adults. It is focused on forming disciples in Dunedin’s young adult environment, especially the University and Polytech.
Where did you study your theology qualification? Having graduated in late-2017 from an invigorating course of study through the Otago Uni Theology department, Tom is feeling well placed to withstand the barrage of assignments that the KCML staff are poised to throw at him. (Bring it on).
Tell us about your family Husband; Father; Brother; Son; Friend; Colleague. Enjoys life and it’s various activities.
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? Kawerau Presbyterian of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Where did you study your theology qualification? Auckland University.
Tell us about your family I’m married to Tuliloaina, and we have two teenage daughters; Moana Larrisa 23yrs & Loto Virginia 22yrs. They are both attending Auckland University this year and my wife and our two daughters live at our home in Manurewa Auckland.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry Engaging with people at my placement of intern, adjusting to my new enviroment, learning new culture and community. I love music, contemporary and tradition praising and hymns of worship. I love reading the four gospels and proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God.
And which Presbytery and placement are you in for your internship? East Taieri Church
Where did you study your theology qualification? Laidlaw College BTh and MTh
Tell us about your family I am married to Jessica and we have a son – Elias. We have a second child due late June 2018.
Tell us about your love and passion for ministry There’s something about Jesus—his incarnation, life, death and resurrection—that sets my heart alight. That this God chooses to know us and heal our fractured selves. My passion in ministry is seeing people delight in the redeeming love of God and going with the Holy Spirit to heal the wounds of the world around us.