The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership forms ministers and leaders for service in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and partner churches.

We work in partnership with a variety of groups and networks, including Te Aka Puaho, the Pacific Island Synod, the Council of Asian Congregations, Presbyteries, United District Councils, and congregations.

In addition to training people for National Ordained Ministry, the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership also provides training for Local Ordained MinistersLocal Ministry Teams and other recognised ministries in the Church. We support presbyteries and congregations in their leadership development, and help resource continuing ministry formation among the Presbyterian Church’s ministers and elders.

Events and Notices

On behalf of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML) I announce the news that Rev Dr Mark Johnston is leaving his role at KCML. Our loss is the Kingdom’s gain. Our sadness is the loss of exceptional and gifted leadership.

Mark will be taking up a teaching role overseas, and joins his wife, Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, who has been appointed to a university chaplain role in Scotland. We will share more on this once their immigration matters are completed and their departure date is finalised. I will also let you know a time for us to gather to celebrate this season of ministry.

As Mark looks to forward to his future, I would like to take a moment to reflect on his past.

Mark has provided twelve years of dedicated, pioneering and innovative service as a KCML Fieldwork Co-ordinator and ministry formator. As the inaugural Auckland Co-ordinator, Mark played a signicant role in establishing KCML nationally.

At KCML, Mark has taught worship and mission and overseen internships. His attention to the whole person in formation has strengthened the development of the NOM internship programme. He has also led workshops, professional development opportunities and assisted presbyteries, PYM, PressGo, Presbyterian Support, and the Presbyterian Development Society.

While at KCML, Mark completed his Doctorate of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. This investment in study led to further innovation, particularly in developing practices around New Mission Seedlings and training through Lighthouse, Listening in Mission and Experimenting in Mission. These have gained international affirmation, with requests for materials from Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ethiopia.

New Ministry Formation co-ordinator for KCML 

Rev Dr Fei Taule’ale’ausumai Davis has been appointed as a part-time ministry formation co-ordinator at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

Fei takes up the part-time role of ministry formation co-ordinator in March. The role is shared with Rev Nikki Watkin who began in February 2020.

Fei is an Aotearoa-born Samoan. Her father Taule’ale’ausumai Fa’asiu came from the village of Faletagaloa in Safune, Savaii and her mother Viola Sooialo is from the villages of Vailima and Alamagoto in Upolu. 

Fei brings considerable experience of Christian ministry to the task of forming ministers and resourcing leaders, and we are very excited to have her on board, says Knox Centre principal, Steve Taylor who headed the recruitment panel.

Fei has been a chaplain at Maclaurin Chapel, a national youth-coordinator for the PCANZ and a parish minister at St Andrews Presbyterian. Fei is currently the minister at Pt Chevalier Presbyterian, and will continue in this role alongside her new responsibilities as ministry formation co-ordinator.

Fei has also served internationally as a lecturer at St Andrews College and Selly Oak School of Mission and World Christianity in England and regionally, as Pacific Regional Secretary for the Council of World Mission.

Steve observed that Fei impressed during the interview with her depth of spirituality, her passion for forming leaders and her inter-cultural academic capacity.  

“Fei’s PhD research focused on migration and faith across three generations. It offers an exciting approach to church history and the Presbyterian commitment to being reformed and reforming, by holding together respect for those who have gone before, while discerning changing contexts,” says Steve.

Fei is excited about the opportunity to be at the coal face of ministry formation. 

“I have always felt called to teaching and engaging with people by accompanying them on their ministry journey. KCML is about enabling and empowering our students to be culturally and contextually relevant and ready for Christian ministry within our churches and communities and in society as a whole. It is a privilege to be called to be part of this journey.”      

Fei’s appointment is for a fixed term out of respect for the ongoing review being conducted by Council of Assembly.

Fractional applications from different geographic locations around New Zealand were welcomed in the hope of enhancing the diversity of the Knox Centre faculty, explains Steve.

In the process of making appointments to the ministry formation roles, he says new partnerships between Knox Centre, the local parishes of Kohimarama Presbyterian and Pt Chevalier Co-operating and Northern Presbytery have been forged.

New Ministry Formation Co-ordinator for KCML

KCML are delighted to announce the appointment of Rev Nikki Watkin as Ministry Formation Co-ordinator at KCML.

Nikki is a highly experienced parish minister, serving first at Knox Presbyterian Church in Feilding and for the last 20 years at Kohimarama Presbyterian Church. Her Master of Ministry was in Christian education and was shaped by a strong sense of call to form leaders.

On behalf of the recruitment team, Steve Taylor, KMCL Principal observed how Nikki impressed during the interview with her passion for church and for leaders, her indepth knowledge of PCANZ and her desire to bring clarity and grace to leaders.  “Nikki will be a wonderful addition to the life of KCML and the wider PCANZ. She presented as a highly effective adult educator, with skills and experience that would translate wonderfully into the intern environment. She has experience already with KCML internship process through being a Mentoring Minister.”

Nikki comments “I am really excited about this opportunity to be part of the KCML team, to share my love for ministry and be challenged to keep growing in Christ, as I join the journey of those training for ministry and leadership.”

Staffing gaps had emerged at KCML with the retirement of Kevin Ward.  The role was advertised as fixed term, out of respect for the ongoing reviews being conducted by Council of Assembly. Fractional appointments and from different geographic locations around New Zealand were encouraged.

Nikki will be placed 0.3, continuing her ministry at Kohimarama.  This partnership between parish, Presbytery and national church is exciting.

This is half of the appointment process and KCML expect to make a further announcement shortly.

Steve Taylor


Mission Action Experimenting

Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership invites ministry leaders and practitioners to join in an action experimenting course in local mission. This builds on listening work done in your local community.

An online webinar

You can find details here Mission Action Experimenting Course Poster