Dean of Studies/Acting Principal
Rev Dr Geoff New
B Min (BCNZ), D Min (ACT)
Geoff New commenced as Dean of Studies in 2015. His employment background was as an Employment Officer (Dept of Labour) in South Auckland and working in Human Resources for the Manukau Housing Corporation. In 1993, Geoff began his study for Bachelor of Ministries majoring in pastoral care at the Bible College of NZ (now Laidlaw College). In 1996-1997 he attended the School of Ministry (Knox College) as one of the first three ordinands in the newly developed Ordination Studies Programme. In 1997 Geoff was called to Papakura East and Hunua Presbyterian Church where he was minister until appointed Dean of Studies (KCML). During his time at Papakura East, Geoff was also a Police Chaplain for five years for the Counties-Manukau Police District, lectured in preaching for five years at Laidlaw College, lectured on occasions at Carey Baptist College and since 2011 has been a trainer for Langham Preaching (nz.langham.org) with responsibility in South Asia. Since 2012 he has been the director for Kiwimade Preaching (kiwimadepreaching.com) which is the NZ expression of Langham Preaching. Kiwimade Preaching aims to encourage, challenge and resource preachers within the NZ context. Geoff was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2011 through the Australian College of Theology. His thesis was entitled: “Back to the Future: The impact of the ancient disciplines of Lectio Divina and Ignatian Gospel Contemplation on contemporary preaching.” Geoff is married to Ruth. They have three adult children: Rebekah (married to James), Josiah and Luke. Geoff enjoys indoor rowing, biking, silent retreats and movies (not silent).
Geoff has authored three books:
Management Support Officer
Rev Dr Darryl Tempero
Darryl commenced his role with KCML in January 2021. He has comprehensive experience in a wide-range of PCANZ ministry contexts. He has had well over 30 years’ experience in local, presbytery, and national roles. Darryl planted Kiwi Church (Christchurch) nine years ago and continues to lead there. Since 2011, Darryl has also been a resource minister for Alpine Presbytery.He has served on the KCML Advisory Board, and more recently convened the principal’s support group. Darryl is currently the convenor for LSC. He has relinquished this role to take up the position at KCML. Darryl lectures in formation at Laidlaw College (Christchurch). He was awarded his DMin with distinction from Fuller Theological College in 2017. As Management Support Officer, Darryl works closely with the KCML Dean of Studies/Acting Principal. This role demands a unique mix of gifts and skills for assisting in: the management of KCML; supporting the work of formation of interns; and development of the wider leadership of the PCANZ.
Ministry Formation Co-ordinator
Dr Rev Paul Prestidge
Paul commenced his role with KCML in November 2020, and has been a minister at Miramar Uniting Church, Wellington, since 2010. Prior to that for 13 years, he was minister at St James Presbyterian Church, New Plymouth. Paul has a clear call to form leaders for the Church in mission. This has been lived in his leadership of the Good Soil Collective (3DM) and in numerous roles across the life of the PCANZ, including as Co-convener of the National Assessment Workgroup, Moderator of Taranaki Presbytery, and as Wellington Regional Moderator. Paul is a life-long learner with a deep self-awareness. Paul brings community involvement: as a former Chair of Wellington Restorative Justice Trust and Taranaki Restorative Justice Trust, and as a supporter of Myanmar refugees resettled in Wellington who have become his friends. He gained a Doctorate of Ministry, exploring the Sermon on the Mount as an evangelistic text (2012). He has a clear passion for personal spirituality, using language of “journeying with” to describe the formation journey of interns. With his term of call at Miramar Uniting ending, Paul is sensing a call to church plant.
New Ministry Formation Co-ordinator for KCML
Rev Nikki Watkin
Nikki commenced her role with KCML in Jan 2020. She is a highly experienced parish minister, serving first at Knox Presbyterian Church in Fielding 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.
Susan began on a casual basis at KCML in March 2017 assisting Registrar, Catherine Van Dorp prior to her departure the month following. The role has changed a little since Catherine left, with much of the financial reporting and processing now handled by our Wellington office. Susan works 18 hours per week (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) and undertakes a variety of administrative duties. With a background in banking, finance and administration, the position and hours of work were a good fit for Susan and KCML. She lives locally with her partner David, and two teenage children, Cameron and Darcy, and spends a good portion of her two days off per week volunteering, organising and attending events associated with her son’s school and musical pursuit’s and daughters school, sporting, and dance activities.
Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin 9010.