Rev Dr Steve Taylor

BHort; BTheol; MTheol (Hons); PhD

Phone: DDI:  03 473 0784; Cellphone: 022 155 2427
Address: Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Knox College, Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin 9010
Twitter: @emergentkiwi

Steve was born in Papua New Guinea and initially worked on orchards in Central Otago before training for Baptist ministry and serving in church planting and pastoral ministry in Auckland and Christchurch. He has lectured for Laidlaw College, Uniting College for Leadership and Theology and Flinders University and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Carey Baptist College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Tabor College, University of Otago and Charles Sturt University. His interests are in missiology, practical theology, indigenous Christologies and popular culture.  He has been a film reviewer for Touchstone magazine since 2005, is the author of The Out of Bounds Church? and Built for Change and gained a Flinders University Vice-Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. He speaks across a range of denominations and countries in areas of innovation, missiology and being church today. He joined the Knox team in 2015 as Principal, after serving as Director of Missiology, Post-graduate Coordinator and Principal of Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in Adelaide, Australia. He is married to Lynne Taylor and they enjoy two teenagers and the beauty of Otago Peninsula.

Senior Lecturer

Rev Dr Kevin Ward

MA(Hons) (Canterbury); BD, PGDipEd, DipTchg, PhD (Otago); DipMin (NZBTC); MCAIRANZ

Phone: 03 473 0786; 021 490 913
Staff page
Blog: Resourcing the Church
Teaching: Church Leadership, Church and Society, Preaching

Kevin joined the team here at Knox in 2003, when it was the School of Ministry. His previous experience has been as a secondary school teacher, Baptist minister and then for thirteen years as a lecturer and Associate Dean at the Christchurch Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College). As well as his roles at KCKL he is also and Adjunct Lecturer in Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. His academic field is practical theology and his particular interests are in church life and leadership. His research interests are in religion and church in contemporary society and in congregational studies. He has published widely in these areas in New Zealand (and some overseas), for both academic and more general readers. His current focus is on migration and church in New Zealand. He keeps himself balanced by walking, cycling, tramping, golf, music (a self confessed Beatles nut) movies (has taught on Spirituality in Film at the University of Otago) and enjoys red wine and good coffee.

Auckland Coordinator

Rev Dr Mark Johnston

BSC (Hons) Victoria; BD (BCNZ); Dip Tchg (Christchurch); DMin (Fuller) 

Phone: 09 526 6369; 021 242 3735
Address: c/o Carey Baptist College, 473 Great South Road, PO Box 12149, Penrose, Auckland 1642
Staff page
Blog: Skenoo

Mark moved from Secondary School teaching to work in student ministry with Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) before being ordained in the PCANZ in 1998. He served at Wadestown Presbyterian Church in Wellington before leaving for the U.K. to work with the Church of Scotland in a church planting and community ministry role in Aberdeen. He has been instrumental in exploring and pioneering new patterns of worship and community, and latterly community ministry. He joined the Knox Centre in 2009 and coordinates the Auckland and Northern operations of the Centre. He maintains interests and teaches in the missional transitioning of church, leadership, and Fresh Expressions and has completed a Doctorate of Ministry with Alan Roxburgh and Mark Lau Branson at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is married to Carolyn Kelly with 2 adult children and one teenager and is enjoying living in central city Auckland, walking, leaving the car at home and doing up an old council flat. His current research and practical interests are in the geography of cities and neighbourhoods and how we might comprehend mission in the built environments we live in.

Lecturer and Dean of Studies

Rev Dr Geoff NewGeoff 4

B Min (BCNZ), D Min (ACT)

Phone: 03 473 0785; 0274 416 970
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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 ( with responsibility in South Asia. Since 2012 he has been the director for Kiwimade Preaching ( 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).

Thornton Blair Research Fellow

 Dr Rosemary Dewerse                     R Dewerse

BA; BMus; DipTchg; GradDip; MA ; PhD

Phone: 0204 0687665


Based in Auckland

Rosemary grew up the daughter of Presbyterian ministry parents serving in Mangakino, north Christchurch and Waikaka Valley, Southland. She married Roelant in her university home church, St Pauls Trinity Pacific, Christchurch, then was part of Fairfield Presbyterian, Hamilton. She began teaching secondary Music and English before studying theology. Since then she has worked in the design and delivery of programs for leaders across the church in England, Central Asia (in a Korean-founded seminary), Australia (for the SA Uniting Church) and Aotearoa New Zealand, including for Te Whare Wananga o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa. Rosemary is interested in and supervises doctoral students in missional church, contextual theologies and indigenous hermeneutics, intercultural engagement, and spirituality. She chairs the Council of Interserve(NZ). Rosemary has published Breaking Calabashes: Becoming an Intercultural Community; Nga Kai-rui i Te Rongopai: Seven Early Maori Christians, edited We are Pilgrims: Mission from, in and with the Margins of our Diverse World, and Moving Together: Missional Songs for God’s People and was privileged to ghost-write Yarta Wandatha by Aboriginal woman Denise Champion. Enjoying creativity and hanging out with Roelant, children Mereem and Jean-Luc, wider family and friends, she plays piano, writes songs, and reads novels, including those her children have on the go.


Susan Peters

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.

Phone: 034730783


Presbyterian Church Schools Resource Office

Director: Rev Sharon Ross Ensor

BTheol (Otago)

Sharon has held the role of Director of the Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office since 2014. She is employed for 24 hours a week and works to resource and support the ‘special character’ ie the Christian ethos within a Presbyterian/Reformed tradition in the twelve schools (on fourteen campuses) within the NZ Presbyterian schools’ network. This work involves some travel around NZ to connect with staff of the schools, particularly the Chaplains and Principals as well as Religious Education teachers and Board members. When she is not travelling Sharon is based at the Presbyterian church’s national office in Wellington.

Sharon was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1988 and has served in three parishes in Auckland and Wellington as well as a brief time in school chaplaincy in Lower Hutt.

She has had extensive involvement in the Presbyterian church both regionally and nationally.

Sharon is married to Brian, a palliative care specialist and they have two young adult children.

Sharon works three days a week in this role, mainly Wednesdays to Fridays.
C/- PCANZ Assembly Office, PO Box 9049, Wellington 6141
Phone: 027 810 4358

Worship and Music Enabler for PCANZ

Rev Malcolm Gordon

BTheol and PGDipMin (both Otago)
Phone: 027 476 7603

Postal address

Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin 9010.