The Very Revd Jamie Allen

 
The Very Revd Jamie Allen

Dean

Tēnā koutou katoa

I was called to St Mary's during 2009 as Vicar, and was then installed as Dean on Saturday 6th March 2010; the day that the Church of St Mary, New Plymouth, became the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. Our cathedral is a Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Its unique history and its present journey blend to create a church with a great sense of love, hope and welcome.

I’m married to Suzy, and we have four very loved children: Danii, Carrie, Katy and Roxy. We farewelled our daughter, Carrie, late 2012, at the end of her three-and-a-half year journey with cancer - during which she showed a depth of faith and courage which goes beyond words. She is also known as "Carrie the Brave" - and rightly so - she was an inspiration to many. She now lies at rest in the churchyard at Taranaki Cathedral - and somehow God continues to bring healing and hope through the life that she lived.

It is a great privilege, through God's grace, to lead the team that God has called to be a Mother Church of care and hospitality for Taranaki. Worship at St Mary's is full of Holy Spirit and JOY. We are listening attentively so that we may be a place of sanctuary, welcome, celebration and lament for all, and a base for transformative outreach – promoting justice and truth.

The daily prayer in which we share (8.30am, Midday and 3.45pm) is the heartbeat of a living faith that shapes and changes the lives of ordinary people. 

I look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand's Oldest Stone Church, and Newest Cathedral, which supports the ministry of New Zealand's archbishop.

Suzy Allen

 
Suzy Allen

Sunday Family Worker

My role as Sunday Family Worker is to co-ordinate the smooth running of our various Sunday morning children's groups. We have Adeptes for teenagers, Faith Crew for 7-10year olds and Fledge Crew for 3-6 year olds. I also arrange baptisms and dedications for families wishing to join our church families. In conjunction with the Ministry Team I also encourage the children to be fully involved with our Family services as well as at other significant church events. With the support of the Church and the help of a wonderful volunteer team, our church family children will know that we all care about them and that, most of all, God cares for them and is always there for them.

The Revd Annie Baigent

 
The Revd Annie Baigent

Vocational Deacon

In her introduction Reverend Gloria Williams raises the question of what vocational deacons do? The team of three at Taranaki Cathedral include, Gloria, myself, and Judy Clarke.  Those of us who have been around the Anglican Church for a while will have met deacons who were doing a curacy before becoming a priest.  This is known as the transitional diaconate.  The vocational diaconate differs.  We are not ‘en route’ to the priesthood with its call of service to the faith community.  Instead we remind the faith community of its vocation of service to the broader community.  

Born and raised in the Waikato, we now live in Taranaki- a place of great beauty, a remarkable and tumultuous history and a wonderful place to watch children grow up.  I have been ordained since 2004.  My role as an occupational therapist in mental health has in part been chosen to heed the liberation theology call to work with those on the margins.

Anne-Marie Cohead

 
Anne-Marie Cohead

Youth Enabler & Ministry Assistant

Hello folks!

I’m here at Taranaki Cathedral for two years on a mission placement. Prior to coming here I lived and worked in the South West of the UK as a youth worker, both in Exeter and Plymouth.

Mission has always been very much a part of my growing in faith and New Zealand has also been on my heart for a few years, so it’s a bit amazing to find God has brought me here to this place!

As Youth Enabler I’ll be leading and teaching the young people, exploring with them how they to can be as Christ in their community and what personal faith in Jesus really looks like. I’ll be doing this through Bible teaching, youth groups, youth events, family services and holiday programmes.

And, as a ministry assistant, I’ll be someone who can fill gaps on rota’s, help cover the PA system as needed and other helpful things with the Cathedral ministry team.

I’m really excited to be here and to experience a new country and a new culture, I’m sure I’m going to learn a whole heap more than I teach, but I’m looking forward to this adventure with God!

The Revd Bruno Egli

 
The Revd Bruno Egli

Assistant Priest

 I am married to Kathi; we have one Son Peter and three grandchildren.

 I had an adventurous mind making me want to travel. Left my native Switzerland aged 22 years. Some 4 years later at a family church camp the presence of the Lord Jesus became so real that my life started to change. This brought Kathi and me closer to each other, as I learned to walk with the Lord. Eventually the Lord impressed on us to make a new start and we moved from South Africa to New Zealand in 1975. Two years later found us at St John’s Theological College in Auckland, ordained in 1980. We have served the Methodist Church in Richmond (Nelson), the Cooperating Parish in Bell Block, then the Hastings and Havelock North Methodist Parish. Some dramatic events in the late 1999 brought some major changes; we came back to New Plymouth to be closer to our son and his family. To support ourselves I became a funeral director until my retirement. Some dialogue took place with Bishop Phillip and with his support and encouragement was ordained Anglican Priest at St Mary’s Cathedral in 2005 first as assistant Priest at St Chad’s West New Plymouth. I have a strong faith and belief in life beyond death and have a ministry in bereavement support, and Rest Home Ministry, and am excited to be on the cathedral ministry team, serving as an assistant priest.

 

Noel Gilchrist

 
Noel Gilchrist

Premises Co-ordinator

We welcomed Noel Gilchrist to our staff team, as the new Premises Co-ordinator in May 2013. Noel has been a builder for the majority of his working life as well as doing cabinet-making and furniture repairs as a sideline. He is retiring from full time employment and is looking forward to part time work that will enable him to get out and meet people. Noel will work on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

Craig Gray

 
Craig Gray

Cleaner/Maintenance

Craig was intrigued by the history of St Marys - so when a job came up to work inside the old building he applied. Six months on he works as the Cathedral cleaner, carrying out a range of duties from vacuum cleaning to helping move furniture. He fits his 10 hours a week around another contract with Taranaki Associated Cleaners, which means he notches up between 45-50 hours a week. In the mornings he's based at Fitzroy Engineering. He heads back to work later in the day, working in a variety of town sites as a commercial cleaner.

Craig, a father of five, originally trained as a panelbeater and did engineering work. However, when that work slowed down, he took up part time cleaning about six years ago. He had been living in Taumarunui before he and his family headed back to Taranaki, where he was from (he grew up in Hawera). "I'd always liked this church and when the opportunity of more hours came up I decided to apply. The history of the building - that had always freaked me out." He does a big clean on Sundays and another mid-week tidy up. He's also in charge or the Peace Hall premises and carries out some caretaking work. "A lot of volunteers do a fair bit here which makes the job easier."

Richard Grevers

 
Richard Grevers

Communications and I.T. Officer

Raised in Christchurch but a Taranaki-dweller since 2003, Richard brings a diverse background in design and technology to the task of making the Cathedral's communications and publications look stylish and consistent - including theatrical set and lighting design, editing an industry magazine, and creating websites. Richard lives with his wife and two children in an eco-community on the Pouakai ranges, and is heavily involved in the Permaculture movement.

The Revd Koebi Hart

 
The Revd Koebi Hart

Assistant Priest

Tena Koutou te whanau o Ihu Karaiti 

Ko Koebi toku ingoa

Ko Te Atua toku maunga
Ko te Waiora toku awa
Ko Ngaa Huu o te Rangimarie toku waka
Ko Hura toku Iwi

Tena Koutou, Tena koutou Katoa

My husband Steve and I became Christians 20 years ago in a little town in Taranaki.  Steve was a Police officer, which gave us the opportunity to move around the country.  In the past I have worked for the Armed forces, the Police,  Department of Education and  Victim Support.
At St Marys, I facilitate the Taranaki Branch of the Elijah House Prayer Ministry Training School. This is a Holy Spirit led, prayer and teaching ministry. It is committed to the healing transformation of individuals, families, the church and communities, through the Cross of Christ and God’s Word. The Schools are a powerful tool to equip those already in Ministry. I have been involved in Youth Ministry for a number of years and at St Mary’s, I have mentored the leaders and provided ministry and support to the Youth. Within the Anglican Church I am honoured to be licensed to both Tikanga Maori and Tikanga Pakeha. We have two adult children, three beautiful Granddaughters and perhaps the greatest and most challenging ministry of all, is bringing up a family.

Ronelle Henn

 
Ronelle Henn

Cathedral Administrator

My name is Ronelle Henn and I've been working as the Cathedral Administrator since July 2012.   I'm married to my childhood sweetheart Michael and we have two wonderful blessings named Madison (8) and Damien (6).  I am enjoying my job immensely and love the interaction with all the people.  I look forward to helping you with any enquiries you may have. Please pop in at any time. God's blessings.

Anne Knox

 
Anne Knox

Associate to the Dean

My role, as Associate to the Dean was established in October 2011. I have the responsibility of working with the congregation, establishing and mentoring small groups; teaching and preaching and deepening the prayer life of the Cathedral. In 2013, the Cathedral Development Officers role (2 days a week) was incorporated into my position. I love seeing people ‘go on adventures’ with God, seeing Him at work in their own lives and in the lives of other people. This helps grow their faith and can increase their knowledge and experience of him in such amazing ways. I am the chaplain at one of the local Rest Homes, taking a service there once a month and visiting residents. I also deputise for Dean Jamie when he is away from Taranaki.

I was born in New Plymouth and subsequently spent time in Wellington and Auckland before returning to Taranaki in the late 1990’s. I am married to Bob.

Christopher Luke

 
Christopher Luke

Director of Music

Christopher J. Luke moved from Hobart, Australia to New Plymouth in January 2012 to take the post of Director of Music to Taranaki Community & Cathedral and the Executive Officer to the Music Innovation Trust of Taranaki. His role involves a number of key musical appointments including Organist & Director of Music to the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, Music Director to Ars Nova Choir as well as directing the "Jubilate" Choir at New Plymouth Girls' High School and "The Tenners" at Sacred Heart Girls' College. From May 2012 to September 2013, he served as the rehearsal conductor to the New Plymouth Orchestra where he also directed the 2012 Last Night of the Proms performance and Giuseppe Verdi’s Messe de Requiem with Ars Nova Choir and a line up of international soloists, including Jonathan Lemalu and Bryony Williams, as a part of the 2013 Taranaki International Arts Festival. Christopher is well known for his monthly Lunchtime Organ Recital Series at the cathedral where he is endeavoring to make the pipe organ more accessible to its listeners. Christopher is married to Amelia and has four daughters; Bethanie, Elliana, Lucyanne and Annabelle.

Carolyn Manuel

 
Carolyn Manuel

PA to Dean Jamie

Hi!  I am Carolyn and I am delighted to be a part of the team serving at Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. I attended Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth and am currently a part-time student studying psychology through Massey University. I have 3 beautiful children who are a delight (when they are being delightful!!).

My role at the Cathedral is PA to Dean Jamie.  I help look after the work of the Cathedral in the Diocese, the Dean's diary, the Friends of Taranaki Cathedral, the Welcome Desk and Daily Prayer Rosters and other administrative work.  I am in the office from 11.00 - 2.30pm and I look forward to meeting you or speaking to you on the phone.

The Revd Canon Bill Marsh

 
The Revd Canon Bill Marsh

Canon Pastor

There is only one pastor of the church and he is Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. All that I can do as Canon Pastor is serve Christ’s pastoring of the church. It is such a privilege to share and take the love of Jesus to people in their most vulnerable moments: The death of a loved one, the sharing of family, spouse or health problems, and the diagnosis of that medical condition that no one wants to hear.  I am sometimes asked why I spend time with non-Anglicans.  My reply is simple, “no matter who or what you are, you are still one of God's children,” and as such worthy of all the ministrations that I as a Pastor can give.
 
Part of my brief is also responsibility for the Cathedral’s ministry of welcome, and as such, I hope we are able to extend St Mary's as a centre of pilgrimage and hospitality.
 
I am well aware that in my ministering I am being ministered to. It is the faith and hopes, struggles, sacrifices, goodness and love of the people that inspires my faith, my desire to serve, and my ability to persevere. For this, I can but say ‘thank you’.

The Revd David Pearce

 
The Revd David Pearce

Assistant Priest

I am married to Jen. We have four sons, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren !

I am a volunteer priest/helper at the Cathedral, with the challenge of running many Alpha courses and asisting in the Elijah House ministries. God has given me a very real passion for interdenominational relationship in New Plymouth where I have been chairman of NPCLN for five years. Presently I am involved in Resthome Ministry, one-on-one encouragement of many folks, plus a member of the team that leads worship and liturgy. With Jen, I am an active participant in a Bible-Centred house group which meets weekly. I/we love our calling and thank God for the health He has given us to roll with it !

The Revd Gloria Williams

 
The Revd Gloria Williams

Vocational Deacon

What does this vocational deacon do?

My role here at St Mary's is to reclaim the Gospel by reading it and living out the servant-hood side of Christ's ministry both at the Eucharist and in the community. This includes the setting and preparation of the table before the priest begins the prayer of consecration. At the end of the Eucharist as a link between church and community the deacon dismisses the congregation with the reminder that we go out to serve Christ in the world beyond our doors. Filling in the gaps by helping with evensong and mid week Eucharist is also part of my role.
As sacristan I order the elements for the Eucharist and make sure all is ready beforehand including the preparation and laundering of the linen. Prayer support in the chapel following the service or any time or place is an important aspect of this ministry.
Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of sacred reading and silent reflection which I enjoy conducting in the candle-lit chapel accompanied by Taize and Gregorian chants. At our Thursday morning “Food 4 Thought” friendship and study group we are fortunate to have the support and expertise of many who are encouraged and more than capable of helping in a shared leadership role. This open group welcomes all.
My community work these days includes the delivery of "meals on wheels", convening a neighbourhood support group, hospital and home visiting and home communions.

 

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