Meet the Team...

Pastoral Staff

Senior Pastor - Rev. Keith Hooker

Over my 32 years of full time ministry in the Presbyterian Church, the Lord has taken my family and me on a wonderful journey of growth and adventure. We spent many of those years in Tauranga during which time we were released to do short term theological teaching in Africa and India. My wife, Frances, and I also spent three years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pastoring the St Andrews International Presbyterian Church.

I am delighted to join the Calvin staff and look forward, with great anticipation, to what the Lord has in mind for Calvin and for us.

I have a great love for and belief in the local Church, entrusted with the message of the Gospel - ‘the hope of the world’. I’ve had the privilege of being a part of some wonderful congregations where many lives have been changed and I’m sure we will experience the same here in Calvin. I have a passion for teaching and making disciples. I enjoy people and look forward to getting to know everyone who wants to be a part of the ministry and mission of Calvin in Gore and beyond.

Please feel free to contact me at or through the Calvin office on 03 208 9973.

Associate Pastor - Rev. Ken Williams

Pastoral care, developing internal community, reaching into wider community, community ministries, full time. You can email Ken on 

Having grown up in Wanganui, Ken then trained as a Primary School teacher with a focus in outdoor education. He spent several years working in camping in Indiana, USA where he met his wife Jenny, who has a degree in Social Work.

He is passionate about seeing people growing in faith and knowing Jesus Christ.  Both Ken and Jenny see ‘family’ as a strong image of the church, and believe it is in healthy churches that people come to maturity.  Ken’s has been at Calvin since December 2010 and his major responsibilities at Calvin are Pastoral Care, building community within Calvin and making bridges with the wider community.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Ken has previously served in ministry in the Ruawai Cooperating Parish, Northland (1997–2000), the Wairau Presbyterian Parish in Marlborough (2000-2009) and the Talua Ministry Training Centre, Vanuatu (2009-2010). Ken is a keen sports fan and enjoys walking and tramping.

Ken and Jenny have six children, various in-laws and two grandchildren!

Youth Pastor - Melissa Martin 

Part-time, 30 hours

I was brought up in the Bay of Plenty and spent my high school years in the beautiful Alexandra, this is where I married my husband Christopher six years ago. In 2011 we moved to Wairuna onto a sheep, beef and cropping farm. We love being part of Southland and the great hospitality we heard so much about. In my free time I enjoy horse riding, camping, hunting, shopping and meeting with friends. 

I started working at Calvin at the end of 2012 and have completed my Diploma in Youth and Community Studies. I enjoy working alongside the young people here at Calvin and in Gore. I am passionate about helping them to find their place in the world and show Christ’s love and His desire for everyone to reach their full potential in His plan. In doing so I want to help youth to mature in their faith and to live a life that reflects His glory to others.

Youth Worker - Karo Wilson

Part time, 20 hours

Hi, I am Karo, and I am Calvin's Youth Worker.  I joined the team in 2015, moving to Gore from Oamaru, where I was born and bred.

I have been involved with youth ministry for a number of years, and love watching our young people develop a meaningful relationship with Christ. I am passionate about encouraging our youth to reach their full potential, and to discover who they are within the world around them, as well as their place in God’s family. I am excited to have joined the youth ministry team at Calvin, and am looking forward to seeing God’s spirit move in the lives of the young people of Gore.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Theology (majoring in Christian History and Thought) through Otago University’s distance learning programme. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, and relaxing with a good book. 

Children's Worker - Christine Cornwall

Part- time 16 hours

Christine  oversees Children’s Ministry at Calvin.  Christine is married to Donald and they have six children.  She trained as a Primary School Teacher and is an experienced Children’s Worker. Her desire is to see children grow in their relationship with God and become fully devoted followers of Jesus.


Pastoral Care Co-ordinator - Jocelyn Grace

Caring for people within Calvin.  Part-time

Jocelyn is married to Allan, and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Administration - Nicola Russell

Administration, management of office & volunteers, 20 hours. 

Nicola is married with two children. When not at work in the Calvin office she can be found at home teaching music or looking after her kids.

Admin Assistant - Alison Moore


Administration, 5 hours.








Chairperson: Merle Barnett

Secretary: Maree Gentle

Treasurer: John Kerse

Treasurer's Assistant: John Gow

Envelope Secretary: Ann Smithies