Meet the Team...

Pastoral Staff

Lead Minister - 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 three grandchildren!

Youth Pastor - Leah McMath

Leah has grown up in Calvin attending all the different youth programmes. Leah has been a youth leader here at Calvin and at the Pukerau Labour and Easter weekend camps. She has been away for a few years working as an early childhood educator and as a nanny. Leah is a passionate baker :) and enjoys spending time with people and investing in positive relationships.  She's really looking forward to discipling young people in their journey with Christ.

Youth Pastor - Lydia Esveld

Currently on maternity leave, Lydia has a Diploma in Biblical Studies & a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation as well as experience working at Camp America & Camp Columba in Pukerau.  She is passionate about young people, the outdoors, and serving Christ.  She's keen to build solid and authentic relationships with our youth and get alongside them to help them discover all that they are and can be.  

Children's Worker - Christine Cornwall

Part- time 16 hours

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

Part-time 15 hours.  Jocelyn oversees and co-ordinates pastoral care within Calvin.

Jocelyn is married to Allan, and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Administration - Nicola Russell

Administration, management of office-  20 hours. 

Nicola is married with a family.  Outside of work she is involved in various musical activities.

Admin Assistant - Alison Moore

Administration, 5 hours.

Alison is married to Nigel. Originally from South Otago Alison is enjoying being part of the team at Calvin and her interests in the community of Gore.


Chairperson: Merle Barnett

Secretary: Maree Gentle

Treasurer: John Kerse

Envelope Secretary: Michael Newman