Meet the Team...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 Matthew, Beth, Kaye, Peter, Hope and Caleb – ranging in age from 22 down to 8 years.
Youth Pastor - Melissa Martin
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.
You can email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Intern - Leah McMath
Leah has been a part of Calvin since 2005 and has grown up in Calvin youth groups. She has been a student leader at Breakfire since 2011 and has recently stepped into the role of Youth Intern for the next six months. In her spear time Leah enjoys clay bird shooting and spending time with friends and family. Next year Leah is going to attend Otago Teachers Collage were she will gain a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. In her role as Youth Intern Leah Is looking forward to building lasting relationships with the youth in Gore, and to encourage the youth in their walk with Christ.
Children's Worker - Christine Cornwall
Part- time 20 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 4 grandchildren.
Administration - Nicola Russell
Administration, management of office & volunteers, 20 hours.
Nichi 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 - Christine Turner
Administration, 5 hours.
Chairperson: Merle Barnett
Secretary: Maree Gentle
Treasurer: John Kerse
Treasurer's Assistant: John Gow
Envelope Secretary: Ann Smithies