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 - Lydia Esveld

Originally from Cromwell, I have been in Southland now for 4 years and consider it a privilege to be the Youth Pastor at Calvin Community Church. With a Diploma in Biblical Studies & a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation as well as experience working at Camp America & Camp Columba in Pukerau – I am passionate about young people, the outdoors, and serving Christ.  I am 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. In our spare time, my husband Jacob and I like to go on adventures in the outdoors and enjoy exploring this beautiful country we live in.  We are also discovering the joys of parenthood as we welcomed our first child into our family July 2016.  

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

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

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.

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 & Envelope Secretary: John Kerse

Treasurer's Assistant: John Gow