Clergy    Vestry  Staff

Rev Michael Brantley

Michael arrived in 2019 from the Wellington Diocese. His career, after being a combat cavalry officer, included youth ministry, young adult congregations, planting fresh expression churches, and missionary mentoring/coaching of leaders in missional discipleship, life and revitalising existing churches who strive to engage in a post-Christian context.  His ministry has been in the Antipodes, North America, Europe and the UK, with specific contributions in SE Asia.  He’s married to. Susanne (far more gifted (!)) with 3 awesome young adult sons (Logan, Jay & Adam).

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Rev Michael Brantley
  Vestry  

Georgina Ennor

Georgina, long term member of St Christopher’s is our Vicar’s Warden.  She is a forward thinking empowering leader who brings practical solid leadership.  Her church wide role is focused in being the closest counsel to the vicar.

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Georgina Ennor
  Vestry  

Robyn Campbell

Robyn, our People’s Warden, and leads our pastoral care team, helping our vicar lead the parish and handles many of the logistical and pastoral needs within our church.  She is a natural team builder and helping as a change agent!

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Robyn Campbell
  Clergy    Vestry  Staff

Rev Dr John Fox

John, native Christchurch lad, who while teaching at Auckland University in Literature heard a call to pursue ordination as a priest.  Leaving his career and being ordained, he was a curate at Sumner Parish, where he was beloved and he loved.  John became the Lead University Chaplain at UC in 2021 where he services half time and serves with us half time.  Surprisingly one of John’s greatest gifts is with the senior members of the parish.

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Rev Dr John Fox
Staff

Jack Hollis

Jack leads our Oasis Ministry (Children’s Ministry on Sunday Mornings during 10.30am Services), does 247 Youth Work at Merrin School and helps lead a life group.  Jack is studying at Laidlaw College for a degree in theology.  Further, Jack has taken over the Junior (School years Holiday Programmes.

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Jack Hollis
  Vestry  

Laly Samuels

The Vicar, Wardens and vestry discerned to add Laly midyear 2021, and was unanimously added at the end of our Patronal Feast Day of St Christopher on 25 July!  Laly, a scientist with lots of letters behind her name, has a long investment into our church, leading in several areas and brings huge insight to our vestry.

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Laly Samuels
Staff

Sarah Hancock

Sarah is our Children and Families Pastor.  She oversees Mainly Music, Holiday Programmes and Oasis, as well as ministry with families.  Her great contribution is expanding our capability by developing a system of leader development.

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Sarah Hancock
  Clergy  

Rev Jim Robb

Jim is a very experienced priest helping administer ministry and pastoral care within our church.  Jim and Sandra (Jim’s wife) are highly valued pastors of our 9am Sunday & 10am Wednesday congregations.  In addition, Jim helps by stewarding our liturgical planning & preparations.  Sandra helps in several roles in pastoral care, and ministry in our rest homes.

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Rev Jim Robb
  Clergy  

Rev Eric Etwell

A very experienced priest and former vicar of many years, Eric serves as an associate priest within our parish.  Eric is a key pastoral priest for our Sunday 9am congregation.  Eric and Raelene (Eric’s wife) also have a significant presence at Somerset Wigram where he has initiated and leads ministry there.

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Rev Eric Etwell
  Vestry  

Mark Squire

Mark has been a part of our family for over thirty years.  He’s been part of the leadership team, well over twenty years.  Mark is one of the worship team and tech leaders and cares for all the audio-visual systems for our parish.

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Mark Squire
Staff

Dani Thompson

Dani is the assistant to Jay leading secondary ministry.  Dani comes with great experience in camps and retreats and leading a life group.  As she works on her masters, she is helping lead in this vital ministry.

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Dani Thompson
Staff

Emma McBride

Emma McBride has grown up in the church, and has been and is heavily involved in music and theatre at a noted level in the city.  As well as serving in our worship team, Emma joined the staff as the parish administrator in 2021, bringing a great energy and joy to the office engaging across the challenges faced by this role.

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Emma McBride
Staff

Barbara Price

Barbara has long been a part of St Christophers.  After many years in the financial industry, she joined the church and divides her time caring for our church and overseeing a gymnastics gym.  Her entire family is involved in the church, and she has a ministry mind far wider than our finances!

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Barbara Price
  Vestry  

Murray Irvine

Murray, was co-opted onto vestry for 2022.  a long time member of the parish, is a sort of not really retired real estate agent with most of his adult life invested in our community.  His help and development in helping in the smart physical and hospitality experience (He and Eileen owns a successful hospitality venue for many years), as well as building a smart business sense is indispensable.  At the next AGM he’ll be nominated as a full member of vestry.

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Murray Irvine
  Vestry  

Emma Larkin

Emma is a 2022 co-opt to vestry helping bring the next generation perspective.  A mature (young) adult Christian, she helps shape our young adults, The Crew, as well as ministry roles in our services.  She works in HR and is originally from Philadelphia. After this development year, she’ll ask the parish to support her formal election to vestry.

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Emma Larkin
Staff

Miriam McFie

Miriam, having grown up in our ministry, is our intermediate leader.  She also leads our intermediate track of our holiday programme and is studying at Laidlaw Bible College.  Miriam’s kind but fun spirit with experience leading in children’s and the holiday programme as she matured into these roles, gives her solid foundation for her roles now!

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Miriam McFie
Staff

Jay Brantley

Jay is our secondary youth pastor.  After a season rebirthing intermediates and doing 24/7 Youth Work, he’s changed to leading secondary.  He also is studying at Laidlaw Bible College, as well as adventure Christian camping with Scripture Union.  Jay has also invested in developing our Holiday Programme for intermediate age.  Prior to St Chris’ Jay had several years in youth ministry and leading a life group of peers.

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Jay Brantley
  Vestry  

Kirsty May

Kirsty May serves on our vestry and often is most helpful with her legal mind, not just on legal counsel to be wise, but her critical strategic perspective and thinking wider than the issue at hand.

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Kirsty May
  Vestry  

Lance McBride

Lance is part of our worship team and finishing his PhD at present.  Lance gets where we need to go today to reach our vision of tomorrow.

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Lance McBride
  Vestry  

Vilna Gough-Jones

Vestry member with oversight garnering external support for our 24/7 effort, holiday kids’ programmes & other endeavours qualifying.  Vilna is also a service leader/liturgical assistant for our 9am congregation.

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Vilna Gough-Jones
  Vestry  

Jean Williamson

Jean has been part of our parish for over 20 years.  She assists with Mainly Music and book fairs.  She is also a trustee of the Ingwavuma Orphan Trust Fund of NZ, a beloved mission associated with our church.  Originally from South Africa, Jean is a great example of our global parish family!

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Jean Williamson