Category: Staff

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Rev Michael Brantley

Michael’s experience as a combat Army officer, then ministry in youth, university, young adults, planting fresh expressions of church, missionary and vicar/senior pastor is experienced in pioneering and revitalising churches.  Developing leaders and engaging with the secular community and developing the next generations, are his passions.  Michael is a member of Diocesan Standing Committee (Cabinet for Synod out of session for governance and counsel to the Bishop), and ADMSC (Anglican Diocese Ministry Staff Committee, governance for the Anglican Centre and its ministries), as well as on the board of Church Army New Zealand.

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Rev Michael Brantley
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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, which is actually about 75% each role!

Surprisingly one of John’s greatest gifts is with the senior members of the parish.  John’s keen grasp on words and concepts, he is a keen communicator and an invaluable asset supporting Michael and making the vision reality.

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Rev Dr John Fox
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Stephanie Tiong, Children’s & Familie’s Pastor

Stephanie first arrived in Christchurch as a college/high school student attending Middleton Grange; then university.  She and Paul (Thompson) have two lovely daughters, Zoe and Zara.  Stephanie, here for well more than thirty years has a back ground in psychology & counselling working in Mental Health & Disability, as well as lecturer in Health Sciences.  She has experience in children’s and families’ ministry with Christchurch Community Church, not far from here. 

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Stephanie Tiong, Children’s & Familie’s Pastor
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Jack Hollis

Jack leads our Oasis Ministry (Children’s Ministry on Sunday Mornings during 10.30am Services), does 24/7 Youth Work at Merrin School and helps lead a life group for Forge (secondary youth ministry).  Jack is studying at Laidlaw College for a degree in theology.  Further, Jack leads the Junior Trek (School years 1-4) in our Holiday Programmes.

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Jack Hollis
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Reuben Maddock

Reuben leads Embers, our intermediate ministry, with a great team of leaders, for both Tuesdays and Sundays.  Reuben is soon to finish his Bachelors of Theology at Laidlaw College, and comes with a variety of leadership experiences, including being formed here in our parish for future leadership.  Reuben grew up in Lincoln and his hobbies include massive reading and study of Scripture and dead theologians. 🙂

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Reuben Maddock
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Cam Murray

Cam grew up at St Christopher’s.  Along with working as the facilities manager, Cam coaches rugby and is hands on raising his and his wife’s two lads!  Cam’s joy and positive can do attitude is such a great gift to our parish!

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Cam Murray
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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
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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
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Miriam McFie

Miriam, having grown up in our ministry, is an Embers intermediate volunteer leader for both Sundays and Tuesdays.  She was our Embers key leader, but is focusing on 24-7YW at Westburn now.  In the past she led our Senior Track (years 5-8) of our holiday programme and is studying at Laidlaw Bible College.  🙂

 

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Miriam McFie
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Jay Brantley

Jay is our secondary (The Forge) youth pastor.  After a season rebirthing intermediates and doing 24/7 Youth Work (which he continues at Westburn School), 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 with his peers in the Wellington Diocese and studying at Massey in Palmerston North.  Jay is engaged to Dani (an experienced youth leader in her own right!).

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Jay Brantley