101 Christian Women Speakers to Discover in New Zealand

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12 December 2013 by thaliakr

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At Christian conferences and leadership events I go to and speak at, women up the front are always – always – in a small minority. (It’s the same on all of the governance boards I’m on.)

Very often, when I mention this to organisers, they say with regret that they just couldn’t find more women to be involved.

Tanya Marlow has an extensive analysis of this phenomenon in the United Kingdom, where across major Christian conferences, men outnumber women 2:1. Here’s what she thinks is going on:

The reason there are few women being asked to speak in conferences is not because there aren’t enough gifted women, nor always because a conference is being sexist. It is simply that the women are invisible.

We need to try extra hard to appoint into leadership those whom society devalues – including women, ethnic minorities, elderly people, disabled people – not because of any worldly political correctness, but because of the Bible, and the character of God. God loves the widow and orphan and foreigner. He is a God of the oppressed minority. 

Preacher Philip Brooks once defined preaching as ‘truth through personality’. Hearing someone from another country preach the Bible is one of the best ways to reveal our cultural blindspots. We need women’s voices: the voice of half the church. We need to hear the diamond of the gospel mediated through a myriad different voices and perspectives, so that the full spectrum of light can be seen.

[Read more at Tanya Marlow.] 

The marvellous Rachel Held Evans, blogger extraordinaire, and author of the delightful Year of Biblical Womanhood, has begun a list of excellent women speakers and writers to halt this phenomenon:

Please do not wait to consult this list when you begin planning your next conference! This is not intended to help you find your “token” woman.  This list is intended to introduce just a small portion of the talent, wisdom, expertise, passion, and faith present among women in the church. For better or worse, Christian conferences are a reflection of the Christian culture and so ultimately, the problem isn’t that there aren’t enough women in the typical conference lineup; the problem is that people planning the conferences aren’t reading, listening to, and following women to begin with.  So read these women’s books.  Add their blogs to your reader. Watch the videos in the links provided. Learn about their ministries and organizations. Subscribe to their podcasts. These are scholars, activists, writers, preachers, church leaders, artists, healers, and world changers. They are already speaking; it’s time to start listening. 

Read more at Rachel Held Evans.]

Her list is basically North American, so she invites people to nominate anyone else in the comments, and has encouraged people to start their own national lists.

Christian parenting, feminist parenting, women preachers in New Zealand

Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

So here we are! I’m starting with the women I know or have heard and can personally recommend – which is all any of us can do. Of course, that means my list is very Baptist, and unrepresentative in other ways, so I’ll be relying on you guys to balance things out.

So I’ll get the ball rolling, and ask you to add your own recommendations from your own communities – we’ll rely on people from Dunedin to provide us with your local heroes, for instance.

Feel free to nominate yourself!

I’m not giving marks out of ten or telling you who each person will most appeal to – though you are welcome to recommend people at greater length. This is just a directory to help expand people’s horizons, not to rate or compare speakers.

Please use this format:

Name

Brief description of their role/experience/where they come from

Their areas of expertise or special interest, if appropriate – those who are ministers may be generalists, happy to preach on any text!

Website

Social media

Booking information

Video links

Those last four may not be so relevant for many Kiwis because of scale, but this is Rachel’s format and we’ll go with it for now. Most of the people on my list are pastors whose website links have sermons you can listen to.

Thanks! This is going to be brilliant!

101 Brilliant Christian Women Speakers: My 19 Personal Recommendations

In alphabetical order, and with a reminder that this is just the start of the list, based solely on women I have heard myself, and therefore not at all representative of the wealth of talent out there, let’s get started:

Sarah Beisly

Former youth pastor in Auckland, now working in South Asia to provide alternative employment to sex workers.

Contact through Marketplacers: https://www.marketplacers.co.nz/contacts

Miriam Bier

Lecturer, Old Testament, London School of Theology (but she’s a Kiwi so let’s give her a reason to come back!). Baptist, Anglican and Presbyterian connections.

Expert in the book of Lamentations and restoring the art of lament within the church; also feminist readings of the Old Testament

http://www.lst.ac.uk/faculty/faculty-member/53

Nicola Burrows

Associate Pastor, Laingholm Baptist Church

http://www.laingholmbaptist.org/contact-us

Naomi Compton

Pastor, Karori Baptist Church, Wellington

http://kbc.org.nz/index.php/thanks-for-dropping-by/

Ruby Duncan

Head of Iosis, an Auckland Baptist community ministry; Alongsiders; lived in Manila slums for several years.

http://www.iosis.org.nz/About+Us/Our+People.html

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq1Ifm6Xpnw

Sarah Field

Pastor, The Street City Church (Open Brethren), Wellington

http://www.thestreet.org.nz/staff

Laura Giddey

Youth pastor, marriage celebrant and social activist

https://www.facebook.com/weddingcelebrantlauragiddey

Val Goold

Head of Student Ministries, Tertiary Students’ Christian Fellowship, based in Wellington

http://www.tscf.org.nz/staff/val_goold

Nicola Hoggard Creegan

Senior Lecturer, Systematic Theology, Laidlaw College, Auckland

http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/staff/hoggard-creegan

Nettie Holm

Team Leader, Te Whanau Putahi community services group; Pastor, Oxford Street Community Church, Hamilton; former national head of Baptist Community Ministries

http://www.hcbc.co.nz/pages/community/socialservices.htm

Lindy Jacomb

Pastoral Leadership student at Carey Baptist College.

Contact through Carey: http://www.carey.ac.nz

Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Baptist pastor on maternity leave; blogger, writer and preacher.

Christian ethics and bioethics, Kingdom of God, social change, postnatal depression, finding God in everyday life.

http://sacraparental.com
http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/author/thalia-kehoe-rowden/
http://kiwimadepreaching.com/author/thalia-kehoe-rowden/

Jo Kelly-Moore

Dean, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

http://www.holy-trinity.org.nz/our-people

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQzxY0c2aj0

Jody Kilpatrick

Pastor, Ponsonby Baptist Church, Auckland

http://www.ponsonbybaptist.org.nz/

Robyn Mellar-Smith

Pastor, Epuni Baptist Church, Lower Hutt

http://www.epunibaptist.org.nz/team.html

Jannine Parker

New Life pastor and worship leader, Livingwell Church, Rotorua

http://livingwell.co.nz/Living_Well_Church/Leadership.html

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI7BwluQIk4

Stephanie Robson

Former Baptist pastor, now Anglican priest; lecturer in preaching and pastoral care at Laidlaw College, Christchurch campus

Brenda Rockell

Just finished as Pastor, Cityside Baptist Church, Auckland to become an Anglican priest. Cityside is very active in connecting the arts and worship.

http://www.cityside.org.nz/

Merrilyn Withers

Lecturer, Carey Baptist College; former national head of Baptist Youth Ministries; all-round legend.

http://carey.ac.nz/teaching-staff/merrilyn-withers/

Your Turn!

Right, over to you. Rachel Held Evans’ post started with 101 women and had another 250+ comments with suggestions from readers.

I asked for suggestions on the Sacraparental Facebook page and got another couple of dozen names – now’s your chance to put their details here.

Please don’t give direct contact information without permission, but if you include a public website link, that should enable people to follow up and connect with speakers.

Let the recommending begin!

Update: The whole list in alphabetical order

In the (so far) 84 comments below we’ve added another few dozen names. Brilliant work, friends!

We are still missing some sectors – I don’t think we have any Salvation Army or Roman Catholic women listed, for instance, and we’re light on the Pentecostal and Indepenent church movements – so please keep sharing this post with new people to expand the pool.

As new names are recommended, I’ll update them in this main post so they’re easier to find. Three things to remember:

  1. Each woman has been personally recommended by someone who has heard her speak, but of course not every woman will be perfect for every event or audience. See the comments thread below for what has been said about each speaker.
  2. I haven’t sought permission for people’s names to be included, so am happy to remove anyone who asks to be removed, but am assuming that since these women are known as public speakers, they won’t mind having a recommendation listed here.
  3. I don’t have direct contact details for most people, but Googling them or contacting a denominational office will probably track most down.
Heather Ameye-Beavers

Auckland, Baptist Pastor and Youth Consultant

http://www.bym.org.nz/about/item/57-heather-ameye-bevers

Lynne Baab

Preacher and teacher of preaching at Otago University

http://www.lynnebaab.com/

http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/staff/otago055717.html

Lindsey Bade

Youth Pastor at Ilam Baptist Church, Christchurch

http://ilambaptist.org/

Michelle Bayly

Pastor, Meadows Church. Paraparaumu

Youth / Young Women, New Generation NZ

http://www.meadows.org.nz/

Sarah Beisly

Former youth pastor in Auckland, now working in South Asia to provide alternative employment to sex workers.

Contact through Marketplacers: https://www.marketplacers.co.nz/contacts

Miriam Bier

Lecturer, Old Testament, London School of Theology (but she’s a Kiwi so let’s give her a reason to come back!). Baptist, Anglican and Presbyterian connections.

Expert in the book of Lamentations and restoring the art of lament within the church; also feminist readings of the Old Testament

http://www.lst.ac.uk/faculty/faculty-member/53

Rosie Boom

Author, speaker, musician.

http://www.rosieboom.com/

Nicola Burrows

Associate Pastor, Laingholm Baptist Church

http://www.laingholmbaptist.org/contact-us

Lyn Campbell

Former Children’s Commissioner, past president of Baptist Churches of NZ, currently leader of Baptist Community Ministries

http://www.baptist.org.nz/general/Our-National-Ministries/Community/

Sherlene Chen

Regular preacher at Global Congregation, Auckland Baptist Tabernacle

http://www.tabglobal.org/

Stephanie Christensen

Kiwi working in a Middle Eastern country for about 18 years.

Nadia Clark

Life Church

Viv Coleman

Formerly Presbyterian minister, currently discipleship coach and frequent preacher at Eastview Baptist Church, Botany

http://www.eastviewbaptist.org.nz/

Naomi Compton

Pastor, Karori Baptist Church, Wellington

http://kbc.org.nz/index.php/thanks-for-dropping-by/

Steph Couch

Youth Pastor at Shore Grace, Greenhithe (Wesleyan Methodist), Youth Work at Albany Junior High.

Sarah Davidson

Carey Mission Track Student, part-time at Windsor Park Baptist Church. Interest in refugees.

Nat Donald

Ex youth pastor, current early childhood teacher and holistic superstar on issues of faith, community, health, teaching.

Ruby Duncan

Head of Iosis, an Auckland Baptist community ministry; Alongsiders; lived in Manila slums for several years.

http://www.iosis.org.nz/About+Us/Our+People.html

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq1Ifm6Xpnw

Sandy Elkin

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Dunedin, and Otago University Bioethics Centre.

http://stmatthews.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=100&Itemid=81

http://spar.co.nz/contacts/dunedin/index.html?dept=bioethics

Leanne Ellis

Pastor, Livingwell Church, Rotorua

Women, Missions, Trafficking, Social Justice

http://livingwell.co.nz/Living_Well_Church/Welcome.html

Anthea Fairbrass

Site Principal, Impact Christian Training College, Lower Hutt.

http://www.impactcollege.ac.nz/about

Sarah Field

Pastor, The Street City Church (Open Brethren), Wellington

http://www.thestreet.org.nz/staff

Linda Flett

Elim pastor, National Internship Coordinator at Laidlaw College

http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/staff/flett

Shelley Gapes

Kids Camp Director, Admin Team Leader at Lakes Ranch Rotorua

Women, Kids, Missions

http://www.lakesranch.org.nz/

Marjory Gibson McSaveney

Retired Baptist minister, Auckland.

Laura Giddey

Youth pastor, marriage celebrant and social activist

https://www.facebook.com/weddingcelebrantlauragiddey

Susan Gill

Vicar, Holy Trinity Anglican church in Nelson.

http://www.holytrinityrichmond.org.nz/mod/staff/about.php?staff_id=1

Val Goold

Head of Student Ministries, Tertiary Students’ Christian Fellowship, based in Wellington

http://www.tscf.org.nz/staff/val_goold

Sandra Gordon

Rimutaka Baptist Church

Jacqueline Grey

Academic Dean at Alphacrucis College, Auckland, lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Women’s Studies

http://acnz.ac.nz/faculty-and-staff/jacqueline-grey/

Chris Harding

Director of OMF NZ, preacher, conference speaker, mission lecturer

http://www.omf.org/new_zealand

Sarah Harris

Anglican priest; New Testament lecturer, Carey Baptist College.

http://carey.ac.nz/teaching-staff/sarah-harris/

Helen-Ann Hartley

Bishop of Waikato diocese (Anglican)

http://www.waikatotaranakianglican.org.nz/

https://twitter.com/h_ahartley

Tani Haunga

Tongan Service Elder,Greenlane Presbyterian Church.

http://gpc.org.nz/

Megan Herles-Mooar

Anglican Priest at St Christopher’s Church, Avonhead, Christchurch. Guest tutor at Laidlaw College in Women in Leadership and Narrative Preaching.

Inspired narrative preacher and great public speaker who connects the human experience with the Gospel in a powerful way.

Listen to some of her sermons on http://www.stchristophers.org.nz/

Nicola Hoggard Creegan

Senior Lecturer, Systematic Theology, Laidlaw College, Auckland

http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/staff/hoggard-creegan

Nettie Holm

Team Leader, Te Whanau Putahi community services group; Pastor, Oxford Street Community Church, Hamilton; former national head of Baptist Community Ministries

http://www.hcbc.co.nz/pages/community/socialservices.htm

Lindy Jacomb

Pastoral Leadership student at Carey Baptist College.

Contact through Carey: http://www.carey.ac.nz

Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Baptist pastor on maternity leave; blogger, writer and preacher.

Christian ethics and bioethics, Kingdom of God, social change, postnatal depression, finding God in everyday life.

http://sacraparental.com
http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/author/thalia-kehoe-rowden/
http://kiwimadepreaching.com/author/thalia-kehoe-rowden/

Carolyn Kelly

Presbyterian, scholar, currently on Auckland University chaplaincy staff

Jo Kelly-Moore

Dean, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

http://www.holy-trinity.org.nz/our-people

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQzxY0c2aj0

Emma Keown

Minister, Glenfield Presbyterian Church

http://www.glenfieldpresbyterian.com/#!contact-us

Jody Kilpatrick

Pastor, Ponsonby Baptist Church, Auckland

http://www.ponsonbybaptist.org.nz/

Jacqui Lloyd

Taught at Laidlaw for 15 years, now a PhD candidate in New Testament at Otago University.

Mary Maina

St Stephens Anglican Church in Christchurch

Carolyn Manning

Former associate pastor, Eden Community Church. Counsellor, lecturer.

bcmanning@xtra.co.nz or candbmanning@vodafone.co.nz

Daphne Marsden

Baptist Pastor, pastoral/community/social work with women and families at risk, including prison work.

Academic interests: Violence and the Evangelical Church (title of 2012 Master’s Thesis)
South West Baptist Church, Christchurch.

2012 Society for Research on Women (SEOW) Award (for conducting research that benefits women and/or girls in New Zealand).

There are sermons online at: http://www.resonate.org.nz
http://www.projectesther.co.nz
dmarsden@swbc.org.nz

Helen Martin

Minister, Mosgiel Presbyterian Church

http://www.mosgielchurch.org.nz/index.php?module=content&content_id=8

Victoria Matthews

Anglican Bishop, Canterbury Diocese

http://www.anglicanlife.org.nz/Contact-Us/Diocesan-Staff/Rt-Rev-Bishop-Victoria-Matthews

Margaret Mayman

Minister at Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, Australia; formerly at St Andrew’s-on-the-Terrace in Wellington.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/search/results?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=margaret+mayman

https://www.facebook.com/pittstreetunitingchurch

Tash McGill

Auckland writer and speaker, with a focus on adolescent development, spiritual formation and communities

http://tashmcgill.com/

Jenny McIntosh

Wellington pastor and counsellor

Robyn Mellar-Smith

Pastor, Epuni Baptist Church, Lower Hutt

http://www.epunibaptist.org.nz/team.html

Julia Moore-Pilbrow

Masters student, Carey Baptist College

Rachel Murray

Director of Mission World (NZ Baptist Missionary Society)

http://www.missionworld.org.nz/

Sarah Park

Anglican Priest now working for Auckland Diocese

Jannine Parker

New Life pastor and worship leader, Livingwell Church, Rotorua

http://livingwell.co.nz/Living_Well_Church/Leadership.html

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI7BwluQIk4

Amanda Pilbrow

Young Adults Pastor and regular preacher at Windsor Park Baptist Church.

Sheila Pritchard

Spiritual Director, Counsellor, former Laidlaw College lecturer. Ponsonby Baptist Church.

http://sheilapritchard.blogspot.co.nz/

Stephanie Robson

Former Baptist pastor, now Anglican priest; lecturer in preaching and pastoral care at Laidlaw College, Christchurch campus

Carolyn Robertson

Christchurch. Baptist preacher, previous Children’s Pastor at Ilam Baptist and Carey Baptist College lecturer on Children’s Ministry, turning Anglican.

Academic interests: sociology, theology, missiology, consumerism.

A sermon sample online here:
http://ilambaptist.org/2009/08/12/sermon-9-august-2009-carolyn-robertson/

Rachel Roche

Until recently Families Pastor at Northpoint Baptist Church, New Plymouth, now Internship and Field Education Co-ordinator at Carey Baptist College

http://carey.ac.nz/about-carey/teaching-staff/

Brenda Rockell

Pastor, Cityside Baptist Church, Auckland; Cityside is very active in connecting the arts and worship

http://www.cityside.org.nz/

Csilla Saysell

Old Testament lecturer, Carey Baptist College

http://carey.ac.nz/teaching-staff/csilla-saysell/

Jacky Sewell

Auckland Anglican Diocese

Karen Spoelstra

Youth Facilitator for the Auckland Anglican Diocese

http://www.aym.org.nz/index/about/the-team

Sarah Stevens

Anglican, Priest in charge, Waimate North Parish

Emma Stokes

Brethren, Tauranga

http://www.gbc.org.nz/shop/product/8046/Mark_&_Emma_Stokes/

Sue Templeton (formerly Croad)

Former Baptist pastor, currently in prison ministry with prison Fellowship NZ

sue.croad@pfnz.org.nz

Susan Thompson

Methodist minister and Superintendent

http://www.methodist.org.nz/find_us/waikato___waiariki/home/contacts

Johanna Vannathy

Wellington Baptist Youth Consultant

http://www.bym.org.nz/about/item/54-johanna-vannathy

Renda Warner

Youth worker, Titirangi Baptist Church

http://www.tbc.org.nz/2011/renda-warner/

Shelley West

Associate Pastor at Blockhouse Bay Baptist, Auckland.

http://baybaptist.org.nz/

Merrilyn Withers

Lecturer, Carey Baptist College; former national head of Baptist Youth Ministries; all-round legend.

http://carey.ac.nz/teaching-staff/merrilyn-withers/

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87 thoughts on “101 Christian Women Speakers to Discover in New Zealand

  1. Miriam says:

    Thalia! I thought this was supposed to be IN NEW ZEALAND! And I take a look because I want to know who you’ve identified IN NEW ZEALAND and there I am first on the list! (alphabetically I know but still!). Naughty! But I’ll let you off because I will be IN NEW ZEALAND in approximately 20 hours, for a little while at least :-)

  2. heypastor says:

    Shelley West
    Interim Pastor, Huntly Baptist Church
    Can’t find online contend. Wish there was some (hint hint Shelley)

  3. Stacey says:

    Rosie Boom – “Christian author, musician, speaker, home-schooler and mother!” I’ve heard Rosie speak and sing at both of the Southern HEART conferences (Home Educator’s Annual RetreaT), and at another conference and have each time come away blessed, refreshed, encouraged and inspired. She has an infectious love for life and God.

    She was a missionary in Asia for some years, and more recently has lived in a barn with her family while building a house on a lifestyle block, and writing a great series of books about the experience.

    http://www.rosieboom.com/

  4. christina says:

    Emma Keown from Gelnfield Presbyterian is also a great preacher.

  5. Andrew says:

    Marjorie Gibson – was at the Tab in Auckland when I was there 10 years ago, but not sure where she is now! I loved her teaching on anything, not sure if she has specialised topics.

  6. After Rachel’s post, I took many (but not all) of the suggestions and started compiling a Twitter list of Christian Women Speakers: https://twitter.com/kjpyoungblood/lists/christian-women-speakers

    If you know Twitter handles for any of these women on your list, I’d love to include them.

  7. Mark says:

    Rev. Sara Park, was on staff of Auckland Anglican cathedral, now works for the diocese.

    Rev, Sarah Stevens, priest in charge, waimate north parish. (My former neighbour.)

  8. Val Goold says:

    Sarah Harris – NT lecturer at Carey

    Carolyn Kelly – current chaplain at Auckand Uni

    Karen Spoelstra – working with Anglican Youth in Auckland

  9. I’ll add Sarah Beisly, who I should have included originally. She’s living full-time in South Asia now, which is why I didn’t have her on, but she’s too good to omit, so here she is. If you ever hear that she and Paul are heading back to NZ for a month or two, make sure you get to hear her.
    The other reason I didn’t put her up originally is that I don’t have any contact details I can publish online. But get in touch with me if you want to track her down :)

  10. Val Goold says:

    Emma Stokes, Tauranga – working among Brethren youth involved in missions

  11. Lindy Jacomb says:

    Sarah Harris and Csilla Saysell, Carey Baptist College lecturers :-D

  12. georgemw says:

    Anthea Fairbrass, Site Principal, Impact Christian Training College, Lower Hutt.
    http://www.impactcollege.ac.nz/about

    Sandra Gordon, Rimutaka Baptist Church

    Lindsey Bade, Youth Pastor at Ilam Baptist Church, Christchurch
    http://ilambaptist.org/

    Tash McGill
    http://tashmcgill.com/

  13. Wow- I’m shocked at how few I can think of – your good self would top my list, TKR. To be fair, I’m pretty out of the church conference circuit these days…

    Name: Jacky Sewell
    Brief description of their role/experience/where they come from: I’m not exactly sure what Jacky is doing these days but she works for the Anglican Church in Auckland.
    Their areas of expertise or special interest: She’s great on the intersection of art and faith.

    Name: +Victoria Matthews
    Brief description: I don’t know her and have only heard her on the radio but I imagine that +Victoria Matthews is pretty great – http://www.anglicanlife.org.nz/Contact-Us/Diocesan-Staff/Rt-Rev-Bishop-Victoria-Matthews

    Will keep thinking on this one!

    • Excellent, thank you, Rochelle :)

      Steph Robson mentioned Bishop Victoria in glowing terms on the Facebook thread, so that’s good confirmation.

      All I could find online for Jacky Sewell is a listing on the Auckland Diocese website, so hopefully someone will pass this on to her – maybe you, Rochelle? There’s an email address here: http://www.auckanglican.org.nz/?sid=253&do=detail&type=people&id=5477

      • Yeah – I’m not quite sure what Jacky is up to but I have tagged her on FB and have also posted on her timeline…

        On reflection over night, I am feeling even more shocked at how few I can name! I’m actually finding it quite distressing! As I said, to be fair, I don’t really move in church talky circles at the moment but I can’t even really think of many / any from ‘back in the day’! Great initiative on this!

  14. Heather Ameye-Bevers says:

    Nadia Clark, Part of Life Church. Co-pastors with her husband Craig. Entertaining speaker with lots of great stories that connect to insights on life that reveal our hearts and where God wants to intersect with our pain and misgivings and transform us. Speaks on Sundays, at conferences and to small groups with equal care and passion.

  15. Heather Ameye-Bevers says:

    Johanna Vannathy. She is the the Wellington Baptist Consultant to support Youth Pastors. She is inspirational with crowds of over 4,000 and instructional with training groups of 50. She can organise, strategise and inspire. Her positivity, stories and insight help people to get their faith and to move into new and inspired places.

    • Thanks heaps, Heather! Great stuff!

    • Raewyn Moodie says:

      Johanna is fabulous. Also Merrilyn Withers – former national youth leader and now based in WEllington but available to preach anywhere in NZ. ABsolutely inspiring. When she was Baptist president her address to the Assembly was so moving. She speaks on many issues, especially dealing with life, counselling, can be youth oriented but great for all audiences. Make use of this lady.
      Also I’m very proud to say Lindy Jacomb is a fabulous communicator. She has done some very strong preaching at WEstgate BAptist church this year!

  16. Sherlene Chen, regular preacher at Global Congregation, Auckland Baptist Tabernacle
    http://www.tabglobal.org/

    Tani Haunga, Tongan Service Elder at Greenlane Presbyterian Church.
    http://gpc.org.nz/

  17. Lyn Campbell, former Children’s Commissioner, past president of Baptist Churches of NZ, currently leader of Baptist Community Ministries.
    http://www.baptist.org.nz/general/Our-National-Ministries/Community/

    Sue Templeton (formerly Croad), ex Baptist pastor, currently in prison ministry with prison Fellowship NZ.
    sue.croad@pfnz.org.nz

    Viv Coleman, formerly Presbyterian minister, currently discipleship coach and frequent preacher at Eastview Baptist Church, Botany.
    http://www.eastviewbaptist.org.nz/

    Rachel Roche, until recently Families Pastor at Northpoint Baptist Church, New Plymouth, now Internship and Field Education Co-ordinator at Carey Baptist College.
    http://www.carey.ac.nz (details not up yet – will be there soon)

    Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop-Elect of Waikato diocese (Anglican).
    http://www.waikatotaranakianglican.org.nz/
    https://twitter.com/h_ahartley

    Jacqueline Grey, Academic Dean at Alphacrucis College, Auckland, lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Women’s Studies.
    http://acnz.ac.nz/faculty-and-staff/jacqueline-grey/

  18. Stacey says:

    Mary Maina, currently at St Stephens in Christchurch, is also good. The only online presence I can find for her is the Anglican Taonga page welcoming her husband Steve (and family) to his new role as CMS director http://anglicantaonga.org.nz/News/Tikanga-Pakeha/CMS

    Mary spoke at our women’s retreat last year, and has led at least one CMS short-term missions trip of NZers to Africa. She is a counselling psychologist and (from memory) has also worked with microenterprise schemes in Kenya.

  19. We’ve got to 50 by my count. Half way there!

    Keep ’em coming, peeps, and do share the post around your networks as a resource and for people to add to.

  20. Stephanie Robson says:

    Bishop Victoria Matthews is already on the list – a wonderful preacher! Add also Lynda Patterson who is Dean of ChristChurch Cathedral – she is a legend! I find both these women inspiring, challenging, sometimes funny and always memorable.

  21. Jon Parker says:

    Leanne Ellis. Pastor Livingwell Church

    Woman, Missions, Trafficking, Social Justice

    http://livingwell.co.nz/Living_Well_Church/Welcome.html

    Shelley Gapes, Kids Camp Director, Admin Team Leader at Lakes Ranch Rotorua

    Woman, Kids, Missions

    http://www.lakesranch.org.nz/

    Michelle Bayly. Pastor, Meadows Church. Paraparaumu.

    Youth / Young Women, New Generation NZ

    http://www.meadows.org.nz/

    Those 3 would be my suggestions, 3 fantastic Godly woman, covering a range of topics…

  22. Philip Church says:

    Here is a few Thalia
    Jacqui Lloyd, taught at Laidlaw for 15 years, now a PhD candidate in NT at Otago Uni.
    You may have Emma Keown, Minister at Glenfield Presbyterian Church. Don’t have an email address, but I am sure you can find the website.
    Also, Stephanie Christensen. Has been (and still is) a Kiwi working in a Middle Eastern country for about 18 years.
    I have not heard Sue Jacobi, but have published one of her sermons in Stimulus.
    That is a good start.

  23. Hi Thalia,

    You asked me where I am and what I like to speak on.

    I like in Auckland and work for Baptist Youth Ministries National and I am lecturing in the Foundations for Youth Ministry course at Carey.

    I can talk to teens on issues of faith, development, sex etc.
    I can do training on mentoring youth and young adults.
    Training for youth leaders and pastors.
    I enjoy helping churches understand how to grow their young people as a whole church.
    I speak on being the missional church.
    I talk to community mums on coping with stress, time management, anger and frustration etc.

  24. mikecrudgephd says:

    Hi Thalia – here’s another excellent NZ Christian speaker/communicator/researcher that I didn’t notice on your list so far:

    Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch.
    Baptist preacher, previous Children’s Pastor and Carey Baptist College lecturer on Children’s Ministry, turning Anglican.
    Academic interests: sociology, theology, missiology, consumerism.

    A sermon sample in online here:
    http://ilambaptist.org/2009/08/12/sermon-9-august-2009-carolyn-robertson/

    • Great, thank you! I did want to put her on, on the strength of hearing her at Baptist Assembly one year, but had no idea where she was or what she was doing now. Thanks very much! Her sermon that morning was the highlight of the weekend for me.

      • mikecrudgephd says:

        And another:

        Daphne Marsden
        Baptist Pastor, pastoral/community/social work with women and families at risk, including prison work.
        Academic interests: Violence and the Evangelical Church (title of 2012 Master’s Thesis)
        South West Baptist Church, Christchurch.
        2012 Society for Research on Women (SEOW) Award (for conducting research that benefits women and/or girls in New Zealand).
        There are sermons online at: http://www.resonate.org.nz
        http://www.projectesther.co.nz
        dmarsden@swbc.org.nz

        • Great, thank you, Mike! Is ‘South West’ a new name for a church I’d recognise? Spreydon?

          • mikecrudgephd says:

            Yes, South West Baptist is a new name for two churches that have become one-church-two-sites: Halswell Baptist Church and Spreydon Baptist Church, which are located in the south west suburban area of Christchurch.

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  27. John Tucker says:

    This is a great initiative, Thalia! I’d also add Julia Pilbrow. Julia is married to Lance Pilbrow, Associate Pastor at North Point Baptist in New Plymouth. Julia is a trained lawyer and is
    currently completing a Masters of Applied Theology through Carey. She preaches occasionally, and very well. :)

    • Thanks, Lydia! I enjoyed looking around the church website. Are you part of that church?

      • Lydia says:

        No I’m not: I was visiting Nelson on a brief personal/writing retreat last year and found myself paranoid and deeply lonely as lots of internal stuff made it to the surface. I Googled for local churches and ended up attending a service there. Susan greeted me after the service and soon enough I was crying… she invited me to her home for lunch and I made some new friends that day. She was just a very warm person with an open mind, heart and home. I had never been in an Anglican church before and I loved her down-to-earth style. It was a moment where the church really did its work… through Susan and the others there :)

  28. Stacey says:

    Sandy Elkin, from St Matts in Dunedin. She led an excellent lecture series on the New Testament last year, is thoughtful, insightful and generally terrific.

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of her before. Cultural misogyny is far reaching (to my own shame!)

    • Steph says:

      Sandy is also a bioethicist and is very highly regarded as an academic. I second your nomination of her Stacy!
      I wondered about adding Katie Elkin to this list too but I’m not actually sure if she does Christian conference speaking. She is certainly a sought after speaker at academic and legal conferences on medical law.

    • Great, Stacey and Steph, thanks!

  29. michelle print says:

    Dr Rev Susan Thompson-Methodist Minister. I have had the pleasure of hearing a couple of her sermons. They are beautifully crafted and hopeful. She has a lovely way of delivering her sermon ie she is not ‘shouty’ (to use our 11 year olds term for rating teachers)

  30. Peter Li eham says:

    Carolyn Manning, former associate pastor of Eden Community Church and counsellor and lecturer. Aucklamd based. Contact candbmanning@vodafone.co.nz. Very insightful.
    Sheila Pritchard, former BCNZ (now Laidlaw) lecturer now spiritual director and counsellor, Ponsonby Baptist Church. S.pritch@xtra.co.nz. Provcoative challenging of shibboleths, deep insights.
    Helen Martin, minister of Mosgiel Presbyterian Church former worker in a nu ber of Christian education age cies. Helen artindn@gmail.com very shrewd and perceptive
    Jenny McIntosh pastor counsellor jenny ac50@gmail.com wellington based
    Have other ideas eg some scripture union staff and anglican ministers but these are very good

  31. Laura says:

    I’d like to put in a few votes!

    Steph Couch
    Youth Pastor at Shore Grace, Greenhithe (Wesleyan Methodist), Youth Work at Albany Junior HIgh; Steph is enthusiastic and passionate. stepheniecouch@gmail.com

    Nat Donald
    Ex youth pastor, current early childhood teacher and holistic superstar on issues of faith, community, health, teaching. nat.donald@gmail.com

    Amanda Pilbrow
    Young Adults Pastor and regular preacher at Windsor Park. Honest and challenging.
    amanda.pilbrow@windsorpark.org.nz

    Sarah Davidson
    Carey Mission Track Student and working part time at Windsor. Huge heart for the Bible and also refugees.
    sehz.davidson@gmail.com

  32. James Allaway says:

    I’d also recommend Dr Lynne Baab – I’ve appreciated her preaching, teaching and books. See http://www.lynnebaab.com/ and http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/staff/otago055717.html for more info

  33. Tash says:

    I’m just catching up with this list, Thalia. Brilliant, really. And very honoured to have made it – especially that George sent it through. The bio that I use these days is along the lines of a focus on adolescent development, spiritual formation and communities. This is a great site. Well done.

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  35. Minson says:

    Would like to reccomend the following woman for your list
    Name: Megan Herles-Mooar

    Anglican Priest at St Christopher’s Church Avonhead Christchurch. Guest tutor at Laidlaw College in Women in Leadership and Narrative Preaching.

    Inspired narrative preacher and great public speaker who connects the human experience with the Gospel in a powerful way.

    Can hear some of her sermons on http://www.stchristophers.org.nz/ I believe she has a facebook page

  36. Sarah Harris says:

    I would add Learne McGrath (Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Massey); Sarah Pattern (Vicar of Church of the Saviour, Blockhouse Bay); Pip MacCormack (Youth pastor of Church of the Saviour, Blockhouse Bay and Counsellor) and Lydia Read (head of New Wine NZ). Also Victoria Rankin (Urban Vineyard and co-leader of the Vineyard Churches, NZ) and Jenna Harris (Co-leader of Zeal, Wellington).

  37. Sarah Harris says:

    Oh and I missed Reti Ah Voa who is on staff at Carey and is involved with MECO. reti.ahvoa@carey.ac.nz

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