About me

Kia ora. I live in Ōtepoti/Dunedin with (hubby) Steve (and our cat). l love our views of the harbour, as well as the birds that serenade us daily. We have two young adult daughters, who continue to delight us and make us very proud.

I’m passionate about helping people connect and engage with God, whatever their stage in their spiritual journey, and about seeing them become the people that God has made them to be. Much of what I do works towards that end!

I am always wondering what God is up to in the world and how we can get involved. To this end, my PhD explored why previously unchurched Australians are becoming Christians today. I am Jack Somerville Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at the Universityof Otago where I teach in the areas of pastoral care, mission and ministry. My recent recent investigated how NZ churches responded to the covid-19 pandemic – including how they supported the well-being of their congregations and wider communities. I’m currently exploring the link between people’s aspirations towards being a better person and their understandings of what God is like.

In addition, I engage in research and consultancy work for our small business, AngelWings Ltd.

I have worked and volunteered in a range of congregational ministry roles for over 20 years: church planting; congregation planting; and in established congregations.

I’m a 2023-24 Fellow on the Birmingham University Cross Training Theologians in Psychology project (funded by the Templeton Foundation).