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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
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LAFFERTY, Rev Raymond George
b 8.11.1933; w Pamela May m 28.11.1959
Ord Assist Howick AP 5.2.1970 res 30.6.1975 & wthd.
LAGALUGA, Rev Eveni Hope L.Th.
w Betty Luina Matafetu m 30.8.1958
Theological Hall 1976-88; after Hall employed in Otara.
Ordained Associate Minister Otara PIC SAP 17.12.1981
Associate Minister Mangere PIC AP 24.11.1983
Minister Emeritus Dec 1998
LAI, Rev Chi-Sang (Nathaniel)
Auckland Chinese Christian Church AP 17 Oct 2002
LAING, Miss Elizabeth
Overseas Worker PNG, with Wycliffe Bible Translators in PNG c 1960
Maori Miss - daughter of Rev A. Laishley.
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, teacher 1923 res 1924 ill-health; returned as reliever 1926.
Co-founder of the “Busy Bees” when at Bluff in Southland.
LAISHLEY, Rev Alfred
born 3 August 1858, Hampshire, England
Wife: Sarah born 24 May 1858 married 27 October 1892 died 26 August 1938
From the Congregational Church of England
Received by General Assembly, 17 November 1902
Inducted, Bluff, Southland Presbytery, 23 September 1903
Kaiapoi, Christchurch Presbytery, 7 February, 1913
Retired 31 December 1922 due to ill-health
His 2 daughters with their Mother founded the “Busy Bee” Movement.
Died 4 December 1926 at Dunsandel aged 67 years. Buried 6 December 1926 at Dunsandel Cemetery
LALE, Rev. Alofa
Licensed Wellington Presbytery, 3 December 2006
Otago Peninsula Presbyterian Parish, Dunedin Presbytery 18 October 2007 - parish dissolved April 2015
Stated Supply (12 months) ministry, Dunedin South Presbyterian Church, 14 February 2016
Celebrant, Tautua Consultancy Services
Delegate, Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand, 60th Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, New York, 12-24 March 2016
Resigned from ministers roll, 2 October 2016
LALE, Rev Nimarota
Licensed Wellington Presbytery 3 December 2006
Ordained and Inducted North Dunedin Pacific Islander's Church, Dunedin Presbytery 18 February 2007
LAMB, Rev Karl
Ordained Te Anau Presbyterian Church Southland Presbytery 9 September 2004
Removed from Ministerial Roll 23 October 2013
LAMB, Rev Dr Robert M.A.,M.B.,Ch.M.,B.D.(Edin), Ed.
b. Matakana, New Zealand 1862.
w. Mary Reiache b. (?), m. (?), d. (?). [she undertook training to assit him in his Missionary work]
Dr Lamb grew up in Christchurch, being a member of St Paul’s Congregation. First Missionary of St. Paul’s.
He undertook an Arts degree at Canterbury College, Christchurch then studied Medicine and Theology in
After graduating M.B., Ch.M. with Honours, he acted as Superintendent of the Cowgate Children's Church,
working among the poor in the slums. He married Mary Reiache prior to returning to New Zealand. He was
then formally engaged by the [Northern] Presbyterian Church of NZ as a Missionary to the New Hebrides.
Licensed by Christchurch Presbytery 27.1.1892
Ordained as Missionary & Physician to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) at St James Auckland AP 15.2.1892
Sailed for Ambrim with Mrs Lamb in April 1892 and selected Dip Point for Mission Hospital site - 4 acres
Missionary & Physician at Dip Point Hospital, Ambrim -
Two lay assistants, R.M.G. McDowall & J.W. Mansfield, were appointed towards the end of the year.
The work was in full swing when on 4.3.1893 a hurricane levelled the Mission premises and devastated
most of the island. Mr Mansfield was ill and resigned; Dr & Mrs Lamb lost their first-born twin babies
(James & George); in April 1894, fire destroyed the temporary Mission premises and in October 1894 a
volcanic eruption covered the island with ash. Mr McDowall resigned; Mr Mansfield was reappointed. New
hospital wing opened August 1896 and later the whole Hospital. In 1897 Dr Lamb contracted lung trouble
(tuberculosis) and went to Australia for some months, but his Doctors said it would be suicidal for him to
return to Ambrim; so in April1898 he made his farewell visit.
He retired to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains of NSW Australia because the climate suited him best
after the ill-health he had suffered in the New Hebrides. He practised medicine, but still had a deep interest in
his former work.
1901 Appointed by The General Assembly of the PCNZ as Honorary Superintendant of the Mission Hospital
and continued to receive a salary for two more years.
Report 1902: now residing in NSW Australia on account of his health (tuberculosis).
Report 1902: He has finished his translation of Luke into Ranon dialect. Printing is now finished and ready
for binding - 1,000 copies; half the cost being paid by the British & Foreign Bible Society.
“He made the swagmen who regularly passed through the district his special care. Sitting on a log at the
corner of the road near his home, he would talk to them and then take a New Testament from his pocket
and read aloud. When he became too ill to walk to the corner, he went in a carriage. As long as he was
able to go, he sat on the same log waiting.”
His tombstone at Wentworth Falls, following his directions, stands near where the log lay. On it are the
words with which he most often sent the swagmen on their way : “Come unto me all ye that labour and I
will give you rest”.
A memorial tablet to him is situated in the front foyer St Paul’s Trinitry Pacific [Presbyterian] Church in
Author of ‘Saints & Savages’, a story of mission life.
Died of tuberculosis, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia 17.6.1907
There were no other children from their marriage.
Refer also entry and photo under "In Memoriam" http://www.archives.presbyterian.org.nz/missions/memorium.htm
His tombstone at the Wentworth Falls Cemetery was privately refurbished June 2008
LAMB, Rev Robert Cameron B.A.
Theological Hall 1933-35
Ord North Manaia NP 24.2.1937 - resigned from ministry 31.1.1939
Entered the teaching profession.
LAMBERT, Rev Murray John BTh.
Theological Hall 1989-91
Licensed St Andrews Te Puke BPP 10.12.1991
Ordained Huntly Co-op WkP 23.10.1992
St.Andrew’s Matamata WkP Nov 1998
LAMBIE, Rev Robert Neil (Neil) B.A., B.Ed.St.
wife: Sarah Jane (Janet, married 12 December 1959, died (suddenly) 6 March 2016
Theological Hall 1967-1969
Ordained Cromwell-Arrowtown, Central Otago Presbytery, 12 February 1970 - resigned 18 January 1973
Chaplain, Scots College, Wellington, 7 February 1973
Deputy Headmaster, Scots College, Wellington, May 1985
Minister Emeritus, May 1996
International Education and Consultancy and Guardian Services, 1996-2013
New Zealand Representative, Swiss Hotel Association International College of Hotel Management (Adelaide South Australia), 1996-2014
Minister Emeritus, Presbytery Central Nukuhau Tapu to Alpine Presbytery, 28 February 2016
Business Convener, Presbytery of Wellington; General Assembly Committee on Church Schools; Chair of Church Service Society; Sea of Faith Westar Institute 'An Advocate for Literacy in Bible and Religion; Secretary, Independent Schools Assistant Teachers Association; President and Secretary, Rotary Club of Wellington South, United World Colleges New Zealand National Committee, Deputy Chair, Education Wellington International, Trustee, New Zealand Japan (McKinnon Nakayama) Youth Peoples' Exchange Programme, New Zealand Institute of Management
LAMONT, Rev Robert Martin
b 11.2.1891 on ship in Bombay Harbour, India.
w (1) Elizabeth Mary m before h ord, died 20.2.1942 aged 42 years
w (2) Mabel Irene b 1.4.1895 m 11.5.1943 d 2.10.1981
He was brought up in Glasgow. Formerly a warehouseman and Engineer. Took
night classes during six winters for commercial subjects and night classes for two
winters at a School for Christian Workers at the United Free College in Glasgow.
In 1913 he sailed for Australia. Took a course for Home Missionaries in Australia
then was HM for 5 years in Victoria and in Queensland.
Came to NZ in 1919.
HM Mangapai NP 1919, Ord HM 1919 - resigned 1920
Re-entered HM service 1922
South Molyneux ClP 1922
Scargill ChP 1926
Dunback-Macraes NOP 1929
Clive HBP 1.2.1931 – reached Clive but left immediatly after the massive Hawkes Bay
earthquake on 3 February 1931.
Waitati-Merton DnP 1931
Athol SP 1935
Ngaruawahia WkP 1942, raised to full Ministerial status by Assembly 1948.
Rep 1948: he complained he had been unjustly treated in not being given the opportunity
to apply for ministerial status as others had been after the 1945 resolution of Assembly.
The Committee recommended that he be granted Ministerial status and reverse motion of
the last Assembly to decline him, in view of fact that they can’t be certain he received notice.
Taneatua BPP 1952 ill-health
Died 11.9.1956 Whakatane Hosp, in office
LANDER, Rev David G. B.A.,M.Div.
From Canada - Ord 1970
Inducted Taumarunui WkP 8.8.1984 - resigned 31.5.1987 & returned to Canada.
LANE, Rev Alister
St John's in the City, Wellington WnP 2009
LANE, Rev Arthur Clement
b 27.5.1890, England.
w Edith Marguerite b 1.1.1893 m 14.3.1917 d 20.8.1928
Took a civil service course in England. Formerly a Clerk in England. He served
in World War One where he lost his right arm; after discharge he went farming (in NZ),
then accepted as a Home Missionary and took the HM course.
HM King Country Outfields
Pio Pio WkP 1923
Mangaweka WgP 1925 - resigned from HM service 30.10.1927
Returned to HM service 1.3.1929
Rewa WgP 1929, Ord HM 10.10.1929
Bulls WgP 1930
Ohakune & Raetihi WgP 1935
Hauraki Plains WkP 1938
Wairarapa Outfields WpP 1941
Greytown WpP 1944
Eketahuna-Pongaroa WpP 1946
Mangere AP 1949 - failing health caused semi-retirement; health improved and allowed
him to return to active ministry.
Katikati BPP 1950
Mangere AP 1951 - retired 1953 through ill-health, and lived in Masterton;
to War Veterans Home Levin 1973.
Died 5.6.1979 War Veterans Home Levin, aged 89
LANE, Miss F.M.
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, teacher 25.7.1957 res 31.1.1958
LANE, Rev Robin Humphrey B.A., B.D., M.A.(Hons, McCorm), M.Soc.Sci, (Hons).
b Timaru 22 September 1935, eldest of three children, family moved to Clifton Hill, Sumer, and Christchurch
Influenced by Malcolm 'Mac' Wilson, chaplain at St Andrew's College
Christchurch University, finished Political Studies at Otago University, 1959
Worshipped at St Ninians and Knox Church
w(1) Mary Maclennan m 9 January 1960, divorced Febuary 1996
w(2) Jeanette Winifred Brunton m. 20 July 1996
Theological Hall 1960-1962
Begg Travelling Scholar 1960 to McCormick College, Chicago - returned to New Zealand 1968
Ordained Assistant Minister, St Andrews, Wellington Presbytery, 1968
Convener, Life and Work Committee, Waikato
Director, Lay Education Department, - folded into Parish Development and Mission Department 1973
Deputy Director, Parish Development and Ministry Department, Hamilton, 1September 1976 - resigned 1 October 1985
Director Education for Lay Ministry, Wellington, 6.12.1985 and
Associate Minister in the City, St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington Presbytery, 19 April 1990
Chaplain, Interchurch Trade and Industrial Mission, New Zealand Treasury, State Services Commission,
Department of Conservation, DSIR Head Office – resigned November 1998
Three months study leave, St George's hostel near Jerusalem - Cities of the Gospels, 1996
Called to First Church, Martinborough, Wairarapa Presbytery, November 1998 - A Modern Model of Ministry (2000)
Convener of the General Assembly Education for Ministry Committee 1995-2001
President of the Wairarapa Union District Council 2001
Minister Emeritus October 2001
Ten month interim ministry, St. Ninian's Karori and three months at Wesley Taranaki Street
Resident at Wobern Retirement Appartments, Lower Hutt
LANG, Mr H.P.
A young man who stated that he was connected with the Poona Indian Mission for some time,
And was accepted as a Home Missionary.
Pongaroa WpP student preacher 1902
Hindon & Lee Stream DnP 1904
Maraekakaho HBP during summer vacation 1906 - student.
No further mention.
LANG, Rev J. Henry
An elder at St Pauls Chch who took up HM work, with a desire to qualify for the full min.
Waimate Outfields SCP 1908
Rep 1909: offered his services to Miss Com; will be loc ten at St Andrews Chch next yr,1910
Rep 1910: accepted appt as Sec YMCA Hyderabad, India, for 3 yrs, since Miss Com had
insufficient funds to send him as Miss.
Rep 1914: still a prob of PCNZ.
Granity WsP 1916
Oxford West ChP 1917, Ord HM 1917 res fr HM serv 1919.
LANG, Sr Lilian Mrs G.R. Baudinet
fr Napier - to PWTI , completed training 1904
St Johns Wn 1905-7 - married.
LANGE, Mr C.
Artisan Miss app 11.11.1950
LANGE, Dr Raeburn T. B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
w. Nushka Lange (a Registered Nurse) b. Hamilton m.5.2.1977
Educated at Milburn, Kensington, Sawyers Bay and Tuakau Primary Schools,
Pukekohe High School & Westlake Boys’ High School. Tutor in History at
Otago University 1983.
On Overseas Missions Staff 1.1.1984
Left NZ for Fiji 8.1.1984
Appt. Lecturer in Church History at Pacific Theological College Suva Fiji, 1984-93
Son of Rev RW Lange
LANGE, Rev Rex Watt
w Barbara Whealen b 8.8.1921 m 19.2.1947 d 3.2.2005
Grew up on a farm on the East Coast of the North Island. Became an expert ploughman
with a six horse team of draught horses; managed the family farm during the War.
Appointed to the Home Missionary service 15.9.1946
HM Dannevirke Outfields HBP 15.2.1946 (supply to Sept 1946 ?)
Waihola-Milburn ClP 1948 – during this time he undertook extra-mural University studies.
Theological Hall 1954-56
Ordained Tuakau SAP 12.12.1956
Glenfield-Forrest Hill NSP 31.1.1963
Knox Fitzroy New Plymouth 31.3.1977
Waiuku SAP SS 14.8.1981 - retired 31.7.1983
“In all his parishes Rex’s ministry was marked by an emphasis on youth work, evangelism,
pastoral visiting, preaching and the nurturing of active and committed discipleship and
lay leadership. He remained firmly evangelical but believed strongly in loyalty and
commitment to the broad national church.
Rex Lange was a man of strong personality. He valued honesty and simplicity and had
no time for pretence or pomposity. He respected people who were decisive, active and
practical. Yet he was a very tender person, who felt things deeply. He liked everything
to be well organised, and parishioners everywhere remembered him for his great sense
After retirement in 1983 Rex and Barbara lived in Auckland and for the last three years
of his life in Queenstown. He continued to take services and provide supply ministry,
and indulged his longstanding interest in gardening, tramping and photography”.
Father of Rev Dr SM Lange & Dr RT Lange.
LANGE, Rev Dr. Stuart Mossman M.A.(Hons), B.D., PhD.
w Christine Margaret m 15 December 1979 d. August 2014 from cancer
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1985
Ordained Tuatapere-Orepuki, Southland Presbytery, 21 November 1985
Part-time Minister at Massey-Riverhead February 1992, leading ministry staff team, from 40% to 60% service, 1 March 2015
Lecturer in Church History at Bible College of New Zealand (Laidlaw College after 2008), Auckland, 19 July 1990
Vice-Principal 2006-2008; Senior Lecturer 2009-
Secretary, then Co-Chair, of Presbyterian AFFIRM 1993-
Son of Rev RW Lange.
LANGLEY, Rev John E.
Whau Valley-Raumanga Union NP 1973
Leigh-Whau Valley 1974
Carterton Union WpP 2.1984 - resigned 12.1986
LANKSHEAR, Mr A.V.
HM Waerenga WkP 1924
OngaOnga HBP 1925-26
res fr HM serv 1927
LAPSLEY, Rev William Robin B.A.,B.D.
b 4.5.1911 Wellington
(1) w Sylvia Florence b 26.8.1912 m 30.11.1938 d -
(2) w Irene Gertrude b - m 12.10.1984
Studied and qualified as a Pharmacist but felt called to the Ministry.
Theological Hall 1936-38
Ordained locum tenens Manaia TkP 23.2.1939
Geraldine SCP 13.12.1939 - resigned 28.7.1942
Chaplain to Military Forces within NZ
Kaurihohore NP 24.2.1944
Papakura SAP 16.7.1947
Waihi WkP 15.10.1952 res 15.3.1958 & wthd to become school teacher. Later returned -
Point England AP 17.8.1961 - resigned 30.4.1965
Awhitu SAP, light duty, 1.2.1970 - retired 31.12.1976
Awhitu SS 1977
LARSEN, Mr David Arthur A.C.A.
Ch Office Wn, joined staff 4,4,1956; Assist Treas later.
Gen Treas of PCNZ 4.11.1970 ret 31.10.1988
LARSEN, Rev Karl Theodor Fuglestad B.A.
b 18.12.1903; w Ruth Olive Bird b 11.10.1905 m 10.5.1933
Ord Amuri ChP 17.11.1932
Lauder COP 31.7.1936
Mornington DnP 13.6.1939
Chap Forces 31.5.1943
Hokitika WsP 20.12.1945 (Chap to Hokitika Mental Hosp fr 1949)
Chap RNZAF Taieri DnP 4.1.1951
Centre Bush SP 11.3.1958
Waihao Valley SCP 17.8.1961 ret 31.7.1966 ill-health
LAU’ESE, Rev Motua’i (Motu)
b 10.9.1928; w Pisaiga Fa’avevela m 5.8.1954
Ord Kennington-Oteramika SP 16.2.1986
Minister Emeritus 31.12.1993
LAU'ESE, Rev Ronald T. (Ron) B.Th, PG Dip.Th., Dip.Min.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1989-1992
Licensed by Avondale Union Church 26 January 1993
Ordained Southland Presbytery Youth Director 25 February 1993
Pacific Islanders: Manukau (Samoan), Assistant Youth Worker South Auckland Presbytery November 1995
St.Andrew’s and St.Phillips, Birkenhead, Auckland North Shore Presbytery January 1998
Associate Minister, Greyfriars, Mt Eden, Auckland Auckland Presbytery 2 March 2006
Minister St Mark's Mangere East 30 October 2014
LAUGESEN, Dr Brian Murray M.B.,Ch.B.,F.R.C.S.
w Helen Mary McGettigan b. Christchurch m. 13.12.1958. Helen Holds a Diploma of Physical Education.
(Div - now Mrs Helen Glasgow)
Studied English, Education & Psucology part-time at Otago University.
Dr Laugeson educated at St Andrew’s College Christchurch (1949-53), Canterbury University
Medical College (1954), University of Otago and Christchurch Hospital (1959).
Medical Missionary - India
Philadelphia Hospital Ambala, Surgeon appointed 5.1.1965
Short course at All Saints College Sydney then language study in India.
Commenced duties at Philadelphia Hospital 1.10.1966
“Own Missionary” of St. Ninian’s Church, Christchurch.
Frances Newton Hospital at Ferozepore Punjab India - Surgeon appt. 1969
New Delhi, directing public health programme 1973
Returned to NZ 14.12.1977 after 12 years.
Resigned 28.2.1978 and withdrew.
LAUGESEN, Rev John Keith B.A.
w Ayleen Millicent m 11.11.1961
Ord Moutere Hills NMP 8.3.1966 res 9.8.1966 & wthdrew
LAUGHTON, Miss Jean
Maori Miss - Printery, Whakatane 1944
Maori Boys Hostel Ak 21.4.1952 res 31.7.1952
LAUGHTON, Mr John
b 1864 Orkney Is Scot; worked farming in Sth Is NZ; Father of Rev J.G. Laughton. When
his son entered Maori Miss field his Father joined him He worked in the Miss for some yrs
Maungapohatu 1919; he loyally & sympathetically endured hardship with his son in their
pioneer work at Maungapohatu. From 1922 on his Father is listed among the paid workers
in the field, but the remuneration given to him was rather in the nature of a token honorarium
than a salary. When he died the Maoris requested the privilege of burying him from the Pa,
indicating their deep affection & genuine regret.
‘He was a sincere devout man who, by his sympathy with the Maori people, greatly helped the
work of the Mission, both at Maungapophatu & Taupo. He won for himself a definite place in
the work of the Mission.’
Died 29.6.1936 Taupo, aged 72
LAUGHTON, Rev John George (Hoani - Maori form of John) C.M.G.,J.P.
b 2.12.1891 in Orkney Islands, Scotland
w(1) Margaret Leask b (?) m (?) d 20.9.1917 aged 30 years buried at Te Kuiti Public Cemetery
w(2) Horiana neé Te Kauru b 19.11.1899 m 2012.1921 d 9.12.1986
He came to NZ at age 12; attended Otago University and then entered Home Missions service.
HM Pio Pio WkP 1914, Ord HM 1914
‘In 1916 an arrangement was made with this energetic worker to release him from Home Missions
service to do work among the Maoris. He returned to HM work in summer 1916-7; in 1918 his
services as a volunteer were accepted and he resigned from Home Missions service.’
‘With Sr Annie to help him he began pioneering work at Maungapohatu. This was his centre &
citadel for a number of yrs. His Father joined him; he was ord by Ass on 17,11,1921 as Min &
Miss to Maoris; he married Horiana Te Kauru, a member of the Maori Miss staff, & they
continued at Maungapohatu till they were transfer - retired to Taupo.
Taupo 1926 - This was their headquarters for the next 12 yrs.
In 1933 he was made Maori Miss Supt, & in that yr gave lectures in the Hall Dn on Maori Miss,
religion & customs. When Home, Maori, & Foreign Miss were amalgamated, he continued as
Assistant Superintendant, in charge of Maori Missions.
Ohope Beach, Whakatane 1938
He was mainly responsible for the translation & production of the Maori Service Book, first
introduced at Nuhaka Conf May 1933, and ever since much used. He was editor of ‘Te Waka
Karaitiana’, the official Maori Ch organ, which commenced December 1933. Selections from the
‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ appeared in Te Waka and have been bound in a book. Te Katikihama Poto
(Shorter Catechism) is another publication of his.
‘He had an intimate knowledge of all that concerns the Maori people; in his wide “bishopric”
he was highly esteemed & beloved by both Maori and pakeha.’
Whakatane 1956 - retired 5.5.1962
He was part-time staff member from 1.6.1962
Died 3.7.1965 (suddenly) buried at Whakatane beside his second wife Horiana
LAUGHTON, Mrs J.G. see Te Kauru, Horiana
LAURIE, Rev James
Ind MastertonWpP 1872 res 11.1874 (after Ass) & left for Aust.
LAW, Mr Foong Lai (Correct Chinese name was Loh Foong Lai)
A native of a Canton village. Baptised into the Christian Faith on the 28th Sept. 1902 aged 19.
Trained for the Christian Ministry at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Canton. Worked
in the Canton Villages Mission as a teacher, preacher, & evangelist.
He was appointed by the NZ Foreign Missions Committee to act as an Assistant Preacher
with the Rev Alexander Don at the Dunedin Chinese Mission Church in place of the Rev W
Chan who had resigned. Mr Law arrived from Canton on the 15th May 1909 and began work
on the 14th Sept 1910 under a three year contract.
Chinese Church Dunedin 16.5.1909
Rep 1909: he was spared by the missionaries for several yrs work in NZ. Interest increased on
his coming, but he resigned 31.8.1910.
The arrangement between him & Rev Don “broke down”, but his loneliness at having to leave
his wife behind in China was apparently a contributing factor.
The Foreign Missions Committee offered to pay his passage by boat back to Canton however he
chose to take at appointment as a Catechist with the Wellington Baptist Chinese Mission in 1911
before finally returning to China accompanied by friends in Mar or Apr 1912.
He is then mentioned as a welcome assist at Yan Woh in the Canton Villages Mission.
In 1914 he accepted an appointment under the Anglican Church in Wellington.
In 1923 he was back in China at Yan Woh in Kwantung Province.
Prior to returning to NZ in 1926, he is noted as being an office-bearer for the 7th District Association
(Presbytery) of the Kwantung Divisional Council (Synod) of the Church of Christ in China, having
also been their Moderator one year. He also gave valued voluntary assistance in the NZ Presbyterian
Mission area around Canton.
On 1.7.1926 after serving voluntarily for some months, he was re-appointed as Evangelist to Chinese
in and around Dunedin, including Preacher & Pastor with the Chinese congregation in Dunedin.
He res 8.1931 to return to China with his family.
The Dunedin Chinese Church Session placed on record their appreciation of the valuable work
untertaken by Mr Law during the previous five years among the Chinese in Otago, Canterbury and
Left Wellington 11.9.1931 for China via Sydney.
As at 1944, Mr Fung Lai Law was back in New Zealand living at Bay View, Hawkes Bay.
‘He rendered very useful service to the Ch & the Chinese community.’
LAWRENCE, Rev. Gene
Licensed Gisborne, Hawkes Bay Presbytery 19 April 2007
St John's Presbyterian Church, Hastings, Gisborne-Hawkes Bay Presbytery 26 April 2007
St Andrew's, Wanganui, Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery 2009
Member of Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery December 2012
St David's Palmerston North, Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery 7 July 2014
LAWRENCE, Mr J.
HM Okato TkP 1918
LAWRENCE, Rev Rex William BA., NZBC., Dip.Miss.
w Leonie Helen m 16.1.1982
Theological Hall 1986-8
Licensed St Andrews Palmerston Nth 27.11.1988
Ordained Teviot Union (Roxburgh COP) 18.10.1990
Knox Waimate SCP 22.9.1994
Lodged Certificate Aug 2001
Minister Within the Bounds NOP 2004
LAWRENCE, Rev Richard Hume B.A., B.D., M.Th., D.P.S.(Birm)
w. Gillian Mary nee Corkill (daughter of Rev T.M. Corkill) b 18 March 1954 m 8 January 1977
Theological Hall 1974-1976, post-graduate, Hall 1977, then overseas
Ordained Picton Union, Nelson-Marlboorough Presbytery, 7 November 1980
Johnsonville Union, Wellington Presbytery, 19 September 1985
St Andrews Hamilton, 11 October 1992
Minister within the Bounds, Waikato Presbytery, June 2001
Senior Academic Staff Member, Centre for Languages, Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) 2001-
Other Recognised Minister, Kaimai Presbytery, 2013
Minister Emeritus, 2013
LAWRIE, Rev Henry Kinnear M.A.
b. 6 June 1863 at Wemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
w. Harriet Forbes b. 13 Sept 1859 at Kinloch Rannoch, Scotland m.28 July 1897 at Elgin, Moray,
d. 9 January 1931 at Arngask, Perth.
From the Free Church of Scotland, Ordained 1895
Served for one year as Minister to a mining community in a town in Spain.
Chaplain to the [Presbyterian section] Forces, Gibralter 1896, resigned circa1898
Called to Fairlie, New Zealand (possibly recommended by the Free Church Colonial Committee)
Inducted St Columba, Fairlie SCP 14 Dec 1899
A Church built at Albury prior to his departure.
Inducted to St Andrews SCP Jan 1902 - resigned 22 Apr 1903 due to ill health.
Stated Supply Aramoho WgP circa May to June 1903
Residing in Green Lane Auckland from about July 1903
Resided at Blairlogie, Stirling prior to his death.
Died 2 July 1956 at Perth, Scotland, aged 93 years
LAWRIE, Rev James
b. 1832 Scotland
w. (?) b.(?) m.(?) d.1915 (no children)
From London (Wells Street) United Presbyterian Church to 1859 Session at the United Presbyterian
Theological Hall. Ordained as Minister for Presb. Church of New Zealand 14.8.1871
Inducted Masterton WpP 25.2.1872 - resigned 14.12.1874
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria 1875
Initially Supply, then called to Swan Hill. Induction set for 25.10.1876 but called off due to
The Presbytery of melbourne asked for a certificate 3.4.1877 as about to seek admission to a Church
In another colony.
Received by the Presb. Church of Queensland 1877
Dalby Aug 1877 to July 1880
Roma 8.7.1880 (inducted Sept 1881) to 1883
Supply part 1883
Dalby April 1883 to June 1884
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1885
Narrabri-Boggabri-Wee Waa-Gunnedah 1888 to 1891 – demitted.
Woonona-Corrimal Feb 1895 to 30.6.1906
In retirement lived at Ashfield.
Died at Summer Hill, NSW, Australia 3.9.1918
LAWRIE, Mr W.B.
HM Seddonville WsP 1910
LEACH, Mrs P.
Pentland Ave Hostel Ak, Matron 1966
LEADBETTER, Rev Malcolm Q.S.O.,M.A.
Born Preston Eng; w Margaret nee Halliwell b - m 1927
He came to NZ as a child; educ Petone Primary, Wn Coll & Vict Univ Wn; nominated for
Rhodes Scholarship. In youth won NZ 100 yds Championship 4 times & held NZ record 9.8
sec which stood from 1926-52; won NZ 220 yds championship 3 times between 1925-8.
He was secondary sch teacher, Wn Coll 2 yrs; St Andrews Coll Chch; Waimate H S, 1st
Assist & soon Rector; Southland B H S; finally Rector, Waitaki B H S.
In WW2, Army HQ, rank Major, in 1942 to New Guinea, on discharge Lieut-Colonel; for
services to educ & community awarded QSO in 1978.
After ret fr teaching he offered services to Ch. Ass agreed to Ord him withoutn further
Retired to St Marks Chch 22.2.1962 ret 14.3.1966
After his 2nd ret supplied in many parishes; in latter yrs suffered increasing disability & at
last was confined to a wheel-chair.
Died 30.5.1979 Woodchester Home Chch
LEADLEY, Rev Alan J. M.A.,B.D. & Mrs
Meth Ch - Miss PNG
Rep 1977: ret after 6 yrs in PNG
Area Sec for Unit 2 of Council for Mission & Ecumenical Co-operation 8.1984.
Chartwell Co-operating: St. Alban’s WkP Feb 1995
LEAKEY, Mr L.J.
HM Ross WsP 1910
Wadestown WnP 1913
Fortrose SP 1914
LEALI’IFANOLEVALEVALE, Apa T.
Corstorphine-Concord DnP Jan 1996
North Dunedin Pacific Island Development Unit DnP May 1999
Glen Eden Pacific Island Church, Auckland AP 10 Mar 2005
LEARY, Rev Gordon A. M.A.,Dip.Ed.
Meth Ch - Ord 1976
Greymouth District Union WsP 11.1976
Buller Union WsP SS 2.1978
WsP Clerk to 1987
LEASI, Perema BTh., Dip.Tchg., Dip.Min.
Born in Samoa, started working as a teacher
Te Awamutu/Paterangi Presbyterian Church, Waikato Presbytery, 1995
Church of Christ the King (Pacific Islander’s Church), Porirua, Wellington Presbytery, November 2001
Honoured with Porirua 50th medal for the city's anniversary, 2015
Focusing on youth and local community, and visiting prisoners
LE’AUPEPE, Rev Fa’avai (Pepe) Karemelu
w Emima b 6.9.1930 m 2.4.1962
Theological Hall 1977-79
Ordained Pacific Islands Church St Stephens Dunedin part-time 2.4.1981 - resigned 2.5.1982
To Sydney Australia - Assoc AP 14.12.1993
Removed from Roll of Ministers (Inactive in Ordained Ministry) 19 November 2013
LEE, Rev Byungik (John)
Ordained July 2012
Other Recognised Minister Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery
LEE, Rev Bernard S.
fr Cambrian Pr, Canada - on exchange
Clevedon SAP fr 1.9.1988 to 30.6.1989
LEE, Rev Daniel Yiu Cheung B.Th.(Singapore)
w Cynthia Lam m 3.3.1984
fr Taiwan thr Hong Kong
Ak Chinese Ch 12.5.1988, res 31.12.1993 & returned to Hong Kong.
LEE, Rev Kyo Sung (Joseph)
Lay minister, Saeng Myong Presbyterian Church, April 2011
Withdrew from Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, 1 September 2015
LEE, Miss Lorraine Mary
b. Paeroa, a trained Primary School Teacher.
Missionary Papua New Guinea
Kimidan School, New Ireland PNG, teacher appt. June 1971
Commissioning Service at Waihi 18.7.1971
Left for Papua 21.7.1971
Transfrerred to United Church Press Office, Rabaul PNG Jan 1973,
Returned to NZ 20.8.1973 & off staff 12.10.1973
Overseas Worker - on staff of Aust Inland Mission, Halls Creek, Western Australia 1974.
LEE, Rev Sun Mi
New Lynn-St Austell's Co-operating Parish NthP 27 Mar 2012
LEE, Rev Sung-Won
Minister Within the Bounds WgP 2004
Associate Minister St Alban’s Palmerston North (responsible for Korean Congregation) MWgP 22 Aug 2004
LEGGOTT, Rev Robert Edward
w Christina b 30.4.1913 m 4.3.1939 d 16.4.1979
Formerly a Painter and Paperhanger; joined the Home Missionary service in 1942,
completed the HM course with credit.
HM Rangitaiki Outfields BPP 1942
Mangaweka-Rewa WgP 1943
Pio Pio WkP 1946, Ord HM 24.5.1946
Coromandel-Whitianga 1948, Theological Hall correspondence course 1950
Hauraki Plains WkP 1951, raised to full Ministerial status by Assembly 1952.
Ormond Gisborne GP 11.2.1953
Inglewood TkP 4.8.1955
Akaroa ChP 4.7.1964
Albury SCP 13.11.1969, spent a period in Hospital.
Died 20.2.1970 at the Manse Albury in office, aged 61, suddenly and unexpected.
LEIGHTON, Miss Barbara
Support Services, Area Manager Tauranga 1988 (Assoc BPP)
LEISHMAN, Rev Robert
b 15.4.1906, Scotland.
w (1) Agnes Alice b 2.8.1901 m 28.12.1927 d 25.11.1973
w (2) Margaret Evelyn b 2.4.1906 m 11.12.1974 d 22.3.1979
Educated to 6th Standard in Scotland, a Miner for 2 years having undertaken
Mining Studies. Undertook 2 years of commercial and general evening classes.
HM Shannon MnP 13.5.1932
Dunback NOP 1932, Ord HM 5.4.1935
Cheviot ChP 1937
Waianiwa SP 1940
Leave of absence for period of the 2nd World War. Re-joined HM service 7.9.1943
Brydone (6 months)
St Martins Chch 1946
Kaiapoi ChP 1948, Hall Corresp Course 1950-
Ord Min Pukerau MtP 3.2.1953
Wanaka (Upper Clutha COP) 28.10.1959
Cust-Oxford ChP 29.10.1964
Springburn AsP 12.6.1969 ret 30.4.1971
LEM, D. Mr
A Chinese catechist with his headquarters in Greymouth 1896. He was supported by the
Christian Endeavour Union of Cant & Westland. He was not officially connected with
our Ch, but the Ch made a small contribution to his salary & for some yrs reports about his
work were presented to Nth Ass. Res 1899.
LEMUELU, Rev Aotofaga Tupulua L.Th.; Q.S.M.
w Gafatasi m 13.11.1971
An Island student at Trinity College (Methodist) Auckland, in his final year 1971.
Ordained Pacific Island Church Invercargill SP 9.2.1975
Acted as adviser and Chaplain for the Invercargill Pacific Island community at local workplaces.
St Pauls-Trinity-Pacific Christchurch CP 2.5.1985
Otara Pacific Islands Church SAP 26.5.1989
Established the South Seas' Health Centre in South Auckland and also workshops and schemes
for youths to gain slikks and trades.
Awarded the Queen's Service Medal 31 Dec 2009 for long service as Ministe.
LENDRUM, Rev Douglas Alexander B.Th.
w Wilhelmina m 14.11.1964
Theological Hall 1985-87
Licensed St Andrews Marton 22.11.1987
Ordained St Pauls Co-op Taumarunui WkP 10.12.1987
Upper Hutt Co-op (Trentham) 29.1.1992
Mission Resource Team AP Oct 1995
St David’s Khyber Pass Road, Auckland AP Apr 2001
Convener of the Nominating Committee 2004
LENNON, Mr Wilfrid James
w.(?) b.(?) m(?)
HM (student) Mohaka HBP 1926; had serious motor cycle accident in 1928 and resigned
from HM service 31.3.1928
Took up bee keeping in Central Otago.
LENNOX, Mr Andrew Hunter
b. Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia 10.2.1874
w. Ethel Sarah Adair b. 25.3.1881 m.c.11.1.1905 d. 6.1.1935
Worked as a Missionary among Aborigines Forrest River in Western Australia from 1897 to
1898. Received injuries to the head in the course of this work from which he never really
recovered. Founded the Northern Territory Native Industrial Mission at Kaparlgoo, Northern
Territory, Australia from 1899 to 1903 [Hyper Link]. During this time he travelled overland
twice from Darwin to Adelaide.
From 1907 to 1908, he served the NZ Presbyterian Church working among the men
constructing the North Island Main Trunk railway line. Took the prescribed Home
Mission Course while at :
HM Kaponga TkP 1909
Katikati BPP 1912 to March 1913.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1914 to 1916. Turned down for Ministry as unsuitable.
HM Warepa 1917 to 1918
Patearoa COP 1919
HM Waipiata (Supply) 1919 to Apr 1921
Suffered a nervous breakdown thereafter entering business for a time.
HM Denniston WsP (Supply) 14.3.1936 (1 year term); Ord HM (supply) 24.9.1936
HM Ormond Gisborne 1939 - retired 31.1.1943 aged 68 years.
Retired to Dunedin.
“Mr Lennox has not been remarkable for his intellectual gifts but wherever he has gone
he has won the hearts of the people by a simple piety and a most generous and self-
Unwisely he contributed towards his own slender Home Mission stipend from his own
pocket thus leaving him without any savings at his retirement.
Died 16.5.1962 in Adelaide, South Australia
LEPPARD, Mr J.
Assistant at Otorohonga
HM Grey Valley WsP 1922 - resigned 1922 to study at the Bible Institution
LETHAM, Rev Jennifer (Jenni) Sybil B.Th. (See also entry under Rev J Elmes)
h Roland Grant Letham m 19.4.1965 Div
Theological Hall 1986-87
Licensed Musselburgh Dn 22.11.1987
Ordained Musselburgh-Tainui DnP as SS 5.5.1988
Associate DnP 1989
Refer entry under Rev J Elmes for further entries.
LETOA, Rev (Miss) Moeafusia B.Sc.(Hons), B.D.
b. Western Samoa
Educated at Wellington East Girls’ College and Victoria University.
Theological Hall 1976-78
Ordained for Mission Service to Papua New Guinea 19.4.1979
Appointed by United Church to Goroka PNG as Chaplain 4.1979;
Top Australia for orientation course 28.4.1979
To Port Moresby as Assembly Research Secretary & Secretary M.C.C. Sept 1980
Returned to NZ July 1982
Off Staff 31.7.1982
LEUNG, Mrs Eileen see Toi, Eileen
LEVACK, Rev William Larnach M.A.(Glas)
b 20.9.1912 Scotland
w Deborah Alice Constance b 23.2.1919 m 17.7.1939 d 12.5.1985
From the Church of Scotland
Minister at Mauritius 1938-46, then to NZ.
Inducted Waipu NP 6.3.1952 - resigned 14.4.1964
Charters Towers - In service of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland Australia
from 15.4.1964 to 16.9.1964
Returned to NZ :
Titoki NP 17.9.1964 - retired 30.8.1977 (ret. Foxton)
For a period during WW2 he was Lieutenant in infantry in charge of Indian and African
troops on Island of Mauritius. In 1946 and 1947 he worked in orth of Scotland, but finding
the weather too cold he returned to Mauritius.
He had a good knowledge of the Gaelic language.
LEVI, Rev Fogatia B.Th., Dip.Min.
Licensed St Marks Pine Hill Dunedin DnP 7 August 1994.
Oxford District Union Christchurhch Presbytery August 1997
Minister Within the Bounds Auckland Presbytery 2004
Kihikihi, St. David's Otorohanga & Te Kuiti Parishes Waikato Presbytery 13 July 2006
Minister Emeritus, 31 December 2013
LEWIS, Rev Henry J.
Ordained by the Timaru Presbytery of the Congregational Church Feb 1873
Received by the Northern Presbyterian Church 14.2.1896
Ind Woodville MnP 7.1896
Patea TkP 1902
Paeroa WkP 31.8.1904 - retired 1907
Lived at New Plymouth till c.1915
LEWIS, Miss May
Maori Miss - Nuhaka
Born 1926, daughter of Mr & Mrs Lewis, Maori co-workers with Sr May (Gardiner).
‘Mrs Lewis has given little May into our keeping absolutely.’ Bright member of the Nuhaka
LEWIS, Miss N.
Maori Miss, Assist Teacher
Matahi Miss School 19.2.1956 res 31.1.1957
LEWIS, Rev Ratu
b 2.9.1902 Nuhaka
w Kui nee Wairea b 16.6.1913 m 7.1928 d 17.5.1975
Educated at Nuhaka, his family were Mormon, but he became a Presbyterian at an early age
under the ministry of Sisters Jessie & Edith. Later ordained as an Elder.
Student Te Wananga (Maori Theological College) Whakatane 1954; given 1 year course, but
Asked to have a further year - granted, 1955.
Taupo 1956; Ordained Taupo 28.2.1957
Assistant Minister of Whakatane Maori Parish 12.2.1961 - 2 years
Appointed Moderator of the Maori Synod before it was constituted as a full court of the NZ
Died 17.7.1962 after lengthy illness Whakatane, in office
LEWIS, Rev Ratu David
Rotorua Maori Pastorate as Amorangi Te Aka Puaho 2.10.1994
Lodged Certificate Nov 1998
Died 2 March 2006
LEWIS, Rev Thomas William Ieuan H.N.C.,M.Th.
w Betty m 26.9.1959
Trained in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.
Received from the Presbyterian Church of Wales as Probationer.
Ord Assist Knox Masterton 5.5.1962
Wallacetown SP 30.1.1964 - resigned 18.7.1967 and went overseas.
Woodlands SP 20.10.1970
St Marks Mangere East AP 22.5.1975
Mataura MtP 1.2.1979 - resigned 31.10.1980
Kurow NOP 3.2.1982 - resigned 27.12.1984
To Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church Sydney, Australia.
Died 1995 at Beacon Hill.
LEWIS, Rev William
HM Waianiwa SP supply 1918
Oxford West ChP 1918, Ord HM 1920
Spreydon ChP 1922 res fr HM serv1925
LEWIS, Rev Watcyn Leslie B.A.
b 23.11.1903 South Wales
w Winifred Betty b 5.3.1910 m 17.6.1933
Educated at Cardiff (BA 1930); entered Theological College Aberystwyth; took course
at Livingstone Medical Mission College to equip himself for Mission service; went as
Missionary to Assam. At outbreak of World War Two returned to Wales and was Minister.
Licensed Sept 1933
Ordained in Liverpool Sept 1933
Ind Preb. Church, London Road Neath 1940-47
Came to New Zealand in 1947
Ind Ellerslie, Auckland AP 23.10.1947
St Paul’s Oamaru NOP 13.2.1951
Died 7.9.1952 in office, at Dunedin Hospital.
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