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RAE, Very Rev. Alister Flett B.A., B.Sc., B.D.
b. New Plymouth, father worked for the Post Office and transferred to Christchurch
Attended Bible Class at St Georges Linwood. Father was an elder, and mother a Bible Class leader
w. Christina Margaret Carter b. Rotorua m. 26 April 1958 (Daughter of the Rev JAL Carter, then minister at St Georges Linwood)
Educated at Christchurch West High School, science at Canterbury University 1955-1957, Otago University and Massey University.
Taught two years at Kings High School, Dunedin, to rescource for years at Knox, attending lectures at Otago University after school, concentrating on philosophy
Knox Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1961 to 1963
Ordained Pio Pio, Waikato Presbytery, 17 December 1963 resigned 31 January 1969
First approached by Stan Murray, secretary, Overseas Missions Committee, to consider position in Malaysia, 1967
Accepted for Missions Service, 1 February1969
Commissioned for Overseas Missions Service in Malaysia by Waikato Presbytery, 4 February 1969
Left New Zealand by air, 18 February 1969
He had a period in Singapore before Malaysia.
Kota Bahru, 1969, for three years, resigned from overseas service 1972, because visa for Singapore declined.
Off staff, 31 January 1972
Stated Supply, St Pauls, Ashburton, inducted 28 June 1972, when it became clear return to Singapore was not possible
Convener, General Assembly Special Committee on Training for Ministry, reporting 1979
Somervell, Auckland Presbytery, 9 February 1978
Joint Board for Mission Overseas, 1979, Convener 1980
Principal, Knox Theological Hall, Dunedin, 26 February 1991 - appointed for 2 years.
Professor of Pastoral Studies & Communication of Gospel Hall, Dunedin, 27 February 1992
St Clair, Dunedin, Duniden Presbytery c.1998 – retired March 2002
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, 1984
Moderator of the Synod of Otago and Southland, 2001
RAE, Rev Dr Murray Alistair Dip Min, B.Arch., BD., BA., PhD.
w Jane Margaret Davis m 17 May 1986
Trained as architect
Theological Hall 1989-1991
Ordained Acting Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Theological Hall, Dunedin, 27 February 1992
To Post-graduate study, King's College, London, 1994-1995
Chaplain: Auckland University (Maclaurin), January 1996-September 1998
Lodged Certificate, Dunedin Presbytery, December 1998
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, King's College, London, September 1998-December 2004
Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, Department of Theology, University of Otago, Dunedin, January 2005
Professor of Theology, University of Otago, Dunedin, 2011
RAE, Rev. Dr. Simon Hugh M.A., B.D., Dip.Theol., Th.D.
w Marion Beatrice Wallace (Daughter of the Rev WJ Wallace) B.A. Dip. Teaching m 18.12.1965
Educated at Blackball Primary School, Owaka District High School, South Otago High School and Otago
University (B.A. 1964, M.A. 2nd class Honours 1965)
Theological Hall 1965-67
Ordained Morven 7.12.1967(with Waihao Downs from mid-1970 to form Waihao parish, SCP) - resigned 8.12.1971
Accpted for overseas mission service - on staff from 1 Feb 1972
To NZ Bible College from 21.2.1972 to 5.5.1972
Commisssioned at Balclutha for Overseas Mission Service 16.7.1972
Left by air for Indonesia 29.8.1972
University Chaplain, Bandung, and Warden of Christian Student Centre ‘Wisma Sejahtera’, Bandung under the
Indonesian Council of Churches 1972-75
Part time Minister, Karo Batak Protestant Church Bandung 1972-75
Part time Lecturer in English Social and Cultural History, Padjadjaran State University 1973-75
Part time Lecturer in English Prose and Drama, Christian University, Bandung 1973-75
Honorary Minister G.P.I.B. (English language congregation) attached to main Bandung City Church 1972-75
Rep 1975: request from Karo Batak Church that after furlough he be relocated in North Sumatra,
in the heart-lands of the Karo Batak people.
Church worker Karo Batak Protestant Church, North Sumatra 1976-78 in Langkat (1976) and the
Karo Highlands undertaking congregational development, educational, evangelistic, rural and
community development, ministries, with some in-service training programmes and regular ministry.
Returned to NZ by air 29.8.1978
Off Mission staff 30.11.1978
St Stephens Church Dunedin DnP 16.11.1978-1984
Part time Tutor, Faculty of Theology, University of Otago (Patristics and early Church history)
Acting Ecumenical Chaplain (part time) University of Otago (2nd and 3rd terms) 198
Chinese Church Dunedin (honorary minister) 1980 to 1984
Joint Sec, Council for Mission & Ecumenical Co-operation, Christchurch 27.9.1984 resigned 2.1989
Chinese Church Dunedin 12.3.1989
Th.D. Australian College of Theology, Sydney, 1994 awarded for published research on religious change among the Karo people of North Sumatra
Principal Theological Hall Dunedin Jan 1994, then :
School of Ministry, Knox College, Dunedin 1998 - resigned w.e.f April 2001.
Officer in the Order of St John 1998
Chaplain in the Order of St John 2001
First Church, Invercargill SP Apr 2001-2005
Life-Fellow, Knox College, University of Otago 2002
Moderator of the Synod of Otago & Southland 1984 and Apr 2003
Order of St John Service Medal 2003
Moderator of Southland Presbytery from 1 May 2004
Minister Emeritus 31 July 2005
Knight of the Order of St John 2006
Associate lecturer, Department of Theology and Reigious Studies, University of Otago, 2005-present
Visiting Professor, Centre for Religious and Crosscultural Studies, Graduate School, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2007, 2008.
Priory Dean (senior ecclesiastical officer of the New Zealand Priory), Order of St John, 2006 - present.
member of the New Zealand Order of Merit June 2007
RAEBURN, Rev William Burnett Scott
Educated at University of Edinburgh; from Church of Scotland
Came to New Zealand in 1882 as probationer
Hamilton student evangelist (Home Missionary), 1883
Wairoa, Gisborne Presbytery, 1886
Ordained Wairoa, 29 August 1888 - retired 17 November 1924
His sole means of travel was horseback or buggy
In retirement he held a weekly prayer meeting in his house till a fortnight before he died
He never attended Presbytery or Assembly - access to and from Wairoa being too difficult.
Died 27 October 1945, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, aged 101
RAERINO, Rev Tumihitai George
Licensed Te Aka Puaho 24 February 2007
Ordained and Inducted Amorangi Minister Putauaki Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 10 March 2007
RAFF, Mr W.W.
HM Glenomaru ClP 1906
RAGGETT, Rev John P.
Tirau Co-op WkP 5.1982 appt completed 31.12.1988,
but continued till ret 8.5.1989
RAJAN, Solomon Premkumar M.Th.
Mission involvement in India among the Irula tribes and village church planting
w Belinda, a trained pianist and software professional
Immigrated to New Zealand, 2006
Post-graduate Diploma in Theology, Laidlaw College
Intern, St David's in the Fields, Auckland, 2015
Intern, Somervell Presbyterian, 2016
Master of Theology, Laidlaw College
Licentiate, Northern Presbytery, 1 December 2016
RAKAI, Miss Hine
Maori Miss - helper for short period
RAKURAKU, Ms Marina (Rina)
Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, and Kahungungu, as well as Scottish, English and Spanish ancestry
Brought up by her great-grandparanets, closely involved in church and Ohope Marae; grew up at Waimana
Worked at Wattie's
Maori Resource Teacher, Te Kura o te Paroa, Whakatane
Mission to America with Tame Takao looking at churches in indigenous communities, 1999; studied at Cook's Theological Hall, Phoenix, Arizona
Moderator, Te Aka Puaho, 3 February 2017
28th Moderator of Te Aka Puaho, third Maori women, and fourth non-minister
Care-giver to her uncle, the Very Rev Tame Takao
RAKURAKU, Miss N.
Maori Miss - Waimana, helped 1933
RAKURAKU, Rev Rangiora (Rangi) Hohepa
w Cecilia Paerakau Kameta b 12.11.1929 m 25.12.1952
Waimana (self supporting) 26.7.1981
Ordained St Columba Joint Maori Pastorate, Rotorua BPP 1.2.1985
Waimana Maori Pastorate (Interim Moderator) Te Aka Puaho
Minister Emeritus Dec 1994
Died 14th March 2011
RALPH, Rev Franco Bruce B.A.
wife: Kay Annette, married 8 December 1962
Theological Hall 1967-1969
Ordained Inglewood Taranaki Presbytery, 4 December 1969; Union 1 December 1970
Waihi, Waikato Presbytery, 4 February 1975
Chaplain, Army, Burnham 20 September 1979, later Singapore, two and half years, returned to Linton
Ecumenical Hospital Chaplain, Palmerston North Hospital, 22 September 1983, for eighteen years
Resident at Lansdowne Park, Masterton
RALPH, Mr G.H.
from Leicester UK
HM Eketahuna WpP 1907
Rep 1908: he has left to take up work among seamen as Min in full standing on
passing exam on Confession of Faith & Ch History.
Eketahuna (returned to HM serv) 1910
Apiti MnP 1913; Rep 1914: his application to be recd into min declined; also
Pokeno SAP 3.1918
Normanby TkP 1923
Died 20.2.1925 in office.
RALPH, Rev H.J.
of Cong Ch
Nelson NMP Ch Ex work assisting McCosh 1.7.1928
He did the above work pending reception by Ass; Ass didn't deal with the
application, so perhaps it was withdrawn as his name is not mentioned again.
RALPH, Rev Kenneth Fraser
Attended the Bible Training Institute in Auckland for 2 years then to Otago University
where he undertook an Arts Degree.
Princeton Theological Seminary USA – while here he was elected the first non-American
President of the Theological Students Association in 1965.
Served in Parishes in Texas, USA.
To NZ :
North East Valley, Dunedin DnP 9.1.1969 - resigned 12.7.1971
To Australia :
Served with the Uniting Church in Australia in Parishes in Melbourne, Victoria.
Specialized in Psycotherapy at The Cairnmillar Institute and practised as a Counsellor for
Currently in a private practice in Belmont, Geelong, Australia (1996)
RALULU, Mr Penisoni
From Fiji (A Methodist seconded from the Dept of Education, Fiji)
Educated at Cambridge School and Nasinu Training College Fiji. Passed Cambridge School
Certificate III. Trained at Nasinu Training College 2 years.
Teaching since 1958 at Queen Victoria School, Ratu Kadavulevu School, then Head
Teacher at Soloira District School, Fiji
Missionary - New Hebrides (Vanuatu), Teacher, appointed from 1.1.1966 for 3 years.
Rep 1966: at All Saints College Sydney for short mission training course.
Onesua High School New Hebrides 11.1966
Appointement renewed for further three years from 1.1.1969
Returned to Fiji on furlough Dec 1968.
Unable to return to New Hebrides on account of health after eye operation.
Off Staff 31.3.1969
RAMAGE, Rev John Keith B.A.(Hons Sheffield)
w (1) - no information
w (2) Marjory m 10.2.1975
He did his theol training at Westminster Coll, Cambridge,
& then served in 4 parishes of PCE; Ord 1954; married to a NZer.
Recd by Ass 1976
Ord St Giles Mt Roskill AP 21.10.1976
RAMSAY, Rev B. Anne
Meth Ch - Deacon
Whangarei Uniting, St Johns-Leigh-Whau Valley 2.1987
RAMSAY, Sr Margaret Anna
b 2.11.1874 Hyde, C Otago.
PWTI 1911-2 - Ord Deac 11.1912
1st Dominion Trav Sec of PWMU 1912-4
Matron PSSA Home Papanui Chch 1914-8
Matron Childrens Home Timaru 11.1918 to 11.1919
Principal PWTI Dn 1.2.1920 res 31.12.1928
Ord Sec Bible Socy of Otago & Southland 1934-42
Died 27.11.1960, aged 86
RAMSAY, Rev Peter
b 5.2.1858 Lanarkshire Scot;
w Mary J. b 17.2.1854 m 4.4.1887 d 3.9.1942
He studied Arts at Glas Univ, & part of his theol in FC Coll
Glas; he completed his theol studies in NZ.
Kumara WsP supply, stud prch 1885
Ord Kumara (Brunnerton WsP) 1887
Knapdale MtP 7.1889; the parish was divided, & divided again during his min.
Stirling ClP Called Oct 1901. Entered Parish 1902
Hastings 1906 ret 31.1.1926 thr failing health;
Ass 1909 passed motion of sympathy in his long suffering; he was a man of strong
opinions; he was regarded as an authority on theological & social questions.
RAMSDEN, Rev Ian Walter M.A.,B.D.
b 12.10.1923 Wellington
w Ellen Bertaud b 16.10.1927 m 26.2.1952
Educated at Wellington. After working at the American Information Library, entered
the Auckland Teachers’ College in 1947. Taught at Horowhenua College in 1948 to 1950.
Theological Hall 1951-53
Ordained Kawerau BPP 17.3.1954
Paterangi WkP 16.7.1959
St James WnP 3.6.1965
Featherston Union) WpP 8.12.1983 - retired 30.11.1988
“A major achievement … was to facilitate the ‘marriage’, in 1977, between the Niuean
people living in the greater Wellington area and the palagi membership of St James’.
Ian was a strong supporter, also, of the Church’s involvement in the bicultural journey
with the Maori people…. Ian’s commitment to the development of the Maori Synod of
the PCNZ, leading him to actively support its initiatives in Wellington and to make a
significant contribution to the establishment of the Church Marae, ‘Te Kakano O Te
Aroha’, at Lower Hutt.
Professional to the core, and meticulous about detail, Ian was the obvious choice to be
Auditor of Church records, in the Presbytery and at Laughton House. Throughout his
ministry Ian demonstrated a special affinity with young people.
Ian’s appreciation of learning was always apparent. He kept up with his Greek and
enjoyed teaching it and his love of history and literature permeated all aspects of his life…
A man of great modesty, he was perceived by others as a wise, and witty mentor who
could combine support and reproof so lovingly that every encounter with him was to
be treasured.” (from Obit.)
RANBY, Rev Anthony Paul B.A., B.D.
w Margaret Joy Petch m 17.1.1970
Theological Hall 1971-73
Westminster College Cambridge, UK 1974
Ordained Opoho DnP SS 21.3.1974 - resigned 11.7.1974
Putaruru WkP 11.12.1975
Alexandra-Clyde Union COP 29.1.1981
St Davids Palmerston North 1.2.1987
Convener of Mission Resource Team of the Council of Assembly
Chaplain Arohanui Hospice, Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery,
Minister Emeritus, Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery, 22 March 2013
RANDERSON, Rev Arthur Cyril M.A.,B.D.
w Frances A. b 24.5.1879 m 10.3.1909 d 2.11.1971
Trained under the Wesleyan (Methodist) Church, Ordained 1909
Received by the Presbyterian Church General Assembly 15.11.1910
Ind Levin MnP 15.3.1911 - resigned 31.8.1915
Assistant Minister St Andrews Dunedin DnP to Dr Waddell 31.10.1915
Rotorua BPP 18.2.1920 - retired 30.4.1932 due to ill-health
RANGIHENEA, Miss Tonga
Turakina Maori Girls College, Marton, House Assistant 1909
RANGIAHUA, Rev Hamueva
Amorangi Emeritus 5 December 2013
RANGITAUIRA, Rev Rehia
Wellington Maori Pastorate -Amorangi (Te Aka Puaho) Nov 1999
Lodged Certificate 2004
Amorangi, Auckland Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho
Minister within Bounds, Wellington Presbytery, 30 September 2007
RANKIN, Rev William Pillans
b 18.9.1881 Glasgow, Scotland
w Annie b 5.10.1884 m 1.3.1910 d 30.7.1966
Worked as a builder before entering the ministry.
Licensed by Presbytery of Glasgow 1907
Ordained by Presbytery of Manchester 9.10.1907
He was a Minister of the Church of Scotland, ordained in 1907, but at the time
he was ministering to a Congregational Church in England when in 1904 he desired to
come to NZ for his health.
Received by the General Assembly 25.11.1914
Cromwell supply at first; Inducted 15.12.1914
New Lynn Auckland AP 25.11.1926 – (supply from 1.1.1937) - resigned 31.1.1939
Huntly WkP 26.7.1939
Died Sunday 4.4.1943 at Huntly, in office.
RANSOM, Rev Donald George L.Th.
w Kathleen Marie m 12.11.1960
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1979-1982
Ordained Taihape WgP 7.12.1982
Ahuriri-Putorino HBP 1.7.1992
Minister Emeritus HBP Dec 2002
RANSOM, Rev Oswald Edgar
b 11.8.1888 Rongotea
w.(1) Ruby May Lee b.1888 m.(?) d.1966
w.(2) Maude Rose Kelsall (née Smith) b.1894 m.(?) d.1972
The son of Vincent Ranson and Mary Ann Ranson (née Knight), both active workers in the Methodist Church at Rongotea.
Trained as a Cabinetmaker.
Oswald made his own choice as a young man to join the Salvation Army. His first wife a member of the Salvation Army.
Attended the Salvation Army Training College for one year.
Then served as a full-time Salvation Army Officer for 25 years
On retirement from the Salvation Army he entered the Presbyterian Church Home Missionary service as from 1.7.1942
HM Whakapara-Northern Manaia NP 1942, Ord HM 20.10.1943
Maungaturoto NP 1946
Maraekakaho HBP 1948
Dannevirke Outfields HBP 1949 - retired 1951
Died 14.8.1975 Takapuna
RANSTEAD, Rev John E. BA., BTh.
Edendale, Mataura Presbytery, January 1998 - resigned 1 May 2007
Other Recognised Minister, Southern Presbytery, October 2010
Family Worker, Mataura Presbyterian Church
RAPLEY, Miss Raewyn
Overseas Worker, New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Tutor for Calvert & Whimp children
Rep 1977: returned to NZ 1977
RASTON, Rev Taiporutu (Tai)
b. at Te Whaiti
w Emily May Wiremu m 24.7.1959 (Emily a Daughter of the Rev W T Wiremu)
Maori Theological College Whakatane - had a preliminary year and then absent, returned 1964-66
Theological Hall 1981
Ord Taumarunui Maori WkP 23.10.1981
Putauaki Maori 2.2.1989 - resigned 31.1.1995
RATTRAY, Rev James
w Mary Jane b 20.8.1870 m 6.2.1920 (pred husband)
Received as Home Missionary 1.2.1907
HM Morere-Nuhaka HBP 1908
Pongaroa WpP 1909
Mamaku BPP 1916, Ord HM 1917
Arrowtown COP 1918
Athol SP 1922
Dunback-Macraes NOP 1926
Totara Flat WsP 1929 - retired from HM service 16.7.1934
RAVN, Rev Nicolai Jacobsen
b 11.4.1863 Denmark
w - no information
He first came to Dunedin NZ & entered in business. He then moved to Christchurch and
became a member of St Peters, later an elder, and Sunday School Superintendant.
Entered the Home Missions service in 1909.
HM Otorohanga & Te Kuiti WkP 1909
Whakatane BPP 1910 – His wife died during this time
Inglewood TkP 1914, Ord HM 1914
Patea TkP 1916
Whakatane Outfields BPP 1920
(Is this the same station as the following - Rangitaiki?)
Rangitaiki BPP 1921
Ngaruawahia WkP 1924
Mangere AP 1925; granted ministerial status by the General Ass 1928
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery Dec 1928
Ord Min Scargill ChP 28.5.1929 - retired 31.12.1931
In retirement he assisted at Shirley-Richmond Christchurch; his HM stations were in
scattered districts, with difficult travel and great hardship - yet he was always cheerful;
Father of Miss N. Ravn, Indian Missionary.
Died 2.9.1933 at Christchurch.
RAVN, Sr Nellie (Mrs Thomson)
h. Edward Charles Haley Thomson b (?) m (?) d. Christchurch 7.4.1969
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute 1919-20
Ordained as Deaconess for Mission service Punjab India 24.8.1920
Jagadhri India - arrived 27.9.1920
Returned to New Zealand on account of health (epileptic fits)
Rep 1927: (on furlough in NZ) her health has not yet permitted her return to India.
Rep 1928: Medical advice - she must not return to India; so she resigned 31.3.1928.
Daughter of Rev N.J. Ravn above.
Suffered chronic ill-health until her death (post 1969).
In later years she was granted a small allowance from the Missions Committee on account of
financial hardship and infirmity based on her previous Mission service and her very firm view
that her condition had been brought on by service in India for which she felt the Church should
take full responsibility. This was never proven however the Church consented to pay her an
allowance until she entered a PSSA home in Christchurch after the death of her husband in 1969.
RAWIRI, Rev Taiapo
b 20.4.1932 Ruatahuna;
w Rongotipare Peggy m 14.11.1964 rem l0.1975, now Mrs Maaka.
At 19 he entered Maori Boys Farm at Te Whaiti & became a carpenter.
Maori Theol Coll Whakatane 1962-4, applied for extra yr; granted
Te Teko 1.1.1967, Ord 22.4.1968
Putauaki (Kawerau) 1969
Taupo Maori 24.12.1972
He suffered constant ill-health
Died 3.12.1974 in office
RAYNOR, Rev C.H.
Ang Ch - Ord 1965
Brooklands Co-op New Plymouth 2.1978
READ, Rev Very Stanley (Stan) Charles Ll.B., B.D.(Melb)
b 24 August 1905 Invercargill
w Joyce Wilhelmina Thompson B.A. (a Daughter of the manse) b 21 June 1914 m 17 May 1947 d (?)
(Joyce gained a BA from Auckland University in French and English, later teaching at Primary
School level. Served on the National Executive of the Presbyterian Women’s Missionary
Union and helped in the creation of the Association of Presbyterian Women. National President
of the YMCA and steered it through a difficult period of transition and controversy. An Elder
and member of the Wadestown Presbyterian Church Parish Council, convener of its Pastoral
group, and also served in the Wadestown APW and Wellington Presbyterial. – from Memorial
Minute - edited).
Stan educated at Hornby Primary School, Christchurch Boy’s High School, and Canterbury
University College where he graduated LL.B. He practised as a Solicitor for 7 years before
Deciding to train for the Ministry.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1935-1937
Licensed by Waikato Presbytery December 1937
Ordained and inducted into East Taieri DnP 10 February 1938 - resigned 31 December 1944
Completed his B.D. in 1939
Chaplain during World War Two 7 January 1941 - at first on leave from parish.
He entered Burnham Military Camp as a Chaplain with the 5th Reinforcements and then
served in the Middle East and Italy.
In 1944 he was appointed Commissioner of the NZ Patiotic Fund Board in London with
the rank of Major.
Assistant Minister St David’s Auckland AP 2 July 1946
Onehunga AP 20 July 1949;
Hospital Chaplain Avondale Auckland.
St Andrews New Plymouth 28 September 1955
St Andrews Wellington WnP 21 May 1964 - retired 10 February 1971
Moderator of the General Assembly 1966
Clerk of Assembly 1 March 1956 – resigned 31 January 1974
Parliamentary Council Office, 21 February 1974 - two year task of compiling a reprint of the
legislation of Western Samoa 1920-1973, a Pacific Aid Project funded by the Department
of Foreign Affairs
“His service in the forces made an impact on many people and his genuine friendliness and
deep interest in people is still remembered appreciatively by former servicemen.”
He was much respected for his clear insight into a difficult situation, and his ability to clarify
the issues and propose a solution which was then seen to be the obvious decision. His
knowledge of Church law and procedure was profound, and his pronouncements were given
clearly and succinctly, and accepted without question as authoritative. His preaching was
also clear, convincingly argued, and forceful.
Died 13 August 1977
READE, Mr Charles Tennyson
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Two years study at the Auckland Grammar School; formerly a Methodist Local
Preacher since 1926, a Clerk and Farmer.
Joined the Home Missionary service 7.8.1937
HM Hauraki Plains WkP 1937
Coromandel-Whitianga WkP 1938
Awhitu SAP 1941 - resigned from HM service 30.6.1942
REDDING, Very Rev. Dr. Graham E. B.Com., A.C.A., B.Th., Dip.Th.(Hons)., PhD.
Worked as an auditor in a chartered accountancy firm in Auckland.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1986-1988
Licensed Opoho, Dunedin Dunedin Presbytery 20 November 1988
Warden, Selwyn College, Dunedin
Ordained Somervell Memorial Church, Remuera, Auckland Auckland Presbytery 19 December 1991
St John’s in the City, Wellington Wellington Presbytery February 2001
Joint Convener of “Equipping the Leadership Policy Group” of the Council of Assembly.
Principal, The Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership, Knox College, Dunedin February 2007
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand 2008 to 2010
Master of Knox College, Southern Presbytery, 12 January 2015
Author of Prayer and the Priesthood of Christ in the Reformed Tradition
REDDING, Rev Jordan
Intern 2014 - completed studies 1 December 2015
Licensed, St Giles The Village Church, Christchurch, Alpine Presbytery, 13 December 2015
Assistant minister, Hope Presbyterian Church, Hornby, Christchurch, Alpine Presbytery, 15 January 2016
Other recognised minister, Alpine Presbytery, 11 December 2016.
Ross Fellow, Knox College, 18 February 2017
REDHEAD, Martin (Marty)
"For as long as I can remember there has been a call of God on my life into full-time ministry as a preacher and pastor" Spanz, Spring 2016, page 16
Intern, Trinity Presbyterian Church,Temuka
Licentiate, Southern Presbytery, 1 December 2016
REDMOND, Rev. Monika
St Ninian's Uniting Parish Karori, Wellington Presbytery December 2011
Resigned and removed from roll 8 July 2014
REECE, Mr & Mrs
Mataara Maori Boys Hostel, Dominion Road Auckland, Master and Matron 1978
REED, Rev George McCullough B.A.
b. County Monaghan, Ireland
w. Jessie Chalmers Rankin b.(?) m. 6.7.1863 at Ipswitch d.(?)
Son of James Reed and Jane Ann Lewis. Educated at Queen’s College, Belfast (B.A.).
Licensed at Newry 5.5.1857
Ordained as Minister for Victoria, Australia 1.7.1857
To Australia –
North Melbourne (SV:ECS to Presb. Church of Victoria) 1858 to 9.1.1861
To Queensland (SA:ECS) Ipswich 1861 to 1862
Maryborough 1863 to 1864
Worked on the “Maryborough Chronicle”, Journalist 1863 to 1895; M.L.A. Ipswich 1866 to 1867.
To New Zealand 1870 –
Member of the Auckland Provincial Council for Takapuna 1872 to 1875
Listed by the Presb. Church of NZ in 1873 as 'minister without official duty'.
Editor of the Auckland “Evening Star” 1870 to 1876; Editor of the “Evening News”, Dunedin 1876 to 1878;
Immigration agent, Belfast 1878 to 1881; Land Scheme 1881; leader writer for the “Melbourne Argus”
early 1880’s; the Auckland “New Zealand Herald”; London Corerspondent; Editor of the Auckland
“Evening Bell” 1886 to 1888; Editor of the Melbourne “Evening Standard” 1889; leaderw riter SMH 1890;
leader writer “NZ Herald” 1895.
Publication include : “Calamo currente, including the finding of Noah’s Ark” (1887), “The aAgel Isafred :
a story of prohibition in New Zealand” (1896).
REEKIE, Rev Donald Harold M.A.
w Gwendoline Florence m 15.9.1956
Min of United Reformed Ch of Eng; he served in Niue Is under Council for World
Miss; applied to Ass 1973 & recd into PCNZ as Min. Ord 1960.
Ind Hosp Chapl Kingseat-Raventhorpe 7.2.1974
Support Services, Human Development Division, Papatoetoe SAP 14.3.1980
Minister Emeritus 7.9.1990
REEKS, Mr J. & Mrs
Auckland Maori Boys Hostel, Master & Matron 15.2.1952
REESE, Rev Alexander
w. (?), m. (?), d. (?)
Rev Reese grew up in Christchurch, being a member of St Paul’s Congregation. He was a member
of the St Paul’s Bible class who under the inspiring leadership of Mr ED Johnstone was experimenting
with new methods in youth work. He belonged to the YMCA Mission Band which held open-air
meetings on Sunday evenings in the streets. He described himself as a street-preacher who got into
the Ministry almost haphazardly. He worked at a trade for 8 hours a day, studied 5 or 6 hours at night,
and spent an intensive Sunday teaching and preaching. At Canterbury College, he got a good
grounding in Formal Logic, Psycology and Ethics, attended lectures on the English language and
Literature, and did Latin privately with a tutor.
Left Christchurch to study at a small Divinity School in the USA which was strong it’s course of the
English Bible and in the ordinary subjects of a Presbyterian Theological College. He graduated in 1908
and was accepted as a Missionary by the Presb. Board of Foreign Missions, of New York. He was sent
to Brazil in 1909 where he worked for 42 years. He found a most hospitable and kindly people who
opened their doors to a Presbyterian itinerant Missionary, travelling around with a mule team, seeking
opportunities to preach God’s way of peace and acceptance with Him – by grace and favour alone.
Retired to New Zealand in 1951, settled at Peacehaven, Invercargill.
REGENVANU, Rev Sethy
Seconded from the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu to –
St Andrew’s, Suva, Fiji AP (3 year appointment) 24 Oct 2004
REID, Rev Alexander Rennie B.A.
b 8.5.1928 Waimate;
w (1) Frances Emma m 7.1.1956
w (2) Rita - no information.
Ord Turakina WgP 18.12.1958
Taita Union WnP 5.3.1964
Green Island DnP 11.9.1969 res fr min thr ill-health 10.11.1974
Full-time in Ministry of Defence Chch 1974;
Applied for his name to be restored Ass 1983.
Died 7.12.1984 suddenly, aged 56
REID, Rev Douglas Robert (Bob) L.Th.
w Lynne Florrence m 6.1.1968
Theological Hall 1974 (4th year)
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland 12.11.1974
Ordained Oteramika-Kennington SP 12.12.1974
Waimate SCP 26.5.1983
Rangiora-Loburn ChP 3.2.1994
Moderator of Christchurch Presbytery Aug 2002 to July 2003
St Andrew’s Takaka NMP 22 Jan 2006
Minister Emeritus NMP 2011
Minister Emeritus ChP 1 Jan 2012
REID, Sr Eileen Mary
b 27.3.1901 at Otahuhu. Educated at Auckland Primary School, Auckland
Technical College and Auckland Commercial College. After business training,
she went on to train as a nurse at Auckland Public Hospital with the aim of
entering Mission work. She gained the silver medal in her class at graduation.
Missionary Nurse South China – appointed to staff of Kong Chuen Hospital 1929;
Ordained as Missionary to China by Auckland Presbytery 5.9.1929;
After 18 months delay in India, reached Kong Chuen.
Kong Chuen Hosp, Canton, Matron 1931
Was returning to China from furlough when war was declared with Japan, thus
she avoided internment. She spent some time in Australia, then left in 1944 to
take up the position of Assistant Matron at the Methodist Mission Hospital at
Kukong in Free China. The deteriorating military situation meant that she was
diverted to India for 18 months to assist at the PCNZ Mission Hospital at
Jagadhri and at the Landour Community Hospital until the war was over.
Returned to China 1945. Acted as Assistant Superintendent of Nursing at Po Wai
Hospital, Kong Chuen, which involved preparation of school curriculum, giving
lectures, supervision of other lectures, ward work, care of the health of nurses
and conduct of the school generally. Acted in an advisory capacity to the trained
nurses on the staff, and gave many of the anaesthetics in the operating room.
Was a member of the Ko Tong Church Board of Managers, and took a share in the
Evangelistic side of hospital activities.
“Own Missionary” of First Church, Dunedin
Returned to NZ 17.10.1950 due to ill-health. After rest and treatment she recovered,
but medical advice recommended that she must not work in the tropics again.
Resignation accepted from 30.9.1951 after 22 years service.
From c.1951, she served as a Ward Charge Nurse at Greenlane Hospital until 1961(?).
Noted as being on staff of Woodchester Evenside Home, Christchurch, 1962.
New Hebrides (Vanuatu), Matron Ebuli Hostel, Onesua High School 1962 - she went
to relieve Miss Rhoda Vickers who came on extended leave for study 1962; she was
replaced by Winifred Biggs 4.1963
“A grand teacher of nurses with an easy going personality which endeared her
to many of her students and patients. Her commitment to Christ never wavered and
her dedication to serving as a nurse in China survived many frustrations. She was a
faithful servant of our Lord”
Died Sydney, Australia, 19.4.1982 aged 81 years
REID, Sr Ethel Mrs N.D. Nicholson
Ord Deac N E Valley Dn 1908 res 1909 to marry Rev N.D. Nicholson; ill-health
caused him to ret & he died 1911.
Relieving Supt PWTI Dn1912 for few mths
Taught Maori Miss School
REID, Rev Gordon Henry B.A.,B.D.
b 17.4.1917 Gore
w Hazel Jean b 14.12.1917 m 17.11.1945 d 4.4.2009
War service WW2 in Fiji & Middle East 4 yrs 6 mths.
He was a butcher; went to Bible Training Institute Auckland - then to Otago Universitry & -
Theological Hall 1946-48
Ord Wyndham MtP 16.12.1948
Miramar WnP 1.10.1953
Morrinsville WkP 31.1.1963
Died 31.7.1966 Morrinsville, in office
REID, Mr G.R.
Missionary New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Tangoa Training Institute - volunteered to relieve K. Shing, while he was studying at
Auckland University 1965
REID, Rev Hugh
b 31.3.1905 at Irvine Ayrshire Scotland
w Margaret Brown b 25.3.1904 m 26.6.1930
Educated in Glasgow. brought up in a Christian home, he early committed his life to Christ, and first preached
at age 14. He attended the Bible Training Institute Glasgow with a view to entering Missions service. Later he
felt the call to the ministry and took his Arts course at Glasgow university and the Divinity course at Trinity
Student Assistant at Blochairn Glasgaow
Locum Tenens at St Abbs Berwickshire;
Called to Menstrie, Clackmannanshire - there for 7 years
Responded to a call for ministers in Zealand, recommended by Tulloch Yuille.
Received by the PCNZ General Assembly 1948
Ind Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt WnP 10.3.1948
St Andrews Gore MtP 28.8.1953
Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP) 10.8.1967 - retired 31.10.1971
Continued to supply and preach in several parishes in the Auckland and North Shore Presbyteries.
"Throughout his ministry Hugh Reid shared his faith cheerfully, and is remembered for his wamth and friendliness
as a pastor, and for his conviction and sincerity of his peaching. He conducted several evangelistic missions and
was a frequent speaker at conventions. His crowning joy was to see six young men called into the Presbyterian
ministry from the 3 parishes he ministered in. In all his ministry he was fully and faithfully supported by his wife
Margaret." [from Memorial Minute]
REID, Rev (Sr) Helen Margaret Aitken B.Sc.; QSO (Mrs Margaret Reid-Martin)
h David Brown Martin b 5.4.1915 m 4.1978
Deaconess College 1948-50 (1st to take advanced course at Theological Hall 1948-50)
Ordained Deaconess St Pauls Wanganui & Wanganui Girls College, Teacher Scripture 6.4.1951
NZ Council for Christian Education, Field Secretary Wellington 13.5.1965;
First woman to be ordained as Minister 13.5.1965 - resigned to marry 4.1978.
PD&M Dept Auckland part-time 6.1979 - resigned 1980
Honorary Associate Mt Albert Ak 1980 - retired 1.1.1989
Moderator of Assembly 1987
Convener of the Christian Research Association
Minister Emeritus AP
REID, Mrs I.
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, acting Matron 1939 while Matron was on a trip to the United Kingdom
for 6 months.
REID, Rev James Nicoll
b 25.6.1895 Banks Peninsula, NZ.
w Gwendoline Pearl b 23.6.1896 m 9.5.1923 d 22.7.1975
Attended High School for 4 years then 2 years as a pupil teacher in
Christchurch; served in the Medical Corps during World War One;
on return to NZ took up farming.
Joined the Home Mission staff 17.3.1929.
HM Catlins ClP 1929, Ord HM 1.4.1930 (or 22.12.1930)
Orari SCP 1932
Mackenzie County AsP 1941; raised to full Ministerial status 1946
Rakaia AsP 26.3.1947
Richmond Grove Invercargill SP 27.9.1953 - retired 31.3.1962
Father of Rev Lester J Reid & Grandson of Rev William West.
Died 19.10.1973 Christchurch, after several months of failing health.
REID, Rev James Swanson B.A.
w Annie J. b 29.1.1868 m 21.12.1893 d 21.12.1946
Son of the Milton Schoolmaster. Educated at University of Otago.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1889 - 91
Licensed by Clutha Presbytery Nov 1891 (one record states licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin 1891)
Lauder (supply) COP 1892
Strath Taieri (Middlemarch) 27 Sept 1893 - Resigned Jun 1895 after called to Waitahuna.
Ordained by Presbytery of Dunedin Oct 1893
Waitahuna ClP 7.1895
Kaiapoi ChP 12.7.1906
Dunsandel ChP 7.6.1912 - retired 31.12.1922
Hornby ChP supply 1924 - resigned 1927 through nervous breakdown.
REID, Mr John
fr Scot, sent out by UF Ch 1914
HM Weber & Wainui HBP 1914
Opotiki Outfields BPP 1915 res 1916
REID, Sr Laura
Appointed Honorary Deaconess Knox Church Dunedin October 1907
Ordained Honorary Deaconess Dec 1908
Served at Knox Church Dunedin 1907 to 1941
REID, Rev Lester John B.A.
b 12.12.1927; w Marion Elizabeth b 15.12.1930 m 14.1.1954
Son of Rev J.N. Reid
Ord Rotorua Outfields (Trinity Ngongotaha BPP) 11.3.1954
Te Awamutu WkP 6.12.1960
Waverley Invercargill 26.2.1969
Director, Parish Development & Mission Dept Wn 22.7.1976
appt copmpleted 31.1.1988
St Stephens &N St Aidans Lower Hutt WnP Assoc (half-time) 1.9.1988
Minister Emeritus 31.12.1992
REID, Miss Margaret (Maggie) Adams (Refer separate entry for Mrs MA Russell)
b.1871 at Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland.
Came to New Zealand in 1881.
A well known Teacher in Dunedin and heavily involved with the work of St Andrew’s
Pres. Church Dunedin.
Sunday School Teacher at the Walker Street Mission Hall 1894 to 1986.
Under the influence of the Rev R Waddell’s Ministry, she volunteered for Mission work in China
under the China Inland Mission (CIM), being stationed at Antong.
Missionary with the China Inland Mission 1896 to 1908
Miss Reid had a harrowing experience during the time of the Boxer Rebellion in 1899 and had a
most miraculous escape from death at the hands of the Boxers.
During her time in China, she experienced one of China’s worst famines. £1,160 alone being forwarded
from the Otago region for famine relief.
While on furlough to New Zealand in 1908 she brought her Chinese Teacher's daughter with her.
The child was named Kathleen after Lord Plunket’s Daughter as the then Governor General, Lord
Plunkett, had shown great interest in her. (refer separate entry for Dr Kathleen Pih)
Refer separate entry for Mrs MA Russell
REID, Rev Maxwell (Max) Fitzgerald B.B.S., B.Th.
w Noeline Rose m 4.12.1982 (Divorced)
Theological Hall 1983-5
Ordained Patea TkP 3.12.1985
Assistant Minister St Andrews Palmerston Nth 29.11.1987
Associate Minister St Andrews Palmerston Nth 11.10.1990
Mairangi & Castor Bays NSP 3.12.1992
Public Relations Director Presbyterian Support (Otago) June 1996
Superintendent Dunedin Methodist Mission 1.2.2000
Manager, Te Hopai Trust Group, Newtown, Wellington Jan 2003
Minister within the Bounds WnP Feb 2003
Minister within the Bounds ChP 15 Feb 2005
REID, Sr Shirley Gwendoline Mrs E. Mangin
b 19.10.1925 m 5.1957
Deaconess College Dunedin 1950-2
HM Mairehau Christchurch, Ordained Deaconess 1.3.1953 - resigned 12.1956
Youth Dept, Home Sunday School Christchurch part-time 1959-63
Assistant St Marks (Upper Riccarton ) Christchurch ChP 2 6.7.1987
Ordained Minister St Marks (Upper Riccarton) Christchurch ChP 3.12.1989
From the Manse at Orari, Shirley went to Dunedin Teachers College. While teaching at
Dunsandel she became involved in the burgeoning Bible Class Movement of the day.
She served on the Dominion Executive of the Bible Class Movement and it was there she
met and married Eric Mangin. She also served on the Executive of the National Council of
Churches. She made a memorable contribution as a preacher, teacher, and made full use
of her artistic gifts in the work of the Church.
Sister of Rev Lester Reid
Died 11.2.1991 (cancer)
REILLY, Rev John Anderson
b 16.5.1886 in Ireland
w Mary Ann b 22.5.1884 m 18.6.1906
He worked for a while in linen mills in Ireland, later in Scotland; he studied at night
classes to equip himself as a Home Missionary. He was for a period an Assist Minister
in Scotland; sent to NZ by United Free Church in 1915 as HM.
HM Totara Flat WsP 1915, Ord HM 1916
Orawia SP 1917
Hindon DnP (while in Hall) 1919
Opoho DnP (while in Hall) 1920
Theological Hall, Dunedin DnP 1919-22
Licensed by Southland Presbytery Dec 1922
Ord Min Oteramika SP 14.12.1922 (one record gives date as 22.12.1922)
Seddon NMP 12.2.1926; declared by Presbytery no longer a Minister of the Church;
resigned from charge and from the ministry 22.10.1929 (evidently reinstated 1941)
Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP) 3.3.1942
Limestone Plains SP 22.3.1945
Tasman NMP 1.2.1951 - retired 14.12.1952
Died 1965, aged 79
REITH, Mr John
He is listed as 'officiating elder' taking services at Khandallah & Johnsonville WnP 1899-1903
Rep 1904: when Khandallah became a sanctioned charge with its own Minister Mr Reith
began similar work in -
Brooklyn WnP 1904
Rep 1905: he had a serious accident and has been laid aside for many months.
From at least 1900 he managed the North Island business of the NZ Bible, Tract and Book Society,
being based in Wellington.
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