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SHASTRI, Dr Herman
Seminari Theoloji, Malaysia - Lecturer in Church History Selangor 1992
'An ord Min of the Meth Ch Dr Shastri has served in pastoral ministry before
accepting a teaching position at STM. A part of his life as a Min was spent
working among the Orang Asli, the indigenous people of peninsular Malaysia.
While among them, he was able to study the dynamics of the inter-relation
between Gospel & Culture. That experience served as rich material for his
doctorate in Church History & Missiology from the Univ of Heidelberg in
Shortly thereafter, he succeeded Dr John Roxborogh. The Council
for Mission has made an annual grant of $10,000 towards the salary of Dr
SHAW, Rev Alan Thomas
w Lesley Marianne Muir m 26.2.1977
Theological Hall 1974-76
Ordained Otautau Union SP 20.3.1977
Associate Minister St James Newtown WnP 11.10.1984
St. James (English Language) Church Newtown Wellington WnP May 1994 and
St. Giles Presb. Church Kilbirnie Wellington (Half Time) WnP May 1994
Moderator of Wellington Presbytery 2003
Co-convener of the Assembly Work Groups Beneficiary Fund 2004
Retired from St James Newton after 29 years, 8 July 2013
Minister Emeritus, Presbytery Central (Manuwatu-Wanganui) 8 July 2013
SHAW, Mr Alfred Farquhar
b. 14 July 1912
HM Beaumont (supply) ClP 1934
He intended studying to be able to serve on the Mission Field as a Medical
Missionary. His studies were disrupted due to an accident (broken leg) about
No further mention.
SHAW, Rev Lesley M. B.Hort.Sc. (See also entry for Rev. Lesley M Muir)
h. Rev. Alan Thomas, Shaw (refer entry above) m. 26.2.1977
Theological Hall 1974-76
Ordained Oreti SP 20.3.1977- resigned 31.3.1980
Minister within the Bounds WnP
Minister Emerita, Presbytery Central (Manuwatu-Wanganui) 8 July 2013
SHAW, Sr Constance see Shaw, Henrietta
SHAW, Mr D.
HM Ashburton Outfields as stud 1902 no further mention
SHAW, Rev David James Alexander
b 11.10.1878 Dannevirke; w Amy Isabella b 3.3.1881 m 16.2.1910 d 3.12.1973
His parents were on pioneer block bush land in Hawkes Bay
Ord Lumsden & Mossburn SP 10.3.1910
Te Awamutu WkP 25.6.1913 - He had a period of service in WW1 in Medical
Corps from 15.8.1918 to 24.4.1919; refused accept Chaplaincy.
Khandallah WnP 15.4.1920
Hastings HBP 19.5.1926 - he was there during earthquake (1931).
Papakura SAP 20.9.1939 res 31.10.1939 ill-health
After a period of rest, he supplied Epsom while Rev J.W. McKenzie was at WW2;
McKenzie was Senior Chapl.
Conv Chapl Com.
SHAW, Rev Donald Gordon B.A.,B.D.,M.Th.
b 1.10.1914, Berkeley, California, USA
w Doris Heward (a Nurse) b 13.12.1911 m 16.5.1946
Born to an American mother whom his Father had met while studying at Ann Arbor
University in Michigan. The family returned to Dunedin, NZ while Don was quite young.
Educated at Dunedin then a final year at South Otago High School where the family then
farmed at Finegand near Balclutha. Studied for BA at Otago University. Studied interrupted
by War service. Served for 5 years as a Medic and providing educational services in the
Middle East. Upon return to NZ completed studies for Minsitry.
Theological Hall 1946-8
Ord Methven AsP 21.12.1948
St Stephen’s, Bryndwr, Christchurch ChP 27.5.1953
Hosital Chaplain Christchurch 28.2.1961 res 20.4.1968
Presbyterian Support Services Association Chaplain Invercargill 19.3.1970 - res 12.10.1978
Hospital Chaplain Invercargill till 1.11.1979 - ret 30.9.1979
Riverton SP (Stated Supply) 1.12.1979 (in retirement)
“His thoroughness and dedication was … expressed in these settings – the pioneering
work firstly in hospital chaplaincy in Christchurch and arising from that, clinical pastoral
education study and training in the United States. He had come at appreciate the value
of personal development and training to enhance pastoral wotk through the CPE model.
His subsequent ministry as hospital chaplain in Invercargill allowed him to give such
training for ministers and also after his retirement to Nelson.
Don had a keen theological mind and the Christian message had to make sense in the
contemporary context of people. He was also a courageous person in the way he tackled
challenges facing the Church.” (from Obit.)
Died 11 October 1997 at Nelson.
SHAW, Mr Francis
HM Weber-Wainui HBP 1908
SHAW, Rev G.A. Ray
Brooklands Co-op New Plymouth 11.1982
SHAW, Rev Harry I.
Pahiatua Union MnP 2.1972
Cambridge Union WkP 2.1980
SHAW, Henrietta Martin (known as Sr Constance)
b 18.4.1877 Dunedin
PWTI Dn 1909-10
Ord Deaconess YWCA Dunedin 1910
St Andrews Dn (with Dr Rutherford Waddell) 1.2.1911 to 29.2.1912
St Andrews Palmerston Nth 18.2.1913 to 30.9.1917
PSSA Auckland City Work 1.10.1917 to 31.1.1938
Rep 1967: Congregation celebrated her 90th birthday with her.
Sister of Rev JW Shaw
Died 30.12.1968 Havelock North, aged 91
SHAW, Rev John Russell M.A.
w Carolyn Elizabeth b 29.3.1916 m 2.11.1940 - seperated but never divorced.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1938-40
Ord Waitahuna ClP 26.11.1940
Otorohanga WkP 25.2.1943
Eastbourne WnP 15.4.1948
Northcote NSP 30.1.1958 - Deposed & pastoral tie dissolved 12.2.1963
Moved to Perth, Western Australia where he trained as a Pshychiatric Nurse.
He built his own home (he had previously been a Carpenter) and nursed for 10
years at a hospital in Perth. Upon retirement he moved to Brisbane and built a
home there. During his time in Australia he never revealed his former occupation.
Died 22 Feb 1989
SHAW, Rev James Watson M.A.
b. 17.9.1883 Dunedin;
w. Kathleen M. b. 17.10.1882 m. 15.2.1910
Knox Theological Hall 1905-7
Licensed by Presbytery of Dunedin Jan 1908
Assistant Minister Knox Church Dunedin DnP 1907-10
Ord Knox Invercargill SP 20.7.1910 - resigned 22.9.1915
Chaplain on Hospital Ship 22.9.1915 to 2.1917
Mt Eden Auckland AP 12.4.1917, on acct ill-health resigned from ministry 13.3.1921
and entered teaching; later Lecturer in English at Auckland Teachers College for a
period of 25 years.
Brother of Sr. HM Shaw
Died 13.7.1946 suddenly
SHEARS, Sr Hilda N.Z.R.N.
b 15.11.1908 at Waimate
Grew up in the Hunter farming district in South Canterbury.
The son of the Postmaster at Hunter, he Mother died when she was aged 11. Left school at the age of
12 at at age 14 was employed by the Post Office at ten shillings a week.
Played the organ at the local Church as well as supervising the children who attended the Church School.
After the death of her Father she applied to enter the Presbyterian Women's Training Institute to train for
Deaconess work in the Church. She was duly accepted, despite her not holding up much hope due to the
lack of a seconday education.
Offerred herself for service in the Maori Mission Field.
Maori Mission, Maungapohatu 1.11.1942 to 12.1945
On medical advice advised not to return.
After three years in this work she sought and was granted ordination as a Deaconess in 1946.
Then travelled to Dunedin where she prepared an intellectually handicapped children's home at Abbotsford
for opening. Left after just one term when she contracted mumps
Nurse Aid training at Waimate, 1950 to 1952 (under the recommendation of the Ross Home Matron)
After completing her three years of training her intention was to then work in the new geriatric facility at Iona
PSSA Home in Oamaru. However she was persuaded to complete her general training, despite now being 46
years of age.
PSSA Ross Home for the Aged, Dunedin 13.5.1946 to 31.12.1954 [these dates may not be correct?]
After she finished maternity training she started nursing in both Oamaru and Otematata.
Oamaru Public Hospital (General Nursing) 1957
Maternity Nursing Nelson 1958
PSSA Iona Hospital for the Aged, Oamaru 1.1958 to 31.12.1966 – 4 years here as Matron.
Midwifery training at Wellington 1966
Missionary Nurse - New Hebrides (Vanuatu), appointed to Simauri Health Centre, Tongoa 19.3.1967
Set apart for Mission sevice at Eveline Presbyterian Church, Oamaru 29.3.1967
Left for New Hebrides by air via Noumea 31.3.1967
Silimauri Health Centre, Tongoa , New Hebrides 1967
Returned to NZ by air via Fiji 27.6.1970
Retired and off staff 24.10.1970
retired to a small house in Kakanui
In ‘retirement’ spent a year each in nursing homes at Otemetata, Kurow and Twizel. Retired to Kakanui in 1976
where she occasionally conducted Sunday Worship in the Parish of Maheno-Otepopo, also being involved in
Presbytery and Presbyterial work. Involved in many groups and societies including the Oamaru Red Cross, The
Waitaki Writers' group, and the North Otago Presbyterian Society.
“A woman of little formal education, she acquired many skills by sheer hard work and dogged application.
Her indominable spirit will long remembered in North Otago, and principally among the people she loved .
Enthusiasm, endless energy, and a quick brain meant those who came into contact with Hilda met an alive
As a Deaconess, Sister Hilda kept the motto of her Order ever before her ‘By Love Serve’.
Died 19 July (1999 or 2000?)
SHEAT, Rev Norman Roy B.A., B.D.
w Vetia b 14.11.1927 m 20.12.1952
Theological Hall Dunedin 1954-56
Ordained Tuatapere SP 5.12.1956
Halkett ChP 4.2.1965
St James Dunedin DnP 20.9.1977
Palmerston-Dunback NOP 23.10.1986
Minister Emeritus 31.12.1991
Died 22 May 2009 in Dunedin, Interred at Kirwee.
SHEFFIELD, Jean Isabel (Sr Jean) Mrs J. Robinson
Deaconess College 1958-60
Ordained Deaconess St Andrews Gisborne 16.2.1961
Resigned 31.1.1963 and withdrew to marry.
SHEK, Rev H.C. M.A., L.Th., S.T.M.
A graduate of the Union Theological College, Canton South China. Spent two years
on the staff of the Kwantung Synod of the Church of Christ in China in Canton as
Head of the Christian Literature Department. Spent one year of postgradute study at
Yinching University, Peiping. From 1939 to 1944 studied at the Pacific School of
Religion at Berkely, California, USA. In 1945-46 Lecturer on Chinese Literature at
Stanford University, California.
In 1946, joined the staff of the Union Theological College, Canton, as the Teaching unit
supplied by the New Zealand Presbyterian Mission teaching Philosophy of Religion,
Psychology of Religion, Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics & Geography of Palestine.
After affiliation with Lignan University, he taught Philosophy and Ethics.
No mention after 1952 when the NZ Presbyterian Mission to China was closed.
SHEPHARD, Rev. Dr. William E BA., Mdiv(NY)., PhD.
Minister Emeritus Mar 1999
SHEPHERD, Rev Alexander M.A.
fr Scot, prob of FC to NZ.
Ord in St Pauls Napier, as 1st Min of -
Waipukurau & Waipawa HBP 1865 - Ch built 1867
Havelock Nth 13.6.1869 - Ch built 1871 res 1880
various supply for 20 yrs after res; 1st Clerk of HBP
SHEPHERD, Rev T.
Opotiki Union BPP 2.1978
SHERBROOKE, Mr J.
HM Raetihi WgP 1911
Upper Hutt WnP 1912
SHERRARD, Rev Evan McAra B.Ag.Sc., S.T.M., M.A.
w Isabelle Mary m 12 December 1959
Theological Hall 1960-1962
Ordained Associate Minister, First Church, Dunedin, Dunedin Presbytery, 30 September 1965 - resigned 10 June 1970
PSSA Auckland Social Worker (Development Director), 12 January 1976 - retired 31 May 1988
Counsellor, December 1991.
Minister Emeritus January 1998
died 21 October 2015
SHERRIFF, Rev. Dr. Collin Bedford B.A., Ph.D.(Edin)
w Wanda Claire b 21.7.1918 m 3.6.1944 d 23.6.1989
Served overseas during the Second World War.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1945-47
Licensed by Presbytery of Wanganui 1947
Winner of the Adam Begg Travelling Scholarship
To New College Edinburgh 1948 to study for his PhD.
Ordained Youth Director greater Wellington area 7.12.1950
Waimarino WgP 5.3.1953
St David’s in the Fields, Hillsborough, Auckland AP 12.3.1959
St Andrews, Blenheim NMP 12.3.1969
Iona, Upper Hutt WnP (Upper Hutt Co-op) 5.6.1975
Minister Emeritus 31.1.1980
“…from his earliest till his dying day, [he was] a scholar, an administrator, a lover of music
and song, a collector of stamps and other things, a teller of jokes, [with] a lively spirit which
kept him alert and alive with the memories and hopes of his faith and calling.” (From Obit.)
Died 23 March 2003
SHERWIN Gray, Rev MMR (Marino)
Auckland Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 2009
SHILTON, Rev Thomas Gibson
b 22.11.1886 England
w Elizabeth b 13.3.1889 m 1.11.1918
Studied Journalism; he was an officer in the Salvation Army (2 years in Australia)
for 13 years; including his wife.
Received as Home Missionary 1921, did not take the HM course.
HM Ross WsP 1921, Ord HM 1921
Rewa WgP 1924
Ohakune WgP 1927
Silverdale NSP 1928
Mauku SAP 1929
Pokeno SAP 1931
Bulls WgP 1935
Off HM staff 18.4.1937 to 1.2.1938
Kihi Kihi WkP 1938
Belmont NSP 1942 – resigned from Hm staff 31.10.1945
Died 6.12.1967, aged 82
SHIN, Rev Jeongsoon (Michelle)
Daughter of a Presbyterian Minister, shifted to New Zealand
Degree in Chemistry
A revelation led her to become a missionary teacher in the Philippines
Degree in Theology, studying at Auckland and Philadelphia
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 1 December 2005
Ordained Chaplain North Shore Hospital Auckland North Shore Presbytery 2 February 2006
Waiwhetu and Wainuiomata, Hutt City Uniting Church
Minister (Part-time) St Ronan's Eastbourne February 2015
SHIN, Rev Jong-Hyuck (John) MeD., MA., BTh., DMIn.
Korean Cong Chch 11.3.1989
The Congregation is based at St Giles, Papanui, and was founded when the Minister was
inducted 11.3.1989 - resigned 5.12.1992.
Yungak Presbyterian Church, Manukau SS (Lodged Cert)
Honorary Assistant St Andrews Rotorua 20.10.1994
Yungnak Presbyterian Church 20.10.1994
Minister Within the Bounds SAP Nov 2001
Minister Emeritus (retired) AP 28 Apr 2003
SHIRER, Rev William O.B.E.
b 2.7.1858 Aberdeen; w Ada M. b 15.11.1866 m 21.3.1892 d 22.7.1965
Came fr Scot as UP prob to Wn 1888
Ord St James Wn 18.9.1888 ret 8.10.1929 - after 41 yrs min; served country well
during WW1 for which he was awarded OBE,, & Long Serv Medal; he was at the
service of patients at Wn Hosp by day & night; Clerk of WnP for 31 yrs; Ch was
enlarged & Manse built dueing his min.
SHIRRIFFS, Rev William M.A.
FC Min in Scot, came to NZ 1867.
Riwaka & Takaka NMP , began work here 1867
Ind Blenheim NMP 3.4.1870 - Chs built at Awatere & Kaikoura.
Waipukurau HBP 1881
Junior Clerk of Ass 1876; Senior Clerk of Ass 1883.
Died - 1883.
SHORE, Rev Joseph Robert M.A.
b 1.9.1875; w Mary Franklin b 12.7.1874 m 31.7.1902 d 29.7.1956
Hall Dn 1900; New Coll Edin 1901-2
Ord Maheno & Incholme NOP 17.7.1902
Hawera TkP 11.1906
St Andrews Hamilton 3.10.1916
Development of Ch Ex in Taranaki owed much to his foresight & energy.
Died 17.12.1916 in motor accident, while proceeding to Gordonton to conduct
SHORT, Rev Robert D.
Bluff-Greenhills Co-op 2.1982
Ngaruawahia WkP SS 8.1991
SHOVE, Mr Henry (Harry) Walter B.Com., OBE.
b. 21 Nov 1897, Auckland
w. Barbara Shove m.(?) d.(?)
Educated at Auckland Grammar School and Auckland University College where he
graduated with a Batchelor of Commerce. Played rugby for Auckland University and
was a senior Auckland representative rugby forward.
For some time watersider worker in Sydney.
Well known in the Bible Class Movement, Leader of St David’s Church Senior Bible Class,
Auckland, an Elder of St David’s and St James Auckland.
When World War II broke out, Mr Shove was appointed Commissioner in charge of the
YMCA with the overseas forces. Captured in the advance at Alamein after two and a half
years service to the YMCA. Posted missing in action 1942, his fate was unknown until 1943.
He spent time in a prisoner of war camp at Modena in Italy where he was ordained an Elder
of the Session which was formed from the multinational forces within the camp.
Awarded the OBE by King George VI for his notable service overseas with the YMCA.
President (with his wife as Vice-President) of the Auckland University College Students’
Association, and both took a leading part in the Student Christian Movement.
Home Missionary (summer supply) at Putaruru, oevering the area on horseback.
Public Accountant and Past President of the Auckland Manufacturers’ Association,
elected President of the New Zealand Manufacturers’ Federation but was unable to take up
the position due to the outbreak of war.
After World War II, elected member of the Senate of the University of Auckland, and became
Deputy-Chairman of the Auckland Hospital Board.
Appointed by the NZ Government to a Consultative Committee on Hospital Reform.
Chairman of the Auckland Presbyterian Support Services Association (PSSA) where he
directed the great post-war development of the Association.
Instrumental in establishing St Andrew’s Church at Glendowie (AP)
Member of the PCNZ Committee on Administration and Publicity (Convener), the Finance
Committee and the Home Ministry Committee.
Chairman of the Auckland branch of the National Society on Alcoholism since its inception.
Appointed the First General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of NZ by the General
Assembly of 1959 – retired 1963 due to ill health.
Author of book “John Brown’s Soul Goes Marching” written under the non-de-plume of
“One of the finest leaders we have ever known and an outdstanding Bible Class leader.”
“A most sensitive, intelligent and devout Christian, he brought to his Christian service the
disciplined mind of a Public Accountant and Company Director, and proved that efficiency
does not mean bureaucracy”.
A Son obtained his FRCS in Edinburgh and an eldest Daughter married an Anglican Medical
Missionary in Africa.
Died 7 Dec 1966
SHUFFILL, Mr E.
Master (Hon) Maori Boys Farm, Te Whaiti 1940
SHUFFILL, Sr Lucy
PWTI, grad 1929
Assist Glendinning Home Dn 1930 3 mths
Matron Childrens Home Wn 8.5.1931, Ord Deac 1932
St James Wn 1933-4
Matron Childrens Home Wn 1934-5
Matron PWTI Dn 19.7.1937 to 30.11.1938
Assist Matron, Maori Boys Training Farm, Te Whaiti 1.12.1938
res 1.3.1940 to take up language study.
YWCA Hostel Dn, sub-matron 1942-3
YWCA Hostel Dn, Manager Cafeteria 1944-6
SIDES, Rev Brian W.
Mangonui County Union (Kaitaia NP) 2.1973
Raumanga NP 2.1977
Taupo Union BPP 1990 Term completed 31.1.1992
SIDEY, Rev Dr David D.D. (Edinburgh – Honorary Degree)
b. 1827 Pitcairn Green, Perthshire, Scotland, the third child of James and Elizabeth Sidey.
w (1) Catherine Thomas b (?), m (?), d 1864
w (2) Agnes Hay b (?), m (?), d 1894
Educated at Redgorton Parish School and Edinburgh University;
Licensed in 1856, Ordained 1857; was at West Calder, Scotland before he came to NZ in 1872.
Inducted to St Pauls Napier Feb 1872 - retirted 1883 and became Senior Minister - weak health
led to his retirement.
Moderator of Assembly 1879; Clerk of Assembly 1884 ; Treasurer of Assembly, as well as Clerk
1886; became Senior Clerk of Assembly after Union Oct 1901; Chairman Examination Board of
Northern Presb. Church, Chairman Hawkes Bay Education Board for many years; one of the
founders of Napier High Schools; his outstanding ability and commanding personality enabled
him to take and retain a prominent place in the Church and community. He interested himself in
primary and seconday education.
'The strongest, most heroic and picturesque figure in our Church, and he had the heart of a little
Granted an Honorary Doctorate by Edinburgh University in 1894.
In retirement he was looked after by his daughter Isobel.
Died Napier 25.7.1914
SI’ITIA, Rev. Fa’au’uga BTh., Dip.Min.
Kawerau (Stated Supply) BPP Feb 1996
Lodged Certificate Feb 1997
SI'ITIA, Rev Leao T. L.Th.
w Miriama m 15.12.1973
Pacific Island student, preliminary year at Trinity Methodist College Auckland 1971
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1972-74
Ordained Pacific Islanders Church Auckland 19.2.1976
Avondale Union AP 1.5.1979
Minister Emeritus AP 2004
Died 18 Sept 2009
SI’ITIA, Rev Si’itia BTh.
Onehunga Presbyterian Samoan Church AP Apr 2001
Glenfield Pacific Islanders, Pacific Island Synod February 2013
SI’ITIA-ASI, Rev Saifaleupolu (Sa)
Opoho Dunedin Dunedin Presbytery November 1995
Avondale Union (English speaking fellowship) Auckland Presbytery 3 July 2003
St Ronan’s Eastbourne Wellington Wellington Presbytery 10 November 2005
Minister Samoan Presbyterian Church, Onehunga, Auckland Presbytery
Member Auckland Presbytery 26 June 2008
St Giles Mt Roskill South, Auckland Presbytery February 2013
SIM, Rev George Innis M.A., B.D.
b. 21.6.1839 Deskford, Banffshire, Scotland
w.(1) Margaret Chrystal b.(?) m. 4.7.1865 d.(?)
w.(2) Catherine O. Goodlet b.(?) m. 28.6.1894 d.(?)
Son of William Sim; educated at Aberdeen University (MA 1862), and the University of
Edinburgh (BD 1868). Appointed Schoolmaster at Rothiemay 1862
Licensed by the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Strathbogie 2.7.1867
Ordained Assistant at Glenlivet Quoad Sacra 26.6.1872 to 15.3.1877
Drumoak 15.3.1877 to 6.2.1883
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria 20.6.1882
Inducted Casterton-Sandford 6.3.1883 to 1892
To New Zealand 1893 –
Received by the (Northern) Presb. Church of NZ 26.2.1894
Dannevirke HBP supplied 3 mths in 1893
Left ministry to take up a position as Headmaster of Rangiora High School
Principal of Quuen’s College, Auckland 1900 to 1903
SIMANU, Rev Reti Faavae Tala B.Th.
w Sailau m 23.5.1975
Theological Hall 1985-6
Ordained St Margarets Silverstream WnP 5.2.1987
Manukau PIC SAP 25.5.1990
Pacific Islanders: Manukau Samoan SAP Dec 1992
SIMEON, Rev Andereas Hadi M.Th.
w Lilian (Tan Lie Hoen Nio) m 21.6.1969
Min of Chinese Pres Ch, Indonesia - Ord 3.9.1971;
he served in one parish in Indonesia for 15 yrs; of Hakka Cantonese descent.
Ind Chinese Ch Dn 8.2.1987 res 30.6.1988 res fr parish & from min.
SIMESTER, Mr G.E.
HM Opunake TkP 1922 res 1923 & wthd fr HM serv.
SIMMERS, Rev David George MA., MA., BD.
w Rev. Shirley Margaret m 4 February 1964
Licensed by Wellington Presbytery 1962
Ordained Auckland University Chaplain 21 February 1963
Te Atatu AP 14 December 1967
St Margarets Silverstream WnP 3.10.1973 - resigned 12 February 1980 and withdrew.
Honorary Assistant Karori West Union Wellington Presbytery 1985 (Assoc WnP)
Honorary Assistant (part-time) Ngaio, Wellington Wellington Presbytery 2 October 1986
Convener of the Churches Agency on Social Issues Policy Group of the Council of Assembly
Minister Emeritus Wellington Presbytery February 2000
Resigned from Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand 21 November 2006
SIMMERS, Rev Mrs Shirley Margaret B.Sc.
h Rev. David George Simmers m 4.2.1964
Ordained St Anselms Union Karori WnP 29.5.1980
Ngaio Union WnP 2.10.1986
Minister Emeritus 1.10.1991
SIMMERS, Sr Patricia Mary B.Sc.
b 9.1.1925 at Westport.
She was raised in a Ministry of Works camp, a pioneer type of existence which she often spoke
about. Educated at Greymouth, Alexandra, Otago Girls High School then attended Otago University.
Worked as a Forensic Scientist with the Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, helping Police
with their investigations. During her time with young people at Knox Church in Dunedin she felt
drawn to become a full time Church worker as a Deaconess.
Deaconess College Dunedin (advanced course) 1949-51
Ordained Congregational Deaconess St Andrews Hamilton 28.2.1952 - resigned 30.9.1969
and entered teaching.
Teaching from 1969 onwards.
“Pat’s first and only appointment as a Deaconess was to be St Andrew’s Church Hamilton. She
was the first woman elected to the all male Board of Managers and the Session. She was involved
in youth work and led the study group for Bible Class leaders. The Sunday School and Girl’s
Brigade were also part of her work. She had a strong interest in young people and immersed
herself in their lives mentoring many in their life’s journey. After retirement as a Deaconess, Pat
was a faithful Church member and for a time was Session Clerk. Pat visited the people and took
services at St Stephen’s Church Melville, assisting in the growth of that church.
In 1970 Pat took up a position at Melville High School where she taught mathematics and some
science subjects. She later became Senior Mistress and then Dean. She was warmly regarded for
her pastoral concerns for students and staff, and her teaching and administrative skills. She was
a very determined person, and determined that children would succeed and that justice be done.
She saw her involvement as a form of ministry.
Pat called herself a ‘woman of faith’ and lived her life accordingly. She was a steadfast friend,
champion and mentor to the most challenging of third formers, as she was to many at St Andrews
over the years. Pat had confidence in all she did and was never afraid to voice her wisdom.
Those who knew her loved and respected her beyond words.”
Died 4 April 2003
SIMMONDS, Rev Alfred
b 23.5.1878 Lincolnshire, England
w Annie b 28.2.1887 m 9.2.1909 d 6.10.1969
Formerly a Tea Blender and Taster, he migrated to Melbourne 1912; was
approached for Home Missionary service in Australia; served in country
districts of Victoria for 5 years. Took a three year HM course in Victoria.
Came to NZ in 1922 and entered HM service here.
HM Motukararara (supply) ChP 1922
Milburn ClP 1924, Ord HM Apr 1923
Cust ChP 1926
Spreydon ChP 1931
St Giles, Papanui ChP 1936 - resigned 30.9.1945
Hospital Chaplain Middlemore Hospital Auckland 1949 in retirement.
Settled in Christchurch 1950 and associate with St Albans until his death.
Died 3.10.1963 Christchurch, aged 85
SIMPSON, Rev Archibald Houston
b. 25 Dec 1919 at Clydebank, Scotland
w. Zola Jamieson b. (?) m. 23.10.1943
Came to New Zealand with his parents to Wanganui when aged three.
Educated at Aramoho Primary School; boy soprano soloist, later in the Church Choir;
He had 5 years broadcasting as a Baritone Singer, his interest in singing remained
throughout his life. Began apprenticeship as Painter and Paperhanger with R & E
Tingey. Manpowered out of Military service to work at his trade in Taihape.
Desired to train for the ministry so proceeded to Otago University.
Gained terms in Psychology but his need to earn extra money and his incomplete
secondary education made University study too great a hurdle to overcome so he was
invited to enter the Home Missionary Service
HM Warrington, Karitane and Seacliff DnP (1 year term - while student at Otago University ?)
Orari SCP 1.2.1947 (1 year appointment) – his success here then brought a 3 year
appointment to the Catlins Parish.
Awarded Diploma in Home Ministry 1948
Catlins ClP 1948
Ordained Home Missionary at Presbytery meeting Balclutha 27.4.1950.
Granity-Karamea WsP 1950 - he became the first unofficial Industrial Chaplain to the
West Coast Miners.
Youth Director Young Men’s Christian Association Hamilton 1950-52
During this period he continued in a leadershop role with the Bible Class Movement
and was awarded the 25 Year Service Badge. Continued preaching and helped with
worship services and the development of Fairfield Parish until it was able to call its
first minister. Applied to resume his Theological studies for ministry training but,
disappointingly, his application was declined.
Returned to his trade as : Maintenance staff at Waikato Hospital 1953-60;
Medical Records Officer at Rotorua Hosp 1960-65, in charge of a large staff.
Honorary Assist Knox-St Marks Wanganui WgP 30.11.1967 (?)
and Registrar Wanganui Boys Coll 1969.
Field Officer, Presbyterian Support Services Association, Wellington 1.2.1971
When the General Assembly made its final opportunity for those trained as Home
Missionaries to be raised to full ministerial status, the Presbyteries of Manawatu,
Wairarapa and Wanganui recommended that he be given a supervised reading
course to satisfy the Assembly’s requirements.
Raised to full status by Resolution of the General Assembly 1977 – this fulfilled
his life-long dream to be able to serve his Church as an Ordained Minister.
Continued as PSSA Field Officer until 1980 then accepted call to Hunterville.
Hunterville WgP 11.3.1988 - retired 31.12.1984
Minister Emeritus 1984
Moderator of Wanganui Presbytery 1985-86
Part time PSSA Chaplain at Kowhainui Home for Aged Wanganui 1994 to 1997
“Arch endeared himself to people of all sorts taking his love and care for people
into the life of the communities that he served. His love of music and singing
saw him in choirs at many places and entertaining with song in many more.
Arch was a quiet unassuming man with a joy for life and a transparent faith.
His perseverance through many trials enabled him to understand others in
their troubles and needs and to offer encouragement and hope, and also to
illustrate the need for a vision and faith. In all he did Arch was ably and
energetically supported by his wife Zola.
In Arch’s death on 26 October 1998 the church has lost an enthusiast for the
faith and for the Presbyterian heritage, yet he was ecumenically minded and
proud of his brother who served in the ministry of the Anglican church.”
Died 26 October 1998
SIMPSON, Rev George W. (& Mrs Helen Simpson)
b. at Wanganui
w. Helen McKain b.(?) m.1956 - also served as Teacher at Tanatana Mission School.
Educated at Aramoho Primary School, Wanganui Technical College, Wellington
Teachers’ College & Victoria University.
A qualified Primary School Teacher.
Maori Mission - Teacher
Tanatana Mission School (via Waimana) 21.5.1956 - resigned 31.1.1958
When the School was closed at the direction of the Maori Synod, appointed as :
Home Missionary Tokaanu Parish (both Pakeha & Maori members)
Additionally Chaplain to Rangipo Prison.
SIMPSON, Rev James D.
Came from Scotland as Home Missionary.
HM Orawia (Merrivale SP) 1915, Ord HM 1916
Totara Flat WsP 1917
Athol SP 1920 - resigned from Home Missionary service 1921; re-entered -
Patearoa COP 1922 - resigned 1923 & withdrew from Home Missionary service.
SIMPSON, Rev Joseph Moody B.A.
w (1) Elizabeth C. b 2.3.1864 m 27.10.1899 d 8.5.1933
w (2) Catherine Hayes b 4.6.1867 m 25.9.1935 pred h
He was born at Drumfin, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Commenced studies to enter the
ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, doing two years in Ireland before he
came to NZ c.1888.
HM Brunnerton WsP 1889 – Student Preacher while carrying on studies under
Northern Presb. Church.
Completed studies at Theological Hall Dunedin 1890.
Licensed by Presbytery of Wellington 1891
Ord Sydenham, Christchurch ChP 31.7.1891 - Resigned 12.3.1895 & returned to Belfast
to complete his BA Degree at Queen’s University.
Returned to NZ 1898.
Papanui & Belfast, Christchurch ChP 28.7.1898
Winton SP 28.5.1902
Knox Church, Parnell Auckland AP 31.1.1908 (one record gives date as 13.2.1908)
Gore MtP 15.1.1913
Port Chalmers DnP 29.3.1920
St Stephens Dunedin DnP 25.4.1925 - resigned 31.3.1928 due to ill-health.
HM Sumner Christchurch ChP Jul 1930 – resigned 31.10.1931 due to ill-health.
Kensington Dunedin DnP 1.1.1932 to Apr 1935; returned to Ireland 1935 and
resigned from the HM service.
Knox Masterton WpP (supply) 1939
Roslyn Dunedin DnP (supply) 1941
“Mr (Rev) Simpson was a very effective Parish Minister, being an assiduous visitor. He
took a keen interest in the affairs of the community, and by his friendly, jovial manner
won the confidence of a very wide circle of people. He was a stirring preacher, and by
his strong evangelical appeal drew large congregations to his services”.
SIMPSON, Rev Lester Warwick B.A., B.D., Dip.Th(Hons)
wife: Dorothy Rae, married 16 May 1964
Theological Hall 1967-1969
Ordained Riversdale-Waikaia Mataura Presbytery, 19 February 1970
Kohimarama, Auckland Presbytery, 20 June 1974
Knox, Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay Presbytery, 14 September 1978
Rangitaiki (Edgecumbe, Bay of Plenty Presbytery), 31 January 1985 - two exchanges to Nova Scotia, Canada
St. James, Waihi, Waikato Presbytery, October 1995
Moderator, Waikato Presbytery, 2002
Minister Emeritus, 17 July 2005
Member, St. Andrew's, Hibiscus Coast, and involved at Whangaparaoa Baptist Church
SIMPSON, Sr Margaret (Mrs Sneddon)
Ordained Deaconess 1908
Congregational Deaconess Knox Church Dunedin DnP 1908-11
SIMPSON, Rev Robert Alexander
w Margaret Jane m 18.3.1972
Originally from NZ; he went to Aust, & returned to NZ to be near his Father who
Hornby ChP SS 10.3.1988
St Margarets Bishopdale ChP 15.9.1988 - resigned 21.5.1995
Minister within the Bounds ChP 1995
Minister Emeritus Sept 1999
SIMPSON, Rev Robert Allan (Allan)
b 2 May 1925 at Riverton.
w Margaret Eleanor (daughter of Rev. DC Herron) b 3 December 1924 m 14 November 1953 d 1996
Studied at Southland Technical College for 3 years then worked on his Father’s farm for three years; 3 months service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Theological Hall 1952-1954
Ordained Weston-Totara, North Otago Presbytery, 8 December 1954
Riverton, Southland Presbytery, 10 March 1960
Marchweil Union, South Canterbury Presbytery, 6 April 1967
Stirling-Kaitangata, Clutha Presbytery, 2 February 1972
Tokomairiro Co-op, Milton, Clutha Presbytery, 24 April 1980
Minister Emeritus, 31 January 1985
Volunteer in the Presbyterian Church Archives Dunedin for many years and member of the Historical Records Committee to November 2000.
Died 5 June 2014
SIMPSON, Rev Raymond C. Dip.Th.
Listed Min Emeritus AP 1972
(1st reference to him is - AP Lodged Cert 1971. Presumably he served elsewhere
& came to NZ to ret.)
SIMPSON, Rev Ron N.
b. Christchurch & educated at Christchurch West High School.
Commenced work as a labourer and factory hand. Then worked with juvenile delinquints in Auckland
before working for the Foundation for the Blind at Homai College.
Joined the Methodist Ministry c.1967, working first in Auckland and then Porirua.
Industrial Chaplain for four years - Methodist Church Australia
Director of Interchurch Trade & Industry Mission, Tasmania - contract revoked Oct 1978 based on
his radical faith and convictions. Several supporting industries and organisations decided not to support
his appointment. Additionally, Mr Simpson was not given an opportunity by the Tasmanian Church
authorities to explain his beliefs or amplify or deny statements made against him in the press.
A Methodist support group in Auckland came to his assistance, taking up his case with the Tasmanian
Appointed to West Dunedin Union Parish (Brockville) May 1979 - resigned 1982
Took up the position of new Canterbury Regional Secretary of the labour Party July 1982. The move into
politics"was inevitable because of his interest in social justice".
"I have always seen that the Church should be involved in social politics. The political institution has
more influence than the Church... Mr Simpson, who is still a member of the Church, left the ministry
because of a growing feeling 'that the Church was not growing as fast as it should have in terms of
the issues of the day' "
SIMPSON, Rev Ronald (Ron) William
w(1) May Lilian Lowe b 3.7.1917 m 29.1.1939 Died 9 Sept 1986.
w(2) Betty Lanyon (a widow) b.(?) m.(?) d. 2004
Brought up in Southbridge where he was active in the Presbyterian Church but after moving to Christchurch
he became a member of the Church of Christ (his Mother's family were active in the Church of Christ).
Feeling called to the Ministry, undertook his training at the Church of Christ Theological College in Dunedin.
Ordained Christchurch 1936, the location of his first charge.
Church of Christ, Lower Hutt 1939
Appt. General Secretary in New Zealand of the Churches of Christ. Based at an office in Wellington, this
position involved travelling around New Zealand and representing his church on 12 inter-church committees
and consultations with Heads of Churches and Governments on aspects of the Second World War and the
placing of Chaplains with the forces.
General Secretary of the Wellington YMCA for the last year of the war then returned to his parish at Lower Hutt.
Appt. Director of Religious Education, based in Christchurch (3 year term). This involved travelling, running
youth camps, planning courses for Sunday School Teachers, and the writing of Religious Educational literature.
After much thought Ron decided to apply to join the Presbyetrain Church, a move which was welcomed.
Theological Hall (special student) Dunedin 1955, joining the 3rd year Hall students in their final year.
Eveline Oamaru NOP 24.11.1955
St Giles Papanui Christchurch ChP 3.2.1965
Minister Emeritus 30.6.1980
In his first Presbyterian charge of Eveline, Ron initiated a Stewardship Plan, encouraged direct giving, and
directed the energies of his Parishioners towards evangelism, utlizing their talents, and friendship making.
The Sunday School roll increased to 250, the Bible Class topped 200, and Church membership increased
steadily. Being a new housing area, a modern, fully equipped Church was built, being well attended with
strong participation from youth at the evening services.
Again at St Giles in Papanui he introduced a Stewardship campaign, thus putting the Church on a strong
financial footing and making possible several essential improvements to the Church buildings as well as
freeing up people for other aspects of Church life.
Ron's ecumenical interest extended to writing. He wrote a religious column for the "Oamaru Mail" for 24½
years, a total of 1,247 articles.
In retirement ministered for 5 years at St Andrews Christchurch.
Convener of the Consultative Committee of St Andrews Church and Rangi Ruru Girls School, playing a
major part in achieveing the various consents which enabled the Church to be moved to the rangi Ruru site
to be used as the school Chapel.
It was while preaching at Hoon Hay Parish that he met his second wife, Betty.
Lived at Hoon Hay then at Selwyn Life Care Village.
"All his life he endeavoured to serve Christ with total energy and commitement, to share with others his
absolute faith in the lord, and always to be Christ-centred in his preaching. He looked forward to "dying"
as the great adventure of living. His favourite text was Matthew 28:20 - the words of Jesus : "I am with you
always." " (from Memorial Minute)
Died 17 January 2009 (on his birthday), aged 93 years.
SIMPSON, Rev Stuart
Ordained and inducted Global Mission Advisor, Assembly Service Team, by Auckland Presbytery 21 February 2008
SIMPSON, Rev Ulric George Williams
w Helen Amelia m 5.5.1956
Ord Taneatua 29.11.1959
Turangi 21.2.1960 - resigned 28.2.1963 & withdrew.
SIMPSON, Rev W. M.A.,B.D.
recd by Nth Ch 19.2.1901
Ind Sydenham ChP 1901 (before Oct) res 1.7.1904
SIMS, Rev Stanley John Thomas B.A.,B.D.,Th.M.
b 29.10.1930; w Margaret Ann m 7.2.1959
Ord Balmoral Balclutha ClP, 8.10.1963
Thames WkP 10.10.1968 res 19.7.1971 & wthd.
SINCLAIR, Rev Cameron L.
Licentiate AP 2004
Ordained Wakatipu Community Parish (Stated Supply) Central Otago Presbytery 6 May 2004
Otago Peninsula Parish (Stated Supply) Dunedin Presbytery 1 September 2004
St David’s, North East Valley Redevelopment, Dunedin Unit Dunedin Presbytery (Stated Supply) 12 May 2005
Hospital Chaplain, Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals and Otago Hospice, Dunedin Presbytery 8 February 2007
SINCLAIR, Mr J.
HM Hornby ChP 1919-20
SINCLAIR, Rev John George B.A.
w Dorothy May m 25.1.1958
Theological Hall 1956-58
Ordained Popotunoa (Clinton) ClP 8.12.1958
St Andrews Ashburton AsP 3.7.1969
St Clair Dunedin DnP 31.1.1988
Minister Emeritus Aug 1996
Assistant Minister First Church, Dunedin DnP
SINCLAIR, Margaret S. (refer Mrs M.S. Mc Neur)
SINCLAIR, Mr Neil & Mrs
Dental School, Port Moresby PNG 1972
SINCLAIR, Rev P.F.
Miramar Co-op WnP 2.1980
SINCLAIR, Mr Ron
Educated at Tokomairiro District High School, a qualified Carpenter and Joiner.
Trade Certificate 1964.
Mission Carpenter - New Hebrides (Vanuatu), appointed Sept 1967
Left for New Hebrides 31.3.1968
Resigned from Mission service 7.10.1971
SINCLAIR, Rev Robert William
b 14.4.1925 Timaru
w Audrey Galbraith b 5.7.1928 m 1.7.1950
Contracted Polio when aged three; joined his father for 19 years in the family grocery store.
Home Missionary Timaru Outfields (Assistant St Pauls) 1959 – also undertook extra-mural
Theological Hall 1964-6
Ordained Assistant Minister St Columba (Shirley) Christchurch ChP 2.2.1967
Burwood United, St Kentigerns Christchurch ChP 8.7.1971
Eveline Oamaru NOP 8.11.1973
Temuka SCP 31.1.1980 - retired 31.3.1985
St Marks Christchurch ChP SS 11.6.1991
“From a young boy Bob embraced a love of religion and many of his activities were
connected with the Church as a Boy’s Brigade and Bible Class leader and as a harrier.
He comleted his lay preachers’ course with distinction. Bob felt the call to ministry and
went back to Night School to do School Certificate and University Entrance subjects.
Bob was a man of practical faith who had a way of making faith real for many outside
the church as well as in it. Strong, generous, loving, loyal, sincere, enthusiastic are
words that reflect his style of ministry and positive influence on peoples’ lives.
Died 29 May 1994
SINCLAIR, Miss T.
Whakaki Assist 1930-2
SINCLAIR, Rev Miss Vivienne Sands BA.
Auckland Girls' Grammar. Member of Girl Guides and St David's Auckland.
Stores Division Tourist Department Rotorua 1936, Sergeant Major in the Women's Auxiliary
PWTI - 1946
Ordained Deaconess 31.8.1947
Youth Dept Christchurch 2.1947
Congregational Deaconess St Johns Greymouth WsP 10.1952
Congregational Deaconess St Pauls Christchurch 2.1957 - resigned 30.11.1967
Presbyterian Bookroom Christchurch 12.1967 – resigned 31.1.1973 due to ill-health.
Minister Emeritus Jan 1973
Ordained Minister Greymouth Union 14.8.1975
Died 2011 in Christchurch.
SINCLAIR, Rev William John
b. 15 Nov 19(?) at Auckland.
Educated at the Institute for the Blind. Despite his blindness, and having to spend
two years in hospital and two years in a wheelchair owing to a leg injury, [he] set his
heart on being a minister. He served as Home Missionary at Hornby during his
Canterbury University years, where all notes had to be taken down in Braille, and
he practically completed his degree.
HM Hornby ChP 1918
Theological Hall 1922-24. Given permission to take final year at Princeton
Theological Seminary USA 1924-25
Isla Bank SP (supply) 1925
Ord Stirling-Inchclutha ClP 2.12.1925 - resigned 31.5.1928. Also undertook supply
in Otago & Southland.
Left for Hornsby, Australia for three years.
Returned to New Zealand. His application for readmission declined, but provision
was made to meet half-cost of maintenance while undergoing 18 months training at
the Blind Institute Auckland.
“Mr Sinclair found his real life work during those last 20 years in serving those
handicapped like himself, and won the esteem of many friends. He had great
sympathy and understanding and a profound, steadfast faith. For the last 15 years,
he was a member (later Elder) of St Albans, Christchurch.” (from Obit.)
Died 15 Nov 1954
SIO, Rev Leuatea Iusitini (Lio) QSM, OM.
b 25.10.1925 at Sapunaoa Village, Falealili, Samoa.
w Rosalina m 2.2.1957
From a family steeped in the traditions of the London Missionary Society. His Father was a
Minister, as was his Grandfather. His Great Grandfather was a Missionary at Lifou, New
Caledonia during the 1850’s.
Came to New Zealand with Kenape Faletoese, arrived 18 Dec 1951.
Worked and went to night school for School Certificate then in 1953 enrolled at Auckland
University for a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce degree.
In 1954 changed to ministry training at the Congregational Church Bible College in Mt Eden.
Congregational Church - Ordained 1957
Student Pastor Newton Auckland 1956
Full time Assistant Minister to Rev Challis, Newton Auckland Aug 1956
Pacific Islanders Church Auckland Feb 1957
Entered the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand with the Congregational Church at
the General Assembly 1969.
Retired Nov 1969, but continued to serve; retired finally 31.12.1992
“Leuatea and Rosalina have been the spiritual parents of generations of Pacific Islanders
until retirement in 1993 and they established many changes to the continuous life of the
Pacific Island Community. Their gift could be summed up in that they gave the young men
the confidence to enquire and the courage in their faith by strengthening their identities as
Pacific Island Christians.
Leuatea was recognized by the Government with the Queen’s Service medal and Companion
of the Order of merit. Auckland City Council awarded him with the Living Legend Award in
2005.” (From Memorial Minute)
Died 8 Oct 2005
SIPELI, Rev Lagi Fatatoa QSM., J.P., Cert.Soc.Sc., Cert.BKK.
b. 2 Feb 1938 at Liku village, Niue
w (Mohia?) Moko Taufoou Togakilo m 27.4.1963
Arrived in Auckland in 1954, and although holding a Seconday education, he became a labourer
and later a driver, taking evening classes to improve his English.
Received a diploma in Church Ministry from the Congregational Theological College in Auckland, 1967.
After the merger of the Congregational Church with the PCNZ he undertook additional studies at St
John's College, Meadowbank.
Ordained Associate Minister Pacific Islanders Church (PIC) Auckland 17.6.1970 (the first Niuean to
be ordained and licensed by the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand)
Associate Minister St James PIC Newtown Wellington WnP 20.12.1970
Niuen Congregation Minister, St James PIC Newtown Wellington WnP 1.7.1992
"He spent the remainder of his ministry associated with St James providing leadership and ministry
to the Niuean community there - as well as a significant ministry among the Europeans who also
worshipped at St James. Lagi's long service to the community was recognised with a QSM. He
retired in 2005 but remained very active in the community and was the most senior Niuean minister
serving in the Presbyterian Church"
"With his white hair and beard, Mr Sipeli had the appearance of an Old Testament Prophet. He took
his responsibilities seriously, and was a mature oarsman in rivalries that occasionally surface between
He was at the fulcum of second-language teaching. He recognised that for many young Niueans English
was ascendant once they enrolled in state schools. He held that did not mean they should forget their
mother tongue, and, besides, language was the prime connector in preservation of cultures... He was
a tutor and translator instrumental in setting up the Niue language Nest Trust in 1989, and taught his
language at Whitereia Community Polytechnic, and elsewhere.
Lagi Sipeli was a feature of the Newtown community. He was a long-standing member of Wellington
Rotary Club, joining in 1974, and serving on numerous advisory boards.
...appointed a JP in 1978, and was awarded a Queen's Service Medal in 1987."
Minister to Wellington's Niuean community for 35 years.
Minister Emeritus WnP 2 Jan 2005
Died 16 March 2008 at Wellington
SKELTON, Rev Adrian
Minister, Hastings St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, August 2009
Executive Officer, United Congregations of Aotearoa New Zealand, Presbytery Central Nukuhau Tapu, 1 October 2016
SKILTON, Rev Geoffrey B.Th.
w Gillian Anne Wright b.at Dublin, Ireland m 13 December 1981
Theological Hall 1985-1987
Licensed Wesley Centre, Upper Hutt Co-Operating Parish, Wellington Presbytey, 22 December 1987
Ordained Whangarei Uniting, Trinity-Ngunguru, Northland Uniting District Council 6 December 1987
Mornington, Dunedin, Dunedin Presbytery, 16 December 1999
Highgate, Dunedin, Southern Presbytery, 22 August 2010
Chaplain (part-time), Columba College, Dunedin, 2011
SKINNER, Miss G.M.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1977
SKINNER, Rev James M.A.
b. 9.9.1837 at Crossroads, Parish of Rothiemay, Banffshire, Scotland, being the eldest of four children.
w. Eliza Ann Reid b. 15.4.1857 m. 1879 d. 19.6.1941
His Father was a leasehold farmer and stone mason. James attended Marischal College at Aberdeen
University, graduating with a Master of Arts. He was required to work at odd jobs during this time to help
pay his University fees. After leaving College he entered the teaching profession, firstly at an Academy in
England then from 1862 to 1865 as Principal of Weston House School at Elgin where he taught classics.
One of his pupils was Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. He eventually entered a
mercantile life in Manchester before finally deciding to enter the Ministry.
Completed a Theological Course in Aberdeen, then (?) to the Free Church College Edinburgh to 1872.
Licensed by the Free Church Presbytery of Strathbogie 1872
Ordained by Rothiemay Free Church, Strathbogie Presbytery, Banffshire, circa 1873 (Presbytery records lost).
Sailed for New Zealand in the “Jessie Readman”, landing at Port Chalmers on 1st December 1873.
After his marriage in 1879, he returned to Scotland for a six month visit with his wife. Always a strong
supporter of the temperance movement. After 20 years of work at Waitahuna involving much riding and
driving, often late at night,and in all weathers, he reluctantly sought an easier Parish accepting a call to
the Tinwald – Flemington Parish in 1895.
The countryside was level with a less rigourous climate than Waitahuna. However he kept going
further afield where no Presbyterian service had been regularly held so that his preaching stations
eventually included an area ranging from the Ashburton and Rangitata rivers, the Southern Alps and
the sea. He again accepted a call to the new Parish of Weston Totara Parish in 1902 carrying with
it a much easier workload.
Noted as being in third year Session at New College Edinburgh 1871-72 under the Presbytery of Edinburgh.
Ordained at Rothiemay Free Church, Strathbogie Presbytery, Banffshire circa 1873.
Appointed to New Zealand by the Colonial Committee of the Free Church of Scotland 22 Apr 1873.
Arrived New Zealand 1 Dec 1873
Supplied for some months at North Taieri (DnP) 1874
Ord Waitahuna ClP 30.6.1874
Tinwald - Flemington ChP 9.1.1895
Weston-Totara NOP 27.5.1902 where he died after 9 mths due to failing health.
“He made no distinction of creed or colour, but sought to be of service to all…. A visit from the Minister
in those days was something of an occasion not to be taken lightly. All hands were gathered together,
family worship was held, and the children questioned to test their knowledge of Scripture and the
Catechism. (He) was a very conscientious shepherd of his flock, and any who were absent from their
usual place on Sunday could expect a visit from the Minister on Monday, and seldom be disappointed….
To his Parishioners he was guide, philosopher and friend. Though he had little time for extensive reading
or intensive study, he was careful and conscientious in his sermons and Bible class work.
Died 10.3.1903 at Oamaru, in office
SLATTERY, Rev Frank Edward
w (1) Lois nee Rawson b 8.4.1915 m 4.4.1939 d 26.6.1953
w (2) Marjorie Chrystine nee Cleland b 22.3.1914 m 2.11.1954
He came to NZ in 1929 under Salv Army scheme for youths, & farmed in Waikato
& Nth Ak. He took Salv Army course for officers & was app to Cromwell 1933,
then to Georgetown, later to Reefton. Director of Otago School of Religious
Education 1930-40. He entered Ch of Christ Coll in 1936; then served Ch of Christ
in St Albans Chch 1939, Spring Grove Nelson 1942, Pt Chevalier Ak 1944; then
was Extension Officer of the Ak Sun Sch Union; he applied to be recd by PCNZ as
Min; accepted after 1 yr in Hall.
Hall 1950; at same time HM Nth Taieri
Ord Waihao Valley SCP 6.12.1951
St Peters ChP 2.2.1954
Dipton SP 5.2.1959
Kowai ChP 13.3.1969 ret 28.2.1973
SLINN, Deacon Ngaire P. (Mrs)
Greymouth Union WsP 1.2.1991
SLINN, Rev Stuart G.
St Pauls Union Eketahuna WpP 2.1974
St James Union Tauranga BPP 2.1983
Greymouth District Uniting WsP 7.2.1990
SLOCOMBE, Rev Samuel
Cong Min, who with his cong applied to be recd into PCNZ; agreed, & name of
cong was Ferry Road, but on entering PCNZ name changed to -
St Peters Chch 26.5.1881 res 9.8.1884
SMAILL, Rev Andrew William
b 1.9.1883 Otago
w Amelia Mary b 15.12.1898 m 30.5.1922 d 25.8.1942
He worked on his Father's farm until he decided to enter ministry at over 30 years
of age; he studied at Otago University, and passed the equivalent of BA, then to Hall.
HM Tasman MNP (student supply) 1917
Onga Onga HBP (Student Supply) 1918
Theological Hall 1919-21
Ord Limestone Plains SP 7.12.1921
Waikaia MtP 6.5.1925
Patea TkP 15.1.1930
Hunterville WgP (supply) 21.8.1934 to 28.6.1939
Ida Valley (Oturehua COP) 28.6.1939
Owaka ClP 1.7.1943 - retired 30.6.1949
Died 7.6.1973 at Dunedin, aged 89
SMAILL, Rev David James
Theological Hall Dunedin 1982-84
Ord Limestone Plains SP 10.2.1985 - resigned 31.12.1989
Associate of Christchurch Presbytery, Resigned from PCANZ 14.12.1993
SMAILL, Mr John Cochrane (Jack) A.R.A.N.Z.
w. Maisey Smaill b. (?) m (?)
Joined staff of Presbyterian Church of NZ General Treasurer’s Office 1 Apr 1941
War service during World War Two (Navy)
Granted a total of 12 weeks service leave from June 1942 during which time he assisted
in the office after the death of the General Treasurer, Mr George Chapman.
Resumed Naval service.
Resumed work in General Treasurer’s office 1 Apr 1946
Appointed Assistant Treasurer of Presb. Church of NZ 1 Dec 1954
Appointed General Treasurer of Presb. Church of NZ 28.12.1955 - Retired 1980
Volunteer Missionary (in retirement) Vila, Vanuatu - teaching local people administration
methods 1988 to 31 Dec 1989; Maisey acted as Secretarial Assistant to the Assembly Clerk 1988-89.
Rep 1991: Makes an annual visit to audit for Presb. Church of Vanuatu.
Died 2013 in Wellington.
SMAILL, Rev Thomas & Mrs Helen Jones B.A.
b 28.7.1857 Edinburgh Scotland.
w Helen Jones Grant b Hastings 19.4.1867, m 12.2.1890, d 7.9.1966 at Hastings (aged 99yrs).
Her Daughter Nellie pre-deceased her.
His family emigrated to Otago NZ in 1858, settling at Inchclutha.
Apprenticed as a joiner then studied fo a BA at Otago University.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1883-85
Woodville MnP 1885, before going to Edinburgh for post-grad study; took medical
classes and Hospital practice in Dunedin to prepare for missionary work in New Hebrides
Spent 2 years in City Mission work in Edinburgh while attending the Cowgate Medical Mission.
Ordained as Missionary to the New Hebrides in Knox Church Dunedin DnP 25.2.1889.
Landed at Nikaura, Epi, and selected site for the Mission 1889.
He returned to NZ in 1890 and married Helen Grant of Leeston then returned to New Hebrides.
First fruits of his work were seen on 21.4.1895 when 5 men and 2 women were baptized into
Church membership. By the end of the century membership was c 100.
Mr and Mrs Smaill lost their 1st and 2nd babies, and only a hurried trip to NZ saved their
3rd child, Helen (Nellie).
Rev Smaill died 1902 after a short illness contracted when out in a hurricane to administer
medical aid to a native woman injured internally. He saw the Gospel of John and a Hymn Book
translated and printed in the Epi tongue.
“He aimed at thoroughness in all he did – instructing his people, or building houses.
And his monument remains…. In the transformed life and intelligent faith of his converts.
He was a man of warm and genial nature and great tenderness of heart; …. He walked with
God in sunshine and shadow, and he had his share of both.”
“He was a man wise in counsel, of deep-toned piety, intense zeal, and earnest devotion to the
Master who abundantly blessed his labours.”
Mrs Smaill herself only just survived thanks to the loving care and attention of the Fraters from
Paama Island who nursed her back to health. She returned to NZ with her l8 month old daughter,
but in 1903 returned to Epi as housekeeper to Rev T.E. Riddle, and assisted in mission work as
well. She finally returned to NZ 1906. She retained a prayerful interest in Epi all her life and
welcomed the settlement of Rev AG & Mrs MH Horwell at Lamenu, Epi in 1950, with whom she
developed a strong friendship.
Helen Smaill a sister of the Rev William Grant.
Rev Thos Smaill died 12.4.1902 Epi, aged 44. Buried at Nikaura on Epi beside his two sons who
died in infancy.
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