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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
Vagana to Vowell
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VAGANA, Rev Uiva L.Th., Dip.Tchg.
w Akenese Vagaga m 19.12.1969 d. 2008
Theological Hall Dunedin 1986-88
Licensed Pacific Islanders Church (PIC) Newton Auckland Ak 20.12.1988
Ordained Honorary Assistant Minister Avondale Union PIC Auckland 16.2.1989
Pacific Islanders Church Glenfield North Shore NSP 1.8.1991- Inducted 17.11.1991.
VALENTINE, Rev Andrew Weston
b 14.1.1903 Aberdeen; w Nancy Flora nee Lambert b 11.1.1915 m 26.3.1955
Theo.ogical Hall 1956
Ind Assist First Church Dunedin DnP 20.11.1956
Eastbourne WnP 17.7.1958 - retired 31.1.1967 due to ill-health
Andrew was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Arbroath, Scot. Events took him
to Aust & he decided to enter the priesthood of the Catholic Ch. He studied in
Rome & was ordained there on 8.1.1937. He then began work in Perth W.A.,
and after a spell was moved to Adelaide. During these five years he was
troubled by difficulties he had with his Church's teaching and practice.
Desiring to get away from the pressure of city life to think through his his
difficulties, he requested a time in the miss field. He was sent to PNG and spent
18 mths there. When he returned to Aust he res from the priesthood and came
to NZ where he wasn't known , obtaining work in the Correspondence School,
wrapping up parcels and despatching them. After attending evening service at
several Chs he found in St Andrews worship that brought him peace and strength.
Ed Lambert, an elder & widower, noticed that he seemed to be alone &
befriended him,taking him home for meals at times. There he met Nan the
daughter & later married her. After a while the desire arose to serve in the min
to which he had given himself in the Cath Ch. In this he received much
encouragement from friends at St Andrews. He & Nan went to Invercargill for
interview by the Student Selection Com. He was accepted & given a one year
course in the Hall (1956). They moved to Dn where Nan was employed in the
PSSA Office while Andrew was in the Hall. It was his pastoral work which
most endeared him to his people, and helped them in need. (fr Obit)
VAN DALEN, Mavis
See Mavis Wood
VAN DER KLEY, Rev Cornelis
(spelling may have been altered later to Cornelius)
b 6.11.1927 Rotterdam, Holland
w Johanna Maria b 27.6.1929 m 7.6.1952 (see entry below)
Lived in Indonesia 1940-42 and spent some time in a prisoner of war camp.
After the war, he worked as an Observation Officer in a child welfare institution
in Rotterdam 1949-51 then came to New Zealand where he was emplyed at the Empire
Rubber Mills in Christchurch 1952-57.
Home Missionary Dunback-Macraes NOP 29.8.1958
Theological Hall 1961-63
Ordained Westport WsP 1964
St Peters Christchurch ChP 13.2.1969
South East Christchurch Union 5.3.1972
PSSA Field Officer Chch 1.7.1977
Mayfield AsP 5.2.1981 - retired 31.7.1985 due to ill-health
VAN DER KLEY, Rev Mrs Johanna Maria
h Cornelius (or Cornelis?) b 6.11.1927 m 7.6.1952 d 5.11.1985 (See entry above)
Theological Hall 1985-87
Licensed St Pauls Union Sumner Christchurch ChP 25.10.1987
Ordained Mackenzie Co-operating Parish (Stated Supply) for 6 mths 7.3.1988 - resigned 31.1.1991
Rakaia AsP 28.4.1991
Minister Emeritus Apr 1995
VAN DER LAS, Rev. Dr. R.A.
From Bethany Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington State, USA
St Andrew's on the Terrace Wellington WnP c. Feb 1925 to Oct 1925 (pulpit exchange with Rev SR Orr)
"Rev Van Der Las is remembered as an interesting character and a very good preacher. He enjoyed his stay
at St Andrew's and appreciated the fact that the congregation listened to his sermons without interruption".
"[His] ministry made a lasting impression on the congregation".
VAN OS, Rev Stephanus Wouter B.A.,B.D.
b. Wanganui, moved to Tokoroa at 8 years, studied Otago University
w Margaret Jean m 4 February 1978
Ord Assist Pakuranga Auckland Presbytery 1 February 1981
resigned 22 August 1983 and withdrew to Newtonhamilton, Armagh Northern Ireland 1983
Royal Army Chaplains Department 1987 Gordon Highlands
Parachute Regiment 1992
Reinstated to Roll Southland Presbytery 7 April 2014
Stated Supply Minister, St Andrew's Church, Wanganui 27 July 2014
Minister St Andrew's Church Wanganui, Presbytery Central 7 December 2014
VAN ROYEN, Rev Jan Julius Alexander B.A.,B.D.
b 27.4.1928 at Budapest, Hungary.
w(1) Margaret Isobel b 26.10.1930 m 30.11.1956
w(2) Sue m (?)
Grew up in turbulent times during the German occupation and the Russian invasion.
Therefore he travelled to Holland to complete his education. Learnt Dutch as a young
man, completing his education at Utrecht in 1947. Entered the Technical University of
Delft to study Engineering, but decided instead, like many of his age, to emigrate, and
came to New Zealand. Worked on the Roxburgh Hydro project then resumed
University studies in 1953, completing a BA degree. His call to Ministry stemmed from
the influence of a minister in the Hungarian Reformed Church and from his own working
through of problems of belief in the modern world. His faith was not easily won, and a
strength of Jan’s ministry was always his ability to get alongside people who claimed
to be agnostics or unbelievers; people who often did not want to know about the church
or its message.
Theological Hall 1957-59
Ordained Malvern (Sheffield ChP) 8.12.1960
Pleasant Point SCP 18.11.1965
St Marks Pine Hill Dn 24.7.1975
Chaplain Twizel, Upper Waitaki SCP 8.10.1981 - retired due to ill-health 31.12.1983
Retired to Christchurch where he then enrolled in Maori at Canterbury University.
Moved to Thames where Jan continued to offer ministry as required to the Union
Churc, Waikato Presbytery, and latterly to the Anglican parish where his inclusive
theology and preaching gifts were greatly appreciated.
Suffered greatly in later years from Parkinson’s Disease.
“Ministry in the church was not always easy for Jan Van Royen, nor was it always
appreciated. He had no conception of ‘cheap grace’ or an easy gospel. Christian
faith had clear ethical and social consequences, ministry demanded discipline and
regular study and a life of prayer. The goals Jan set for himself and for others were
always demanding. His theology and sprituality belonged to the liberal wing of the
Reformed tradition and he was impatient with superficial and pietistic expressions
of faith that either lacked depth or had no social or community consequences.
Like other ministers who came out from the Netherlands after the war, Jan Van
Royen brought different perspectives and many gifts, not least of those biblical
and theological seriousness and social engagemant. It has been to our church’s
loss that a kind of cultural deafness prevented us from learning from those who
could have offered New Zealand viable alternatives to the cheap secularism that
has become our lot.
His family remember him as a loving Father, a man of fun and kindness, engagement
and concern. He treasured life-long friendships with some of his Canterbury
farmer-parishioners, his student contemporaries and his neighbours in ministry,
both Presbyterian and ecumenical.” (from Obit.)
Died 7 October 1998
VAN TRICHT, Rev Gerand William
w Johanna Wilhelmina b 5.2.1924 m 20.1.1951
Minister to Dutch settlers in Otago and Southland DnP 3.7.1958;
Associate Minister Green Island, Dunedin DnP 4.2.1960
Minister to South Island Settlers, Christchurch area ChP 18.3.1962
Resigned 21.11.1963 and returned to Holland.
VAN DER VELDE, Rev Popko Cornelis B.D.
w Martha (Mattie) b 13.1.1923 m 8.3.1952
Came from Holland as a young man, and settled at Upper Hutt with his
brother, Okko; they became builders. He decided to enter the ministry; did NZ
BD; his degree from Holland in economics is not recognized without additional
Theological Hall 1957-59
Ord Porirua East WnP 2.2.1960 - resigned 20.12.1965.
In 1965 the Dutch Government awarded Popko and Mattie a trip to Holland;
on return called to -
Dannevirke HBP 17.8.1966 – resigned 31.1.1979 after a long illness - heart defect
diagnosed 1969; major surgery 1976.
VANT, Mr I.B.
Assist Farm Manager, Te Whaiti 16.2.1956
Maori Boys Training Farm, Te Whaiti.
VANT, Miss Margaret
b. at Pokeno
Educated at Waihopo Primary School, and secondary education at Te Puke, Paeroa & Paengawa.
Studied for two years at Massey Agricultural College, taking the Diploma of Horticulture Course.
Worked in commercial positions for some time.
Maori Mission -
Appointed House Assistant at Turakina Maori Girls’ College, Marton 1.9.1955
VAN'T WOUT, Martin Peter
Licensed by Southern Presbytery to National Ordained Ministry
Ord Knapdale Waikaka SthP 22.12.2011
Member Southern Presbytery
VAN WIJNGEN, Rev Willem (Wim). (in English name usually spelt Wyngen)
w (1) Johanna Antonia Wijngaard b 18.1.1921 m 9.4.1951 div 1970
w (2) Marga Atina b 17.7.1924 m 2.10.1974
From Netherlands Reformed Church; brought to NZ to minister to Dutch settlers 1951
Christchurch (Dutch settlers) 8.10.1952
Spreydon Christchurch (combined with work among Dutch) 1.12.1953
Kent Terrace (now Mt Victoria Wellington) WnP 6.3.1962
Retired 30.9.1964 and worked in USA 2 years study; then Hospital Chaplain Toronto Canada;
returned to Holland 1972.
Died 16.8.1993 in the Netherlands, survived by wife.
VAUGHAN, Rev F. Anne B.A.
Taita Union WnP 2.1985
VAUGHAN, Rev David L. BA., BD., Dip.Tchg., Dip.Min.
Theological Hall 1988-1992
Ordained Chaplain Lindisfarne College, Hastings 14 December 1993
Wakatipu Parish COP April 1997 (Known as Wakatipu Community Parish (Presbyterian) from 2003
St Johns Methven, December 2006
Minister Emeritus - Retired to Dunedin 23 November 2014
VEITCH, Rev Dr James (Jim) Alexander B.A.,B.D.,M.Th.,Ph.D.(Birm.), Dip.Th(Hons),
w Janice Margaret Gregory m 27.11.1965 (Deaconess College student 1964-66)
Theological Hall 1963-65
Begg Scholar 1965
Studied for B.A. and M.Th. at Otago University.
Inducted into Overseas Missions Staff 1.11.1966
Ordained and Inducted by Oamary Presbytery 11.10.1966
Left for Great Britain 29.11.1966
Selly Oak, Birmingham for Doctoral studies of relation of Christian faith to Hindu thought, in
preparation for missionary work in India Jan 1967 to Dec 1969.
Arrived Indonesia Feb 1970
Appt. to Perguruan Theologia Makassar, Indonesia 1969
Trinity College Singapore 1975 - during Rev A.C. Heron's 2 year study leave.
Returned to NZ 1978, after 8 years in Indonesia & Singapore;
Resigned from overseas mission staff 29.4.1978
Honorary Associate Minister St Johns Wellington from Feb 1978
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer & Associate Professor Victoria University Wellington from Feb1978
Secretary Council for Mission & Ecumenical Co-op 2 ; 1985-86
St Anselms Karori West WnP (app by Congregational Church) 8.3.1987 (worked concurrent
with University position)
First Church Martinborough (stated supply) WpP Mar 1997 to Nov 1998
Holder of the DF Strauss Medal from the Westar Institute in California, awarded 1998.
Minister within the Bounds WpP
St Luke’s Union Church, Masterton (Supply) 2004
First Presbyterian Church, Martinborough (Stated Supply) WpP 2007
VENABLES, Dr Joseph Kendrick L. M.C., M.B., Ch.B., L.R.C.P.& S.E., L.F.P.S.G.
(Captain 3/1272, 2nd Batallion, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force)
w. Margaret Burns Venables, of 3 Craiglockhart Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland m 7.11.1917 d.(?)
Son of Joseph and Clara Venables of Christchurch, New Zealand.
He was a volunteer for Medical Missionary work in India; both Dr & Mrs Venables looked
forward to mission service in India at the end of World War One.
Served with 1st NZ Expeditionary Army Forces in France.
“He gave to his comrades always a splendid example of devotion to duty.”
Died Thursday, 9th May 1918 - Killed in action in France.
Buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, Nord, France
VICKERS, Sr. Florence Rhoda N.Z.R.N.
b 2.11.1924 Milton
Educated at Karitane Primary School, Otago Girl’s High School, Dunedin Public Hospital
Trained as a General Nurse in Dunedin Hospital, gaining her Nurses Diploma as well as
undertaking Maternity and Plunket training.
A member of the Presb. Church of NZ since 1941.
Deaconess College, Dunedin 1948-50
Ordained Deaconess for Missionary service New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 1.1951,
Left for New Hebrides 1.1951
Paton Memorial Hospital, Vila - Nursing Sister 1952 - appointment under the Australian
Presbyterian Board of Mission who administer the Hospital.
Village School on Lenakel, Tanna 1954
Transferred to NZ Presb. Mission 1957
Appt. Matron of Girls Hostel at Onesua High School 1.1.1958
To All Saints College, Sydney July to Nov 1962
In 1963-64 undertook further study at Rowland House, Deaconess College, Melbourne.
Appointed as Deaconess attached to Chalmers College from 12.1.1965
Appt. to Papua New Guinea - in charge of women's work Chalmers College, based in
Delta area, Papua 1965
Left NZ for Papua 26.1.1965
Kimadan PNG leading literacy programme in Pidgin English 1973
Returned to NZ 16.12.1973
Off Staff 16.3.1974
Although somewhat direct and never hesitating to speak her mind, she just set extremely high
standards for herself and others and this did lead to some personality clashes at times which
was a factor in her not returning to the New Hebrides, although some Missionaries did work
well with her.
Took a position as a Seamstress for a clothing factory in Christchurch 1974.
She suffering extensive burns in an accident in mid July1974 when her clothing caught alight
in her flat after brushing against an upturned heater. She died some days later.
Died 28.7.1974 in Burwood Burns Unit, Christchurch.
Interred in Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch.
VICKERS, Rev William
b. 13.1.1887 England
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Prior to World War One he worked for Methodist Church as a Home Missionary;
his health was impaired from the War and for some years thereafter was engaged in
farm work. Accepted for Home Missionary service with the PCNZ in June 1927.
HM Kumara WsP 6.1927
Coromandel WkP 1930,
Passed HM exams for Ordination, Ord HM 9.2.1931
Whitianga WkP 1933
Hauraki Plains WkP 1935
Died 7.8.1937 suddenly at the Turua manse, in office, aged 50.
VIDAL, Rev G.V.
Chartwell Co-op, St Albans Hamilton 1982
VIGGARS, Rev Cyril Wynne
w Shirley Elizabeth b 14.1.1922 m 31.3.1945
Theological Hall 1954-56
Ord Carterton WpP 12.12.1956
Fairfield Hamilton 6.2.1964
St Andrews Trentham WnP 25.5.1967 - resigned 31.7.1972 and withdrew.
Died 7.2.1991 Upper Hutt.
VINE, Rev Geoffrey Francis B.A.(Hons), B.D., Dip.Journ.
w Gillian Norma m 27.3.1965
Theological Hall 1984 - 86
Ordained St Aidans Northcote NSP 27.11.1986 - resigned 1.8.1992
Knox Church, Parnell Auckland AP 1993-98
Minister within the Bounds Dnp Mar 1998
VINTEN, Rev Wilton Ronald (Bill)
b 8.6.1929 in Whanganui
Attended Napier Boys High School
w Barbara Joan b 4.1.1929 m 7.5.1955 d 12.12.2002
Theological Hall 1962 - 1964
Ordained Cromwell-Arrowtown COP 8.12.1964
Wainuiomata Union WnP 13.2.1969
Lansdown Masterton WpP 8.2.1976
Joint Presbyterian - Methodist Stewardship, Masterton 1.2.1982 (under PD&M Dept)
Minister Emeritus 31.1.1991
Retired to Masterton whre he continued an active engagement with teh Church and community.
Died 2 Apr 2011 at Wellington.
VOGEL, Rev Stuart Graeme M.A., B.D.
w Dr Alison Margaret (Mb., Ch.B., Dip Child Health, Dip Community Health, three months with
BMMF in India) m 1.1.1983
M.A. 1976, Majored in German, B.D. 1982
Theological Hall 1980-82
Ordained for Mission service, Tawa Union Parish WnP SS 10.2.1983
President of the TSCF at Otago University
Appt. Missionary with Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, working with the Hakka people Nov 1984
Returned to NZ 1986, Alison to study Pediatrics in Auckland Hospital;
Stuart part-time overseas staff, part-time Auckland Chinese Church 31.12.1986;
on leave for study: permit declined for Alison to serve under Presbyterian Church
of Taiwan. (Rep. 1990)
Area Coordinator Auckland Council for Mission & Ecumenical Co-operation Auckland 25.10.1990
Maclaurin University Chaplain Auckland, AP 1.2.1992, Inducted 26.3.1992; also Voluntary
Advisers on new Asian Congregations Auckland 1992; also Minister to new Asian settlers, Ak 1992
Auckland Central Taiwanese Presbyterian Church Minister AP 1997 to 2001
Co-Convenor Overseas Mission & Partnership Policy Group of the Council of Assembly from 2000 to 2004
Minister within the Bounds AP Apr 1996
Von TUNZELMAN, Mr
Successor to Rev Charles Connor in the native school on Stewart Island; did missionary
work as well.
VOWELL, Mr R.
HM Waikato West 2nd Assist 1910
Putaruru WkP 1911-2
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