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BATHGATE, Rev Alastair Kimball Thomas (Kim)      B.A.
born 18 April 1931
wife Lola Marguerite  married 15 December 1962
Hall 1957-1959
Ordained Central Westland (Dobson), 16 December 1959
Rangitaiki (Edgecumbe Bay of Plenty Presbytery), 14 July 1965
Half-way Bush (West Dunedin Union, Dunedin Presbytery) 1 October 1970
St Pauls, Oamaru 16 October 1975
Trinity, Nelson 4 February 1981 — active against the Springbok rugby tour
Mt Victoria, Wellington Presbytery 1 August 1985
St Andrews, Ashburton 31 August 1989 — retired 31 March 1997
Interim/Transition Minister, Sumner/Redcliffs/Lyttleton Parish, Christchurch Presbytery, 6 December 2000
Minister Emeritus, Christchurch Presbytery, February 2003 — retired to Dallington, Christchurch
Member, Knox Church Christchurch
Served as member and co-convener, Joint Presbyterian and Methodist Public Questions Committee
died 26 April 2022

HM Waikawa SP 1922
Sth Invercargill Outfields 1923 res & wthd 1924

w. (?) m.(?)
HM Whakatane & Opioao 1899
Rep Ass 1900: parish urged to divide into two, as distances are too great for one
to work effectively; Com could not offer a grant, but Sommerville recommended
Bathgate as agent, who was app - in the hope that the Fund could make a grant
next year.
HM Helensville 1904
North Wairoa; parish divided & he took this portion 1904
HM Helensville 1905; Rep 1908: he passed final stage of exams 1908;
His name is dropped after that report.     
Charged at Remuera April 1909 with using threatening language and failing to
support his illegitimate child.

Ang Ch
Upper Waitaki Chap, Twizel 1978

BATTERSBY, Rev James (Jim) Richard     M.A.,B.D.
born 15 March 1925
wife Barbara Helen Corkhill  born 27 January 1927 married 3 February 1951
Draughting cadet, felt call to ministry at an Easter Camp, 1944
Theological Hall, 1950-1952
Ordained Rongotea, Manawatu Presbytery, 3 February 1953
Hawera, Taranaki Presbytery, 11 September 1958
Knox, Hamilton, 18 June 1968
Chaplain, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, 13 February 1975 — retired 30 November 1987
Minister Emeritus, 1987
Member, Iona Presbyterian Church, Auckland
died Wednesday, 4 April 2018, peacefully at Ranfurly Hospital, Auckland

BAUDINET, Mrs G.R.     see  Lang, Lilian

BAXTER, Rev Allen William      B.A.
b 15.3.1915 Kelso;
w Lynette b 29.7.1917 m 5.7.19  - granddaughter of Rev R. Inglis.
He worked on father’s farm, & then to OU & Hall.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1937-39
Licensed by Mataura Presbytery Oct 1939
Ord Assistant Minister St Andrews Palmerston North 6.12.1939
Apiti WgP 5.2.1941
Hunterville WgP 8.2.1944
St George’s, Takapuna, Auckland NSP 19.8.1948
Shirley-Richmond, Christchurch ChP 18.12.1953
St Columba, Christchurch 4.3.1954
St Margaret’s, Christchurch 9.5.1964
Died 24.5.1968 in office, at Christchurch.    

BAYLEY, Mr & Mrs
Noted as assisting Dr Bowie at Ambrim Hospital, New Hebrides when the Hospital as destroyed
By a volcanic eruption in 1913. All their possessions were lost.  

BAYLISS, Rev Ian Winston      M.A.(Hons), B.D., D.P.S.(Birmingham); ANZACPE.
born Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay
wife Elizabeth Keall married 24 January 1970
Hall 1969-1971
Ordained Turangi Union Bay of Plenty Presbytery, 28 March 1974
Turangi Co-operative, Bay of Plenty Presbytery, 6 March 1977
Hospital Chaplain, Porirua Hospital, Wellington Presbytery, 27 April 1978
Karori West Union: St. Anselm’s (Half Time) Wellington Presbytery, 2 March 1997 — resigned 3 February 2002
Chaplain, Porirua Hospital, Wellington Presbytery, 2 March 1997, and
Hospital Chaplain, Wellington Presbytery, February 2001 — retired 31 December 2010
Minister Emeritus, Gisbourne-Hawkes Bay 2010 — transferred to Alpine Presbytery, 8 December 2021

BAYLY, Miss Florence A.
Maori Miss
Waimana, teacher 1.10.1932 to 1934

Appt. temporary position as carpenter, New Hebrides.
Left NZ 20.9.1952, returned end of 1952

BAYNE, Mr Robert Geoffrey
b. Dunedin
w. Linda June Horne  m. (?) (Holds a Trained Teachers’ certificate)
A qualified Ship, Yacht, and Boat Builder and Repairer.
Missionary to PNG
Boatbuilder with SPAN Enterprises (of the United Church of PNG) at Salamo 1984
Left Auckland 7.5.1984
Returned to NZ after 2 years, 1986.

BEALING, Rev Frederick William     B.A.,B.D.,Dip.Theol.
wife Elizabeth Faith Woods married 24May 1958
Hall 1965-1967
Ordained Northcote North Shore Presbytery 13 February 1969 — resigned 30 April 1972
Commissioned Overseas Mission Staff, Cook Islands 3 August 1972,
Minister Cook Islands Christian Church Rarotonga — resigned 1974
First Church, Hamilton (Frankton) 10 July 1974
Silverstream, Wellington Presbytery 4 February 1982
Birkdale-Beachhaven Union North Shore Presbytery 8 May 1986 — resigned 18 March 1990
Wellsford Co-operating Northland Presbytery 8 July 1990 — retired 20 April 1997
Minister Emeritus, Bay of Plenty 31 April 1997
Minister Emeritus, Waikato, 27 September 2000

BEAR, Sr. Margaret Olive
b. Te Kuiti  3.12.1929
Educated at Te Kuiti, Rotorua, Manurewa, Remuera and Tolaga Bay Primary Schools.
Secondary School education at Rangiora District High School and Wellington Girls’ College.
Registered Nurse Aug 1951.
Appt. Missionary Nurse India,
Appointed to replace Sr. Gwen Morrison at Jagadhri Hospital 1959;
Dedicated in Manurewa Church 18 Nov 1958 then left NZ 21 Nov 1958.
Completed 20 yrs in India - & returned to NZ 1979.
Appointed Assistant Matron at PSSA Meadowbank Home & Hospital Auckland 10 Oct 1979
“Own Missionary” of St Johns, Wellington.

BEATON, Miss Beryl Florence            (Mrs DW Anderson)
b. Invercargill
h  Rev Douglas William Anderson  married 7 May 1966
Educated at Cromwell District High School and Southland Girls’ High School.
Registered Nurse, completed Maternity and General nursing training at Dunedin Jun 1963
Sub-Matron of Turakina Maori Girls’ College for 7 months teaching 9 periods a week.
Missionary New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
Temporary appointment as Matron of Vaemali Hospital, Epi, New Hebrides for 1 year from 16.7.1964
Resigned 31.12.1965 & withdrew.

BEATTIE, Rev Alexander Minty      M.A.
born 1835, son of parish school master, Leslie, Aberdeenshire
wife (1) Francis Oliver born 1850 died 26 August 1883 aged 33 after a lengthened illness interred 29 August 1883 in the Presbyterian plot, Ashburton Cemetery
wife (2) Mary Elizabeth Rutherford nee Oliver born North Shields, Northumberland, married 1890, after death of husband living in Remuera and attending St Lukes up to two years before her death died 1939 aged 98
Educated at Aberdeen University and Free Church of Scotland College, Aberdeen, then spent some years in Northumberland, England.
Licensed by Free Presbytery of Kincardine O'Neil, 1864 — minister, Craithie Kirk, Balmoral, Scotland, Queen Victoria's Scottish parish; Holm and Sanday, Orkney Islands; Gilcomston, Aberdeen; Aberruthven, Braemar, Lossiemouth, and Cullen
Killingworth, Newcastle on Tyne Presbytery, Presbyterian Church of England, 1875
Arrived in New Zealand, 1879;
Inducted St Andrew's, Ashburton, 26 August 1879 — resigned 5 April 1893 after a ministry of 14 years
Parish reduced to manageable size with establishment of Rakaia (March 1880), Springburn (April 1883), and Flemington (June 1884)
Moderator, General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (Northern), 1889
Patea, Taranaki Presbytery, 1893 — resigned 1898
Mangere, Auckland Presbytery, 17 October 1901 — resigned 1904 through failing health.
Died at Mt Eden, Auckland, 29 January 1908 aged 73 years, interred Mangere Presbyterian Church Graveyard with his wife Mary Elizabeth Beattie and his daughter Francis Alexa Beattie

BEATTIE, Rev Finlay Macrae
b 31.7.1874 Fifeshire Scot;
w Helen b 6.10.1872 m 13.9.1901 pred h
Moved to Glas at early age & educ there;  went to BTI Glas; Assist Min of FC Wick; in
1904 he changed to UF Ch, & went to Genoa Italy, as Min to Scot Pres & visiting Pres
fr Navy; after 9 yrs in Genoa  came to NZ.   On arr app to  -
HM Te Kuiti WkP 1914 - after 2 yrs to Hall.
Hall 1916-8
Ord Te Kuiti WkP 3.1.1919 - 1st Min after it was raised to fully
sanctioned charge.
Caversham DnP 9.11.1920
Gore MtP 3.3.1926 res 5.5.1935 - to Scot.
Ballachulish Scot, ret 31.7.1939
Died 15.4.1950 Scot

BEATTIE, Rev William Hugh
b 6.6.1927 Opotiki
w Daphne Margaret Woodside b 28.5.1930 m 20.8.1955
Theological Hall 1954-6
Ordained Ormond Gisborne 6.12.1956
Kawerau BPP 9.3.1961
Lansdowne Masterton 28.6.1967
Ashburton South 2.2.1975
Knox-St Marks Wanganui 11.12.1981 - retired 30.4.1986
Minister within Bounds BPP 1986
“Bill had a strong pastoral ministry giving support to many people in difficult
situations. With his interest in sport and farming background he had the ability
to get alongside people in many walks of life. This was evident when he was
Industrial Chaplain to the woollen mills in Ashburton where his work was much
appreciated. He stood for good relationships among all people and particularly
for racial harmony. Community activities were a natural part of Bill’s ministry
and included Citizen’s Advice Burueau and School Committees. (from Obit.)
Died 26.12.1994

BEAUMONT, Mr Allan Percival
b. 6.12.1929 Tauranga
w.(?)  b.(?)  m.(?) 
HM Belfast-Styx ChP 1952-3
Pio Pio 1953

BEBARFALD, Rev David Harold
born Zaka, Zimbabwe, parents were missionaries with SIM and the Churches of Christ (Associated) — returned to New Zealand 1965
wife Robyn
baptized 1973
Farm Assistant, Hospice Chaplain
Bible College of New Zealand, 1982; Diploma in Ministry, Australian College of Theology, 1986; Diploma in Missiology, Australian College of Theology, 1990; Diploma in Social Work, Whanganui Regional Community Polytechnic 1999
Ordained Minister, Associated Churches of Christ, 24 October 1986
Assistant Minister, Dominion Road Associated Church of Christ, Auckland 1986
Trentham Church of Christ 1992-1996
Hospice Chaplain (part-time), Whanganui, 2000-2007
Lay Supply (half-time), Westmere Church, 1 January 2011
Local Ordained Ministry Probationer, 11 April 2013
Inducted Westmere Presbyterian Memorial Church 12 July 2015

BECKER, Rev David Graham            Dip Hort., Dip. Min.
born 18 October 1939, Morrinsville, New Zealand
wife Gwenyth Isabel Hall born 14 April 1943 married 14 May 1966
Diploma of Horticulture, Massey Agricultural College, New Zealand, 1963
Ordained elder, 1966
Diploma of Ministry, Knox Theological College, 1989
Forest Nursary Manager, New Zealand Forest Service
Knox Theological Hall Dunedin 1988-1989 
Licenced Edendale 10 December 1989
Presbytery Clerk, Mataura Presbytery, three and a half years
Ordained Buller Union Westland Presbytery, 8 February 1990
Clutha Valley, Clutha Presbytery, 31 July 1994
Clutha Valley, Clutha Presbytery — Minister within bounds 13 August 1996 
Lodged Certificate 1996
Inducted St. David’s, Otorohanga 5 November 1996
Minister Emeritus, 9 October 2005

BEDFORD, Rev Christopher Keith       B.A., B.Theol.
born Auckland, New Zealand
wife Susan (Sue) Rae Chipman married 12 December 1970, teacher
Amalgamated Dairies — Shipping Clerk; Dulux Paints — Purchasing Officer, New Zealand Post Office — postman; Allied Farmers - wool handler
Bachelor of Arts 1972 — History and Political Studies, Auckland University; Bachelor of Theology 1974 — Biblical Studies and Church History, Otago University
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1972-1974
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland, 12 November 1974
Ordained Ormond, Gisborne, 8 December 1974 — resigned 11 December 1977
Ngakuru-Reporoa, Bay of Plenty Presbytery, 29 March 1978
Morrinsville, Waikato Presbytery, 12 July 1984 — resigned 1 November 1989 to Minister within Bounds 1 November 1989.
Overseas for twelve months including nine month ministry exchange in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 16 August 1987
Active in the life of the church in Hamilton, and after 1994 in the North Shore; Elder, Albany Parish; petrol station (couple of years) own business (3 years); Presbyterian Savings and Development Society (9 months); Grapevine Magazine (3 years); United Kingdom and Europe (21 months); Account Manger, Laser Plus Imaging Solutions Ltd (2 years)
Lodged Certificate, 1 June 1999
Minister within Bounds, North Shore Presbytery, 29 December 1999
St Andrew’s, Stratford  (6 months transition), Taranaki Presbytery, 17 January 2002 — resigned 22 December 2002
Conifer Grove/Takanini, St Aidan’s Parish (6 months transition ministry), South Auckland Presbytery, 23 January 2003 — inducted minister, 2 November 2003
Study Leave, "Expanding the Horizons of Transition Ministry", 4 July-1 July 2005
Transition Ministry, Ellesmere Co-Operating Parish, Christchurch Presbytery, 23 January 2006 — finished December 2007
Received into Full Connexion at Methodist Conference 2007, on roll of Churches Together in Northland
Birkenhead-St Andrew's and St Philips, North Shore Presbytery, February 2010 — services at St Philip's ceased during this ministry and remaining members moved to St Andrew's
Other Recognised Ministery, Kaimai Presbytery, 22 January 2012
Transition Ministry, Te Aroha Cooperating, Kaimai Presbytery, 3 February 2013
Resigned and Removed from Ministerial Roll, 31 January 2014

BEDFORD, Rev Judith Fay (Judy)     B.Th. RN., RM., DipN.
from Auckland, home church, Greenlane Presbyterian, formerly Congregation, Auckland; Bible College of New Zealand, Henderson; parish assistant, Howick Presbyterian Church 1979 to 1982
Never married
Registered Nurse 1963; Registered Midwife 1965; Diploma of Advanced Nursing Studies, Wellington 1972; Diploma of Theology, Bible College of New Zealand (Melbourne College of Divinity) 1978; Bachelor of Theology, 1982, Australian College of Theology
Theological Hall 1984
Ordained Avondale Union Auckland Presbytery 7 February 1985
Island Bay Presbyterian Church, Wellington, Wellington Presbytery, 27 October 1994 — resigned 28 February 2005
Moderator of Wellington Presbytery 2004
St James, Wanganui Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery 17 April 2005, 75% Stipend 1 July 2007
Minister Emerita Manawatu Wanganui Presbyery 31 July 2009
Minister Emerita Kaimai Presbytery, 1 December 2023

BEERE, Rev Peter Colin
b. 12 Jan 1938 at Wellington
w Joyce Mary  m 23.4.1956 Re-married 31.3.1984
Attended school in Lower Hutt. Became a Patent Attorney, being promoted after four years to the position
of manager of the Christchurch office where in the following seven years he developed the skills of working
with people and efficient administration that were such a feature of his ministry.
Served as a Bible Class Leader, Lay Preacher, Manager and then Elder at St Stephen's, Christchurch.
Undertook part-time study at the University of Canterbury, gaining five units for his B.A.
Theoligical Hall, Dunedin 1965-67
Gained the Honours Diploma, taking major prizes in theology, Church History, Pastoral Theology, Bible
Knowledge, and english Bible, receiving in his final year the Ebenezer II prize.
During his years in the Hall he served as Student Assistant at Anderson's Bay Parish.
It was while still at Knox that he began his service on the General Asemblies Ministry, Church Union and Business
Ord Knox Feilding MnP 5.12.1967
His leadership and strength were shown here on the eve of his first Communion when the new Church was
burnt to the ground by an arsonist. He led his people in worship in the charred ruins and inspired them to rebuild.
Acted as President of the Feilding Council of Churches, Convener of the Presbytery's Christian Education and
Doctrine Committees, a Presbytery representative on the PSSA Board, and a Board member of Coombray House.
Takapuna, Auckland NSP  7.9.1972
"His courage and sensitivity, his strength and his ability as a proclaimer of the Gospel, his dedication as a teacher
of the Christian way and his commitment as Pastor were highly valued and contributed significantly to the building
up of the People of God in the area. His leading of public worship was always original and thought-provoking. His
concern for the wider work of the Church saw him taking a leading role in the formation of the new Presbytery of
North Shore. The Presbytery owes him a great debt for his balanced judgement, fine sense of humour, wise
counsel and his willingness to make his own position known clearly. He served the Presbytery as convener of it's
Ministry Committee and as it's Moderator for two years. His leadership and his support of retreats for the clergy, on
many difficult issues in ministry, was valued. [He] gave himself wholeheartedly to such big causes as the Peace
Movement, the struggle for justice, and to less important ones like the physical fitness of the clergy.
His work for the national Church expanded as he took on the Editorship of "Forum" and service on the Assembly's
Communications Committee and the Special Committee on Training for Ministry.
A Board member for Lister Hospital and for the North Shore YMCA. A member of the Takapuna Rotary Club,
Honorary Chaplain to the North Shore Teachers' College, maintained a very close interest in the work of the Old
People's Welfare Council, "Lifeline", and the Takapuna City Council's Community Service Committee.
His council was sought eagerly and he gave himself fully, knowing that his strength was in Jesus Christ."
(From Memorial Minute)
Died 14.12.1977 tragically in a motor accident, aged 39, in office.

HM Balfour MtP 1922
Colac Bay SP 1923  res 1924 & wthd

BEGG, Rev Adam C.      M.A.
b 4.3.1868 Dn; w Margaret J. b 13.7.1868 m 12.12.1894 d 3.10.1945
Educ OBHS Dn & OU MA Hons in Latin & Eng
Hall Dn 1890-2;  New Coll Edin 1893
Ord Tapanui MtP 31.8.1894
Rakaia AsP 9.7.1907
Wallacetown SP 14.12.1911
Highfield (now St Pauls) Timaru 21.2.1918   ret  30.6.1933
Mod Ass 1932
Clerk of SP & SCP
Wife’s long & painful illness developed few yrs after marriage, & resulted in her being
largely dependent on his care.
Died 17.1.1947     

BEGG, Sr Andrina Ross  (Sr Rina)
b 2.4.1904 at Hill End Station.
Trained as a kindergarted teacher with the idea of undertaking Church work among children.
Presbyterian Women's Training Institute (PWTI), Dunedin 1934 - received PWTI Diploma 1934
Interrupted her training in 1935 to work in the Maori Mission :
Maori Mission Opotiki from 1.2.1935 - resigned for family reasons 31.7.1935
Ordained Congregational Deaconess First Church Dunedin 1.3.1940 - resigned 1946, due to illness at home;
Acting Principal of PWTI 1936; Matron PWTI 1937
Halfway Bush Dunedin (voluntary part time) DnP 1955 - resigned 12.1957
Hoon Hay, Christchurch ChP 3.1958 to 1959 - She helped establish the Hoon Hay Parish where she regularly
conducted the Sunday morning service. The film "Birth of a Parish" was made about Hoon Hay Parish and
described the part she played in developing the new parish.
Returned to Duendin where she was given the task of developing the Halfway Bush Parish. Within four years it
had grown to the stage where a full-time Minister was appointed.
Halfway Bush & Brockville, Dunedin DnP  1960
Continued working at Halfway Bush and at Kaikorai Presbyterian Church until retiring in 1976.
For the last three years of her life she resided at the Roman Catholic Little Sister's of the Poor Home in Brockville.
Died 11.8.1984 at Dunedin, aged 80 years.   

BEGG, Sr Jean (one list gives Joan)
PWTI stud; Rep 1909: she has applied to LMS to serve as Miss under them.

BEGGS, Rev Hugh
Trained and served as a Minister under the Wesleyan (Methodist) Church for
a number of years.
Received the PCNZ General Assembly 15.11.1910
Evans Bay (St Giles Kilbirnie) Wellington 4.12.1913 – forced to resign 30.4.1920
due to ill-health.
St Andrews Wanganui WgP 6.3.1924 - retired 30.4.1938
‘Unassuming in manner, but zealous for the Kingdom of God, Mr Beggs gave
splendid service to the Church.’
Died 26.5.1944 Taupiri

BEKER, Bronwyn
Local Ministry Team, St Paul's Presbyterian Church Invercargill, Southern Presbytery, commissioned 27 June 2010 — dissolved 10 March 2022

HM Clive HBP 1923
Hunua SAP 1924 res 1926 & wthd fr HM serv

BELL, Mr Alan Roger
b. Whakatane 11.3.1936
Sunday School Teacher, Teaching Officer and Instructor of Gymnastics
to First Hamilton Boys Brigade. Leader of Bible Class Easter Camp. Served Carpentry Apprenticeship.
Appt. Missionary Carpenter New Hebrides  9.9.1957, Left NZ 13.9.1957
Returned to NZ 6.5.1959
With “British Works” 1960-1969
Died Auckland 16.6.1971

BELL, Rev Alison Marion      B.A.,Dip.Ed.
Born Lower Hutt 3.10.1940
Educated at Palmerston North Girls’ High School, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, and Auckland
Teachers Training College.
Deaconess College 1965-7 (to take B.D. Course – passed two units in 1965)
Missionary Teacher at - Kung Lee College, Hong Kong 1967, left NZ 24 Jan 1967
Resigned and returned to NZ 25 Mar 1971
“Own Missionary” of the Busy Bees
Theological Hall 1981
Ordained Minister at Maungatua-Strath Taieri  DnP  29.10.1981 - resigned 22.1.1988
Trinity Timaru (Stated Supply) 3 months from 30.5.1988 (including Hospital Chaplaincy)
St Stephens Invercargill (Stated Supply) 25.8.1990
“When Alison Bell was ordained in 1981 she brought to the Ministry of the Presb. Church
a rich resource of teaching skills along with a generous measure of courage and almost
unlimited determination. Her teaching service in both New Zealand and Hong Kong and
her training as a Deaconess had helped her develop a logical planning ability and an
attention to detail that has served the Church well.
A determined and creative campaigner for equity in ministry, Alison was never afraid to
challenge the use of exclusive language or any suggestion of male superiority. A valued
member of the Mission Resource Board she demonstrated her practical and innovative
skills in developing a progarnmme to enhance the effectivelness of women in the courts
of the church. Active in the General Assembly ‘Women in Church and Society Committee’,
Altrusa International, Presbyterial and the national Council for Women she was a positive
ambassador at every opportunity.
As a parish Minister Alison was a faithful visitor and an encourager of others. Never the
last one to offer help, she accepted the need to lead by example and became a friend of
many in the community through her regular hospital visiting and follow up. Within the
schools she became the special friend to children, parents and staff, accepted by all as
Chaplain and friend.” (from Obit.) 
Granddaughter of Rev Thomas Miller, Neice of Rev Graham Miller & Rev Robert Miller,
Daughter of Rev Kenneth Bell, a Congregational Minister.
Died  25.5.1995   

BELL, Rev Andrew Macdonald      L.Th.,  Dip.Th., Dip. Rel.
wife Janice Elaine MacLay married 25 January 1969
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1972-74
Ordained Riversdale-Waikaia Mataura Presbytery 14 November 1974
Papakura East South Auckland Presbytery 22 May 1980
Pulpit exchange, Scotland, 1 March 1991 to 31 August 1991
Te Awamutu-Paterangi Waikato Presbytery 12 March 1992
St. Columba’s - Pakuranga (Associate) 24 November 1994 — Resigned
Minister within the Bounds 31 January 1998
Takanini-Conifer Grove SAP 6.1998
Minister Emeritus, Auckland Presbytery 30 November 2001
Minister Emeritus, South Auckland Presbytery 13 April 2002

BELL, Rev Andrew Peter                 BSocSc., BTh., BTh (Hons).
born Umbogintwini, South Africa
wife Angela Joy Bell married 9 January 1988, a teacher
Ordained Methodist Church of South Africa 26 September 1993 at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Zululand Mission; involved in South Africa elections; English and Afrikaans
Bachelor of Social Science, University of Natal (Durban) 1986; Bachelor of Theology, University of South Africa 1992; Honours Batchelor of Theology, University of South Africa 1995
Youth Worker, Amanzimtoti Methodist Church, 1988
Probationer Minister, Amanzimtoti Methodist Church, 1989
Probationer Minister, Trinity Methodist Church, East London, 1992
Ordained minister, Eshowe region, Umhlatuzi Circuit, 1994
Superintendent Minister, Eshowe Methodist Mission, 1995 — resigned May 1996
moved to New Zealand, 1996.
Methodist appointment, Te Atatu Union Church, June 1996
Masters Degree, University of Otago
School Chaplain, St Kentigern College, Auckland, Auckland Presbytery, January 1998
Global Mission Secretary, Global Mission Office, Overseas Missions and Partnership Policy Group, August 2002 — resigned from position of Global Mission Enableer, 31 July 2009
St Andrew’s, Otahuhu, Auckland Presbytery, 21 April 2005 (concurrent with position of Global Mission Enabler) — resigned 24 June 2010
Other Recognised Minister, Northern Presbytery, 2010
International Programme Director, The Fred Hollows Foundation, 2010
Brought to completion the Pacific Eye Centre and mobile eye clinic for Fiji, the National Eye Centre in Timor-Leste, the eye clinic at Kimbe General Hospital, Papua New Guinea, and the Regional Eye Centre in Honiara, Solomon Islands
Executive Director, The Fred Hollows Foundation, 2012

BELL, Rev Anthony N.      L.Th.
Methodist Church
Cambridge Union Assoc WkP  2.1975
Kaiapoi Co-op ChP  2.1979 to 31.1.1989
Avondale Union  AP  1.2.1995  

BELL, Rev H. (Jock) M.
b. Scotland Dec 1906
w. Daphne  b. (?)  m(?)
Trained in Victoria Australia doing the Home Missionary course. Graduated from the
Theological Hall, Ormond College, Melbourne, Victoria Aust. 1935
Ord 1936
Appointed as Missionary to the New Hebrides under the JG Paton Fund, serving for 9 years.
Worked on Tanna then latterly on Paama. The effect of the climate on his wife’s health
forced him to resign 1944. Decided for personal reasons to come to New Zealand.
Applied to be received into the NZ Presb. Church, arr Jan 1945
Whakatane BPP 5.2.1945
Vict Aust 31.1.1948
Returned as Missionary to the New Hebrides at Aulua 1948.
Resigned 1953

BELL, Rev James Brian Alexander      B.A.
wife Elspeth Janet McClure married 31 August 1963, born Glasgow, Scotland
born Belfast, Northern Ireland; baptized and raised a Methodist until he was 10 when his parents moved to another part of the city where the family joined a Presbyterian Church
received from Presbyterian Church of Ireland by Assembly 1974
Bachelor of Arts Queen's University Belfast 1957
Licensed, Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1961
Ordained Clarkesbridge and First Newtownhamilton, Garmany's Grave and McKelvey's Grove on the Irish border 5 March 1965 — 31 July 1974; members of the Peace Movement
Assistant Minister in Dundee and Motherwell, Scotland 1961-1963; Assistant Minister, 1 September 1964; Minister 28 April 1966 Inducted Katikati Bay of Plenty Presbytery 8 August 1974 — 15 August 1983
Chaplain Armed Services 1 August 1983 to 11 January 1984
St Andrews Stoke Nelson Marlborough Presbytery 12 January 1984 — 31 August 2000
Minister within the Bounds, Nelson-Marlborough Presbytery 1 September to 1 November 2000
Minister Emeritus 1 November 2000

BELLHOUSE, Rev Geoffrey T.   M.A.
Son of Meth Min
Hall 1921-3;
Left 9.1923 for study Edin, later  Min of Regent Square Ch PCE, London; he spent his
whole min there;  Ch was destroyed in Air Raid during WW2; Ch was not rebuilt, the
people being absorbed into other congregations, & the Min ret.

BELMER, Rev Frederick Roy                   M.A.
b. 23.11.1913  Christchurch
w Adeline May b 1.5.1912 m 7.5.1941 d 1985
Theologicall Hall 1938-40
Ordained Malvern ChP 26.11.1940
Kennington SP 26.8.1943
Mt Roskill Auckland AP 15.12.1948 - resigned 21.7.1949 to -
Commissioner for Maintenance of Ministry Committee 1949
Opoho, Dunedin DnP 7.2.1955
Port Chalmers DnP 2.11.1961
British Sailors Society, Chap/Superintendent Dunedin 1.4.1965
Saddle Hill DnP 17.12.1970 - retired  15.7.1973 and joined the Anglican Church.
After his Ministerial responsibilities were over, Roy began attending St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral
in Dunedin. He was created an Anglical Deacon in 1978, Priest in 1979, and Honorary Assistant
Curate of St Paul’s for 1978-80. On his move to Edgecumbe he was transferred to the Diocese of
Waiapu as Officiating Minister for 1980-1989.
“Roy was a man of special enthusiasms, with the added gift of being able to translate them into
practical situations in the Church.”
(From Obit)
Died  1.10.1992

Maori Miss; formerly in charge YMCA Hostel Kaiapoi Chch
Turakina Maori Girls Coll, Matron 1923  res 1926 ill-health.

BENION, Rev Toru
b 21.10.1930; w Nava Teio  m 11.1.1953 d 23.6.1988
Min Cong Ch PIC Hawkes Bay; Ord 1967;
entered PCNZ with Cong Ch at Ass 1969
St Andrews Hastings Assoc 9.7.1970 (responsible for Pacific Islanders there.) He was
born Aitutaki, Cook Is; educ & teacher training at Rarotonga; came to NZ 1953; worked
in Ak briefly, then Tokoroa  7 yrs, becoming timber grader with Forest Products.
Became elder, took valuable part in establishing PIC Tokoroa; he went to Cong Coll Ak;
ord & ind to PIC Hawkes Bay.
Also Indust Chap Lion Brewery Hastings.
Died 27.4.1975    

Maori Mission - District Nurse, and a great helper to Mission 1927.

BENNETT, Rev Anne Sheryl (nee Fordyce)
Minister, Anglican Church
St Luke’s Uniting Parish, Rongotea, Manawatu-Wanganui Presbytery, 27 June 2010

BENNETT, Mr Gerald (Gerry)  William
A qualified Printer holding a City & Guilds (London) full technological printing qualification.
Members of the Methodist Church.
Missionary - Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Appt. as Printer with the Taulua Press under the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, 1981
Left NZ 29.8.1981- resigned 1986 and returned to NZ.

BENNETT,  Miss Joan
Maori Mission - appointed Assistant at Nuhaka 1.4.1940
Kawerau 11.8.1940 - resigned 10.4.1941 to take up nursing.  

BENNETT, Rev John  E.
Methodist Church
Geraldine Co-op SCP  5.2.1991  ret  31.1.1994

BENNETT, Rev Ronald James (Ron)           B.Com. B.D.
born Morrinsville, New Zealand
wife Bronwyn Mary (Bronnie) Houghton married 31 March 1973
Brought up at Tatuanui in the Waikato, the son of Methodist parents — baptised, educated and confirmed in an evangelical Methodist congregation.
Educated at Morrinsville College before studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Auckland University 1972.
Trained for Mission service at the Bible College of New Zealand (along with his wife) and studied for a Bachelor of Divinity degree through the Melbourne College of Divinity 1978.
Undertook Missionary work in the Middle East, 1979-1982
Returned to New Zealand
Taught at High Schools in Auckland, joining the Presbyterian Church at Howick.
Ordained Chaplain Murree Christian school, Pakistan,1988 to 1990
Ordained by the Bishop of Lahore in the Church of Pakistan (a combination of Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian & Lutheran faiths) Deacon 16 April 1989, Presbyter 22 April 1990.
Returned to Auckland in 1991; an Elder at St Columba's Presbyterian Church, then with Assembly of God
Taught at St Kentigern College Auckland, also assisting as Chaplain 1991, Head of Department Accounting 1997
Received as Minister within the Bounds Auckland Presbytery, 19 October 1998
Assistant Minister, Howick, Auckland, Auckland Presbytery, February 1999
Associate Minister, Howick, Auckland Presbytery, 11 February 2001
Minister within the Bounds,  Auckland Presbytery, 20 May 2003
Church Relations Officer, Laidlaw College 2003 to 2007
Regional Director of Community Ministries, Salvation Army, 2008 to 2010
St Andrew's, Hamilton, Waikato Presbytery, 2010
Other Recognised Ministry, Kaimai Presbytery, 5 November 2014
Stated Supply, St. Andrew's Te Awamutu, Kaimai Presbytery, 5 May 2015
Inducted Minister, St. Andrew's Te Awamutu, 3 December 2015
Moderator Kaimai Presbytery, ended 31 December 2023

Applied to 1887 General Assembly to be accepted as a ‘Student Evangelist’ (in modern terms Home Missionary). 
Assdembly agreed to accept him. 
No further mention of his name.

BENT, Sr Margery May               (Mrs I. Dwerryhouse)
born 13 April 1924
husband Ian Dwerryhouse born 11 September 1918 married 3 July 1971 died 10 April 2010 aged 91
Deaconess College 1948-1950
Ordained Deaconess, Trinity Cambridge, Waikato Presbytery 7 February 1951
YWCA Hostel, Woburn Lower Hutt, Wellington Presbytery, 1955 to June 1957
St Davids, Upper Hutt Wellington Presbytery, July 1957
Plimmerton, Welligton Presbytery supply 1959
Deaconess College, 1960 (refresher course)
Presbyterian Social Service Association, Hillsbrook, Havelock North 1954
Otara Papatoetoe, South Auckland Presbytery, 1 February 1961 — retired 2 April 1971
Licensed Minister, 1977
Member, Somervill Presbyterian Church, Auckland, Northern Presbytery
died 3 April 2022 aged 98 interred Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, 9 April 2022

BENTHAM, Mrs      see      Davidson, Isabel

BENTON, Gladys Wynne (Sr Wynne)    (Mrs W.B. Glassey)
b 1.11.1927 Dn;
h William Boyd Glassey b 29.11.1927 m 12.2.1955
Sister to Joan Marian Anderson
Mother was housekeeper at Deaconess College during 1950s
Deac Coll 1951-3
Ord Deac Hawera TkP 1954;
St Johns Hawera 4.2.1954
Solway Coll Masterton, teacher
St Orans Coll Lower Hutt , teacher
Library, Ministry of Agric & Fish, Wn, librarian
Medical Library Chch, librarian, res to marry 1955
Died 30.1.1983

BEN-UNU, Rev Te Akatauira Ariki Teariki (Tau)            BTh.
born Titikaveka, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
wife Tueruia (Tu) Pareina married 26 February 1972
Hall 1985-1987,  licensed St Andrews Hastings, 6 December 1987
Ordained South Clutha, 4 February 1988
Bachelor of Theology 1988 Otago
Mataura, Mataura Presbytery, 4 February 1997
Minister Emeritus, Southern Presbytery, 6 September 2020

BERAKI, Rev Setu    & Mrs Wati
Miss PNG
Couple fr Fiji, working in Nipa PNG 1985,
& supported by Council for Miss NZ fr 1987
Bishop fr 12.1989 - for 6 yrs.- United Ch PNG, Highlands Region

BERESFORD, Rev. Hilary Jane
born Shortlands, Bromley, Kent, and raised in the United Kingdom to a New Zealand dentist who ran a dental practice in Harley Street, London
Career in nursing in England, India and Papua New Guinea: State Registered Nurse, UK, 1979; State Certified Midwife, UK, 1981
Certificate of Mission Studies, 1989 All Nations Christian College
After the death of her mother both father and daughter returned to New Zealand.
Bachelor of Divinity, Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd, 1999
Ordained Fleet Baptist church, Fleet, Hantshire, UK 25 March 2000
Commissioned Baptist Minister, Ngaruawahia Baptist Church, 26 November 2000
Received into Presbyterian ministry in New Zealand, St Mungos Church Clyde 13 August 2006
Minister within the Bounds, Central Otago Presbytery
Burwood United St Kentigern's Parish, Christchurch, Christchurch Presbytery, 2 August 2007
Birkenhead-St Andrews - St Philips Presbyterian Church, Northern Presbytery, 29 March 2012
Other recognised minister, Northern Presbytery, 1 June 2017 — moved to Scotland
Inducted Minister, Mansefield Trinity, Kilwinning, Church of Scotland, 26 February 2018

Maori Miss - was nurse at Dn Hosp
Nuhaka Hosp, Matron 1922
res 1926 to become Matron of Lawrence Hosp when Hosp at Nuhaka closed.  

BERRY, Rev William James
b 21.5.1889 at Waimate, unmarried.
Formerly a Warehouseman.
Joined Home Missionary service 1914, one year off due to health.
HM Kihi Kihi WkP 1915
Tasman NMP 1916
Kumara WsP 1916, Ord HM 1919
Collingwood NMP  1925
Takaka NMP  1928
Palmerston North Outfields 1930; 
He had a serious accident while riding motor bike Sept 1929, including a broken leg.
Off work until Feb 1931
Upper Aramoho (1¾ years)
St Davids and St James Wanganui 1936 (6½ years)
Opunake TkP 1946
Normanby and Whangamomona TkP 1950 - retired 31.1.1956
Died 25.12.1969

BERTRAM, Rev Ivo Edgar      M.A.
b 29.7.1871 Wanganui district.
w Evelyn S. b 18.11.1884 m 4.9.1906 d 24.7.1964
HM Paeroa during student vacations 1898-1900
Theological Hall Dunedin 1899-1900
Licensed by Wanganui Presbytery Jan 1901
Ord Hawera TkP 17.2.1901
Devonport NSP 25.8.1904 - resigned to go to Australia
To Australia :
Prahan MelbourneVic 9.3.1915
St Peters Sydney  NSW
Returned to NZ :
St Pauls Oamaru NOP 12.2.1924 - resigned 13.1.1928 due to ill-health
St Andrews Auckland 26.3.1930 - resigned 14.10.1934
Belmont NSP 1935, until failing health caused retirement 23.11.1936.
‘His was a cultured mind & he maintained a high standard of efficiency in all his
work... Wherever he served he was much loved and deeply respected.’
Died 3.8.1940  

BESANT, Rev H.D.   B.A.,B.D.
Meth Ch
Wainuiomata Union WnP  2.1976

BEST, Rev William Alexander (Bill)
b 2.3.1926 Tirau;
w Jeanie Margaret Turner b 2.5.1929 m 26.1.1952 d 6.8.1989
He joined the Post Office as a cadet at age 14; at 21 he began study at Otago University.
Hall 1950-52
Ord Kaitangata ClP 4.12.1952
St Johns Greymouth WsP  27.6.1957
Andersons Bay DnP  17.2.1966
Executive Secretary and Clerk of the General Assembly Wellington 12.2.1974
‘An efficient and well-organized administrator.  
His good humour and lively spirit made him good company to his fellow staff. He was a
man of good judgement and was held in high regard throughout the Church as a sound
Died 30.1.1985 at Tawa, suddenly on the tennis court.

BETHUNE, Mr Alexander
Born 1812, Kinghorn, Fife.
w (?)  b (?) m (?) d (?)   Had 1 son & 2 daughters.
Free Church College Licentiate c.1848
Parish Preacher Beath
Free Church Torpichen
Came out as a Licentiate of the Free Church of Scotland, but never ordained. Rendered
yeoman service to the Church in Southland. He had been a school teacher at Green Island,
but came South to take up land at Myross Bush.
On 10.11.1856 he conducted the first service in Invercargill in a building at the corner of
Tay & Dee Sts where a Bank building stands, and continued to do so for four more years
till the advent of an ordained Minister.  He was one of the elders associated in the induction
of the Rev A.H. Stobo to First Church, and became Session Clerk. He had opened a school
in Tay St but in 1866 he demitted his duties and was appointed Missionary (HM) at Myross
Bush, continuing for 20 years.
HM Myross Bush 1866 - retired 1886
Clerk of Southland Presbytery from 1879 to 1892.
Late in life he moved from Myross Bush to live in Invercargill.
Died 20.1.1893, aged 81

O’seas Volunteer - Vanuatu; he came fr Stewart Is.
He assisted in repairing Coll at Onesua after devastation of hurricane 1985; also assisted
in relocating Bible Coll & Theol Training Centre to a new site on Santo, to be known
as Talua, 1985;  he returned to NZ after 1 yr serv as volunteer 12.1985.

BETT, Rev Andrew
Otago stud transferred fr Pr of Edin 1859, lic 20.6.1861
Ord Tapanui MtP 4.3.1872 res 1885, lived later in Mornington Dn.
Died   1902

BETTANY, Rev Philip (Phil) George      B.Min., PGDipMin., NZDSM.
wife: Rev Shona Bettany married 5 December 1998
born Gisborne, raised in New Plymouth, Taranaki, an Aucklander by choice, background in retail
Converted to Christianity as a soldier in New Zealand Army Easter 1986, active in local church leadership, worshipped Spreydon Baptist, Christchurch, St John's, Mount Roskill. Studied at Bible College then Dunedin ministry training. Various locum ministry position in Otago and Southland, summer supply at Outram.
Bachelor of Ministries 1999 Bible College of New Zealand; Diploma of Ministry 2002 School of Ministry (Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)
Licentiate Auckland Presbytery, 2004
Ordained Mackenzie Co-Operating Parish and
Ministry Enabler, Pukaki Co-Operating Parish, South Canterbury Presbytery, 8 February 2005
Levin Uniting Parish, Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery, 20 October 2008
Knox Presbyterian Parish, Waimate, Alpine Presbytery, 5 August 2015
Inducted minister Hamilton - Fairfield Presbyterian Parish, Kaimai Presbytery, 16 January 2022

BETTANY, Rev Shona Anne     B.Min., PGDipMin.
born Auckland, New Zealand (née Nicholson)
husband: Rev Philip Bettany met at Bible College of New Zealand
raised in West Auckland, brought up Baptist, became Presbyterian five and half years before licensing.
Librarian, Auckland City Libraries 1983 to 1995
Called to ministry since early twenties, studied at Bible College of New Zealand 1996-1999.
Ministry Training, Dunedin, 2003-2004
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery, 2 December 2004
Ordained Mackenzie Co-Operating Parish and
Ministry Enabler, Pukaki Co-Operating Parish, South Canterbury Presbytery, 8 Febuary 2005
Levin Uniting Parish, Manawatu Wanganui Presbytery, 18 October 2008
Assembly Business Work Group, 2012-2018
National Secretary, Presbyterian Women, May 2013-December 2015
Other recognised ministry, 5 August 2015
Interim moderator, Albury/Pleasant Point Presbyterian Church, Waimate
Other recognised minister, Kaimai Presbytery, 7 January 2022
Executive Officer, Kaimai Presbytery, commissioned 16 January 2022
"The world we live in has changed and is still changing. It's going to take all of us to grown God's Kingdom, spread the good news of Jesus & bring Jesus light to those we know & to where it's needed in our communities. Reliance on the Holy Spirit is vital for such ministry & mission, because without it we're not availing ourselves of the full resources of God. Personal Spiritual Formation is also vital — listening to the whisper of God's still, small voice, and becoming all that God created us to be, not for our own sake, but for the sake of others. And may our churches become glimpses of the Kingdom of God — multi-generational, multi-cultural, full of life, worship & vibrancy."

BEVAN, Mrs G.      see      Hollies, Kathleen

BEVIN, Dr Mark  & Mrs Tui
From Opoho Dunedin
The United Church in the Solomon Islands asked for a 2nd Doctor to work at Helena
Goldie Hospital at Munda to take some of the enormous work load resting on the
They left NZ on 24.4.1989 for a 9 month term of service.

BEVIS, Rev William James
born: 12 November 1882, Southampton
wife: Jeanie MacLachlan born: 16 August 1884 married: 17 August 1908 died: 28 September 1969, interred with husband
After studying for ministry in Scotland, accepted Call to Nova Scotia, and served there nineteen years. 
Ordained 1912.
While at East St John, Nova Scotia, a call from Owaka brought him to New Zealand.
Inducted Owaka, Clutha Presbytery, 25 August 1927
Alexandra, Central Otago Presbytery, 21 May 1931
Kaikoura, Nelson-Marlborough Presbytery, 2 September 1937
Lyttelton, Christchurch Presbytery, 8 June 1944
Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Presbytery, 28 November 1946 - retired 31 October 1948
Died 31 July 1962, interred Portobello Cemetery, Duendin

BIBBY, Rev Lawrence Vincent      M.A.
b 6.3.1909; w Margaret Valerie b 14.4.1912 m 26.5.1936 d 26.12.1978
Hall 1930-2; to Edin further study
Ord Methven SCP 31.10.1935
St Stephens Lower Hutt WnP 15.10.1941
St Johns Greymouth WsP 7.2.1951
St Andrews DnP 13.12.1956 - did counselling & radio here.
Mayfield AsP 4.6.1970  ret 14.7.1974 - to Oamaru
Died 11.6.1978 Oamaru

BICHAN, Rev Ronald Alexander (Ron)    B.A.,Dip.Soc.Sc.
born 26 August 1928 to Alf Bichan and Mamie (Rowley)
raised at Kaka Point, South Otago, then moved to a sheep farm at Lovells Flat; worked at the Bank of New Zealand until 1952 when he felt a call to ministry
wife Helen Maud Simpson (daughter of Rev Ewen Simpson – Baptist Minister),  married 20 December 1958, licensed Lay Preacher at Mangakino, Waikato Presbytery, August-September 1965, Medical Practitioner, Superintendent of Porirua Hospital 1988
Theological Hall 1956-1958
Diploma of Social Science, Victoria University, 1959-1960
The Presbyterian Church commissioned a two year research project at Mangakino to survey "the problem of the Church in industry" — cut short when the government closed the Maraetai 2 construction and the village lost Ministry of Works staff and workers.
Ordained Assistant, Mangakino, Waikato Presbytery, 13 December 1960; minister in charge, 16 August 1962
St Martins, Porirua East, Wellington Presbytery, 6 April 1967 
Stokes Valley, Wellington Presbytery 30 January 1979 — retired 31 December 1988
Manager Presbyterian Support Central, 1989
Handyman, St. Andrew's United Reform Church, Frognal, London, United Kingdom, 1991-1996
Returned to New Zealand, at Tawa Union
Men's Shed, 2014
died 25 December 2019

BICKERSTAFF, Rev John Beattie
born 30 March 1873 Scotland
wife Janett Miller (Jessie) Bickerstaff born 8 August 1873 married 18 October 1905 died 7 November 1964 aged 91 at Timaru, ashes interred with her husband
Came to New Zealand, 1915
had considerable experience in Christian work in Scotland and Australia
Home Missionary, Waerenga, Auckland Presbytery, 1915
New Brighton, Christchurch Presbytery, 1916
Hall, 1919-21
Ordained Papanui, Christchurch Presbytery, 29 November 1921
Otautau, Southland Presbytery, 11 September 1925
Crookston, Mataura Presbytery, 23 May 1929
Stirling, Clutha Presbytery, 3 July 1934
‘He had a gift of clear and impressive preaching,with a deep sense of reverence in worship.  A kindly nature winning warm affection from congregation and his brethren.’
Died 17 January 1936 aged 62, heart failure causing collision with train at Benhar. Interred Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin

BICKERSTAFF, Mr Samuel Irvine
wife Mary Douglas Bickerstaff died 16 April 1985 aged 75 years
Home Missionary, Dannevirke Outfields, Hawkes Bay Presbytery, 1926
Pongaroa, Wairarapa Presbytery, 1927
Collingwood, Nelson-Marlborough Presbytery, 1928
Otago University, 1929-1933, dropped out after 1933
Died 25 February 1985 buried Beaumont Cemetery, Clutha, aged 82 years
Related to JB Bickerstaff; home address given as Manse, Dunrobin during University years

BIDDLE, Rev Purewa
b 20.7.1930
w Te Aouru  m 17.4.1952
Maori Mission - Artisan Missionary 11,8,1958
Maori Theological College Whakatane 1959-60
Waimana 23.5.1962
Ordained Turangi 2.6.1964
Auckland Maori Pastorate (Otara) 11.2.1970 - resigned 30.4.1979 & withdrew.
(one record indicates he received a five year leave of absence from Te Aka Puaho)
Entered Broadcasting.
Honorary Associate Auckland Maori Pastorate 1982-83  
Died February 1984

Trained as a Methodist Minister.
Then practised for some time as a Lawyer before deciding to re-enter the Ministry
Arrived in New Zealand Aug 1982
Interim Minister St Aidan's Northcote NSP Sept 1982 to May 1983
"[He] immediately began a most productive and successful interim ministry... He did not spare
himself in work, and enthusiasm and he expected and received active support from his congregation."

BIGGS, Rev Donald F.    & Mrs Karene
Methodist Church
Carterton Union Wairarapa Presbytery, February 1987
member, Rongotea Uniting
died 27 December 2023

BIGGS, Sr Winifred Annie      N.Z.R.N.
b. Christchurch 19.1.1912
Trained as a Nurse.
Deaconess College 1947-9, completed prob & ordained as a Deaconess 1950
Ross Home Dn 20.11.1949
Nurses Home Pub Hosp Ashburton  1954
PSSA Chch Woodchester  1959-63
Missionary – New Hebrides
Appointed temporarily for 18 months as Matron of Ebuli Hospital, Onesua, New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 1 April 1963
Matron (permanent appointment) Ebuli Hostel 1965  ret 8.3.1974; 
Licensed Minister 1975
Ordained Minister - Honorary Assistant  St Giles Papanui ChP  27.2.1977
Died  27.11.1992  Chch

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