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SPENCER, Rev David Charles                  B.A.
b 5.12.1915  Wellington
w Ngaire Lillias Quigley  b 13.7.1922 m 4.1.1945 d 25.2.2010
Theological Hall 1938-49
Ordained Matawhero Gisborne 17.12.1940 - resigned 10.4.1946
Chaplain with the British Commonwealth Occupational Force in Japan  1946-47
Miramar WnP  16.10.1947
Prison Chaplain 1949 - resigned 31.1.1953
Apr - July 1954  in UK
St Enochs New Brighton  ChP  26.8.1954
Assistant Minister St Andrews Palmerston North 28.7.1959
St Andrews Wairoa GP  18.3.1964 - resigned 30.6.1968
Waimarino WgP  SS  5.10.1959 - retired 31.1.1981
The family moved to Nelson and he obtained matriculation from Nelson College.
His mother was deeply involved in Trinity Church, and David in the strong Bible
Classes. After an interlude     on a Taranaki farm, he grad BA from Canterbury University
and entered the Theological Hall Dunedin in 1938. From Apr to July 1954 David
accepted responsibility for an East-end parish (London) with three centres - Milwall,
Stepney, and Poplar, under the North London Presbytery.
On return to NZ David served at St Enoch's New Brighton, a time of New Life growth
and with new buildings at both North and South Brighton. At Palmerston North he
was for a time Secretary of the Manawatu Branch of the National Council of Churches.
Because of ill health David left the ministry for a few years of teaching in Gisborne and
Hamilton. Lillias became School Principal at Albany, and David   helped in North Shore
vacant parishes and as Presbytery Clerk.   In retirement David served in vacant parishes
for short periods.    (from Obit)
Died  21.1.1994

SPENCER, Rev Phil Mervan                   M.A.
b 31.7.1925
w Florence Joan Crespin b 29.8.1923 m 14.3.1959  
Lands & Survey Dept (it was here that his artistic potential became obvious, and in later
years he was to become a watercolour painter of some note).
Trained as a pilot in the RNZAF. Towards the close of the Second World War, felt the call
to ministry.
Studied for his MA at Auckland University
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1949-51
Licensed as Probationer by Auckland Presbytery 19.12.1951
To Westminster College Cambridge, England 1952-53.
Ordained Associate Minister St Martins Papatoetoe  SAP  29.9.1954
Knox Gisborne GP 16.4.1959
St Andrew’s, Te Puke BPP  20.10.1964
St Aidan’s, Northcote NSP  21.9.1972
Study leave in 1980 to undertake theological studies at Selly Oak, Birmingham, England.
Epsom, Auckland  AP  22.7.1982
Study leave at Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK 1980
Minister Emeritus 16.8.1987
“As well as exercising an excellent teaching and pastoral ministry, Phil served the wider
church well. He was well ahead of his time in encouraging the use of visual aids and new
‘hardware’, never as a stunt but as an integral part of Christian education and worship.
His ability and interest in music was of great benefit in many a parish.   
Many parishes today would not be aware that they owe him a great deal for his wise input
through the Church Worship and Architecture Committee. Many unwise designs were
saved by this committee from being inflicted upon innocent Boards of Managers. 
Phis was well-schooled in theology and hada  very sharp mind but was always able to
speak to every person he met at their level.
While Phil was not effusive in talking about his own personal faith, his inner devotion
was so real and sincere, and could be summed up in the words which meant so much to
him ‘Simply to Thy Cross I Cling’ ”
(From Memorial Minute – edited)
Died 9 May 2005

HM Inglewood TkP stud 1902
Renwick & Seddon  NMP  4.1903
Foxton MnP  1905  res 1906 

SPIERS, Mr Noel K.
Local Ministry Team, Knox Presbyterian Church, Southland Presbytery, 2008

SPOONER, Shirley
husband Allan
Grew up in St Andrew's Presbyterian, Fordell; later switched to Equippers Apostolic Church — Missions Director for ten years, carrying out missions to India and Mozambique twice, Myanmar, Fiji, Mongolia, Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo, and Northern Sumatra; lay preacher at Whanganui, Waverley and Ohakune; Whanganui City Mission; background in medicine, worked in microbiology and haematology
Coordinator for church based “new immigrants group”, 2007
Coordinator of Wanganui City “Combined Church Mission Expo”, 2008
Pastoral Care Worker, St Paul's, Whanganui, 2016
Diploma in Theology
Local ordained minister, St Paul's Presbyterian, Wanganui, 18 November 2018 — ordained and inducted St Paul's in the City, Whanganui, Presbytery Central — Nuhukau Tapu, 26 November 2023

SPOOR, Mrs                 see                   Watson, Helen

SPORRY, Rev (Sr) Maria (Ria) Alegonda               MA.
Born Indonesia
Deaconess College, Dunedin, 1963-1965
Ordained Deaconess, Knox Gonville Wanganui, 1 June 1966
Milton, Clutha Presbytery, 1967 — resigned 31 October 1971
Knox, Whakatane, 1973
Ordained Associate Minister Whakatane, 5 February 1974
St James Union Greerton, Tauranga  17 May 1977
St Marks, Hastings East, 3 February 1982
Miramar Co-operating, Wellington, Wellington Presbytery, 28 January 1993
Minister Emerita January 2001
died 12 April 2023 at Havelock North

SPRACKETT, Rev Colston Robert (Bob)       M.A.,B.D.(Melb)     
b 19.11.1916  Eltham
w Kathleen Joan b 12.3.1917 m 4.12.1943 d 23.10.2008
Theological Hall Dunedin 1941-43
Ordained Reefton-Totara WsP   20.1.1944
Duntroon NOP  1.10.1947
St Martins Christchurch ChP 30.9.1952 - resigned 13.12.1962 on account of failure of
Church Union negotiations and didn't want to spend his life in a Church which had
turned away from Union - 
NSW  Australia  1.1.1963 (Ku-ring-gai Presbytery)
Returned to NZ 1971
Mairangi and Castor Bays NSP  27.7.1971 - resigned 30.6.1977
Assistant Minister St Georges Takapuna NSP (part-time) 3.7.1977 - retired 31.12.1981
Moderator of North Shore Presbytery 1980.
Born in Eltham Bob was prevented by the depression from finishing his secondary
education. When called to the ministry he completed his MA at Auckland University
and later a BD from Melbourne.
As a student during World War 2, he defied the Churches directive not to register
as a conscientious objector and testified publicly to his lifelong commitment to peace.
He particularly asked for a 'difficult' first parish so that his exemption from war service
would not be a 'soft option'.   He and Joan were married in 1943 shortly before moving
to Reefton. Their three years there were to typify Bob's ministry.  In a dispirited town
he started a local news sheet; faced with a choice between a Sunday Service or
chopping wood for a widow he took the congregation out to cut wood.   He was a man
for the people and the people returned his love.
At St Martins Christchurch a new and imaginative Church was built and Bob's pacifist
and social concerns were well known and (somewhat cautiously) accepted.
In the late 1950s Bob visited Hong Kong to serve for 3 months with an American
social service organization. This visit changed his life and led to the adoption through
the National Council of Churches of over 200 Chinese orphans by NZ families. The
direction of his ministry also changed leading him to Sydney in 1963 to serve as
Secretary for Resettlement of Refugees and Inter-Church Aid with the Australian
Council of Churches. After 8 years in Sydney the Spracketts returned to Mairangi and
Castor Bays Parish, and in retirement to part-time Ministry at St George’s Church
Takapuna and Chaplaincy in the Inter-Church Trade and Industrial Mission.   In these
years his active involvement in the North Shore peace movement saw him and Joan
once again in the protest lines and tirelessly encouraging  others.
Bob was a gentle man, who believed that ministry ought to cost something. He had a
winning way with people and a deep commitment to the Kingdom of God.  (from Obit.)
Died  26.5.1993

SPRAGG, Rev Daniel (Dan)
wife Sharon
From Christchurch; music teacher
Intern The Village, Christchurch January 2013
Licensed Alpine Presbytery 1 December 2014
Minister The Village Christchurch 11 December 2014
Ministries Coordinator – Kaihautu Whakatipu, Alpine Presbytery, 1 February 2024

SPRINGETT, Rev  Mrs Margaret
h. Mr R Springett – drowned, along with their youngest Daughter, on 14th May 1977 
Missionary  -  Tonga
Tonga 1974  -  returned to NZ after 5 yrs  1979
Patea Co-op TkP  2.1993    

Meth Ch
St Davids Union Timaru SCP  2.1976

STANDAGE, Rev Arthur Charles Weymouth              M.A.
b 13.4.1881 Greymouth; w Alice E. b 23.10.1880 m 19.12.1907  pred h
He was the son of a Meth Min          
Hall 1905-7
Ord Mt Ida COP  6.3.1908
Kelburn WnP  (its 1st Min)  8.2.1910
Fairlie SCP  9.8.1917
Maori Hill DnP  24.5.1923  ret 31.3.1946
Mod OSyn 1935; Chapl Columba Coll Dn; Chapl McGlashan
Coll Dn.
Grandfather of M.W. Standage below.
Died  27.3.1964  Dn     

STANDAGE, Mr Malcolm Weymouth             B.Com.,A.C.A.
He was 25 yrs in accounting; was latterly Gen Manager of  Statham Industries.
Director of Financial Services Pres Ch Office Wn 19.10.1988
Elder at Seatoun; Grandson of A.C.W. Standage above.
Resigned as Dir. Of Fin Srvs. 1999.

P D & M Consultant part-time in GP area 1978

b 30.9.1858 Lancash Eng; w Amelia A. b 13.11.1864 m 12.9.1887 d 31.8.1957
Bapt Min,  Ord 1883;  held several Bapt pastorates in NZ - Chch, Nelson,
Invercargill; recd by OSyn after 1 yr in Hall.
Hall Dn 1894
Ind Waiareka NOP  1895
Strath Taieri (Middlemarch)  26.9.1912; he was transferred with the charge from
DnP to Dunstan Pr (now COP)
on 18.11.1914
Alexandra-Clyde COP  25.1.1918  ret 30.4.1924
Mod OSyn  1923.
'A prominent worker in the Temperance cause.'
Died  14.5.1928     

STANLEY, Rev Tony A.           B.Theol.
Lay Assistant, Massey-Riverhead
Ordained 2002
Honorary Minister (part time), Waimauku Presbyterian Church, Auckland Presbytery, May 2002
Minister within the Bounds, Auckland Presbytery, 11 May 2003

STANTON, Graham, Emeritus Prof.           M.A.,B.A., B.D.,Ph.D.(Cambridge).
b. 1940 in Christchurch
w. Esther Douglas, m. circa 1965
Educated at Macandrew Intermediate and King's High School Dunedin 1953-1957
Graduated with a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Otago University.
Left the Salvation Army where his family were members and decided to train as a Presbyterian Minister.
Theological Hall, Dunedin
While studying he taught Latin and history at King's High School and John McGlashan College Dunedin.
Licensed by the Presbyterian Church of NZ 1965
Spent one year in Auckland - 1965
Moved to the United Kingdom with his family in 1966 to study for his Ph.D. at Cambridge University.
Awarded his Ph.D. in 1969.
Then taught briefly at Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States and at Cambridge before taking
up the position of Lecturer in New Testament studies at King's College, University of London in 1970.
Appointed Chair of New Testament Studies, King's College, University of London in 1977, a position he held
for a further 21 years before he moved to Cambridge.
The Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University, England - Retired 2007
(Continued as Guest Lecturer)
Elected Fellow of King's College, London in 1996
Returned to Dunedin in 2000 to accept an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.
Awarded the Burkitt Medal by the British Academy in 2006 for his contribution to Biblical studies.
A long-time member of the United Reformed Church (Presbyterian / Congregational).
A prolific scholar and specialist in the Gospel of Matthew, he wrote four books. He also co-authored several
important theological journals.
"A gracious and humble man with a strong personal Christian faith. He was passionate about biblical studies,
particularly his specialist field of New Testament studies. Although his own books and papers were held in high
regard worldwide, he encouraged students and researchers who wanted to develop their own theories, even if
they challenged some of his own tenets."
Died 18 July 2009 (Cancer)

STARKEY, Rev L.C.                D.D.
St James Spreydon Chch (on exchange) 1981

STARNES, Rev John Horace               B.A.
b 31.10.1885 Motueka;
w Annie A.M. nee Cresswell  b 15.9.1876 m 11.9.1912 d 27.9.1967
He grew up on his Father's farm; in 1908 he went to Adelaide  for 3 yrs in Miss
Training Coll; then to Bolivia.
Bolivian Miss 1912; where he married Annie Cresswell who had preceded him
there.  He contracted malaria & also smallpox & in 1917 returned to NZ;
medical reasons precluded his return to Bolivia.
HM Gladstone DnP, & at OU 1918
Hall 1921-3
HM Gladstone DnP 1924
New Lynn AP  1925
Ord Morrinsville WkP 13.5.1926
Dannevirke HBP  7.2.1935
Rangitaiki BPP  9.5.1940  ret 30.6.1951
Conv Maori Miss Com; Finance Com; Clerk BPP 25 yrs;
Treas BPP 31 yrs.
Died  10.1.1976 Tauranga, aged 90

HM Pleasant Point Outfields SCP  1906

w. Hannah m.(?)
Long Crendon Baptist Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Glendowie Presbyterian Church, Auckland AP Aug-Nov 1988 (Pulpit exchange with the
Rev Wynford Davies)

STEEDMAN, Very Rev. Dr. David Macgregor    M.A.(Otago), B.D.(Melb), PhD.
b. 8 December 1919 at Dunedin
w Elaine Mayfield  Cooper b 3 April 1925 m 22 January 1947 d. 2008
Educated at Otago Boys’ High School (MA) and Melbourne (BD)
Member of the Presbyterian. Church of New Zealand since 1934
Theological Hall Dunedin 1942-1944
Ordained Associate Minister Ashburton  30 January 1945
Geraldine South Canterbury Presbytery 24 November 1949
Andersons Bay Dunedin Presbytery  20 May 1954
Cashmere Hills Christchurch 7 August 1962 - resigned 8 August 1967
Offered to relieve Rev E.G. Jansen at Tangoa Traning Institute during his Moderatorial year.
Tangoa Training Institute, New Hebrides, Appointed to Mission staff 1 August 1967
Left for New Hebrides by air  8 August 1967
Acting Principal Tangoa Training Institute from August 1967, Returned to NZ 20 August 1968
St Andrews Christchurch  Christchurch Presbytery 6 March 1969
St Johns Wellington  Wellington Presbytery 2 February 1976
Minister Emeritus  31 January 1985
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand 1982. 
“David was a faithful servant of God and the Presbyterian Church. He was a noted
preacher, teacher and pastor. He will be remembered for his graciousness and humility.
A finer example of faithfulness and dedication to the task of ordained ministry one
could not hope to find. The extent to which his vocation was shared and supported by
Elaine is testimony to their fine marriage. In honouring him we give thanks for the
presence and work of Christ that was so evident in every aspect of his life.”
Died 2 February 2007

STEELE, Rev David John                  M.A.
From Presbyterian Church of Ireland, came with Commission from PCI as Probationer.
Otahuhu as Student Preacher, Assist to Rev Macky 1883
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 2 July 1884
Ord Otahuhu as Colleague & Successor to Rev J. Macky 27.11.1884
(charge  now called St Johns Papatoetoe) – resigned 5 Aug 1902
Rangiora ChP 18.6.1903 - retired through failing health & went to live in Auckland.
His wife was the daughter of Rev J. Macky.
Moderator of Northern Assembly 1899
Died 26.11.1910

Theological Hall 1909, 1912, 1916.
HM Rona Bay (Eastbourne WnP)  1908  summer
Hanmer ChP  1914
Opotiki Outfields BPP  1917 - no further information.
A “John Steele” was licensed by Auckland Presbytery 11.3.1919 but no mention of
ordination – is this the same person?)

STEELE, Rev James Thomas Villiers (Jim)        M.A.
b 8 February 1905 Wellington; w Ada Ellen nee Bailey b 26 January 1908  m 14 September 1932 d 22 June 2003 aged 95 years. Interred in the same grave as her husband after her death.
Hall 1927-1929.   When he returned at the beginning of 1929 for his final year, he suffered what he thought was the result of a speck of sawdust in his eyen while assisting his Father, a builder, during the holidays.   It was soon diagnosed, however, as an extremely serious condition of eye & spine (Tb).  He returned home and was admitted to Wellington Hospital.   At  one point Doctors considered that he would have no more than 48 hours to live.   However, his serenity of spirit and courageous will, based on his strong faith, pulled him through, to the amazement of his Doctors and nurses. He was regarded as a living miracle by them.
He spent 3 years on his back covalescing, much of it with his back in plaster.
Rev J.M. Bates started the 'NZ Journal of Theology' (pub 1931-1935), largely to give Jim an interest to work on in bed and assist his recovery.   (Jim was joint editor with Bates).   
Finally it was felt that with care and extra rest Jim could begin  work and be ordained as a Minister.
Ordained Duntroon, North Otago Presbytery, 16 September 1932 - till death.
Jim Steele was a great scholar, - one of the greatest the Hall has ever produced.  His knowledge of Calvin was unequalled in New Zealand.  He was a great Churchman, & a genuine New Zealander.   He was an ideal parish minister; he knew all his people intimately and cared for them.   He was obliged, because of his illness, to rest several hours  during the day.  He did this and was able to fulfil his ministry, until his strength failed him. He also had a keen sense of humour.  At Knox College he was part of a practical joke when three students who had been invited to dinner at the Presbyterian Womens Training Institute took three others with them, dressed as women, assuming their wives would naturally be invited with them. Jim was one of the alleged females (and gave his regular broadcast talk in that costume!).   A photo of the party is still extant In the Presbyterian Church Archives at Knox College.
Died  26 January 1947, in office. Interred Duntroon Cemetery.

STEELE, Rev Robert Patton
born 28 January 1886, Ireland.
wife Elizabeth Ann born 16 March 1909 married 30 August 1927
Formerly a Farmer. He served in Canada and then in Australia as a Home Missionary from about 1914 to April 1927 organising back blocks. He submitted an application to become a home missionary to the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales in 1911. Service with the N.W. Mission :
Trundle (1½ years)
Braidwood (6 months) — he was sent to re-organise both these charges.
Returned briefly to Ireland to marry, and continued to Nova Scotia, Canada where he is listed as a student minister working through his practicum in 1928. Came back home to New Zealand  for a visit and decided to remain.
Entered Presbyterian Church of New Zealand Home Missions Service, January 1929.
Home Missionary, Whangamomona (on trial), Taranaki Presbytery, 1929
Titoki, Northland Presbytery, 1931, Ordained Home Missionary, 6 May 1931
Awhitu, South Auckland Presbytery, 1934
Katikati, Waikato Presbytery, 1937
Ngaruawahia, Waikato Presbytery, 1938
Taneatua, Bay of Plenty Presbytery, 1942
Ohakune-Raetihi, Wanganui Presbytery, 1946
Putorino, Hawkes Bay Presbytery, 1947 — retired 31 January 1951
Died  15 January 1964

STEELE, Mr Thomas Irwin
wife Alison Gow
active in the church from an early age
Journalist, East Coast Guardian, Evening Post, and Auckland Star, retired due to ill-health
World War I, Sapper, New Zealand Field Engineers, Main Body, sailed on the Maunganui 16 October 1914 — returned from Egypt
Travelling Secretary, Presbyterian Bible Class Movement 1917
Honorary Secretary, New Life Movement 1948
Member of the Maori Mission Committee, the Overseas Mission Committee, and the Youth Committee
died January 1962 aged 69 in Opotiki
Son and grandson of Presbyterian ministers

STEFFENS,  Anna Olga  (Sr Olga)              Mrs V.H. Meston
b. Waihao Downs 13.9.1907
h. Victor Henry Meston b. 3.3.1905  m. 1944 d. 20.2.1997 (refer separate entry)
PWTI   1929-1931
HM Granity WsP  1932
Ordained Deaconess 1933
Worked in Maori Mission  1936 to 1944
Tanatana Mission 1936-1941
Matahi Mission 1942-1944
Te Whaiti Farm 1944
Resigned 1944 to be married.
Worked alongside her husband in Taumarunui, Tui, TeTeko, Turangi, Ohope
Beach, Whakatu & Nuhaka.
Due to Victor’s ill-health left Nuhaka in 1954. Taught clothing and Maori language
at Murupara.
Matron of Hereford House for Crippled Children at Tauranga 1968 -
Retired 1971
Still organising and holding prayer groups in Lexham Park Home until she died.
Daughter of Mr HAF Steffens.
Died 2 Sept 2004 aged 97 years. Cremated and interred at Katikati Cemetery.

STEFFENS, Mr Henry August Frederick
b. 5.7.1865, NZ.
w. janet Amy Davis  b.(?)  m.(?)  d.1923
Studied Theology, Church History and the Bible. Formerly a Farmer, had experience
as a Lay Reader, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent.
HM Granity WsP 1.4.1932 - retired 1.2.1936 on account of his age.
Father of Sr. AO Steffens.
Died 28 August 1944 at Rotorua, interred in Rotorua Cemetery.

Uniting Church of Australia
Stated Supply Trinity Temuka Parish, South Canterbury Presbytery 1 February 2014 - 31 July 2014
Returned to Australia

STEPHENS, Rev Mark Philip                 B.A., B.Th., Dip.Th.  
w Roslyn Zelma, m 18 August 1972, wife's name at time of death Maree (Reo) (second marriage?)
Theological Hall 1979-1981
Ordained Buller Union, Westland Presbytery,  3 December 1981 - resigned 1 May 1985
St Pauls, Feilding, Manawatu Presbytery, 10 March 1986
Ecumenical Chaplain, Kew Hospital, Southland, February 1999
Burwood United, St Kentigern’s Parish, Christchurch Presbytery,  2004
Minister Emeritus, Christchurch, 11 July 2006
died (suddenly) at Oxford, Canterbury, 10 November 2015, interred in Oxford Cemetery

Methodist Church
Upper Hutt Uniting Parish WnP  1.2.1995

Lay Minister, Raglan Union Parish, Kaimai Presbytery, 8 February 2015

STEVELY, Rev William  Allen                   M.A.(Glas); Dip.Ed.(Melb)
b 17.5.1886 Alexandria Scotland (near Loch Lomond)
Educated at Glasgow University and the United Free Church College Glasgow;
Ordained 1911.
To Australia :
Stanmore (Presb. Church of NSW) 1912
Albert Park Melbourne (Presb. Church of Victoria)
Mornington (Vic) 1924         
East St Kilda (Vic) 1928
To New Zealand :
Called to -
First Church Dunedin  DnP  24.6.1930 -  to succeed Dr Merrington
Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago & Southland 1948; Convener of the
Broadcasting Committee; Lecturer at Deaconess College almost whole time in Dunedin;
Chaplain Royal New Zealand Navy; close connetion with St John Ambulance Association;
Member of the Otago Early Settlers Association; Grand Master of Masonic Lodge, member
Of the British & Foreign Bible Society etc.
'He immediately became known as a preacher, but his people will especially remember him as
a pastor.  He knew intimately every member of every home, their circumstances, successes,
and needs, and literally poured out his life as a good shepherd.
He was a man of tireless energy, yet seemed always fresh and keen.  He was helped by a
phenomenonal memory.  ...'
Died  29.8.1950  in office.

STEVEN, Mrs A.          see                   Young, Jean

STEVEN, Rev Alexander  (Alex)
fr Scot, arr 1913  
HM Hikurangi NP  1913
Awhitu SAP  1913,  Ord HM 1014
Takapau HBP   1917
BC Trav Sec, appt confirmed by Ass 21.2.1919
No further mention.   

STEVEN, Rev John
b. Ayrshire, Scotland 24 June 1844. His family came to New Zealand, settling at Port Molyneux.
w. Marion Kerr died 15 June 1903 interred at Papakaio Cemetery near Peebles
Trained as a Teacher. He taught at Waitahuna Gully School  for 18 months from 1863 to 1865
then at Port Molyneux before he trained for the Ministry. During his time at Waitahuna Gully,
he received an income of £145 per annum with students being charged a weekly fee of one
shilling by the School Committee. The first school building was a small two-roomed building,
only half of which was floored. The Schoolhouse, a small “but and ben” stood behind.
He was one of the first students of the Southern Church and trained before the Theological Hall
was established. He spent his whole ministry in one parish, 39 years.
Ordained Papakaio (Peebles PO  - called Lower Waitaki in 1901) August 1875  retired 30 April 1914
Moderator Synod of Otago and Southland 1891
Died 26 November 1915 and interred at Aramoho, Wanganui

STEVENS, Rev Andrew
b. 1811 in Edinburgh
w. Marian Campbell, b.20.1.1825,  m 1845 d. 8.4.1881. They had 15 children.
Trained for the Ministry in Edinburgh
Appointed Assistant to Dr James Buchanan of North Leith, an eminent preacher & author.
Left for New Brunswick to undertake Missionary work 1840
Doing Missionary work in Kings County
Received call to Sussexvale & Springfield, Kings County, inducted as first Minister 1841
Called to the charge of St James & St Stephen's in the town of St Andrew's Charlotte County,
New Brunswick Canada 1844
Left for Scotland on account of ill-health 1845
Shortly therafter, Andrew & his entire congregation seceded from the (established) Presbyterian
Church and affiliated with the Free Church of Scotland.
Free Church, Bonhill, Dunbartonshire 1847 to c.1854
Resigned owing to ill health 1854 with the view of going to America
Briefly returned to New Brunswick 1855
Ran a Missionary Church in Paris, Ontario, Canada c.1855 to 1859
West Calder, near Edinburgh 1860
Sent to New Zealand by the Colonial Committee of the Free Church of Scotland 1865
Left for New Zealand on the 'Caribou' 1865
The intention was that he set up a second Presbyterian charge in invercargill but owing to the
"unprosperous state of the town at the time" he was appointed to the country charge of Wallacetown
just north of Invercargill.
Ind Wallacetown SP 4.4.1866 as first Minister of the charge - Retired 6.4.1881 due to "increasing
years and infirmities".
The town held an attraction for him and he simply moved from the manse to a house which he
had built in the neighbourhood.
Clerk of Southland Presbytery 1875-76  (Pro tem).
"Mr Stevens was in all respects an admirable representative of the old school of Presbyterian devines.
He was tall and dignified in appearance, and his manners had the polished and somewhat formal
courtesy of older times. He had a strong sense of humour and could tell and enjoy a good story; but
he never forgot the demenour that became his calling. As a preacher he occupied a high place. His
discourses, which were really eloquent, were prepared with scrupulous care, and were delivered 'ore
[with a loud resounding voice] and with great solemnity and earnestness of manner.
In doctrine he was very orthodox, keeping fast hold of the Calvinistic system set forth in the Confession
of Faith, and disdaining to part with a single article on the plea of obscleteness or offensiveness to
modern taste . ... he was to the front in the Church Courts when any point of the old divinity was
assailed; and displayed the same watchfulness when even the forms and accessaries of Presbyterian
worship were in the course of change. On such occasions his words and appearance were like those
of a prophet of old, come to denounce the backsliding and degenaracy of the Church and the time.
He was in every sense a conservative, and.... viewed with profound jealousy whatever threatened the
old ecclesiastical order of things.
...He was widely known and as highly respected, especially in Southland where he laboured so long,
and where his services were universally acceptable...."
[From Obituary "Southland Times" 11 Jan 1892]
Died  9.1.1892, aged 80 years and interred in the old Wallacetown Cemetery. His wife pre-deceased him.

STEVENS, Rev Ewing Campbell                M.B.E., B.A.
born 28 October 1926 to Colin and Emily Stevens; raised in Wallacetown, Southland, and his father fixed radios; worked in a pharmacy; after contacting tuberculosis aged 19 he spent several years at Waipiata Sanatorium, later training as a TB nurse; it was here he developed his interest in radio
descended from Andrew Stevens above and preached at the Wallacetown Centenary 1966
w (1) Mary Ann McCracken born 18 March 1924 married 12 August 1953 Northern Ireland died June 1976 a nurse, they met at the Waipiata Sanatorium, died of cancer
w (2) Annette Grant married 1977 died ???? married for forty years
Southland Technical College
Theological Hall 1956-1958
While training for ministry he gained radio broadcasting experience — starting with 4XD Dunedin in 1956
Ordained Waikaka Valley Mataura Presbytery, 17 December 1958
Wakari, Dunedin Presbytery, 24 June 1964 — launched a Sunday Evening Youth Club at Wakari Church; regular sesssions on air — three one hour sessions a week
Methodist appointment Dunedin, 1 February 1975
Editor “New Citizen” (Methodist) Auckland 1 May 1977 — resigned 7 September 1979
Rehabilitation League Auckland from 1 November 1979
Radio Pacific Auckland, 1 April 1980, later Radio Live — became host of the Radio Pacific overnight show — retired as a talkback host in 2015 due to bowel cancer
wrote many books during his lifetime — including a series called "Ewing's Phone People" relating to his time with Radio Pacific — over 100 000 copies sold; while at Wakari Presbyterian Church published "Jesus"
Minister Emeritus  28 October 1986
Councillor, Manakau City Council, 1986-1998
purchased a vineyard at Alexandra
Minister Emeritus, Southern Presbytery 10 March 2014
died 15 January 2023 in Dunedin Hospital aged 97
"He was always working on his craft, was always well prepared — and was always looking after his listeners and callers. Listening to Ewing's shows, without fail you could hear the warmth, generosity, curiosity and the connection needed from a host whose job it is to get the best possible radio out of listeners who happen to be callers." Cliff Joiner, network director, Radio Live-Mediaworks

b 1865 Dn
A teacher, Little Rakaia; then 29 yrs Headmaster Woodville Sch, under HB Board
Inspector for brief period.  He was ord as elder while young man, Session Clerk
for number of yrs,  & active local preacher. Retiring from teaching, he offered
himself as HM, & was app Johnsonville.
HM Johnsonville WnP 1921,  Ord HM 3.7.1928  ret 30.11.1929
& lived Taita where he spent several  yrs supplying vacant parishes.
Brother-in-law of George Budd;  Uncle of Rev J.A. Thomson;  Uncle of Mrs H.B.
'He had the gift of friendship to a remarkable degree & an attractive personality
that made him  a commanding figure in any activity.'
Died  13.2.1940 Taita Wn.

STEVENSON, Rev Aubrey John William            B.A. Dip Ed
born 18 April 1939
w.(1) Janice Knox Lockie born Scotland 1947 married 1963 d. 1989(?) (cancer)
w.(2) Sue Swadell married (?) (divorced)
w. (3) Sarah Geddes married 2000
Aubrey participated in Bible Class activities at Columba Church in Oamaru during his youth, joined the Sea Scouts and learned to play the cornet, which he later played in the Waitaki Boys High School Brass Band.
Trained as a Teacher with positions at Heddon Bush, Oreti Port Levy, Blackball, and at Christchurch. His special interests were country schooling, open plan teaching, bilingual and bi-cultural education, and early literacy.
While living at North beach Aubrey served as an Elder at Burwood United - St. Kentigerns, organising the Sunday School, leading Adult Bible study, and leading worship.
Akaroa-Banks Peninsula Presbyterian Church (Limited Local Ministry) Christchurch Presbytery, 1998 — retired April 2005
Minister Emeritus, 17 April 2005
Aubrey was a loyal and faithful servant of our church. He filled a vital role in a unique parish in the presbytery giving his love and commitment to the Banks Peninsula parish, providing ministry to the local congregation and the many visitors to Akaroa. This ministry cared for the older members of the parish and also reached out to children and youth.
Aubrey was an enthusiastic supporter of Mainly Music and established a Youth Trust and Youth Group which provided vital new support for parents, children and young people on the Peninsula.
Ministry for Aubrey was not simply caring for an inward focused parish group and his activities seamlessly merged into the wider community in ways that made the church visible in a positive light and brought Christ into the community with no strings attached. Aubrey was always conscious of the changing world around him and his Christian calling to be part of that change in a positive and caring way. He facilitated changes in the parish structure and buildings that he saw as necessary and challenged the elders and members to plan a destiny for the parish's future. He also involved himself in the community and played his part as a true Christ filled citizen of Akaroa.
His wife Sarah supported him in his ministry and in his illness.
Son of the Rev Norrie and Mrs Sybil Stevenson.
Died 6 September 2008

STEVENSON, Rev Eric Brebner  (Breb)
b 24.7.1905;
w (1) Irma Galloway b 13.5.1906 m 25.10.1934 div  
w (2) Flora Isabella b 20.4.1902 m 19.1.1963  d 23.11.1991
He went farming for a time, then entered the Theological Hall.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1932-34
Ord Nightcaps SP  22.1.1935
Rakaia AsP  3.5.1940
Lawrence-Waitahuna ClP  5.12.1946
Martinborough WpP  12.10.1950 - retired 31.5.1962 - to Otaki
A keen daffodil grower for which he won many awards.
Brother of Rev N. Stevenson.
Died  25.8.1981, aged 76 

STEVENSON, Rev John McGowan           B.A.
b. 9 July 1882 at Dunedin.
His family came from Tuapeka West.
Home Missionary Waimate Outfields  SCP  1906
Renwick NMP  1907-1908
Ord 28 Aug 1908 NMP (this information has to be confirmed with the Presbytery record)
Otago University 1908-1912
Accepted for the Theological Hall Dunedin1913 but did not commence studies.
To the USA :
United Theological School 1913-16, gaining his Diploma & BD.
Garfield Parish, New Jersey 1914-1917
Broadway parish, Rock Island, Illinois 1917-1927
State Street Parish, Jacksonville, Illinois 1927-1930
Travel & Study 1930-35
First Church, Geneson, Illinois (Rock River Presbytery) 1935-44 (died in office)
Died 10th October 1944, in office, aged 62 years. .

STEVENSON, Rev Norris Johnston  (Norrie)           B.A.
b 25.2.1907 Gore
w Sybil Ella b 6.8.1914 m 6.11.1937
On  account of ill-health he had no secondary education.  After 7 years of farm work he
decided to enter the ministry and went to Otago University where he gained his BA in 1934.
Theological Hall, Dunedin1935-37
Ord Kaiapoi ChP  23.6.1938
Cust-Oxford ChP  28.3.1941   
Weston NOP  4.4.1946
Brother of the Rev  E.B. Stevenson and Father of the Rev AJW Stevenson
Died 14.10.1947 in office.

STEVENSON-WRIGHT, Rev  Mrs Louise A.          BTh., PG.Dip.Th.
Theological Hall 1990-91
Licensed Caversham Dunedin DnP  6.12.1992
Ordained Waikouaiti DnP  28.1.1993
Albury Pleasant Point SCP Feb 1996
Minister within the Bounds  SCP  Sept 2001

STEWART,  Mr Alexander
recd fr Scot as HM 1913
HM Rona Bay (Eastbourne WnP) 1913
Taumarunui WkP  1914  res  1915

STEWART, Mr Andrew Murray
b. 10.2.1923
Formerly a clerk, took stage one of a BA (year not completed).
HM Ormond (date unknown)
HM  St Peters Grey Lynn Auckland supply 1947-48

STEWART, Rev Angus Fingal
b. 31.5.1877 Scotland
w.(?)  b.(?)  m.(?)  d.(?) 
Formerly a Grocery Manager, he took a Home Missionary course in Scotland
and worked there for 7½ years as a HM for the Church of Scotland. Also took
tutorial classes in London.     Came to NZ under the HM scheme of Dr Gibb.
Joined the Home Missionary service March 1921
HM Shannon MnP Mar 1921;  Ord HM Mar 1921
Bulls WgP  1927
Apiti MnP  1930 
Inglewood TkP  1937
Normanby-Okaiawa TkP  1940 (4 years)
Three months leave of absence.
Manurewa (9 months) – resigned 31.1.1945
Died (?)

STEWART, Rev Anne Elizabeth Stewart (nee McIlroy)          BTheol. (Hons)
husband Martin James Stewart married 21 April 2003
Student, Dunedin Presbytery, to Student, Christchurch Presbytery, 12 December 2006
Ordained St Stephen's Bryndwr, Christchurch Presbytery, 9 December 2009
The Village Presbyterian Church, Christchurch (formerly St Giles and St Stephen's) 1 December 2013
Moderator, Alpine Presbytery, 2018 ended 11 Sepbember 2020
Minister, St David's Marchwiel Union Church, Timaru, Alpine Presbytery, 1 October 2022

From Victoria Australia
HM Matamata WkP  1909
Kaponga TkP  1912, Ord HM 1914
Hobsonville AP  1915
Katikati BPP  1917 
Whangamomona TkP  1920
Rep 1921:  while on a health trip to Australia, he entered the service of the
Presbyterian Church of New South Wales.

STEWART, Rev Charles Victor
b. 3.6.1897 NZ
w.Laura Rosina Jones  b.(?)  m.1922  d.(?)
The Son of Douglas Brown Stewart (Snr) & Ellen Teresa McMillan
Formerly a Grocer, he joined the Home Mission staff 1925, took the HM course.
HM Awhitu SAP  1926
Pio Pio WkP  1928
Manurewa  SAP  1930, Ord HM 1932
Hauraki Plains  WkP  1933 (1 year)
Coromandel – Whitianga (3 years)
Ruawai NP  1938
Hedgehope  SP  (6 months) - resigned 1.10.1939 due to ill-health.
Brother of Rev DB Stewart (Jnr) & Rev WG Stewart
Died 25.6.1979

STEWART, Rev Douglas Brown (Jnr) 
b 25.5.1890  at Auckland NZ
w. Ann England b 17.12.1892 m. 28.3.1916  d. 20.10.1972
The Son of Douglas Brown Stewart (Snr) & Ellen Teresa McMillan
Took a commercial course at Auckland Grammar School and an International
Correspondence Schools (ICS) course.  Studied English, History and Greek at
University for 12 months then had business training.
Worked as a Clerk and Lay Preacher; then joined the Home Mission service
in May 1919. Took part of the HM course.
HM Titoki NP  July 1919
Belmont NSP  1922 – resigned and withdrew 1923; re-accepted 1924
Pokeno SAP  1924;  Ord HM July 1924
Tokomaru Bay GP  1927
Rep 1927: wrist broken while cranking his car.
Hunterville WgP  1930
Mahurangi (Warkworth NSP)  1932
St Heliers – Kohimarama AP  1937 (5 months)
St Heliers  AP  (5 years)
Pt. Chevalier AP  1942
Northcote NSP  1946  -  raised to full Ministerial status by Assembly 1946
Service of Recognition on being granted status of Minister by the General Assembly 3.12.1946
Manurewa SAP  21.5.1947 - retired 31.10.1950
Hospital Chaplain in retirement.
Commenced a Sunday School in his home in Glendowie Feb 1952, a factor in establishing
Glendowie Church.
Elder Kohimarama 1957
Father of Sr. Marion R. Stewart & Brother of Rev CV Stewart & Rev WG Stewart. 
Died  9.9.1969 at Auckland, aged 79 years

STEWART, Rev Douglas Charles
b 2.11.1871 Island Block, near  Lawrence;
w Ada Elizabeth b 14.7.1871 m  21.6.1897 d 1.2.1933
He was engaged in gold mining until he was 42; in 1915 Dr Gibb persuaded him
to join the Home Missionary service.
HM Mangapai NP 1915, Ord HM 1916
Awhitu SAP  1918
Turua WkP  1922
Pukemiro WkP  1925; raised to full Ministerial status 1928
Went to PSSA Boys Orphanage Wellington for few months. 
Paterangi - Helensville AP 10.7.1935 to 1.8.1938
Kati Kati BPP  1938 - ill-health over a period
Died 31.10.1941 Katikati  suddenly,  aged 69

Maori Miss
Assist Matron Pentland Ave Hostel Ak 3.10.1961 
res 20.5.1962

STEWART, Rev Errol Bruce                    B.A.
wife Gay Rose  married 11 May 1963 — divorced and remarried
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1962-1964 
Licensed as Probationer by the Presbytery of Auckland, 10 December 1964
Ordained Christchurch North, Christchurch Presbytery, 24 March 1966
Executive Officer, Youth Dept Christchurch, 1 May 1969
Director Christian Education Department, Methodist Conference of South Australia, 1973, and withdrew from New Zealand Church.
died 23 February 2015, Melbourne

HM Port Napier stud miss 1877-81; no further mention.

HM Hobsonville AP  1914

HM Paterangi WkP  1928

STEWART, Rev James
b. 30.8.1872, Scotland
w.(?)  b.(?)  m.(?)  d.(?)
Formerly a Clothing Manufacturer, Bible Class Leader, Elder and Lay Preacher
in the Presb. Church of NZ for about 20 years.
Joined the Home Missionary service Jan 1933.
HM Woodville MnP Jan 1933;  Ord HM  29.8.1933
Taneatua BPP  1936
Ruawai NP  1942 – resigned 31.8.1943
Morningside AP (supply) 1947
Died (?)

STEWART, Rev James Evan  (Jim)              M.A.
b 1.9.1912
w Joan Adah Evans b 6.12.1914 m 3.12.1940
Theological Hall 1938-40 
Ord Waikouaiti DnP  27.2.1941
Chaplain  RNZAF   serving in Pacific region 3.11.1943
St Giles Papanui Christchurch  ChP  12.12.1945
Feilding MnP  1.2.1951
Kelburn WnP  24.6.1964 - resigned 20.9.1968
Sec Joint Commission on Ch Union Wn  20.9.1968  ret 31.1.1978
He was deeply committed to Church Union, served the National Council of Churches
as Chairman and later Executive Secretary of Joint Commission on Church Union
Wellington 20.9.1968. Retired 31.1.1978
Prominent in Church Service Society.
'His modesty, his gentleness & his strength came from looking away from self to
the glory of God.   ... Friendship & trust undergirded all his service to the
Churches.  In their turn the Churches of five traditions whom he served came to
trust him implicitly, to feel he was one of them, & to listen to his interpretation
when they asked him what was on the mind of others.'  (Obit)
Died  14.8.1989 Waikanae

b. 1849 Scotland
From the Free Church of Scotland; came as student in 1877
Listed as “Lay Evangelist” Napier  1877
Manaia TkP  1880
Ordained Martinborough (Waihengha) WpP  10.4.1882
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of South Australia 1884
Called to Jamestown 24.3.1885 to 6.4.1887
Died 6.4.1887 in office

STEWART, Rev John Alexander             B.A.,B.D.
born 25 December 1944
wife Susan Frances M.A. M. Psych. Psych. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (retired) (Daughter of Rev WB Gilmour) born 10 July 1947 married 4 January 1969
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1969-1971
Ordained Assistant Minister, Levin, Manawatu Presbytery, 2 March 1972 — resigned 31 January 1974
His chaplaincy work with young offenders at the nearby Training Centre led him to pursue an interest in rehabilitation and he took Overseas study leave for two years.
1976 withdrew
Langley House Trust, England — working with homeless and young offenders 1973-1974
Cotswold Community, Wiltshire, England (a therapeutic community for disturbed adolescent boys), 1974-1983
Minister, Mill Hill East United Reformed Church, 1983-1988
Qualified as a Counsellor Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF), Kensington London 1985
Qualified as a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist, WPF, 1987
Associate Trinity Church -Baptist/United Reformed Church, North Finchley 1988 to present. Currently an Elder and manager of the Church Centre
Co-ordinator, Barnet Bereavement Counselling Service, 1984-1989
Training staff member and seminar leader, WPF, September 1990
Programme Manager Counselling Training, WPF, 1994-2009
Counselling Co-ordinator, Lane End Medical Practice, Edgeware, 1994-2011
Assistant Head of Training, WPF, 2003-2009
Qualified as Jungian Analyst and member of the Society of Analytical Psychology, 2006
In private practise as an Analyst and Supervisor, Hendon, London
In December 2018 retired as a practicing Analyst and Supervisor.

Came from Scot to be HM 1913
HM Kihikihi WkP  1913  res 1915

STEWART, Marion Ruth  (Sr Marion)           Mrs Goodwin
b  5.12.1919 at Whangarei
h. Ian Goodwin  m. 1948
As her Father was a Home Missionary, she had moved six times by the time she was
12 years of age. Attended school at Pokeno, Tokomaru Bay, Hunterville School (Dux)
and at Warkworth District High School (Dux). In 1937 she began work at the Auckland
Sunday School Union and while here she began studies to learn Maori. Attended the
PWTI on a Bible Class Scholarship. 
Presbyterian Women’s Training Institute 1941-42
Graduated from PWTI as Student President and top scholar. During the Summer
vacation, she was asked to go to the Presbyterian Maori Mission at Maungapohatu in
the Ureweras to relieve Sr Annie Henry. While there a visiting Inspector of Schools
encouraged her to train as a Teacher.
Auckland Teachers College 1943 – graduated 1945 as top student.
Maori Mission service
Te Teko Maori Mission School, probationary year 1946
Ord Deaconess Kawerau Mission School  1.2.1947, also youth work at Te Teko.
Head Teacher Tanatana School and Matahi - resigned  Dec 1948 to be married.
Returned to teaching in 1958 and had a distinguished career with the South Auckland
Education Board. Among her achievements was assisting with the development of the
Curriculum for Maori teaching and being the author of several books in Maori for
children. She retired as Principal of Taneatua Primary School. Her service to education
in the Bay of Plenty region has been widely acknowledged and to mark her
achievements she was awarded the title of Associate of the New Zealand Education
Institute (NZEI).
In 1958 she was the first woman elder to be ordained in the Bay of Plenty, a position
she held for more than 40 years. Marion was a lay preacher of rare quality, led several
house groups, and wrote many studies, some of which were more widely used. She
served the National Church on the Special Commission on Education in the 1970’s.
…the Church has lost a person of great empathy and wisdom, a strong advocate of
women in the Church, a person of vision and a great encourager.” (From Obit.)
Daughter of the Rev Douglas Stewart.
Died 25 Apr 2004

STEWART, Rev Martin James                  B.A., B.D.
w (1) Alison Anne  m 29 December 1984  (Divorced)
w.(2) Anne Elizabeth McIlroy m. 21 April 2003
Born in Dunedin, childhood at Whangarei Central Baptist Church, and teenager at St Paul's Timaru
Easter Camps, regional youth leadership, and national youth conferences were a huge influence on his commitment to Jesus Christ and his call to the ministry
University six years; horticultural industry 3 years
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1986-1988
Licensed St Pauls, Timaru, 20 November 1988
Ordained Assistant Minister, Waitaki, North Otago Presbytery, 27 November 1988 - His responsibility is a new Parish incorporating Duntroon and Lower Waitaki.
Associate Minister, Waitaki, North Otago Presbytery, 16 April 1991
St Andrews, Gore, Mataura Presbytery, 11 February 1993
St.David’s Union, Ashburton Presbytery, January 1997
Maori Hill, Dunedin, Dunedin Presbytery, November 2001
Minister, Collegiate, Highgate Parish, Dunedin Presbytery, 2005 (after amalgamation of Maori Hill & Roslyn Parishes)
St Stephen's, Bryndwr, Christchurch Presbytery, 23 November 2006
Moderator, Christchurch Presbytery, 2010
The Village Presbyterian Church, Christchurch (formerly St Giles and St Stephen's), 1 December 2013
Synod of Otago and Southland, Presbytery Business Committees, Assembly Task Groups, convener of Council of Assembly
Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery, 16 June 2020

STEWART, Rev Pauline M.                         Dip.Th.
husband Rev Stan Stewart married (?)
Ordained 1997
Te Aroha Co-Operating, Waikato Presbytery, December 1997 (60%)
Paeroa Co-operating, Waikato Presbytery, December 1997 (40%)
(Te Aroha and Paeroa joint pastorate shared with her husband the Rev Stan Stewart)
St Heliers, Auckland, Auckland Presbytery, 3 June 2004 
Removed from Roll, 4 February 2021
Wife of the Rev Stan Stewart below

STEWART, Rev Robert
He came to NZ at age 15 fr Shetland Is, Scot; for a time he was engaged in
gold-mining & saw-milling on West Coast. Then decided to study for min.
Rakaia AsP  stud prch  1884-8
Woodville MnP stud prch 1888
Ord Woodville  26.11.1890
Greymouth WsP  1892  -  20 yrs min here.  
He  died suddenly while he was under Call to Kaiapoi in 1912.
Father-in-law of Rev J.A. Thomson & of Rev H.B. Burnett; Brother-in-law of
Rev G. Budd & Rev Andrew Stevenson.
'A leader on the West Coast.'   'As elder, Sun Sch teacher, leader of psalmody, lay
preacher, he left the charge of Kumara under  a debt of gratitude.'  (This refers to
his time as gold-miner & sawmiller, before entering the min.) 'His services as Pr
Clerk (Westland) & Mod of the various stations under his charge widened his
sphere of usefulness & made his name a household word throughout the greater
part of Westland.'
Died  12.9.1912 suddenly, while under Call to Kaiapoi.

HM Kaurihohore NP  6.1930,  Ord HM  1931
He was formerly a Bapt Min.
Died  21.11.1932

STEWART,  Rev Stan J.                                LTh., Dip.RE.
w. Rev Pauline Stewart m.(?)
From the Uniting Church of Australia. Ordained 1974
Paeroa WkP  (Stated Supply)  to 18.1.1993
Paeroa WkP  11.3.1993 (60%)
Te Aroha WkP 11.3.1993 (40%)
(Te Aroha and Paeroa joint pastorate shared with his wife, the Rev Pauline Stewart)
Paeroa Co-operating WkP  7.11.1993  and
Mercury Bay Co-operating WkP  July 2000
Minister Emeritus WkP 2004
Assistant Minister St Heliers AP 2005
Husband of the Rev Pauline Stewart above.

STEWART, Rev Thomas
FC Min fr Scot.
Ind Waikato East (Cambridge)  29.9.1872, obliged to leave Waikato East by state
of his health, & is now settled in the charge of  -
Coromandel WkP  4.2.1874
Rep 1875: he left early 1875 & returned to Scotland on acct of his health.

STEWART, Rev William
b. 18 Mar 1821
w. Cecelia Mitchell (a Daughter of the Rev James Mitchell, ex Poonah Indian Mission near Bombay) 
b. Circa 1823 m. 17 Aug 1859 at Edinburgh  d.(?)  
Brought up in the Warkworth Parish, Northumberland, England.
A member of the Newcastle on Tyne Young Men's Improvement Society for Moral and Religious Improvement, 1844
Left in 1844 to stydy at Edinburgh University, studying both Medicine and Theology.
Ordained into the (United?) Presbyterian Church at Warkworth Northumberland 18 Oct 1854    
“Highly spoken of as a Preacher”
Left London for New Zealand on the “Celaeno” on the 2nd Nov 1871, together with their six remaining family (two died young).
Arrived Wellington 2nd Feb 1872
Travelled up to Wanganui by coastal freighter then came down to Marton.
The Rev Stewart had been very friendly with the Rev David Hogg of Wanganui who may have been the one to persusade
him to come to New Zealand.
Arrived and commenced work in Upper Rangitikei (Marton) parish within a week of arriving Feb 1872. Much of the parish
had to be covered on horseback. He was not fiormally inducted to the Parish until 1874.
Inducted Upper Rangitikei (Marton WgP) 24 Apr 1874, Manse built 1873
Tutaenui Chutrch built 1874.
Marton & Upper Tutaenui  1874 - retired 1883
He had bought a farm at Kiwitea when land was first opened up in 1876, which he farmed with his sons.
Aalso rendered medical  service, which he was qualified to give.  After retirement moved to Kiwitea where he conducted
worship, including sometimes at Feiding, until close to his death.
Died 1.8.1894. Interred with his wife and most of their children in the cemetery alongside the previous Tutaenui Church.

STEWART, Mr William
HM Saddle Hill, Brighton & Kuri Bush DnP  1876
Rep 1901: he worked here most of the year, until failing health compelled him to resign,
after 25 years of faithful service. He was paid 40 pounds ($80) by resolution of Asemblys.
He resigned to live in Oamaru, where he visited the sick etc.

STEWART, Rev William George
b. 11.1.1900 at Ponsonby, Auckland (One record states 19 Jan 1899)
w.(?)  b.(?)  m.(?)  d.(?)
The Son of Douglas Brown Stewart (Snr) & Ellen Teresa McMillan. Baptised at Papakura.
“George received his early training in the local school, later going on to the Auckland
Grammar School. After leaving the Grammar School he was for a time in the employ of
the Railway Department and then with the New Zealand Dairy Company. Later George
responded to the call for workers in the Home Mission Field. He has laboured successfully
at Birkenhead, Pokeno, and Kohimarama. Of his work in these spheres the Rev G. Budd
[Superintendent of Home Missions] speaks in terms of warm commendation. During the
latter years he has been taking the prescribed [non-matriculation] course for Divinity
Students at the Auckland University College.  
While at Papakura Church acted at various times as Bible Class Secretary, sub-leader &
Leader; Superintendent of Sunday School work from 1922; and as a Church Manager for
several years and for some time was Secretary of the Church Board. 
HM Birkenhead NSP  1922 - resigned due to ill-health 6.2.1923
Kohimarama AP  1924 - resigned 1924 and withdrew 1925.
Appointed Travelling Secretary for the Young Men’s Bible Class Union 1926
“George is bringing to his difficult task a wide experience and a strong faith. He believes
with unshakeable conviction in the power of the Gospel to make ‘four square’ [ie Christian]
young men”
Re-engaged the Home Missionary service 1.11.1937
Hunua (3 months)
Maungaturoto NP 1938; Ord HM 28.8.1940
Resigned due to ill health 10.9.1941
Took up work with the NZ Government Health Dept. from 1.5.1942
Brother of Rev DB Stewart (Jnr) & Rev CV Stewart
Died 29 Nov 1978 at Wellington

From Canada
First Church Dunedin DnP (12 months supply from 30.11.1987)
Returned to Canada  June 1989
Died 2006

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