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Women's Leadership Development Group

Meet the Group


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Jax Clark

Jax Clark is a residential Post-Graduate student at St John's College where she lives with her two daughters. 


Jax completed her dissertation last year on "What the Church could learn from 12-Step Recovery programmes", and is currently completing a Master in Professional Practice with Otago Polytechnic in lin values-based leadership. 

In 2022, she was been discerned as a Transitional Deacon in the Diocese in wellington and will be relocating to the Lyall Bay Renew Community to lead their team.  Jax also serves on the Board of the Loyal Workshop in Kolkata and is keen to build her governance experience and serve in this space.   Jax enjoys the outdoors, politics writing and spending time with her family.


Ripeka Bijl

Ripeka (Ngāti Mutunga) is from Taranaki. She grew up in Stuttgart and London before training at The Oxford School of Drama and coming home to Aotearoa to pursue acting.

She met her husband whilst performing as Lady Anne in Richard III, and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew at Pop-Up Globe, and they fell in love and married soon after. She is bi-vocational and is Artistic Director of ‘Third Bear’ a theatre company specialising in Shakespeare, as well as being a new mum to her beautiful daughter and training as an ordinand for Priesthood.

She loves her time at Saint John’s, especially learning te reo Māori, and is also a student rep. She is passionate about advocating for the well-being of students in her different roles at the college, and was thrilled to join WLDG to nurture, support and connect ordained wāhine.  

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Moeawa Callaghan

Moeawa is an experienced programme designer and co-ordinator, undergraduate and postgraduate academic supervisor and administrator. She has a background in Anglicanism, Practical Theology, Christian Thought, Treaty, and Maori and Indigenous Theologies. Moeawa has a PhD in Theology (University of Auckland 2011), Master of Arts (Hons.), (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 1999), Bachelor of Theology (University of Auckland 1997), Te Whare Wananga o Te Rau Kahikatea - Diploma Social Services 1993.