MTheol, MPhil, LTh, STh, M.Min, BSc, Dip Ed, Dip Tchg
Tony is the Principal/Manukura of the College. Tony is the first appointment to this role since a new structure was established for the College by General Synod in 2012. Prior to this he was Archdeacon for Ministry in the Diocese of Wellington. Tony has a diverse background of experience in education, ministry and mission within the Province, holding tertiary level qualifications in theology, science, philosophy, and management. His recent study has been focused around models of theological education and, currently, an analysis of Mission and Ministry with the New Zealand Prayer Book, in which he reflects on its efficacy as a spiritual resource for the Church in the 21st Century across three Tikanga. Tony is married to Jillian; the couple have four children and six grandchildren.
Rev’d Katene Eruera
MTheol, LLB, BA
Katene is of Ngāti Hau and Te Aupouri descent. Formerly a practising barrister and solicitor, he attended St John’s College as an ordinand and graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Theology Degree in 2002, and a Master of Theology Degree in 2007. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 2002, and the priesthood in 2003. He served as a worker priest in the Whangarei Māori Anglican pastorate for several years, while continuing a legal practice as a community law centre lawyer in service to the local community. He subsequently served as a military chaplain in the New Zealand Defence Force. After leaving chaplaincy, Katene served for a time in locum ministry in the Diocese of the Northern Territory, Australia before returning to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Currently serving as the Dean of Tikanga Māori at St John’s College, his academic interests emphasise how best theological lenses may be applied for real world application in order to do Christ’s ministry in the world. His focus is in the area of moral and practical theology, contextual theologies; currently researching Māori and indigenous theological approaches to leadership and leadership development for Māori religious communities.
Dr. Don Moffat
PhD, MTh, BTh
Don joined St Johns in 2015 as the inaugural Sir Paul Reeves Lecturer in Biblical Studies. The role was created as part of a partnership with the University of Otago’s Department of Theology and Religion. Don is based at St John’s campus in Auckland but teaches for Otago’s Department of Theology. This provides an important link for the high proportion of St Johns students who are enrolled in University of Otago qualifications. He is pioneering a videoconference based lecture programme that joins campus and distance students. Providing accessible quality theological education to students whatever their context is a high priority for him. In addition to teaching in the undergraduate programme Don is also responsible for the postgraduate students based at St Johns. He coordinates monthly seminars along with supervision and support.
Don is passionate about deepening student’s knowledge and understanding of the Bible. He believes that skilled reading of the Bible and a wide knowledge of its contents provides a deep well for resourcing Christian ministry. Don’s academic interest is in social scientific approaches to biblical studies and particularly to the Hebrew Bible. His doctoral work examined the social, political and cultural reasons for the ban on outsider marriages in Persian era Judah recorded in Ezra 9-10.
Prior to joining St Johns, Don spent 15 years establishing and leading a Waikato theological education centre for Laidlaw College. He has also spent a number of years teaching for Laidlaw’s Distance Learning centre. In addition he has taught at several tertiary institutions including the University of Auckland. Don is married to Bronwyn, a teacher, and they have one adult daughter. He tries to keep a level of fitness by regular workouts at the gym and enjoys the outdoors through mountain biking and tramping.
Rev’d Karen Kemp
MA, BTh, RN
Karen has been shaped by her experiences in nursing, community development, ministry, missions and theological education in Australasia, Chile, Mongolia and the UK. Prior to coming to St John’s she taught Ethics and New Testament at the West of England Ministry Training Course, and Conflict Transformation in the Member Care and the Justice in Missions Masters programmes at Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK. Karen was also involved in conference speaking and consulting work with faith communities in conflict.
As Dean- Tikanga Pakeha she is committed to fostering robust theological engagement and the personal and communal spiritual disciplines that encourage a curious, generous, credible and engaged discipleship for ministry and mission. Karen currently teaches Ethics, Conflict Transformation, New Testament studies, and Ministry Formation.
Her research Masters focussed on conflict within faith communities. It integrated theological, sociological and practical perspectives on conflict and its transformative potential in personal, interpersonal, and organizational spheres. Karen’s further training at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA, resources her ongoing work in conflict and reconciliation for Christian communities and their leaders. Current research interests include peace studies and the spiritual formation of leaders.
Karen shares life with her husband, Dr Hugh Kemp, and their three daughters, and can be found walking the family Labrador on a remote Kaipara beach in her spare time.
Richard Cook MCouns
MCouns, BD, BEd, DipTchg
Starting his working life as an actor with Covenant Players, Richard then trained as a primary school teacher and later moved to Auckland to complete a Bachelor of Divinity. He was ordained as a minister and served in an interdenominational church in Auckland before undertaking mission work with families in YWAM. From there he completed Masters study in counselling and developed a private practice in counselling, supervision and spiritual direction. Since then he has spent 20 years at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in Tauranga writing and leading degrees in counselling and in social work, launching their online delivery and developing programmes in Tonga. His interest is in working with teams to design and develop new programmes and projects has also led the development of several innovative faith-community experiments. He offers spiritual direction conversations and grows bonsais when he’s not walking and travelling with his wife Caroline.
Victor Mokaraka, MA
Victor teaches Te Reo Māori at Levels 5 and 6 to support the inclusion of Māori language and culture in ordination training programmes. Victor has a teaching background in secondary schools and at the University of Auckland in the English and Maori Studies Departments. He was raised in Te Reo Maori in Hokianga and is principally of Ngapuhi and Te Rarawa descent. He is currently researching ways in which people think about syncretism in Aotearoa and the colonial background to some of this thinking.
Rev’d Dr Frank Smith
PhD, DSD, MHA, MBS, DCOpth DDPH, MTheol, BTheol,
With a background in Health Services in Samoa and Fiji, Frank was encouraged to further his academic career in through his studies in Theology with a focus on issues affecting Pacific Island communities. On completing his PhD, he was appointed to the College in 2010 and took up the position of Dean, Tikanga Polynesia in 2011. In this role, he provides theological education, training in ministry formation, pastoral and managerial leadership for students in Tikanga Polynesia.
Dr Mark Harris
PhD, MA, BD
Dr Mark Harris was born in New Zealand and moved to the United Kingdom as a youngster. There he helped lead churches in London, with a particular emphasis on ministry with the homeless. He was musical director of a large student church in Soho, whilst working as a teacher of English to students from around the world. He holds a BD and an MA in Theology from the University of London and, while training for the Anglican ministry, received a PhD in Divinity from the University of Cambridge. He has ministered in parishes in the UK and in the Diocese of Auckland, and comes to St John’s from being the parish priest at Henderson in West Auckland. Mark loves translating theological concepts into language that everyone can engage with, and deeply believes that prayer and theology go hand in hand and should overflow into a life of love and service. He loves music, good food and craft beer with friends and family, and the black sands of Piha.
Rev’d Dr ESETA MATEIVITI-TULAVU
PhD, MA, STTC, Grad Dip Theology, BA,
Eseta taught for 12 years in various Secondary Schools around Fiji and also in an Anglican School, a Hindu School, Catholic co-ed boarding School and a Methodist School. She has tutored at the University of the South Pacific through DFL, mentored and tutored students at the University of Auckland. Her subject of interest is Identity, Leadership and Discipleship. She was appointed in 2013 as Tokoni for Tikanga Polynesia and Chaplain in 2014. She is currently Tokoni for all 3 Tikanga and offers student-learning support to students across the different institutions that students in residence at St Johns are enrolled in.
BCom, CA, College Manager
Richard is a Chartered Accountant who has most recently been employed at the University of Auckland where over a period of the past fifteen years he held a variety of finance and management roles. His previous role being Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. His diverse experience covering Finance and Education equips him well for the College Manager role. Richard enjoys sailing and playing touch rugby