Our People

Minister: Rev. Dr Matthew Jack

Rev. Mathew Jack Matthew's ministry has taken him to Germany, Australia, China, and a number of places in New Zealand. He has worked in the city, the suburbs, the communist classroom, and the university. He's now thrilled to be at Knox during a time of major redevelopment.

Matthew's long standing commitment in ministry has been to provide services of worship that are stimulating, intelligent, and articulate to the heart. He is very much looking forward to guiding Knox through its engagement with Christchurch's brand new centre as it marches towards Victoria Street. He is also looking forward to advancing Knox's reputation as a traditional, progressive, inclusive, community-connected congregation.

In his spare time, Matthew cooks well, plays the piano badly, sings the occasional aria roughly, and tastes the odd glass of wine. Doffing his cap towards the romantic, he is learning Spanish at Hagley Community College.

Secretary: Diane Harrington

Diane Harrington (Secretary ) Diane is Church Secretary and is also responsible for hire of the Knox Centre rooms. Originally asked to help out in the office for just 4 weeks many years ago, Diane has continued in this position, enjoying the varied mix of duties and especially the people contact that working at Knox brings.

Pastoral Assistant: Jan Harland

Jan Harland (Pastoral Assistant) Jan commenced as a Pastoral Assistant for Knox Church in May 2015 (previously an Elder at Knox Church, Dunedin). Currently she volunteers for St Stephen's Church pre-school music programme, is a member of the World Day of Prayer Aotearoa New Zealand (Friday 3 March 2017) and volunteers at the Christian World Service HQ, in Christchurch. Jan occasionally hosts international students in Christchurch, periodically revisits Dunedin, and enjoys being with family in Wellington.

Organist: Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper Photo Daniel became the Knox Church organist in October 2014. A multi-instrumentalist, composer and fine organist, Daniel is responsible for the liturgical music at Knox. He is the custodian of the recently rebuilt Edgar Jenkins 3 manual pipe organ and is expanding our music programme.

Knox Singers Co-ordinator: Bronwyn Wiltshire

Bronwyn Wiltshire photo Bronwyn, a keen musician and brilliantly well organised person, shepherds the Knox Singers, a talented group of volunteers which sings a variety of music during our morning services twice a month. Bronwyn is always keen to hear from new singers. Under our current practising regime, she's particularly keen to hear from people who have good sight reading abilities.

Church Council Clerk: Janet Wilson

One of our elders, Janet carries responsibility for coordinating the governance of our community. The governance of our community is in great hands.

Fireside Group Co-ordinator: Jennifer McKinnon

Jennifer McKinnon  photo Jennifer, a one time primary school principal, convenes the APW Fireside group, which provides a valued social network for older women in the congregation, and meets on the third Monday evening of each month.

Bible Study Co-ordinator: Doug Shaw

Doug, a professional chef, co-ordinates the weekly Wednesday morning Bible study. He enjoys being part of a small, pastorally supportive group.

Congregation:

The most eloquent expression of "our people" is the whole congregation gathered together. We are a people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.