Because we do all our teaching through week-long block courses 6 times a year, our lecturers are able to come from all around New Zealand to teach our students. While they're not teaching our students, our faculty work in a range of different contexts, including churches and other mission and ministry organisations.


Ministry with Children (Online)

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in a small rural town called Kaukapakapa. I grew up surrounded by family, who made up the majority of the small Brethren church I attended. These are the things that shaped how I think about faith, church and community. I love the outdoors, having spent my childhood up the back of the farm building huts and swimming in water holes. I believe in church as family, because that is what I experienced. I knew, even as a child, that I belonged. The Bible and communion are central, because those are the things my church treasured.

I have worked for Scripture Union in New Zealand for over 12 years, as a children and families worker. My role involves training children's ministry leaders around the country, as well as resource writing, camps and schools work. My training is as a primary school teacher. My love of the Bible led me to complete a Masters in Theology, looking at how Paul uses family language to describe how the church should operate. What gets me excited is helping equip leaders to explore the Bible with children, in a way that will develop deep faith, not just head knowledge.

Annette Osborne, lectures ministry with children online


BA Hons (First Class), Grad Dip Tchg, Grad Dip App Theol
Church History
James - Practical Christianity

Craig had the privilege of growing up in a loving and active Christian family.  His years as a student at Otago university were formative in helping establish his faith as his own.

After teaching in a secondary school and working as a pastor to students in Palmerston North, Craig is currently the Lead Pastor at Alexandra Baptist Church in sunny Central Otago.

Craig holds an Honours Degree in History (Massey) and postgraduate qualifications in Theology (Carey) and Teaching (Otago). 

He is passionate about exploring the influential role Christianity has had in shaping our world.  Craig is inspired by the legacy of those who have gone before and put their faith into action.

Craig is married to Dana and they have two amazing kids.  He loves Jesus, his family and friends, mountain biking, punk rock and berry ice-cream…pretty much in that order.

Craig Ashby, lectures Church history and James - Practical Christianity


M.Div (Hons), BA (Theol), Dip.Bib.S
Spiritual Formation 1 & 2
Systematic Theology 1, 2 & 3
Preaching Ministry Elective

When I was about 18 I went through a major time of trying to figure out who God was, and therefore who I was in relation to Him. I had been living in Hamilton for two years attending Waikato Polytech. During this time I got pretty lost. In a wild way, God drew me to the NZ Assembly Bible School, where He began to open my eyes to his radical love for me. After working for the NZ Dairy Group (Fontera) as a computer nerd for three years, I then went to Moody Bible institute and completed a B.A in Theology, and then an MDiv at Denver Seminary. I returned to NZ and pastored a church in Cambridge for eight years, before starting here at Pathways College mid-2008.

I have a passion for presenting the Bible in a relevant and applicable way. Therefore, I love the combination of study and ministry that Pathways offers students and churches.

Craig Barrow, Lectures Spiritual Formation, Systematic Theology and Preaching Ministry Elective


Christian Leadership

Growing up and living in Wellington my whole life I knew nothing about Christianity until my late teens. At which point I was exposed to church and Jesus, I leaned into what I was hearing and started to develop a faith and immediately was challenged to and began engaging with church. After completing high school, I studied law at Victoria University, got armored to the bar and looked forward to an exciting career. However a couple of years in I had a very clear call from God to redirect my career towards pastoral work.

So in 2009 I found myself in a position I would never have envisioned even a couple of years earlier, in full time church employment leading the youth ministry at LifeSwitch. After two years, I transitioned across to leading the church, which I continue, and love, to do today.

I am passionate about seeing people find Christ. And then seeing that faith change and cultivate them to the point where they like the apostle Paul get to a point where they live show they no longer count their life as dear unto themselves but rather to fulfill the assignment God has for them.
I have an incredible wife, Mindy, and five young kids that ensure life is crazy, chaotic yet super fun.

Clint Craig, LLB Christian Leadership

Elliot Rice

The Life of Christ Through the Gospels

Elliot has known the personal love of God in Jesus Christ as long as he can remember. Raised in a church-going family, he was discipled at Windsor Park Baptist Church on Auckland’s North Shore, and at Bays Primal Youth Group. This fostered a personal devotion to Jesus in Bible reading, prayer, and deep Christian relationships. The conviction that God moves people by his Spirit to the margins of society then developed for Elliot through his training at Carey Baptist College, and through his relationship and eventual marriage to Sarah. They both trained for ministry at Carey, with Elliot eventually graduating with a Master of Applied Theology. In their first year of marriage, Elliot and Sarah co-led Carey’s Intermission programme while living in an intentional Christian household in Manurewa. He believes our faith in Jesus should move us to costly mission. These days Elliot is one of our South Island lecturers. He serves as Co-Senior Pastor alongside Sarah at Papanui Baptist Church in northwest Christchurch, where they have lived since 2016. He is also involved in adjunct lecturing at Laidlaw College in Ōtautahi. Prior to theology, Elliot completed a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Auckland University. These days, he continues to be passionate about theological research and teaching. As well as enjoying books, he is a keen hockey player, occasional worship leader with his guitar, and a lover of tramping, movies, and sports.


BCom, BA, PGDipTheol
God's Mission in the Old Testament

Emma has been involved in teaching at Pathways since 2012.  She is passionate about helping students enter more fully into the grand narrative of Scripture so it can shape how they understand God, themselves and others, and the way they engage in the world. Emma came to faith as a young adult causing her to do a major rethink not only of her beliefs, but also her values, priorities and vocation. This has given her an enduring interest in the formation of young adults and how to best support them to become more intentional about integrating their faith across all aspects of their life and ministry.

Emma spent six years as GC3’s Youth Director where she developed and then led Headspace (a missional discipleship program).  Prior to that she worked with World Vision and as a policy analyst for MDL.  Since 2012 Emma has volunteered alongside her husband as a partnership facilitator for Bright Hope World in SE Asia, served on the GC3 Board and continued her studies in theology.  She is currently exploring the formative intent of the Samaritan narrative in the Gospel of Luke as part of her PhD at Otago University. Emma grew up in rural New Zealand and now enjoys living in the Bay of Plenty with her husband and two children.

Emma Stokes, lectures God's mission in the Old Testament


M.A. (Theol/Couns), B.A. (Theol) (Hons)
Online Courses Tutor

I grew up in Cambridge, with Christian parents and, at a young age, made my own step of faith to trust in Jesus' sacrifice for me. After studying and then working a number of years in the field of Architectural Draughting, I decided, with my husband, to go into full-time study of Theology. We moved to the United States and studied there full-time for several years - I studied Theology, and then Theology and Counselling.

God has grown me into a greater and greater understanding and experience of the real freedom and joy in having a close relationship with Him, and He continues to do so. He has given me a passion for His Word, the Bible, and I am really excited about the opportunities that He is opening up through Pathways for more and more people to be able to study the Bible and grow in their understanding of and relationship with Him. 

I find the balance that Pathways encourages of studying God, growing in Him through the encouragement of personal mentors, and applying this all in life and ministry, to be something I am really thankful to be a part of.

Josephine Barrow, Online courses tutor

Jordan Chapman

BA Bible and Theology, MA Bible, PhD Candidate New Testament
New Testament Survey

Jordan moved from the United States to the South Island of New Zealand to pursue his PhD in New Testament at the University of Otago. He completed his MA in Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary and his BA in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College.

Jordan is passionate about understanding the Bible as a part of God’s great story of love. Jordan likes teaching about how individual parts of the Bible connect into that larger story. Some of Jordan’s other professional interests include chaplaincy, mental health, and spiritual formation.

Jordan loves being outdoors, baking bread, and reading. He enjoys a nice cup of coffee, especially when shared with a good friend. He currently lives in Dunedin with his wife Katherine, whom he adores.

Josephine Barrow, Online courses tutor


GradDip AppTheol, B.Sc., Cert. Adlt.Tchng.

Murray Brown has been in paid vocational youth ministry since 1986. He originally served as youth pastor in a local church for 10 years, before taking on a national role with Baptist Youth Ministries overseeing leadership training and development. He has served as director of YouthTRAIN since its inception in 1998, working with churches of all denominations. He lectured in youth ministry at Carey Baptist College from 2000 to 2012 as well as being a visiting lecturer at Laidlaw College NZ and Morling College, Sydney. He has also run many youth ministry seminars throughout NZ and in Australia and Asia over the past twenty-five years.

From 2014-2018 he served as part youth pastor in his local church while also acting as a regional youth consultant for Presbyterian Youth Ministries for part of that time.

In 2018 he commenced work as national youth enabler with the Christian Community Churches of NZ. This involves coaching youth pastors, consulting with churches and running training events. His passion is to see effective youth leaders raised up in healthy youth ministries.

Craig Ashby, lectures Church history and James - Practical Christianity


PhD (Theology), MTheol, BBS
Christian Camping Elective

Having started his professional career as an officer in the New Zealand Army, followed by sometime in management within the private education sector, Peter Dobbs undertook theological training. He earned a PhD in Theology from Otago University and his major research projects were on the impact of fatherlessness on faith formation and the way that theology (faith) shapes practice in faith-based organisations. Peter is based in Hamilton with his wife and five sons and works as the CEO of Christian Camping New Zealand.

Josephine Barrow, Online courses tutor


PhD in Theology, MA in Theology, BCS
Following Christ, Engaging Culture, Interpreting the Bible, Romans

Richard Goodwin began teaching at Pathways in 2014. He is currently also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles. He earned a PhD in Theology (Otago) and an MA in Theology (Fuller). His doctoral thesis explored the intersection of faith and movies, and he is interested in the ways Christians engage the wider culture, especially with respect to the arts and pop culture. Prior to theological study, Richard served as a youth pastor for seven years at Raleigh Street Christian Centre in Cambridge.

Richard Goodwin, lectures Following Christ, Engaging Culture



Scott is based at Manurewa Bible Church in South Auckland, where is currently serves as an elder and continues to lead the youth ministry team. He has, along with his wife Allison, been working in children and youth ministries for over 20 years in the local church.

Scott has been with Word of Life Ministries team since 2010. Scott's passion is to continue to support, encourage and develop the next generation of youth workers in New Zealand. Scott is currently responsible for Local Church Ministries at Word of Life, which involves providing resources, leadership training and support to those working in the local church.

Richard Goodwin, lectures Following Christ, Engaging Culture


Youth Ministry Elective 

Tom is the Director for Word of Life New Zealand. He and his wife Liz have been involved with Word of Life since 1991 after attending WOL Bible College in 1990 in Nelson. Tom was a sheep farmer for fifteen years but felt the call of God on his life as a young teenager to youth ministry. He is very passionate about reaching and discipling young people. This drives him to direct this ministry of Word of Life here in NZ.

Tom and Liz have 2 sons, Daniel and Joshua. Tom and Liz lives in Hamilton, NZ.

Tom McIvor, lectures Youth ministry elective

Val Goold

M.Ed. B.Div.
Indigenous Studies

Ko Tapuae o Uenuku te maunga.   Ko Kurahaupo te waka.  Ko Rangitane o Wairau toku iwi.

Val operates as “Animoa Consulting”, who helps leaders and organisations flourish in areas of diversity and inclusion.  Val is particularly committed to strengthening our conversation and commitments to Treaty relationships as we move forward as a society.

Val was born in the Waikato and is still a committed fan of Waikato rugby (complete with Mooloo cowbell!!).  Val studied at Victoria University completing a BA in Economic History and then completed a B.Div at Laidlaw College.   Val taught History and Economics at Macleans College before moving up an age group to work with university students.   From 2002 to 2014 Val worked as the Head of Student Ministries, for Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. Val completed her Masters in Education (Adult Education) in 2013 where the focus of her thesis was on women in leadership of not-for-profit organisations in NZ. From 2014-18, Val took up the role of Pouwhakahaere (Campus Director) for a new branch of Laidlaw College in central Manukau.   

Val is passionate about helping people live authentic, growing, and biblically shaped lives wherever God leads them. She is so thankful to have grown up in a Brethren context that is so committed to the Scriptures and mission.

Tom McIvor, lectures Youth ministry elective

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