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.
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.
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.
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.