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.

ALAN STANLEY

PhD in New Testament, ThM, B. Agr. and Dip. Agri. Sic.

Interpreting the Bible and Old Testament Theology

Following his studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Alan—having been born and raised in NZ—and his wife, Kathleen, moved to Queensland with their newborn son in 2003. For nearly ten years he pastored in two churches while teaching New and Old Testaments at Mueller College of Ministries. In 2013 he took up the role of Director of Postgraduate Studies at Brisbane School of Theology where he also taught New Testament and Systematic and Biblical Theology until returning to New Zealand in late 2017. He is also the founder and Director of goEast Ltd., an organisation that began in 2011 serving theological institutions in Asia with short term lecturers. Alan himself has taught regularly in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal over the last ten years—and loves to have people join him on these trips. He is also a published author and was visiting scholar at Singapore Bible College where he and his family lived for six months in 2010. Since being back in New Zealand Alan continues his work with goEast, works with pastors in Nepal, preaches regularly in various churches, and has developed a series of preacher training workshops and mentoring called PreachIt! Concerning his twenty years in Bible College and church ministry in both Australia/NZ and Asia, he says "The experience gained from working within a variety of denominational, theological and cultural settings has shaped, formed and enriched my world-view in ways that I could never have envisioned 20 years ago. My heart and eyes have been opened to the value of listening, learning, and most of all, loving. God has used my experiences, together with life’s trials, to expand my appreciation and love for the diversity that exists within His Church." Alan lives in Cambridge with Kathleen and their three teenage boys. He loves to run, travel, hang out with people in a cafe, and is always partial to a good vanilla latte.

Annette Osborne, lectures ministry with children online

CRAIG ASHBY

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

Elliot Rice

MTh, BAS
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.

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

Rebecca de Jong

BTh
Missions

Rebecca de Jong with her husband John were cross-cultural Christian workers in Myanmar for over twelve years. Rebecca brings to the classroom a triangulation of enthusiasm, experience, and academic training. As well as teaching Missions at Pathways College from 2021, she is a Professional Teaching Fellow at Laidlaw College, New Zealand. Rebecca is currently completing a Masters in Missiology from All Nations Christian College in the United Kingdom and has a Bachelor of Theology from Laidlaw College. Rebecca sits on the board of Global Connections and Missions (GC3) and is on the missions committee of her local church, Lincoln Road Bible Chapel.

Josephine Barrow, Online courses tutor

RICHARD GOODWIN

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

THOMAS DRAVITZKI

MEd, PGDEPD, BA
Christian Camping Elective

Having completed his tertiary qualifications at Victoria University of Wellington, Thomas worked in a number of church, community, education and government department settings in New Zealand and overseas. His MEd utilised phenomenology to focus on tertiary students experiences of being religious. Thomas is based in Hamilton and works as the leadership coordinator of Christian Camping New Zealand. 


Richard Goodwin, lectures Following Christ, Engaging Culture

TOM MCIVOR

Dip NZABS
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

Viki Johnson

NZDipCS
Ministry with Children

Viki started working with children over 25 yrs ago and has never left kids.  She started in Early Childhood where she went from managing four centres to owning her own successful central city centre.  While running her Centre she also consulted for the Baptist Union supporting their 40+ Early Childhood Centres scattered throughout Aotearoa. 

During this time she was married to her husband, Craig and was raising her two (now adult) children Lily-Rose and Tobias.

Never far from a lecture or book she completed her Postgraduate Diploma of Education at Waikato University, focusing on the development of young children.

After working in the ECE industry she made the change to tertiary teaching with a Level 5 Certificate at Vision College in the School of Education.  She continued to study and completed her Certificate in Teaching Adults, who she says are very much like children!.

After a career in the Education Sector she joined the team at Raleigh Street Christian Centre in 2017 as the Children’s Pastor and Co-ordinator of Women’s Ministries.  After three years the position of Children’s Pastor had grown considerably so she stepped out of Women’s Ministry and focused on working with children and watching them find Jesus.

In 2019 she completed the Pathways College, Diploma of Christian Studies, something she had wanted to do for many years, really getting stuck into God’s Word.

She is often found ‘working’ (playing) with kids but also loves a good coffee and chat.

In her spare time, she loves to scrapbook and phone her kids.


Tom McIvor, lectures Youth ministry elective
 

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