Because we do all our teaching through week-long block courses six 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.
BA Hons (First Class), Grad Dip Tchg, Grad Dip App Theol
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.
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.