Because we do all our face-to-face 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. When they're not teaching our students, our faculty work in a range of different contexts, including churches and other mission and ministry organisations.

DR FRANCINE BENNETT

EdD, MEdAdmin (Hons), BA, GradDipAppTheol, DipTchg
Lecturer:  Spiritual Formation

Francine joined Pathways College as Principal in 2020. Prior to this she was involved in leading the Secondary Teacher Training Programme as well as being a supervisor in the Masters Programme at  Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. Previously she spent 15 years as Principal of KingsWay School in Auckland. 

The focus of research for her doctoral thesis was succession planning in faith-based organisations. 

Francine has been committed to Christian education for over 35 years and is passionate about seeing students empowered to reach their potential in all their endeavours. 

She loves most sports and has an eclectic taste in music, drama and the arts. Francine enjoys a full and varied life; fun, food and fellowship are mandatory.

Josephine Barrow Online Courses Coordinator Pathways College

DR RICHARD GOODWIN

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

Richard Goodwin began teaching at Pathways in 2014 and is the Academic Director of Teaching and Learning.  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. 

In 2022 Richard launched his first book titled, 'Seeing Is Believing - The Revelation of God Through Film.'

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

DR ALAN STANLEY

PhD in New Testament, ThM, BAgr,  DipAgriSic
Lecturer:  Interpreting the Bible

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 10 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 10 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 20 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

EMMA STOKES

Post Grad Dip App Theol, Grad Dip App Theol, BCom/BA
Lecturer:  New Testament Survey

Emma is a PhD candidate at Otago University where she is exploring the characterisation of Samaritans in Luke’s Gospel. 

Having experienced the value of reading scripture in situ during study tours in Israel, she is particularly interested in helping students understand the historical and cultural contexts of the New Testament writings. She believes reading Scripture well, cultivates vibrant faith and resources transformative ministry. 

Emma has previously taught at Pathways and also been a teaching assistant and adjunct lecturer at Carey Baptist College. She spent six years as the Youth Director for Global Connections in Mission where she developed and then led Headspace (a missional gap year programme for school leavers).

Emma sits on the Boards of GC3 and Bright Hope World, and serves alongside her husband as a partnership facilitator for BHW in S.E. Asia.

Tom McIvor, lectures Youth ministry elective

CRAIG ASHBY

BA Hons (First Class), Grad Dip Tchg, Grad Dip App Theol
Lecturer:  Church History  |  James - Faith in Action

Craig has a background in secondary teaching and pastoral ministry.  After gaining an Arts degree at Otago University, Craig has gone on to complete postgraduate qualifications in education, theology and history.

Craig is passionate about exploring the influential role Christianity has played in shaping our world. Inspired by the legacy of previous generations, Craig encourages his students to put their faith into action and follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before.

Craig is currently the Lead Pastor at Alexandra Baptist Church in sunny Central Otago. He is married to Dana and they have two amazing kids.  Craig 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
Lecturer:  The Life of Christ Through the Gospels

Elliot Rice began teaching at Pathways in 2019.  Alongside adjunct lecturing for Pathways, Carey Baptist College, and in recent years, Laidlaw College, his main role since 2021 has been to serve as Lead Pastor at Wellington Central Baptist Church, together with his wife Sarah Rice. Prior to this, they served for five years as Senior Pastors at Papanui Baptist Church in Christchurch. 

Elliot graduated with a Masters in Applied Theology, having first completed the Graduate Diploma (both from Carey Baptist College). His Masters thesis explored the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, and he continues to pursue research interests in systematic and pastoral theology. 

Prior to studying theology, Elliot completed a Bachelor in Architectural Studies through the University of Auckland. 

He and Sarah are parents to Charlotte and live in Karori, Wellington.

THOMAS DRAVITZKI

MEd, GradPD, BA
Lecturer:  Christian Camping Elective

Thomas is a proud Taranaki man who left “Taradise” in 2009 to complete his tertiary qualifications at Victoria University of Wellington. At an undergraduate level he studied educational psychology and human development, and his M.Ed. thesis utilised interpretative phenomenology to explore tertiary students’ experiences of being religious. 

Thomas has worked in a number of church, community, education, and government department settings in New Zealand and overseas. He very much enjoys working with people, and has a particular passion for encouraging and building up the faith of young Christians. 

At present, he feels privileged to be the leadership coordinator of Christian Camping New Zealand, and is excited by camping as a ministry to grow the Kingdom of God. 

Thomas is based in Hamilton, enjoys watching and playing all sports, traveling domestically and abroad, and is a lover of fine food.

Richard Goodwin, lectures Following Christ, Engaging Culture

TOM MCIVOR

Dip NZABS
Lecturer:  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 15 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 two sons, Daniel and Joshua. Tom and Liz live in Hamilton.

Tom McIvor, lectures Youth ministry elective

JEREMY SUISTED

Grad Dip Theo, MMS, BCS (Hons)
Lecturer:  Old Testament Survey

Jeremy is a Waikato local, who splits his time between completing his Master of Divinity (through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and managing a small innovation consultancy. 

Jeremy was a Youth Pastor for five years in Cambridge, and taught at Pathways from 2008-2012, before leaving to complete his Master of Management Studies. 

Jeremy is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Waikato, and is married to Lydia, with two daughters - Sophie and Chloe.

Tom McIvor, lectures Youth ministry elective

GRACE CHAMBERLAIN

BA, BAppTheol
Lecturer: Supervised Ministry Training | Extended Supervised Ministry Training

Following the completion of her Bachelor of Applied Theology from Carey Baptist College, Grace began working at Pathways College in 2016 as the Project Manager. In that role, she enjoyed a range of responsibilities, from lecturing a course on the Gospel of Mark, to helping edit videos for online courses. Grace finished up in that role at the beginning of 2019 and moved to Auckland, where she had grown up, to pastor Māngere Bridge Baptist Church with her husband, Graeme. 

In 2022 Grace returned to Pathways College and has taken up the role of Academic Dean. She is pleased to be back and is eager to discover all the ways she can offer her skills and gifts to contribute once again to the exciting work of training students for ministry and life and seeing them grow more like Jesus. 

Grace is passionate about preaching and lecturing, but her greatest passion is learning. Alongside her new role, she is also working towards completing her Master of Applied Theology and hopes to continue on to eventually obtain a Ph.D. in Theology, most likely in some aspect of New Testament Studies.

Julie-Ann Finn PA to the Principal Office Administrator Pathways College

REBECCA DE JONG

MA in Missiology
Lecturer:  Missions

Rebecca de Jong with her husband John were cross-cultural Christian workers in Myanmar for over 12 years. 

She 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 has a Masters in Missiology from All Nations Christian College in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Theology from Laidlaw College. She also 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

TARYN DRYFHOUT

MTheol, GDipTchg, BTh, DipBS, DipA, CertMaor, CertTeReoMaori
Lecturer:  Relational Leadership

Taryn is a trained and registered secondary teacher, specialising in English, History, and Religious Education. She has been in tertiary teaching for several years now, including with Laidlaw College and Elim Leadership College. 

Her research interests are on the intersection between Maori worldviews and systematic theology.  Taryn's Masters thesis looked at the connections between the Maori cultural practice of whangai and adoption theology, and was awarded distinction. 

Taryn is currently completing her PhD through the University of Otago, which looks at how Maori worldviews might relate to a theology of community.

Also a published writer, Taryn's publication record includes several non-fiction books, website content, and more than 400 feature articles, reviews, and columns, published in newspapers, magazines, and websites. Taryn is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Mensa.

Taryn has been married to Stephen since 2004, and they have four busy children.


Josephine Barrow, Online courses tutor

ROSIE DEVERY

BMus (Jazz Perf), DipCM
Lecturer:  NMP - Biblical Worship

Rosie Devery grew up in Auckland as well as spending much of her childhood in India. Growing up in a missionary family with an undeniable sense of the presence of God led to the personal joy of knowing there is nothing better than a life lived with Jesus!

Rosie oversees the School of Worship Leading (SOWL) which Pathways launched in 2012. She started worship leading while studying a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at Auckland University. After a distinct prompting from God during a Sunday morning service she got involved in the leadership of the worship team at her home church, and ended up being a SOWL student herself in 2014. God eventually led Rosie into ministry as a Worship Pastor at Lifezone Church until 2017, and as Tauranga Hub Leader for Worship Central NZ.

SOWL takes worship leaders on an incredible journey of growth as they wrestle with what worship is, what worship leading is, and what that means for the Church today. Rosie is passionate about seeing worship leaders around Aotearoa empowered and inspired to lead God's people in true, Spirit-filled worship.

 

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