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.
The Faculty are listed alphabetically by surname.
Dip BS, Dip Th, Dip PL, BTh, BAppTh
The Life of Christ through the Gospels
I’m Pastor Simon Alexander, married to Louise for 22 years, with 3 children; Samantha, Jesiah and Teleah. All of whom have fled the nest. We began life ‘In Christ’ at Waihi Baptist Church where I also took time out to do full time Study at NCI Bible College. While completing my papers both Louise and I worked in ministry with Youth and Young Families. As a vocation, we worked as Dairy Farmers, which eventually had us move all over the Waikato, meeting Christians from all walks of life, as we joined the community churches where we lived.
After 13 years farming, Louise and I felt the call of God to take on the management role at Finlay Park Christian camp. After two years at the camp I went back to full time theological study, this time at Carey Bible college. After 4 years there I launched into full time ministry as the Pastor of Te Awamutu Baptist, where I have been for the last 6 years. Louise works as a Senior Support Worker for Idea Services, supporting adults with disabilities. As a team leader she pastorally cares for the clients and the staff at the 24 hour facilities.
BA Hons (First Class), Grad Dip Tchg, Grad Dip Applied Theology
James - Practical Christianity
After teaching at a South Island Secondary School and working as a Pastor to Students in Palmerston North, Craig is currently the Lead Pastor at Alexandra Baptist Church.Craig holds an Honours Degree in History (Massey) and postgraduate qualifications in Theology (Carey) and Teaching (Otago).He is passionate about the influential role Christianity has had in shaping our society and culture, and is inspired by the example of great Christians from the past. Craig is married to Dana and they have two amazing kids.
BA (Theol), M.Div (Hons), 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.
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.
BA, B. App. Theol.
New Testament Survey
I grew up in a Christian home, and although I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in God, at the age of 17, I was presented with the choice: all or nothing. I decided I wanted my life to be all about loving, serving and following God, and I have never regretted that decision.
Prior to joining the Pathways team, I spent three years at Carey Baptist College studying towards a Bachelor of Applied Theology, and a further three years before that studying towards a Bachelor of Arts. Arriving in my role here at Pathways has been an immensely God-filled process, and I am blown away by God's constant goodness to me and provision for me.
Pathway's desire to see the fusion of sound theology and faithful action thoroughly excites me, and I am thrilled to be able to be part of what God is doing through Pathways. It is my hope that throughout my time at Pathways, I will be able to use my giftings to glorify God and to serve others.
B. App. Theol., DipPL
Interpreting the Bible
Thinking about the Trinity
Discipleship Ministry Elective
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am married to an amazing wife. I'm an introvert who loves to see people reaching their full potential in their church and community. Something I particularly enjoy about the church is where the theology is rich but is also communicated in such a way that is simple and practical. I am an avid fan of American Football, basketball, ice hockey, rugby league, and Formula 1 (basically anything that involves competition). Reading is a passion of mine and I make my way through a large range of books from theology to fiction. Being a part of a student's discipleship journey is a great honour and privilege and I love that I get to do this on a daily basis with people.
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.
B. Performance Jazz Piano, Dip.CS
Worship Ministry Elective
I was raised in a Christian home bought up by two wonderful parents who have taught my brother and I both so much about Living for Jesus and Sharing His Love. I decided to take the plunge and be baptised when I was younger but it wasn't until I entered my university years that I really started to pursue a relationship with Christ. I knew all about Him, but did I really know Him? After my degree in Jazz piano I attended Pathways and literally had the most life changing year, digging deeper into the Christian faith and learning more and more about the unconditional love God has for me and all who put their trust in Him.
I have discovered that I have a passion to Disciple others and teach them about this unconditional love. I also love to see people drawn into an "awareness of His nearness" in Worship gatherings and love to assist in any way I can often by laying down the deepest Piano/Pad combo that I can find.
BCS, MA in Theology
Following Christ, Engaging Culture
Richard Goodwin began teaching at Pathways in 2014. He is in the final stages of completing a PhD in Theology through the University of Otago, having previously earned an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, California. His doctoral thesis explores 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.
Perhaps the biggest motivator in my work at Pathways is seeing people reach their full potential, especially those that have missed opportunities or have had their life options limited in some way. What makes this so rewarding for me is being part of a team that actively encourages people, irrespective of their background, to mature into great Christian workers. In turn these are the people that will one day go on to help others just like them.
I have had the privilege of working for a number of education providers in recent years. My main focus has been teaching and academic administration, and it's the things I've learnt from these experiences that I now apply at Pathways. Inevitably, working at different learning centres has led me to compare how well Pathways stacks up against equally good colleges. A stand-out for me is the awesome one-on-one pastoral care and support each student receives. It's possibly the best I've seen.
MSc in BioSci, MTh
Missions Ministry Elective
Chris' twin teaching interests are missions theology and intercultural studies, which emerged through his experience of eight years of childhood living in India. He has an MSc in Biological Sciences and an MTh in Missiology. The latter was valuable preparation for the 3 1/2 years Chris and his family spent living in Japan, working with a small Japanese-led international church. Now Chris is the at-home parent for his family of two girls and a baby boy. He also teaches Cultural Anthropology for Missions at EastWest College of Intercultural Studies, serves on the boards of GC3 and Interserve New Zealand, and is involved as an elder, preacher and more at his church in Hamilton.
Christian Camping Ministry Elective
Alicia believes in the power of Christian Camping to change lives, grow young leaders, and impact society. With a Masters in Counselling and a history of working with young people, Alicia delivers training and development across NZ. Alicia believes in investing and training people so that they can pursue the potential of who they were created to be.
Youth Ministry Elective
Tom McIvor is Director of Word of Life Ministries, which is a Christian youth ministry. He has been involved with Word of Life Ministries for 27 years. Prior to this, he was farming and also involved in local church ministry with youth. He is passionate about reaching youth with the gospel and discipling them. He is just as passionate about training leaders to be effective disciplers.
He is married with 2 adult sons and lives in Hamilton, NZ.
BA, Grad. Dip. App. Theol
Interpreting the Bible (Online)
Practical Worship Leading (Online)
I grew up in Tauranga under the wonderful direction of my parents who were pastors of a Brethren church. I was always challenged on issues of faith, and God seemed to reveal Himself in different ways throughout my childhood. When I was about 11, I was at camp at Totara Springs and heard a message from an Australian Worship Leader that led me to make a decision to follow Christ. God eventually led me into ministry as the Worship Pastor at The Street City Church in Wellington. This allowed me to experience and test what worship really is.
My passion is to see church leaders around NZ equipped to lead God's people in true, Spirit-filled worship, so in 2012 I was excited to launch the School of Worship Leading.
I am married to the wonderful Mary, and we have two awesome sons named Reuben and Benjamin and a beautiful daughter, Abigail.
MCS, BTh, AdvDip
Acts and the Early Church
Husband to my amazing Canadian wife Heather with 3 children aged 9 to 18 months. Born and raised in Tauranga which is now home again after two decades away. Spent many years in Christian camping ministry and passionately serving with various churches and church plants both in NZ and overseas. Currently I am General Manager of two Charitable Trusts across the Western Bay that primarily provide support, accomodation, and recovery services to those with experience of Mental Illness. As well as being active in a local church I also serve in leadership/governance capacities in Tauranga. At Pathways I teach primarily around both the birth and contemporary expression of the church. Formal education includes: Diploma & Advanced Diploma from NZABS, BTh from Sydney College of Divinity, MCS from Regent College (Vancouver).
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.
BCom, BA, Grad. Dip App. Theol
God's Mission in the Old Testament
Interacting with students at Pathways is a highlight in my year. I love seeing the transformation that occurs when people engage with scripture and go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Discipleship of young adults is a passion of mine and it’s a real privilege to journey with students as they wrestle with what their part is in God’s mission.
My previous roles have included Youth Director for GC3, Regional Youth Coordinator for World Vision, and Policy Analyst at MDL. Currently I am working towards my Masters in Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College. I am a GC3 Board member and my husband and I serve with Bright Hope World as Partnership Coordinators for S.E. Asia. It’s just great being part of the Pathways team where my interest in theological education, mission, and discipleship all collide in such a wonderful way.
BCS (Hons), MMS (Hons)
Old Testament Survey
Jeremy Suisted teaches Old Testament for Pathways, and loves seeing students grasp the story - and stories! - of the Old Testament. When not teaching Old Testament, Jeremy works as an Innovation Consultant (helping businesses improve their innovation), a writer and a preacher around New Zealand. Jeremy is completing his Graduate Diploma of Theology from Laidlaw College, and has a Masters of Management Studies and Bachelor of Communication Studies from the University of Waikato.
M.Th (Hons), B.Th
As a Senior Pastor of a local church and lecturer my passion is to help equip people to serve the purposes of God in this generation. My graduate and post graduate studies majored in Systematic Theology because it’s the grand narrative that ties the Bible, history and the world together in ways that make sense of life! If I didn’t lecture at Pathways I would be a student here because I love the commitment to authentic discipleship; knowing Jesus and how that shapes us to be all that he knows we are! Without grace we’re nothing! To relax I love hanging out with my wife and my g-kids – and I love great coffee (though when desperate I will settle for the merely good). I listen to jazz, love books and think the UN should outlaw Boy Bands.