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.
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.
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.
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.
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.