BA (Theol), M.Div (Hons), Dip.Bib.S
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.
ONLINE COURSES COORDINATOR
M.A. (Theol/Couns), B.A. (Theol) (Hons)
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.
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.
DIRECTOR OF MINISTRY TRAINING
B. App. Theol., DipPL
I vividly remember the day I became a Christian. I was 19 and quietly sitting by a lake at Waikato University. It was a Thursday morning when two people approached me asking if I’d like to take a survey about faith. We talked for over an hour and it became very clear that God was speaking to me. That morning I became a disciple of Jesus Christ. It has easily been the best and most life-changing decision of my life.
It became clear to me early on that I needed to know as much about this Christian faith as I could and (at the advice of my pastor) I enrolled to study at Pathways College. Following these two years I still has this need to learn more. A year later I enrolled to Carey Baptist College and completed the Bachelor of Applied Theology. It was here that I would meet my eventual wife, Grace. God led us both to come move to Tauranga and work at Pathways in late 2015.
I’m very much a people over task person. Journeying with people as they begin to understand and outwork their faith is a passion of mine, especially as they realise how the triune God works in their lives. Pathways is a great place to study and be on this journey with God where you receive great teaching, pastoral care, and opportunities to grow as a Christian.
I grew up with wonderful God-loving parents. They taught me a heap about God and the bible. So I knew quite a lot about my faith, however it didn't really become real for me until I was in my senior year of high school. That's when I started to really be confounded by the radical nature of God's love for me. It shattered my whole view of life. From that moment I wanted to follow God's call and leading for my life. The very next year I completed the Headspace Gap Year programme where I grew a greater passion for God, community and serving.
Following Headspace, I got involved in a local church in Tauranga, Lifezone and ended up doing a two year internship through Pathways there. I had continued growth and I really saw God leading my life with the opportunities he opened up.
I'm passionate about seeing people know God as he really is, bigger and better than imaginable. That's something that happens when you're studying at Pathways College, in both Ministry and Academics, God continues to show you just how big, and powerful, and unbelievably gracious he is. I'm blessed to play a part in this College and the students the journey through it.
PA TO THE PRINCIPAL, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Having grown up in a family who honoured God, I have always been aware of his sovereignty. To personally commit my life to Him has been the single most amazing decision ever. My family and I love life here in the Bay of Plenty and are actively involved in our local church and our wider community.
People are what matter to me. They energise me, motivate me and empower me to live life well. I thrive in community and actively pursue quality relationships.
I have worked in the Education sector – from Early Childhood through to Tertiary – all within the Christian framework. It's a privilege to be a part of the Pathways team as we work together to glorify God in all we do.
REGISTRAR AND PASTORAL CARE COORDINATOR
Cert. Min. Dev., Dip CM
My passion is pastoral care. Drawing on previous Christian studies, a number of years as a mum to 4 now-adult children, and time in ministry, I get excited at being able to nurture and care for the students at Pathways. It's so rewarding seeing them develop spiritually as they seek out what exactly it is that God wants for their lives.
This is what Pathways is all about. Students getting to know God more, building Christian character, preparing for life ministry. I'm so pleased to have been provided the opportunity to contribute to that.
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.