Charles is an Anglican priest and a registered psychologist. He has an MA (Hons) in Educational Psychology from Waikato University NZ and in Theological and Religious Studies from Cambridge University UK. He leads the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit in Lower Hutt and works a day a week as a Co-Vicar at St Peter's.
He is one of the founders of ‘Just Therapy’, an internationally recognised approach to addressing cultural, gender and socioeconomic contexts in therapy. He is a joint leader of the NZ Poverty Measurement Project which has provided the evidence base for a number of anti-poverty social and economic policies carried out by the NZ Government and the majority of measures in the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018.
He is also involved in a range ofresearch programmes on Demographic Ageing, various Housing projects and a number of international collaborations. He was appointed to the Government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group in 2018. Charles enjoys his return to active parish life, albeit part-time. On occasions, he can be found drinking fine wine with his wife Kasia in Lower Hutt.
Jean identifies as a priest, a musician, an iconographer, and an aunty.
She has a passion for helping people to be good community, learning how to weave together our different perspectives and gifts into a rich tapestry of belonging. For her, this especially means including those who are often forgotten, and building a community of care which will provide a place where all can thrive, and each created thing is seen as a sister, brother, or sibling to be cared for.
She is a ‘born and bred’ Anglican whose father and grandfather were Anglican priests. Her involvement in youth ministry across the Province has given her lasting links with all three tikanga of our Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Her time as an Anglican Franciscan brings links with communities around the world and across Christian traditions.
Stephen was ordained in 1994. For the first 14 years he was a self-supporting clergy person working in various management positions in IT and the Energy Sector. In 2010 Stephen made the move to full-time employment in the church, initially as a full-time Masters Student at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin Texas. On completion of the degree in 2012 he returned to Wellington and became Archdeacon for Mission and Vicar of Saint Barnabas in Roseneath. As Archdeacon of Mission, he was responsible for a broad range of Diocesan initiatives including the initial setup and delivery of the Anglican Studies Program and diocesan support of refugee resettlement. In 2016 he became Archdeacon of Wellington, a role he held until 2019. Stephen brings a diverse church background ranging from charismatic to Anglo-Catholic to his ministry here at St Peter's.
In addition to his role at St Peter's, Stephen sits on the board of The Family Centre in Lower Hutt and chairs the board of Inner City Wellington. He is a board member at both the local and national level in the Living Wage Movement. Stephen and his wife Sarah reside in Mount Cook, where their adult children Hannah and Aaron (and friends) often gather for homemade beer and pizza.
Director of Music
Thomas is very well known around Wellington and New Zealand as an accomplished pianist, conductor, and composer. He grew up in Masterton and attended Makoura College where he was awarded the school's top Kia Manawanui award. He gained his LTCL certificate at 17 before attending Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music under Jian Liu.
As well as being a regular concerto soloist, Thomas is the principal keyboard player for Orchestra Wellington and rehearsal pianist for Orpheus and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He is a regular face at choral events around Wellington and is now in his sixth year as Music Director of Cantoris Choir. Thomas aims to one day be conducting on some of the big concert stages of the world directing opera and oratorios.