We have a dedicated, hardworking, friendly team of made up of clergy, staff and volunteers here in the Parish of Burnside-Harewood.
Our vicar, Matt Watts leads most of the services at St Timothy’s and coordinates the day-to-day activities and various programmes that we run here. He is ably supported by Michael Lawrence, the primary pastor at St James’.
Matt leads our team and is passionate about helping people to become disciples of Jesus. He is married to Jacqui who is originally from South Africa and who loves making music. Since moving to Christchurch from the UK, Matt has got into Kiwi DIY and built a tree house, much to the delight of his kids, Luke, Katrina and Isaac. He has a couple of marathons under his belt and runs for the Port Hills Athletics Club.
Michael Lawrence and his wife Susan joined the Parish of Burnside-Harewood in January 2012.
Michael is our assistant minister with responsibility for our 8:45am St James’ congregation. Michael also usually attends the 10:15am service at St Tim’s where Susan is involved.
The youth & children’s team
These are the people who run the programmes for the children and young people within our parish. All of our programmes have a firm biblical foundation and all of our team members have undertaken some type of theological study.
Barbara Neville is our wonderful Children’s Pastor. Her roles include running our Lighthouse Kids Sunday school and leading the TAG after school programme at St James’. She also works as the Children’s Support Worker in Roydvale and Harewood schools.
Alexandra O’Brien is our 24-7 youth worker in Burnside High School. To find out more about what Alexandra does, take a look at our 24-7 YouthWork page.
Behind the scenes
Of course none of the work that our frontline staff undertake would be possible without some solid help behind! We have a great team supporting and helping our leaders in their work.
Our Parish Administrator Lou Godfrey is the person who takes care of things in the office. She’s also the person who makes sure there are always biscuits in the tin, lollies in the jar and who tells visitors where to go! She’s also a good person to talk to if you want to hire our facilities, organise a special service or simply find out what’s going on in the Parish.
The vestry is a team of people who oversee and chart the course for our parish direction. Responsible for taking care of business, they meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Vestry members are elected from our various congregations every one to three years (depending on the exact position they are elected to) at our parish AGM. Within Vestry there are various sub-committees so if you have relevant skills or expertise and are keen to be involved more intimately with the running of the parish, Vestry could be the place, or have a place for you.