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Anglican Centre Staff

There are different divisions within the Anglican Centre as follows:

Bishop's Office

Bishop:  Right Reverend Justin Duckworth      

The task of a Bishop is to be the chief pastor (shepherd) of a diocese. He is responsible to build teams, encourage and guide clergy. He is also to oversee with compassion and patience, and without partisanship, all the people of God committed to his care. He is to preach and teach from the Scriptures so that the Doctrines of Faith are taught and preserved. In dealing with people, he will strive for justice, wholeness and peace, and promote the unity and mission of the church. He will also be a prayerful person seeking to honour God in all that is said and done. 

Telephone: 04 471 8597


Executive Assistant to the Bishop:  Mrs Rebecca Apperley 

The Bishop's Executive Assistant maintains the Bishop's diary and manages the administration of the Bishop's office and ensures that all matters pertaining to that episcopal office are attended to in an efficient and timely way.

Telephone: 04 471 8597


Bishop's Chaplain for Parish Health and Development: Mr Nigel Dixon

The Bishop's Chaplain for Parish Health and Development oversees the development of relational clusters to foster spiritual friendship, collaboration and effective mission in shared geographical areas. He also oversees the new process of clergy reviews to encourage personal and ministerial development, and also the review of churches, via the cluster structure, to assist the development of healthy teams and churches. 

Telephone: 027 527 0117


Director of Ordinands:
Reverend Canon Simon Winn

The Director of Ordinands oversees our diocesan ordination discernment process. On the recommendation of their vicar, he meets with potential candidates for ordination and introduces them to the process, which culminates in an annual selection weekend for candidates and their spouses. He works on behalf of the Bishop and reports to the Archdeacon for Ministry. Working half a day a week in this role, Simon's full-time position is as Canon Precentor of the Cathedral of Wellington. He is assisted by a volunteer administrator.

Telephone: 04 472 0286

Diocesan Administration and Support Personnel


Diocesan Manager and Diocesan Trust Manager:   Mr. Gareth Bezett

The Diocesan Manager is responsible for the staffing and administration of the Anglican Centre, oversight of the Finance, Trust and Property Managers' portfolios.  The Diocesan Manager is responsible for the annual diocesan Synod as well as providing support and guidance to committees, parishes, clergy and mission units in the diocese.

The Trust Manager acts as Secretary to the Diocesan Board of Trustees and its Investment subcommittee, and of the Diocesan Audit Committee and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board of Trustees and administering trust money available for investment. The Trust Manager also handles enquiries on matters relating to any trust administered by the diocese.

Telephone: (04) 471 8595



PA to Diocesan Manager:  Mrs Karen Stewart

The Diocesan Manager's Personal Assistant maintains and manages the front office/reception at the Anglican Centre. This office provides secretarial support to the major committees of the Diocese, and prepares and publishes the information and reports that ensure the smooth and efficient running of Synod and the wider life of the Diocese.  She is also in charge of providing resources such as candles, wafers and books to parishes and mission units. 

Telephone: (04) 472-1057  

Karen Stewart

Finance Manager: Mr Ian Frater B.Comm CA

The Finance Manager is responsible to the Diocesan Manager for the administration of the finance department which is to maintain an accurate and up to date record of all financial transactions relating to the ongoing life and ministry of the diocese and its associated trust boards. The Finance Manager is also responsible for the payroll for all the clergy and other personnel in the diocese.

Telephone: (04) 471 8592

Payroll Officer: Mr Paul Carey

The Payroll Officer ensures the payroll of the diocese is managed in a timely and efficient manner. As this is a part time role, all email queries will receive a reply stating when Paul is next in the office. 

Telephone: 04 472 1057 

Accounts Clerks:  Ms Carol Baxter and Mrs Elena Goff

The Accounts Clerks are responsible to the Finance Manager and have a vital role in maintaining accurate records of all financial transactions relating to the ongoing life and ministry of the diocese and its associated trust boards. 

Ms Carol Baxter -  Telephone:  (04) 471 8591
Mrs Elena Goff -  Telephone: (04) 471 8594

Diocesan Property Manager:  Mr. Rob Moonlight

The Property Manager is responsible to the Diocesan Manager for property and insurance matters throughout the diocese.  He manages and supervises the maintenance, repair and insurance of diocesan properties and his office not only provides timely advice to all parishes and mission units in relation to building projects, but is also required to approve them before they are able to receive the appropriate diocesan consent or a faculty to proceed.

The Property Manager is also responsible for implementing the decisions of the Insurance Board.

Telephone:  (04) 471 8584



Diocesan Ministry Support Personnel

Archdeacon for Ministry Development:  Archdeacon Wendy Scott

The Archdeacon for Ministry Development is responsible for the training, and support of those in ordained and lay ministry in the diocese. She is involved in the recruiting and selection process for those seeking to serve in the ordained ministry of the Church. This ministry has a wide brief and provides timely support, and guidance to lay and ordained at all levels of ministry.  This position reaches across the diocese and the Archdeacon for Ministry Development seeks to support parishes and mission units as they discern God's call on their ministry and mission.  

Telephone: 04 471 8596  or  027 439 1485


Archdeacon for Mission:  Archdeacon Stephen King

The position of Archdeacon for Mission is one of enabling, teaching and encouraging parishes, mission units and people in the diocese to be the best they can be as a missional Church, i.e. "To be and make disciples of Jesus Christ in authentic community for the good of the world".

The Archdeacon for Mission relates to the whole diocese, and assists parishes and mission units to explore and develop their ministry, objectives and goals as well as encouraging them to explore opportunities for fresh expressions of ministry that will relate and speak more effectively in and to the wider community.

Telephone:  (04) 471 8590


Archdeacon for Young People:  Archdeacon Gendy Thomson (Lay)

The Archdeacon for Young People's role is to support, advocate and encourage the ministry and voice of the young people in the diocese. Young people includes children, youth, young adults and their families. The Archdeacon for Young People assists, advises and acts on behalf the Bishop of Wellington within the area of young people. 

The Archdeacon for Young People also leads the Diocesan Children and Family team, whose aim is to resource, impart knowledge, enable and empower those working with children, parents and families, ensuring the provision of a great and safe ministry.

Telephone:  (04) 471 8586

Children and Family Team Administrator: Ms. Natalie Moreno

The Diocesan Children and Family Team is passionate about making, growing and enabling disciples from birth onward, both within the family unit and beyond. We exist to resource and enable those ministering to children, parents and families on behalf of an Anglican parish or mission unit in the diocese.  Natalie keeps things running smoothly, managing the library, website and databases and responding to general enquires.  She is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

Telephone: Natalie Moreno (04) 471 8588


Diocesan Youth Coordinator:  Mr Chris Casey

Supporting youth has always been a top priority in the diocese.  The Diocesan Youth Coordinator's ministry is to enable young people in the diocese to develop an environment where young people can develop a meaningful relationship with God and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.   To this end Chris seeks to create, build and develop sustainable ministry to young people throughout the diocese.  One way this is done is by recruiting appropriate people as youth workers.  He also provides appropriate support, leadership 
development and training.

Telephone: Chris Casey (04) 471 8589 or 027 472 1057


Diocesan Youth Enablers:  Mr Scott and Mrs Anna Reeve

The Diocesan Youth Enablers' role is to connect young adults into opportunities to live out their faith actively in their community. A regular weekly dinner and discussion is held with discussions involving cultural analysis and how it looks to embody the vision of God's Kingdom amidst this. In March 2014 The Mission Summit was launched, and this is an evening which draws together 18 to 25 year olds who are passionate about transforming their communities with the compassion of Christ. The Mission Summit is a bi-monthly event. 

Telephone: 027 249 2627



Wellington Institute of Theology Library

WIT Librarian:  Reverend John McCaul           

John is known to many in the diocese through his past roles as Chaplain at Hutt Hospital, Bishop's Chaplain and Clerical Secretary at Synod.  He is also an Examining Chaplain and Priest Associate at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.  Prior to training for ordination John was a primary school teacher for some years – during which he ran a school library. He has a particular interest in New Zealand Church History and is a member of the Anglican Historical Society, and the Religious History Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.

John is also the Diocesan Archivist and can be contacted by Parishes or individuals for any enquiries regarding archives.  John does not have a regular set time that he is available in the WIT Library due to his commitments at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.  However, you may contact him to arrange a time to meet.  All emails and telephone messages are cleared on a regular basis.

  04  471 8599


No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!