Register of New Zealand
Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
Dabourne to Dewar
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DABOURNE, Rev Edward John
w Ivy May b 23.3.1884 m 5.6.1912
He came fr NSW with good testimonials of character & ability; joined HM staff.
HM Linwood ChP 1912 for few mths
Manunui-Raurimu WgP 1912
Owhango WgP 1913, Ord HM 1914
Wadestown WnP 1915 res 31.12.1917 to Hall
Ord Min Waverley WgP 27.4.1922 - resigned 17.10.1927 & went to Waggawagga NSW.
DALBETH, Rev John B.Sc, Dip. Th
Born and raised in Ngontotaha.
w. Margaret d.2002
Spent 25 years as a sheep farmer before feeling the call to Ministry in 1989.
Ord. 1995 Trinity Ngongotaha (Stated Supply) Rotorua Feb 1995
Trinity Ngongotaha Trinity BPP Feb 1997 to 4 Oct 2009
St Andrew's Rotorua (Supply) BPP 2007 to Oct 2009
Retired from Trinity (Ngongotaha) after nearly 15 years service.
Served as Chairman of Bay of Plenty Presbytery for two years.
"He has dedicated his life to serving the community"
DALE, Mr Charles
HM Hauraki Plains (Turua WkP) 1929
DALLARD, Rev George Ernest M.A.(Hons); B.Mus.
b. 1.7.1914 Christchurch
w. Alison Ruth Fell b. 13.8.1912 m. 27.12.1939 d. 7.3.2002
Educated at Christchurch Boy’s High School and Canterbury University.
Theological Hall 1938-40
HM (Student Supply) Dunback Oct 1939 - resigned 24.11.1940
Ordained Woodands SP 19.12.1940
Alexandra-Clyde COP 28.3.1945
St Stephens Lower Hutt WnP 19.7.1951
Director Radio & Television Religious Broadcasting Wellington 2.3.1961 to 1971
Guest Preacher Scots Church Sydney 6 months from 5.1971
North East Valley Dunedin (DnP) 14.12.1971 - retired 31.5.1977
Dept of Communication Wellington - to organize its research & development studio 1978-82;
He was involved with World Alliance of Reformed Churches - General Council at Frankfurt 1964;
Centennial Council at St Andrews Scotland 1977. Broadcasting & information at World
Council of Churches Assembly at Uppsala 1968; member of World Association for Christian
He fought hard for the retention of the Presbyterian Bookrooms and when this failed, he
was instrumental in founding the Otago Church Book Store.
“Georges interest in the audio-visual media was sparked when he was a boy in the 1920’s,
attending a parish from which services were broadcast on radio. In 1948 he prepared a
programme of Psalms for the Otago Presbyterian Centenary and then continued to
contribute religious radio programmes. In 1956 he trained with the BBC in Scotland,
under the direction of another New Zealander, Dr Ronald Falkner.
George regularly wrote articles on books, music and travel for a range of publications
including ‘The Listener’, and his book “The God Slot’, which detailed the history of
religious broadcasting in New Zealand, was published in 1989. Between 1978 and 1982
he organised the Presbyterian Church’s Video Research Centre, an activity which he
saw as providing a stepping stone to the future. Always moving ahead, he ensured
that he kept abreast of technology and was aware of what was happening in society.
‘An extraordinary person, in some ways ahead of his time, who just never let the world go by’
- a tribute which encapsulates the extraordinary energy and enthusiasm that George
brought to all his activities, not only in his work of communicating the Gospel through
the media, but also in the field of music, particularly choral.” (from Obit.)
Died 13 Jan 1997
DALLASTON, Mr Charles William
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?) – pre-deceased husband.
A retired Schoolmaster and widower. Holds a Teacher’s “C” Certificate.
Joined the Home Missionary service 26.1.1942
Unordained HM Plimmerton WnP 1942
DALLOWAY, Ms Joan
PSSA Manager, Whangarei 1981 - Assoc of NP
DALRYMPLE, Rev Alexander M. M.A.
b 9.7.1842 Leith Scotland, the son of members of the United Presbyterian Church.
w Mary b. 22.4.1845 m. 11.9.1878 d. 9.7.1915
Educated at High School in Edinburgh then to Edinburgh University, specialising in English and
Philosophy, taking his M.A. degree ith honours.
Entered the United Presbyterian Church Theological Hall in Edinburgh. He gained a scholarship
which enabled him to travel on the Continent and to study in Geneva for a time. He also won two
valuable prizes offered by the UP Church to all students and Ministers, the first for an essay on
English literature and the second, a more valuable prize, for an essay on Christian giving which
was published in book form. It was noted by the Rev SW Currie that he "was a student considerably
above the average".
Served the Presbyterian Church of England at Smethwick, an outlying suburb of Birmingham for 17 years.
Considering a change of labour he came to New Zealand, having considered the advantages and
claims that the country offered.
Arrived Otago New Zealand 1885
Inducted to Puerua ClP 1885.
This was the Rev William Bannerman's old charge and embraced the two centres of Puerua and Port Molyneux
Retired 31.3.1910 and moved to Dunedin.
Their only son, Dr John M. Dalrymple M.B., Ch.B. aged 25 years and resident Doctor in the Birmingham
City Infirmary, died from injuries sustained while cycling on the 26th August 1909.
Moderator of the Synod of Otago & Southland 1904
"thoughtful preacher and faithful pastor".’
Died 17.8.1928 at Dunedin, aged 86 years. Interred in Anderson's Bay Cemetery.
DALTON, Rev R.Harvey
Meth Ch - Deacon
Thames Union Assoc WkP 2.1989
DALZIELL, Rev Scott B.A., B.D., Dip.Guid.
w Ann Simpson b.(?) m.(?) d. 1.3.2002
Theological Hall 1958-60
Ordained Te Hapara Gisborne 19.7.1962
Otahuhu AP 15.8.1968 - resigned 15.9.1974 (Lodged Certificate) ;
Associate Minister of HBP.
Minister Emeritus Mar 1998
DAMON, Rev Al
fr Calif USA
St Stephens Bryndwr Chch, exchange 22.8.1989
Banks Peninsula ChP SS for 2 yrs fr 6.1992
DANG, Rev Canon David S.H.
w Mary m 4.6.1966
Anglican Church, from Singapore
Chinese Church Auckland AP 21.1.1978 - resigned 28.2.1985 and withdrew.
DANIEL, Rev John
Ordained 26 Mar 2003 as :
Co-Director of Mission Resource Team – Southern South Island 26 Mar 2003
DANIEL, Rev. Dr. Wilson Edwin M.A.(Hons), LLM., B.D., Ph.D.(Claremont USA)
w (1) May m 28.3.1956 -
w (2) Vivian Elaine b 17.2.1926 m 23.7.1977 d 21.2.1997
Ordained Teviot COP 2.2.1965 - to Claremont USA
Director Cameron Centre Dunedin (Presbyterian Support Otago) 22.9.1977 - resigned 12.4.1983 and withdrew.
Minister Emeritus 31.1.1994
DANIELA, Rev Nio Mata LTh., Dip ThSt., BCNZ Dip.
w Margaret Anne m 10.5.1978
Theological Hall 1977-81
Ordained Oreti SP 14.2.1982
Waiareka-Weston NOP 22.10.1985
Waipawa Co-op HBP 4.2.1993
Minister within the Bounds (Associate) HBP 2003
Upper Hutt Uniting Parish WgP 2003
Minister Emeritus 2011
Cook Islands Presb Ch (Stated Supply) WnP 1.12.2011
DAUD, Miss Murti
Deac Coll 1 yr - then Miss Indonesia
Sudanese Synod Indonesia, office work, legal & administrative matters 1967.
DAVEY, Rose Mildred (Sr Mildred) M.A. Mrs P.H. Matthews
From Andersons Bay Dunedin; She was keenly intersted in the work of the Church;
a very active member of Christian Endeavour and a Sunday School teacher for many
years. A foundation member of the Anderson’s Bay PWMU and their first Secretary.
She was a Teacher in Braemar House Private school.
PWTI (extra-mural student; meaning she came in daily, was non-residential) 1905,
Ord Deac 1906.
Congregational Deaconess South Dunedin 1904 to 1907
Missionary India - Madras. She went as Missionary under UF Church of Scotland;
our Church Foreign Missions Committee paid her passage, but accepted no further
financial obligation for her appointment.
She went to India 9.1907 with Helen Macgregor who was returning from furlough back to Madras.
Madras India 1907-19 with UF Ch.of Scotland.
Returned to Anderson’s Bay and married Mr PH Matthews. Became a Busy Bee and Bible Class Leader.
“Mrs Matthews was a woman of great ability, clever and intellectual, and all her life she used her
talents in the service of the Master”.
Died Auckland 1958
DAVIDSON, Rev Alexander Gordon
b. 7.7.1896, NZ.
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Formerly a Farmer and News Agent, joined the Home Mission service 1.4.1930
and completed the HM course 1935.
HM Spreydon Christchurch 1930 (1 year 7 months)
Wakanui AsP 1931
Brydone-Redan MtP 1935, Ord Hm 14.4.1936
Granity WsP 1941 – retired 30.4.1943
Spent some years with the PSSA; back to Home Mission 1948
Central Westland (Runanga) 1948 - took correspondence course from the Theological
Albury SCP 1951
Presbyterian Social Services Association Christchurch, Organising Secretary.
DAVIDSON, Rev Alexander Pringle M.A.
Educated at Edinburgh University (M.A. 1876) and New College Edinburgh.
Licensed by Free Presbyterian Church Presbytery of Deer 1886
St Fergus Free Presbyterian Church Aberdeenshre Scotland.
Inducted as Colleague & Successor to Dr Stuart, Knox Church, Dunedin DnP 30.4.1890
Resigned March 1894 and returned to Scotland April 1894
Assistant Editor of the ‘Globe Encyclopedia’, also of ‘Chambers Etymological Dictionary’,
and contributed many articles to Chambers Encyclopaedia.
Died 1936 Scotland.
DAVIDSON, Rev. Dr. Allan Kenneth M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D.(Aberdeen)
w. Margaret Isabel Stringer m. 1.2.1969
Educated at Hokitika District High School, Otago University 1966 to 1969 (M.A. Hons, B.D.),
and Aberdeen University 1974 (Ph.D.)
Theological Hall 1967-69
Ordained locum tenens St Pauls Timaru 17.12.1969
Spent time overseas, study etc.
St Kentigerns Burwood United Christchurch ChP 21.2.1974
Accepted for Mission appointment to Papua New Guinea Dec 1976
Commissioning service by Christchurch Presbytery 9 Aug 1977
Rarongo Theological College, Kerevat PNG 22.8.1977, service completed 31.1.1982
Lecturer Staff St Johns College (Ang) Auckland 1.2.1982
DAVIDSON, Eileen Isabel (Sr Isabel) Mrs R.F. Bentham
b 1897 Queenstown.
Matron PWTI 1932
Maori Miss 1932-7 - at Ruatahuna with Sr Annie; Ord Deac 9.2.1937; res 31.8.1937;
then married Reg F. Bentham of Te Whaiti; there she continued to serve Miss (but not
employed) until they ret to Tauranga.
DAVIDSON, Mr George Robert
Hall began 1940 - enlistred 1941; war serv 4 yrs; 4mths in Pacific, invalided home.
Resumed study at Hall.
Died 9.1948, aged 31
DAVIDSON, Rev Ian
Reefton District Union WsP Feb 1999
DAVIDSON, Rev James M. M.A.
w (1) no information
w (2) J.M. b 19.4.1848 m - d 18.7.1927
Educated at Edinburgh University & United Presbyterian Hall Edinburgh.
Licensed by UP Presbytery of Kinross 1862.
Arrived Otago as Probationer 1866
Ord North Taieri DnP 1.1866 - Resigned June 1873
Church Extension staff for a few years in the Gore area.
Mataura 1877 ret 1903
Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland 1887
DAVIE, Rev Archibald Dixon
w Olive Frances b 21.8.1919 m 5.2.1949
Military Service during World War Two in army in Italy.
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1963-65
Licensed by Presbytery of South Auckland 2.12.1965
Ord Associate Minister Glenfield-Forrest Hill NSP 16.12.1965
St Ninians Wairau Blenheim NMP 22.5.1975
Associate Minister St Andrews New Plymouth 22.9.1981 - retired early due to illness 31.3.1983.
Died 28.5.1984 Waihi, after long illness
DAVIE, Very Rev John
b 17.12.1879 Southland;
w (1) Frances Alice Brown (the daughter of a Green Island Farmer, Runholder & Fellmonger)
b 4.8.1877 m 14.11.1909 d 16.10.1939
w (2) Hectorina McRae (Headmistress of Solway College 1942-44)
b 21.12.1901 m 5.8.1944 d.(?)
He was brought up on a farm in Southland; was a good athlete throughout his student years
and always full of energy thoughout his ministry.
Theological Hall 1903-05
Ord Dipton SP 4.1.1906
Hokitika WsP 3.5.1911
Palmerston NOP 30.4.1914
Knox Masterton WpP 30.11.1922
Gisborne 6.8.1942 - retired 31.1.1947 due to ill-health
Moderator of the General Assembly 1941
DAVIES, Rev Andrew Anthony B.A.
w Pamela m 11.7.1963
fr Pres Ch of Wales; recd as prob 1965
Ord Riversdale-Waikaia MtP 20.10.1965 res 30.11.1968 & wthd.
DAVIES, Rev Herbert (Bert) M.A.
w Margaret T. nee Anderson b 25.6.1877 m 29.9.1911 d 29.5.1960
(Mrs Davies wrote hymns in Cantonese which were later published)
His Father came to NZ because of his interest in the education of Maoris, and he became
the Head of St. Stephen’s Anglican Maori Boys’ College, Parnell, Auckland.
Bert educated at his Father’s school and was a chorister in St Marys. Later he went to Auckland
Grammar School (4 years) and gained a Scholarship which gave him entrance to the civil service
in the Govt Life Insurance Office at Wellington where he spent 9 or 10 years. He joined St John’s
BC under George Troup. His purpose was to serve in Mission field and this led him to Victoria
University where he attended classes and graduated M.A. in Philosophy in 1908.
Theological Hall 1905-7
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 7 Jan (?) 1908
Offered for Mission service in the Canton Villages Mission. He was introduced to the Chinese people
and the Cantonese language by Rev A. Don in Dunedin from 15.6.1908 till he left for China in 1909.
Ordained as Missionary for China 7.11.1909
Fong Chuen, Canton China 1909 to 1941
As at 1941, his duties included acting as Mission Secretary and Auditor for the South China
Mission Council, General Secretary and Treasurer of the Canton Sub-Headquarters of the
Kwantung Synod of the Church of Christ in China, Pastor of Yan Tsai Church, Pastor of
Fong Tsuen Church (Canton), Paymaster and Advisor to the Bible Society of Canton,
Secretary and Treasurer of the Canton Medical Missionary Society, “Committee” for Union
Church services at Shameen (Canton), Member of Language School Committee, and Examiner
for the Language School.
Rev Davies was due to retire in 1941, but owing to the situation in China and the consequent
shortage of trained staff, he was asked to stay for another year. At the outbreak of World War
Two, Rev Davies was initially interned in the Mission House at Fong Tsuen while his wife
Margaret was interned in Stanley Camp at Hong Kong 12.1941 to 11.1942; Margaret was later
allowed to join her husband in internment at Shanghai. They had both been promised
repatriation back to New Zealand by the Japanese under a “one off” repatriation arrangement,
however because of broken Japanese promises this never eventuated. They had planned to
retired to their cottage at Cheung Chau in Hong Kong Bay, however this residence was looted
by robbers then bombed by the Japanese thus all their possessions were lost.
Both released at end of war and given urgent priority for passages back to NZ, arr 1.12.1945.
He was ‘Own Missionary’ of the Young Men’s Bible Class Union (YMBCU).
In 9.1911 he married Margaret Anderson, a Deaconess already serving as a Missionary in Canton.
They served with untiring enthusiasm and notable success and finally retired 31.12.1947.
Moderator of Assembly 1947; parents of Rev J.B. Davies (their only child).
DAVIES, Mrs H. see Davies, Margaret
DAVIES, Rev Ivor Brinley
b 2.7.1904; w Winifred May b 3.10.1860 m 15.5.1925
Recd fr Pres Ch of Wales 1962 - Ord 1940
Ind Knox Gonville Wanganui 11.2.1962 res 30.11.1964 - to Wales
Tuatapere-Orepuki SP 17.2.1966 res 24.11.1968 & returned to UK.
DAVIES, Rev Iris E.
Takapau-Norsewood HBP 2.1983 to 17.9.1989
DAVIES, Rev John Butler (Jock)
w Pamela nee Hollington b 25.4.1920 m 11.6.1941
Theological Hall Dunedin 1938-40
He offered for Mission service in South China, but was prevented by health and the international situation.
Ordained locum tenens Amuri ChP 14.5.1941
Crookston MtP 25.11.1941
Takapau-Norsewood HBP 7.6.1946
Inglewood TkP 15.5.1952
Apiti MnP 28.4.1955
St James Wanganui 13.6.1961
Hastings East 30.11.1972 ret 25.11.1974 ill-health
Died suddenly in office (during a Church service) Hastings 2.5.1976, aged 63
Son of Rev H. Davies above.
DAVIES, (Mrs) Sr Margaret T. (Sr. MT Anderson prior to marriage)
h Herbert, Davies b 13.11.1876 m 29.9.1911 d 1.7.1949
Born Dunedin, educated at Otago Girls High School
PWTI 1904-5; she was one of the first two to graduate from PWTI in 1905.
Orained Deaconess for Mission service China 14.11.1905.
She studied Cantonese with Rev A. Don, Dunedin from 6.9.1904.
Arrived China 29.12.1905
Yan Woh District 1911; later Fong Chuen
Kwangtung Synod 7th District 1928; she was Lecturer in Hymnology at United Theological
College, Canton; later Director of Music for Kwangtung Synod.
In 1941 she was interned in Stanley Camp, Hong Kong; later joined her husband in
internment at Shanghai; returned to New Zealand in 1945.
Mother of Rev Jock Davies above.
Died 29.5.1960, aged 82
DAVIES, Rev Peter Norman B.A.
b 19.5.1930; w Marjorie June m 31.3.1962
Ord Tokomaru Bay GP 20.4.1957
Calvin Brooklyn WnP 11.4.1962
Bulls WgP 23.4.1970
Mangakino Co-op WkP 21.7.1977
Taumarunui WkP SS 1.8.1981, Ind 1.4.1982
Foxton Union MnP 12.2.1984 - retired 28.2.1993
DAVIES, Rev Robert Evan M.A.
b 10.7.1871 Mold, North Wales;
w Beatrice A. b 23.1.1881 m 29.12.1908 d 26.8.1963
He worked in business in early youth, and then studied at the Univeristy College Aberystwyth
for four years, gaining his M.A. degree, then four years at Christ's College Cambridge where he
did Theol Tripos, gaining his B.A. degree in 1902.
Went to Australia in 1903.
Petersham Presbyterian. Church Sydney 1903-9,
He was also a lecturer in New Testament exegesis at St Andrews College Sydney.
From Petersham called to -
Ind Knox Church Dunedin DnP 10.11.1909
He remained in this charge for ten years, some of the period being particularly arduous as they
covered the period of the First World War. Itb was during his Ministry at Knox that he became interested
in the proposal of a Presbyterian College for Girls in Dunedin, and was one of the foundation Board
members of the new Columba College
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature studies, Theological Hall Dunedin 1.1.1920
All his life he was interested in teaching and education was for a time lecturer in New Testament
Greek in both Australia and New Zealand. For few years before his death he conducted Greek classes
at Columba College for girls who were studying for their Higher Leaving Certificate. At his suggestion
Columba College boarders were encourage to reada classical novel prior to Sunday Church service.
Being invited along at the end of term to test the boarders' knowledge of these novels inspired one
Old Girl to donate 'the Johnson Cup' to be awarded to the girl who gave the best speech about the
novel she had read.
‘Unfailing kindliness ands charm - on friendliest terms with students.’ He had just finished his last lecture
for the year, and died in the evening of the same day."
‘Kindly & approachable, with deep devotion.’
Died 12.9.1929, suddenly in office
DAVIES, Rev Wynford Anthony B.A., B.D.(Wales)
b 22.11.1926; w Jean Elizabeth b 12.4.1930 m 14.6.1952
Ord Wales 1952
Ind St Enochs New Brighton ChP 19.5.1960
Wyndham MtP 5.9.1963
Greyfriars Mt Eden AP 30.11.1967 res fr min 15.9.1970;
St Andrews Invercargill 3.2.1977
Glendowie Auckland AP (Stated Supply 1976) 31.1.1985
Long Crendon Baptish Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Engalnd Aug-Nov 1988 (Pulpit exchange
with the Rev Jeff Steadman)
Halkett ChP SS 1.7.1990 - retired 31.12.1991
Oteramika-Kennington (Stated Supply Half-Time) SP Dec 1997
DAVIS, Rev Alfred John
w Edith S. b 15.5.1877 m 27.6.1915 d 23.4.1976
Theological Hall 1903-05 as Baptist private student.
Report 1917: Some years ago he attended classes in the Theological Hall as a private
student and attended Dr Salmond’s classes at Otago University. He came from the
Methodist Church; was placed at Awhitu on 1 years probation.
(Did he change to the Methodist Church, or is this an error for the Baptist Church?)
HM Awhitu SAP 1917, Ord HM 1918; received into the PCNZ 1919.
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 11.2.1919
Ord Reefton WsP 23.12.1919 - resigned 31.12.1922
Hampden NOP 5.11.1926
Te Puke BPP 12.9.1930 - retired 31.1.1934 due to ill-health
Reort 1934: now better and doing relieving work.
Maungaturoto NP 1.2.1937 - retired 1.2.1938 as medically unfit.
DAVIS, Mr Reuben S.
b. 2.4.1914, unmarried.
Formerly a Farmer with some business training.
Joined the Home Missionary service 1.2.1941
Unordained HM Denniston WsP 1941 – resigned 31.8.1943
DAVIS, Mr T.B.
Tutor in Eng for HMs in Hall Dn 1917-
DAVISON, Miss Mary
Maori Miss - Nuhaka Assist 15.7.1935
DAVY, Rev Kenneth T.
Hosp Chap Timaru 6.1980 res 27.12.1988
DAWSON, Rev James Anderson
Rangiora ChP stud miss 1880-3
Ord New Plymouth 20.8.1885 res 19.5.1886 & returned to Britain through ill-health.
DAWSON, Rev Jenny
Parklands Co-op part-time 1.2.1994
DAWSON, Rev Richard John B.A., BD., MTh.
w Frances Elizabeth m 17.5.1980
Theological Hall, Dunedin1986-88;
Licensed at Opoho DnP 20.11.1988
Ordained Stirling-Kaitangata ClP SS 4.11.1990; Inducted 14.3.1991
St. Stephen’s Leith Valley Dunedin DnP Feb 1999
Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago & Southland from 22 April 2007
DAY, Rev David
Waverley-Waitotara TkP 15.10.1992
DAY, Rev Lindsay Stewart
w Jennifer Esther m 16.12.1961
Ord Duntroon NOP 3.2.1966
Kaiapoi ChP 25.11.1971
Reefton Union WsP 1.2.1979 & part-time PD&M Consultant res 31.1.1983
St Oswalds Newlands Union WnP 3.2.1983
appt completed 31.3.1988 ; Min within bounds WnP
St Kentigerns Burwood ChP SS 14.5.1991
Minister Emeritus Apr 1990
DAY, Rev William
w Isabella T. b 24.4.1877 m 22.3.1920 d 24.10.1978
He was born in England, and entered the ministry of the Congregational Church as
a Minister at Carlisle in England. For a number of years he was Congregational
Minister in Brisbane Australia and then in Auckland.
Joined the PCNZ, being received by the General Assembly of 1911. Called to -
Ind Whangarei NP 28.5.1912
Kelburn Wellington WnP 11.7.1918 - retired 30.9.1929
In retirement he supplied in various places.
DEACON, Rev J.
Ruawai Co-op NP 2.1982 to 2.1983
DEAN, Miss B.
Maori Miss - Turakina Maori Girls Coll 29.5.1961 res 11.12.1961
DEARNLEY, Mr H.
HM Tasman NMP 1922 res 1923 & wthd fr HM serv
DEASON, Rev Warren Kevin B.A., B.D.
w Susan Alison m 9.2.1974
Theological Hall 1975-77
Tertiary Student Christian Fellowship Travelling Secretary Wn 14.2.1978
Ord Titahi Bay WnP 5.2.1980
Marton WgP 23.1.1986
Albany NSP Jan 1995
Moderator of North Shore Presbytery 2003
DE BRES, Rev Pieter Hendrik B.Div.(Utrecht), M.A.(Ak), Ll.B.
b 31.3.1915 at St Annaland, Zealand, Holland.
w Lena Klazina Bonn (the Daughter of Moravian Missionaries – she had also
undertaken special training for Missionary service) b 25.5.1917 m 20.12.1939.
Certificate of Classical Languages 1935; Bachelor of Divinity, Utrecht 1939;
Certificate in Missionology, Leyden 1941.
Studied for the Ministry at Utrecht and Leyden including a two years Post
Graduate course in a Missionary Training School with a view to serving as a
Missionary in Indonesia. The political situation then barred him from going to
the Indonesian Mission Field.
Private Secretary to Professor Dr Hendrik Kramer for three years and Field
Secretary of Missions of the Netherlands Reformed Church 1939-42.
Parish Minister 1943-54
Minister at Kubaard under the Netherlands Reformed Church and at Endhoven.
Also took one year’s leave of absence while at Endhoven in order to act as a
Military Chaplain to a Military Academy for a year.
Came to New Zealand with his family in 1954 to act as Chaplain and Social
Worker to Dutch immigrants.
Inducted as Chaplain to Dutch immigrants in Southern part of the North Island,
based at Lower Hutt WnP 12.9.1954 for a two year term.
St David’s Upper Hutt WnP, and also Dutch immigrants in Southern part of North
Associate Tamaki AP 1960-1965
Te Whaiti Maori Mission (under Maori Synod) 1.12.1961
Associate Minister, Auckland Maori Pastorate 22.1.1962 - resigned 31.12.1966
Gained his M.A. in Anthropology, Auckland 1966.
Lecturer with Otago University Extension and Department of Anthropology,
Dunedin 1.2.1967 to 1971
Director of Hastings Community Counselling Service (which he established) 1971-74
Mt Pleasant ChP 21.8.1974 - retired 30.6.1980
Part-time Teacher Chrictchurch Polytechnic & University of Canterbury 1974 to (?).
“The word ‘retired’ was indeed quite foreign to Pieter’s nature and experience
because he then completed training in law, and was engaged in the Christchurch
Community Law Centre until his death.
"Throughout his acreer, Mr De Bres has written book reviews and articles reflecting
both his religious and social welfare interests"
Pieter regarded ministry as being a servant and he lived that out as a Minister in
parishes, in administration, in the army, in social work, in teaching, and in
counselling.” (from Obit.)
DEKKER, Rev Cornelis Johan B.A.
b 12.10.1929; w Ruth Waiata m 4.6.1955
Ord Wellsford NSP 5.2.1970 res fr min 5.8.1975
DELL, Mrs Brenda
Presbytery Youth Worker WnP fr 22.4.1992 Assoc WnP
DELL, Rev David Raymond Scott B.A., B.Th.
w Brenda Joan Philip m 14.12.1985
Theological Hall 1984-6
Ordained Assist Napier West part-time 5.2.1987
Associate Minister St Andrews Hastings 10.12.1987 (Lodged Certificate)
To Rimutaka (Baptist) 23.2.1992
Minister within the Bounds WgP Jan 2001
DELLOW, Ms Anne Dunlop
b. Taihape Educated at Wanganui Girls’ College (4 years). Radiographer at Green Lane
Hospital, Auckland 1961 and a Sunday School Teacher.
Deaconess College (Mission Course) 1963 to 1964. One year course, however as no
Mission positions were available she continued study for another year.
To All Saints College, Sydney July 1965 for short course.
Radiographer for Philadelphia Hospital at Ambala India, app 1.6.1965
To India for language study 10.1965
Commenced duties 1.10.1966
“Own Missionary” of the Busy Bees
Resigned 30.4.1971 and left for United Kingdom.
DELLOW, Rev Margaret Wynne, A.L.C.M. (See also entry for Rev M.W. Thomas)
h (1) A., Smith b - m 15.2.1958 d 21.1.1963 (drowned)
h (2) H. Noel, Dellow b 14.2.1929 m 26.10.1980
A couple of years after her first husband died, she applied to be accepted as a student
for the ministry, and was accepted. Having earlier done a full course at the Deaconess
College she was given a one year course in the Theological Hall, being the second
woman to be ordained, and the first to be a Parish minister. She has a Teacher's Certificate,
an A.L.C.M., Advanced Course Certificate from the Deaconess College, and a Diploma of
Theology from the Theological Hall.
Deaconess College 1956-57 (Advanced Course) – left at end of 2nd year to be married.
Theological Hall 1966-1967
Ord Minister of Iona Christchurch ChP 21.3.1968
Mangakino WkP 7.3.1974
St Stephens Timaru 19.2.1976 - resigned 30.6.1982
Chalmers Timaru 10.3.1983
Minister Emeritus 31.3.1989
DEMPSEY, Sr Daisy Isabel
Grew up in St Lukes Remuera Ak, Sun Sch, Bible Class etc.
PWTI - Ord Deac 1948
Principal PWTI relieving while Doris Arrowsmith on leave 1946.
St Pauls Chch 1947-50
Principal PWTI Dn 1.2.1951 to 30.11.1956
Carrington Hall Dn part-time 4.1957 to 11.1957
St Heliers Ak part-time 1959 ret 12.8.1969
Active in YWCA work, & fr 1928 on Ak YWCA Bd for 12, yrs;
1st woman to be appt to PSSA Bd Otago.
Died 20.7.1973, aged 79
DEMPSTER, Rev. George A.
Knox Church Dannevirke MnP Feb 2002
DENEE, Rev Gijsbertus (Bert) B.D.(Utrecht)
b 1.10.1920; w Maria Louise b 22.1.1923 m 30.9.1947 div 1978
From Reformed Church of Netherlands, brought out to minister to Dutch immigrants;
Arrived NZ 11.1953
Inducted as Minister to Dutch settlers in Northern part of North Island, based in Auckland 4.4.1954
Knox Parnell Auckland (and New settlers as well) AP 15.12.1959
Resigned 31.1.1962 and went commenced school teaching.
DENNE, Rev Russell Frank B.Sc., Dip.Tchg., B.D., MTh.
w Rosalie Joyce m 9.12.1967
Hall 1985-7; lic Titirangi Ak 13.12.1987
Ord Brooklands Co-op TkP 26.1.1988
Whakatane Presb. Church BPP (Stated Supply)
DENSEM, Rev George
b 29.9.1882 Queenstown
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
The 8th of a family of 10 and brought up a Methodist. His Father was Captain
of the Lake Wakatipu steamer TSS Earnslaw; he began as carpenter and then
Master Builder doing architectural cottage work; in 1915 he offered himself to
the Home Missions Committee of the Methodist Church where he served for
13 years. During World War One he served as Overseas and General YMCA
Accepted as Home Missionary by the PCNZ Home Missions Committee 1944
HM Waitahuna 1944; after his first wife died moved to :
Hinds AsP 1949
Kaiapoi ChP 1953 - retired 1960 to Christchurch
Died 13.5.1976 Christchurch
DEVERELL, Rev Bruce John B.A., D.Min.
b 23.7.1930 Mairangi Bay
w Gweneth (Gwen) Cryer (B.A ; Holds a Teacher’s ‘B’ Certificate) m 19.1.1957
Educated at Takapuna Grammar School, Auckland University (B.A.). Holds a
Teacher’s ‘C’ Certificate. Congregational College Certificate 1958.
D.Min., Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California 1986
Member of the Congregational Church
Accepted as provisional candidate for service with LMS 1952
Ordained as overseas Missionary in the Mt Eden Congregational Church 19.3.1958
Commenced work in Samoa 1958 - on staff of the Council for World Mission and
supported by the Congregational Church.
Taught at Leulumoega Fou High School Apr-Sep 1958
District Missionary Avao Savaii Oct 1958
Rep Congregational Christian Church of Samoa to the first Assembly of the Pacific Conference
of Churches, Lifou, New Caledonia May 1966-1971
Member of the Continuation Committee of Pacific Conference of Churches
Apia Protestant Church Jan 1965
Director of Congregational Christian Church Christian Education Programme 1967-1969
Supported by the NZ Presbyterian Church through the World Council for Mission
from 1970 after the majority of the Congregational church merged with the the NZ
Coordinator Christian Education and Communications Programme of Pacific Conference of
Study leave at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley California (sent by Council for World
Mission) Aug 1972 to Jun 1973
Fiji – appointed Director of the Christian Education & Communications Programme of
the Pacific Conference of Churches from beginning of 1974
Served on staff of CWM
Acting General Secretary of Pacific Conference of Churches May-Dec 1976
Rep 1978: transferred to NZ Presb/Methodist Joint Board for Mission, still paid by CWM.
Ordained Lecturer at Pacific Theological College Fiji 1.1.1979 - completed term 31.1.1987.
Rep 1986: living in St Andrews Manse (Suva) and continues from 1986 as Minister
St Andrews Suva Fiji 8.2.1987; Gwen continued at University of the Sth Pacific, Fiji. until 1992.
Rep Fiji Council of Churches, Coordinator of Interfaith Search (Fiji) and member of Fiji Council
of Churches Research Group
Minister Emeritus 31.7.1995
Retired and returned to NZ 12 1995
DEWAR, Sr Helen Meldrum
Youth Dept Chch 1929 to 2.1946
Deac Coll 1946-7 - Ord Deac 1948
Cong Deac Nth Invercargill 1948-54
PSSA Dn City Deac 13.4.1955 ret 31.1.1965
Sister of Rev Lunan Dewar below.
DEWAR, Rev Lunan Sutherland
b 13.12.1899 Oamaru; w Emily b 4.8.1895 m 8.11.1932 d 25.6.1981
He was a motor mechanic; brother-in-law of Rev S.C. Francis
Ord Ross WsP 1.12.1932; Ross parish was rearranged in 1939 & he took the district fr
Harihari to Jacksons Bay, called Sth Westland, residing at Waiho South Westland 1939
res 31.3.1940 ill-health necessitated a break before his next charge -
Knox Wanganui 24.4.1941
Palmerston NOP 3.4.1946
Marchweil Union Timaru 20.5.1954 res 1.2.1959 ill-health
Vocational Guidance, Chch 1962
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