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Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries from 1840
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WELCH, Rev Marilyn
Assoc Bucklands Beach Co-op AP 2.1989, term completed 31.1.1991
WELLS, Rev A. C.
HM Ida Valley (Oturehua COP) 1923, Ord HM 1924
Mokoreta-Redan MtP 1927
Orawia SP 1930 ` res 1931 thr ill-health.
WELLS, Miss Helen
Overseas Worker - with Overseas Miss Fellowship
Secondary school teacher, advertising and copywriting
Professionally involved in fundraising, 1988
Campaign Director, Millenium Centre
Consultancy for 12 years
Presbyterian Support 2004, culminating in Development Director
PressGo Catalyst, 2014
WELLS, Rev Russell Hunter
b 4.4.1917; w Iona b 18.5.1917 m 12.10.1944
Ord Halkett ChP 20.2.1958
St Enochs Chch, New Brighton 30.1.1964
Amuri ChP 29.8.1968
Toi Tois (Tokanui SP) 7.8.1975 ret 15.11.1977
Russell went to Ak Bible Coll for 2 yrs as a teenager, but as he was too young
for Miss serv he began a carpentry apprenticeship. This training was followed
by 4 yrs in the Medical Corps in the Middle East during WW2. He then
married & they worked for 8 yrs in Sudan United Miss among the Nuba people
in the hill villages of Central Sudan. Returning to NZ he went to the Hall
1955-7 & served in 4 charges before ret.
Died 25.3.1991 Oxford.
WELLS, Rev Stephanie
Ordained and inducted Maniototo Parish, Central Otago Presbytery, 10 December 2006
Transitional Minister, St James Spreydon, Christchurc Presbytery, 1 March 2012
Transitional Minister, Malvern Co-operating Parish, Christchurch Presbytery, 22 February 2014
Other recognised ministry, Alpine Presbytery, 1 March 2016
WELSH, Rev Robert
b 30.8.1861 “Craigyeray”, Belfast, County Down, Ireland.
w. (?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
Educated at Belfast where he trained as a pharmacist and followed that occupation for
7 years in Belfast.
To Australia 1885 –
Studied at Carlton College and at Ormond College Melbourne as a Student Missionary
for the Presb. Church of Victoria.
To New Zealand 1893 –
Entered the Presb. Church of NZ Home Mission service
Home Missionary Ngaruawahia WkP 1893
Student Preacher Fordell WgP 1894
(it may be during this period that he studied for two years under the Rev John Ross at
Returned to Australia 1895 - Went to Ormond College in Melbourne to continue his
studies for the Ministry.
Returned to New Zealand and did his final year at the Theological Hall in Dunedin.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1897
Licensed by Wanganui Presbytery 26.1.1898
St Paul’s Christchurch (supply) 1898
To New South Wales, Australia 1899
Waverley – admitted May 1899
Ordained Deniliquin Australia 1900 to 31.3.1905
Returned to Ireland 1905 to 1906
Returned to New Zealand –
Received by the Presb. Church of New Zealand 10.11.1906
Inducted Arrowtown COP 17.6.1908
Opunake TkP 20.12.1912 - resigned 31.3.1916
Pahiatua MnP 22.6.1916 - retired 28.2.1926 due to failing health.
“quiet and faithful ministry.”
Died 21.7.1930 Wanganui.
WELSH, Rev Robert Rae (Bob)
b 2.2.1912; w Margery Morrin Bird b 12.12.1917 m 29.8.1946 d. 2011
Ord Ida Valley (Oturehua COP) 27.3.1946
Tahunanui Nelson 5.10.1950
Patearoa-Waipiata COP 24.4.1956
PSSA Assoc Chapl Ak Hosp 26.2.1970 ret 2.3.1977
Bob was born in Scot, but received his educ at Lawrence District High School,
& OU before entering Hall. Because of his deep concern for people suffering
from mental stress, he started the psychiatric chaplaincy at Nelson when the Ch
was only beginning to develop this area of ministry. In 1956 Bob was called
to Waipiata, which included chaplaincy to the then Orangapai Tb Sanitorium.
Following its closure he was app as first Chapl to Waipiata Youth Centre, where
he made a significant contribution to the concept of penal chaplaincy. In 1970
he was app Chapl to Oakley Hospital Ak. After his ret to Patearoa, Central
Otago, he continued his work in drug & alcohol abuse, including counselling &
educ, especially in local schools.
Died 6.10.1990 Ranfurly Hosp
WENDELBORN, Rev Brian J. Dip.Th., ACPE(US).
Church of Christ Minister
Applied to be received by PCNZ at Assembly 1973; accepted.
Inducted North Invercargill February 1974 (This seems doubtful and perhaps was supply
for short period. He seems to have been there only a short period.)
Motueka-Moutere Hills Co-op NMP 10 July 1990 - term ended 19 July 1993.
Minister within the Bounds Christchurch Presbytery 9 Augut 1994
Minister Emeritus, Christchurch Presbytery, 8 August 2006
WERSTEIN, Rev. Dr. T. Susan B.A., BSN/BA., M.Div., D. Min., M.A., Ph.D.
h. Paul F Wertstein m. 2.6.1980
Holds a B.A. in liberal arts; BS Nursing, M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological
Seminary in Ministry, Austin Texas; D.Min from the Perkins School of Theology;
Doctorate in Religious Education from Dallas Texas, M.A. in Medical Ethics and Ph.D.
A BD in Medical Ethics, both from Rice University, Houston Texas, USA.
A Registered Nurse in A&E and Psychiatry, Tutor ond Lecturer at Secondary and
Tertiary levels in Texas USA and Dunedin
Sagemont Presb. Church, Houston TX. USA 10.9.1990 to Jan 1995
First Church Dunedin DnP ( Stated Supply) May 1995 to Oct 1995
Roslyn Dunedin DnP Oct 1995
Appt. Lecturer in Mission Leadership and Ministry at School of Ministry, Dunedin Nov 2001
Returned to the USA c.2006
Minister Emerita, Dunedin Presbytery, 31 December 2007
WESCOT, Rev Tony
Minister, St Francis CV, Waikato Presbytery, 21 April 2007
WEST, Rev Donald Sloan
Student Preacher, Dannevirke 1894 - Resigned Sept 1896 to be free to better pursue his studies.
Student Preacher, Patea 1899
Theological Hall Dunedin 1900-01 - Reported 1901: completed Hall course for 1901.
Ordained in the United States of America.
Died in the USA as a result of a motor accident.
WEST, Rev Hector Williamson B.A.,Ph.D.(Edin)
b 6.5.1909 Dn; w Janette Forrest b 9.1.1915 m 10.10.1939 d 12.7.1988
Ord Alexandra COP 15.12.1937 res 13.2.1941
Chapl WW2 - Fiji, Hosp Ships, Middle East; at end of War went to Edin,
studied for Ph.D.
Assoc First Ch Dn 25.11.1947
Dannevirke HBP 10.2.1949
St Pauls Oamaaru NOP 5.3.1953
WEST, Mrs Jane
St Heliers Ak, Elder 1971, Parish Worker 4.1978
WEST, Rev N. J.
Mangapapa Union Gisborne, Meth Assoc 2.1967
West, Rev Norman
Methodist Church (same as above?)
Minister, St Albans Uniting, Christchurch Presbytery, until February 2008
Stated Supply, Kaiapoi Co-operating, Christchurch Presbytery, 1 March 2008
WEST, Rev Peter J. L.
West Dn Union 2.1984 Wakari (name of parish changed to Flagstaff Union in
1987, term completed 31.1.1990
WEST, Rev. Dr. Robert Scott D.D.(McGill)
b. 13.8.1860 Perthshire, Scotland
w.. Annie McDonald b.(?) m.(?) d. 1929
Son of Peter West. Educated at Glasgow University and the Free Church College.
Awarded his DD by McGill 1926.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Dundee (Free Church of Scotland) June 1887
To New Zealand, arrived with commission from Free Church of Scotland Aug 1887
Ordained St Davids Auckland AP 18.10.1887
To Australia 1899 –
Translated to Sydney 1 Aug 1899 and received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales
Called to Burwood Sydney 25.8.1899 to 31.5.1930
Lecturer in Practical Theology 1907 to 1918
Senior Chaplain CMF (Commonwealth Military Forces?)
Moderator of General Assembly of the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1915
Home Chaplain, World War One
Moderator of the General Assembly of Australia 1926 to 1928
Publication : “The Story of the Holy Communion” (Sydney 1922)
WEST, Rev William
b. Kilcush, Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland 12 July 1836.
w. Elizabeth b.(?) m.(?) d.1920
He received his primary education at the parish School where he became a Parish
Teacher. Moved to Edinburgh where he studied at the Normal Academy of the Church
of Scotland, 1856-1858. After completing his curriculum there, he obtained an appointment at
Maybole where he also met and married his wife. He left for New Zealand with his
family on the “War Spirit” in 1863, initially residing in Auckland.
Soon after their arrival he was offered an appointment to the headmastership of the
Grammar School at Wanganui where he continued to work for the next 11 or 12 years. During
this time he regularly undertook religious services.
About 1878, Mr West left teaching and decided to serve the Church full time. His first
appointment was at Kumara, a position which the Presbytery had been unable to fill
for some time. The Westland Presbytery with a “royal disregard of formalities”
ordained him at once. Thereafter he was called to the newly formed charge of
Ordained Kumara, Westland Presbytery, February 1879 - his work stretched from Reefton to
Southbridge, Christchurch Presbytery, 21 September 1882
“There was a spiritual revival in 1886 chiefly among older people, and in 1891 chiefly
among young folk”' (Howes)
“His best talents he brought to bear with something like an all-consuming zeal on
the work of pastoral evangelism”. (Obituary).
Grandfather of Rev Hector Williamson West and Rev James Nicol Reid, great grandfather of Rev
Lester Reid and Rev. Peter Wedde
Died 24 June 1894
WEST, Rev William Henry
b 23.7.1905 Rongotea
w Marion b. 1.5.1909 m. 3.8.1927 d.(?)
He began work farming, also spent 6 months working in a newspaper office.
Had experience in Sunday School, Bible class work and Preaching.
Joined the Home Missionary service 1.7.1929, took the HM course.
HM Hauraki Plains WkP 1.7.1929
Kihi Kihi WkP 1930, Ord HM 29.4.1932
Pio Pio WkP 1933
Mangere AP 1937
Morningside AP 1938
Mangere AP 1939
Brighton DnP 1941 (while at the Hall)
Theological Hall 1941-43
Ordained Brighton DnP 13.12.1943
He was here while in Hall; he built up the parish to a fully sanctioned charge, and
was its first Minister as a full charge.
Leeston ChP 4.12.1947 - declining health from then on -
Fordell WgP 4.7.1953
Waiheke Island AP 1.6.1960 - retired 31.5.1965 due to ill-health.
WESTBROOKE, Rev Brownlow James F.G.S.
w. Mary b.(?) m.(?) d. 15 Jan 1908 aged 65 years.
He was originally a Minister with the Primitive Methodist Church
Received by the PCNZ 1879 & Ord by WsP 1879
(in Presbytery list of Ministers his Ordination date is given as 1872)
Rakaia AsP 18.3.1880
Greymouth WsP 14.9.1882 - resigned 4.1891
Methven (Springburn AsP) 5.7.1892 - the charge was divided in 1904, &
Westbrooke took the Methven portion,
Ret 27.6.1911 through a distressing & lingering illness.
Died 17.7.1912, aged 66 years.
WESTON, Rev Brian William BSocSc., Dip.Th., Dip.Tchg.
w Sandra m 28 January 1967
Theological Hall 1967-1969
Ordained Paeroa Waikato Presbytery 29 December 1969
Waitara Taranaki Presbytery 31 October 1975 resigned 13 March1987 to go teaching.
Minister within the bounds North Shore Presbytery 7 November 1991
St Pauls Devonport North Shore Presbytery 4 February 1994
Minister Emeritus June 1999
Removed from Roll 1 May 2007
WESTRA, Rev Rintje Willem (Rinny)
B.A., B.D. (Geelong), Th.Grad., ThM. (Westminster), DipTchg.
w Barbara McKean m 4 January 1973 (Barbara a fully qualified Medical Practitioner)
Studied for his B.D. at the Reformed Church College, Geelong, Australia.
Rep 1971: He did theological training in another denomination, and is doing a special
course this year in anticipation of being accepted into the ministry of the PCNZ.
Although from a Theologically conservative background and training, his views
moderated prior to his entry to the Presbyterian Church.
Ordained Assistant Minister St Peters Napier West Hawkes Bay Presbytery 21 May 1972
Tamatea Community Church Napier 9 October 1975
PD&M Consultant Auckland 14 November 979 - resigned 31 July 1984 and withdrew.
His views on war, given in a Public War Memorial Service, aroused considerable controversy;
led to his decision to withdraw.
Minister within the Bounds North Shore Presbytery 7 Novemver 1991
St Pauls Devonport Auckland North Shore Presbytery 4 February 1993
Minister within the Bounds North Shore Presbytery August 1998
Minister within the Bounds Auckland Presbytery January 2003
Northcote-St Aidan’s Auckland (Stated Supply) North Shore Presbytery 28 July 2004
Northcote-St Aidan’s Auckland North Shore Presbytery 21 April 2005
Other Recognised Minister, North Shore, 2 June 2008
WEYERS, Rev Mario
South Africa, Afrikaans
Emigrated to New Zealand, 2014
Minister, St Andrew’s Te Puke, Kaimai Presbytery, 3 April 2014
WHALEY, Rev Graham & Mrs Marion
Miss - joint appt with Ch of Christ.
Dadaya, Zimbabwe, High School Chapl 1985-8
After NZ furlough He went by invitation as Min of Meth Circuit, Zimbabwe.
Kadoma Circuit, Harare, Zimbabwe 1.2.1988
A multi-racial congregation with small European community, & large &
growing African membership, - 29 preaching places.
Hatfield, Harare, Zimbabwe - Lecturer at United Theol Coll 1992,
returned to NZ 12.1992
Birkenhead Meth Ch 31.3.1993
WHARERIMU, Rev Tame Taupaki (Tom)
b 15.9.1920; w Winnie Waiarani b 9.3.1930 m 27.10.1956
He went to school at Te Whaiti; he worked as a driver at Waimana; he was
brought up as Ringatu, but the influence of Pres Ch people at Waimana
brought him into Pres Ch.
Maori Theol Coll Whakatane 1963-5
Ord Nuhaka 21.12.1966; from 1969 he served the Ch at Wairoa as well
Putauaki (Kawerau) 5.2.1974 ret 31.1.1986 - he suffered illness & pain
during the latter part of his work & in ret.
WHEATLEY, Rev Jeremiah Gerald
b 13.5.1879 Reading, England.
In early life he went to South Africa, and later served with the YMCA there during
part of the Boer War. Masy have also served with the YMCA in New York.
During World War One he served again with the YMCA in England. He came to NZ
on account of his health, and continued to serve with the YMCA as General
Secretary at Hastings, and in other positions.
Then was received into the PCNZ Home Missionary Service 1.4.1929
HM Opunake TkP 1929
Port Ahuriri HBP 1931, Ord HM 18.5.1931
Upper Aramoho, Wanganui 1933 - retired 1.6.1935 due to ill-health
'He bore the onset of a fatal disease with patience and courage'.
WHEELDON, Rev Alfred Hadfield
w Mary J. b 22.4.1876 m 5.6.1905
Ord 1902 - Received by Assembly 19.11.1912
Ind Arrowtown COP 25.6.1913 - resigned 21.11.1913
Matawhero, Gisborne 21.12.1914
Shannon MnP 30.10.1918 - resigned 1921
Strath Taieri (Middlemarch) 26.6.1923
South Molyneux ClP 1.12.1932
Kumara WsP 18.11.1934 to 18.11.1936
Died 7.12.1954 Christchurch
WHIMP, Rev Neal John B.A., B.D.
w Marion Jill Sutton (refer entry for Sr. MJ Sutton) m 14.11.1964
Educated at Whangarei Boy’s High School, Victoria University Wellington (BA) and
Otago University (BD). A member of the Presb. Church of NZ since 1960.
Theological Hall Duendin 1963-65
Ordained Wellsford NP 9.2.1966 - resigned 17.8.1969
Accepted for Overseas Missions service, New Hebrides 1968
Marine Dept. Course Auckland July 1969
Commissioning Service at St Andrew’s Whangarei 13.8.1969
Appointed as District Pastor on Lamenu Island, New Hebrides 18.8.1969
Left Auckland for New Hebrides 2.9.1969
Principal Pastor Training - Aulua, Malekula Island 3.1977
Returned to NZ 8.12.1980
Off staff 31.7.1981
St Stephens Waikiwi Invercargill SP 2.8.1981
St Enochs Tauranga BPP 4.5.1989
Acting Executive Secretary, Council For Mission & Ecumenical Co-Operation (COMEC)
Acting Global Mission Secretary Auckland Feb 2002
Minister Emeritus BPP Aug 2002
WHIMP, Mrs N.J. see Sutton, Jill
WHITE, Miss Barbara Maud
educated at Greymouth Technical High School (1951-54), Christchurch West
High School (1955), and University. Hold a Teacher’s ‘C’ Certificate.
A member of the Presb. Church of NZ since 1955.
Accepted as Missionary Teacher to New Hebrides.
Appointed to Lamenu for 3 year term from 10 June 1962
Set apart for Missions Service by Timary Presbytery 10 June 1962
By Sea to All Saints College Sydney for short Missions training course 22 June 1962
Arrived Auckland from Sydney Nov 1962
Left Auckland for New Hebrides via Fiji 2.3.1963
Lamenu, Vanuatu 1963 - her appointment completed end 1965
Arrived back in Auckland via Fiji 13.12.1965
Off Missions staff 6.3.1966
WHITE, Miss C.M.
Assist Maori Synod Office Whakatane 6.1.1958
WHITE, Rev Duncan M.A.(Glas),B.D.(Toronto)
b 24.4.1929; w Sheila Mary m 20.3.1954
fr United Ch of Canada
Director of Chr Educ Chch 16.8.1966 res 31.10.1969 & wthd
WHITE, Miss Geneva
Maori Girls Hostel Ak, Assist 1949
WHITE, Rev Graeme R. L.Th.
Associate ClP 1978
New Brighton Union ChP 2.1985 - Term completed 1.1993
Te Atatu Union Church AP 2001
WHITE, Mr Henry
Miss - A member of Ang Ch who served as Hon Supt of Pres Chinese Ch Dn.
He assisted and when Rev A.L. Miller had to withdraw he took charge. He
visited Chinese gardens, laundries, stores etc & Hosp.
Chinese Ch Dn Hon Supt 1888-1924 - 36 yrs.
WHITE, Rev Joseph
b 25.5.1839; w M. b 14.9.1852 m 6.1.1868 d 16.9.1932
He began his ministry in Eng with the Free Meth in 1869; Ord 1869;
recd by OSyn on 27.10.1887.
Ind Kelso MtP 1888 res 1890
Cromwell COP supply 1891
Pleasant Point SCP 5.4.1892, recd by Nth Ass 1892
Levin MnP 1908 ret 31.1.1911
Cambridge Outfields WkP 1911
Died 15.3.1919 Levin
WHITE, Miss Jessie Irene
Deac Otago PSSA fr 25.3.1943
WHITE, Rev Neil Oliver
w Anna L. b 18.5.1889 m 16.12.1912 d 31.3.1934
In student days supplied at Hokianga, Dannevirke, Hunterville.
Theological Hall 1908-9
Completed studies at Knox College, Toronto, Canada 1910-11.
Licensed & Ordained by Pembina Presbytery at Minto, North Dakota, USA 1911
He returned to NZ in 1914 and accepted call to :
Waipukurau HBP Ind 29.4.1914 - resigned 31.3.1916
Chapain NZEF, war service 25.3.1916 to 24.3.1917 – invalided home 1917.
Assistant Minister Riccarton Christchurch ChP began 1917; Ind 16.7.1918
Helensville AP 30.8.1922
Dargaville (Northern Wairoa NP) 16.2.1927
Takapuna Auckland NSP 8.3.1934 - resigned 30.4.1935
Morningside Auckland AP 1935 - resigned 30.5.1937
Worked in Govt Office Auckland
Northern Manaia NP 1940-41
He ministered in Natal, Britsh Columbia (Canada), Nova Scotia; returned to NZ &
supplied Greymouth, Tasman & Moutere.
Retired to Te Kuiti 1958
Died 19.9.1962 at Te Kuiti
WHITE, Rev Shuford Stanley
w Susan McEachern m 13.12.1986
fr USA - Ord 1986
Clutha Valley ClP 22.12.1988 res 9.11.1993 & returned to USA.
WHITE, Rev Stephen
Waikohu Co-op Gisborne 28.7.1994
WHITE, Rev William M.A.(Queens Univ. Belfast)
w Agnes Jane b 24.11.1856 m 28.1.1879 d 15.10.1942
Originally from County Antrim, Ireland
Studied at Queens University, Belfast, Ireland.
Licensed by Belfast Presbytery of Presbyterian Church of Ireland 1 Apr 1885
Came from Presbyterian Church of Ireland as Probationer.
Ord Pleasant Point SCP 9.11.1885
Wallacetown SP 21.12.1890
During part of his time at Wallacetown he assisted in teaching at the Boy's High School in Invercargill.
Waverley TkP 20.1.1903
Waihi WkP 4.2.1908 - retired 3.1914
He was a scholarly man, an expert mathematician, took a keen interest in secondary education. For many
years he set and marked the New Zealand University Mathematics examination papers. He had heart
trouble which compelled him to give up active ministry in March 1914.
Died 22.8.1914 at Waihi.
WHITE, Rev Wallace Stuart (known as Stuart)
b 26.4.1917 at Gore.
w Paula Edith b 13.4.1929 m 24.11.1951 [one records states 20 Dec 1951]
Educated at Edendale Primary School and at Southland Technical College, Invercargill. Completed
an apprenticeship in motor engineering. Then took up studies at the Bible College in Auckland with
the intention of going into Mission Service in the Pacific Islands with the ability to maintain the
mission vehicles. Unfortunately World War Two intervened and was drafted into the Army, serving
in the 3rd Division Workshop Regiment, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, with overseas service
in Fiji, Solomon Islands and the New Hebrides. Due to adverse health effects caused by the tropical
climate, decided instead of missions service to apply to be received as a student for the ministry.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1949-51
Licensed by the Presbytery of Chitschurch.
Ordained Cust-Oxford ChP 20.12.1951
Amuri ChP 14.6.1955
Centre Bush SP 25.4.1963
Opunake TkP 20.5.1969
Hinds AsP 19.2.1976
Minister Emeritus 28.2.1979
"Stuart was a faithful minister and preacher, hardworking and conscientous. His quiet demeanour,
practical nature and no-judgemental outlook made him an effective and loved pastor. He was a loyal
Presbyter, disliking division and argument but ready to suggest compromise solutions. Stuart was
also a family man, never balancing the needs of Church and family in the way he would have preferred
so leaving more on the shoulders f his wife, Paula, than he wished. His family, however, paid tribute
to his non-judgmental outlook, his quiet wisdom and his support of them as true efforts to put his
faith into practice.
[from Memorial Minute]
Died June 2008 at Wanganui, aged 91 years. Interred, as per his wish, at Edendale in Southland.
WHITEHEAD, Rev Leonard George Burdett M.A.
b 11.6.1901 Hastings
w Shiela MacDonald Barr b 30.5.1908 m 19.12.1932
HM Lake Coleridge ChP student 1924
Roseneath WnP student 1925
Frasertown GP student 1927
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1927-28
St Andrews College Sydney Australia 3rd year 1929
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 12.11.1929
Ord St Davids Palmerston North 9.4.1930
Wallacetown SP 28.9.1933
Southbridge ChP 27.10.1938
St Andrews Suva Fiji AP 1.5.1944
Paeroa WkP 14.5.1946
Taradale HBP 9.6.1955
At Taradale he served Lindisfarne College as lecturer in Scripture & General Knowledge; he edited a
religious column in Southland Times for some years under nom-de-plume of “Popokatea”.
Died 13.9.1961 in office.
WHITEHEAD, Rev Nancy Jean M. Dip.ThSt., LTCL.
St.Clare’s Co-op Hamilton WkP November 1995
Convener of the Nominating Committee 2003
Knox Parish, Cheviot / Kowhai Parish (Waipara / Amberley / Sefton) / Wakari Parish Christchurch Presbytery 21 August 2008
WHITELAW, Rev Alan Campbell Ll.B.
b 19.11.1893 at Auckland
w Mary (Molly) Dorothea Shannon b 1.8.1895 m 25.9.1930 d 31.3.1964
He practised law in Hawera for a time before studying for the ministry
War sericev from 6.2.1917 to 23.11.1918
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1925-27
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 18.10.1927
Ord Youth Agent (YMBC Travelling Secretary) 21.11.1927
Te Awamutu WkP 19.2.1931
Blenheim NMP 22.9.1937- resigned 25.9.1945 - to Scotland 1946-48
Johnsonville, Wellington WnP 2.6.1949 - retired 31.12.1960
Supply in retirement
Son-in-law of Rev J.W. Shannon
WHITELAW, Mrs Mary Dorothea (Molly) neé Shannon
b 1.8.1895 Hawick Scotland
h Alan Campbell, Whitelaw b 19.11.1893 m 25.9.1930 d 30.5.1972
She came to NZ with her parents in 1921 to Morere, & later Matawhero;
when her Father died she carried on his work as Minister there for 3 months.
Interim Travelling Secretary agent for the PWMU.
Traelling Secretary for the YWBC Movement 1928-30
Married Alan Whitelaw in Edinburgh 25.9.1930; lived at Te Awamutu, Blenheim,
Johnsonville; Ord elder 1960; attended World Council of Churches (WCC)
Assemblies, served on press Committe; Church Union Committee; Joint
Commission on Church Union.
Died 31.3.1964 at Auckland.
WHITTINGTON, Rev James Neville
w Winifred b 4.4.1911 m 30.1.1946 d 20.6.1978
He was the son of a Congregational Minister in Monmouthshire, England.
He began life as a sailor but left because of ill-health; he was handicapped throughout
his ministry by persistent illness.
Joined the Home Missionary service Apr 1934
HM Johnsonville WnP 1934
Roseneath WnP 1936
Napier Suburbs HBP 1937 – resigned 1.3.1939 to enter Hall.
Theological Hall 1939-41
Ord Balclutha ClP 4.12.1941
Died 20.4.1953 in office.
WHYTE, Rev Alexander M.A.,B.D.,B.Sc.,F.L.S.
b 8.2.1864 in London
w Helen Inglis Shanks b(?) m(?) d(?) married prior to leaving for New Zealand
He began studying the classics in his primary school at 8 years of age. Won the Hutcheson
Grammar School University Scholarship.
He studied at Glasgow University and the United Presbyterian Church Hall at Edinburgh.
Also began the medical course, passing his first professional examination simultaneously with
his Divinity Course at the United Presbyterian Hall. The strain of the two courses at once was
too much for his eyes and he gave up medicine.
held and assistant-ship to the Professor of BOtany at Glasgow university for 5 summer session 1884-1888.
Again, upon his return from New Zealand, he rejoined the Botany Dept. for a time.
Elected a Fellow of the Linnaean Society in 1882.
He came to NZ as a probationer of United Presbyterian Church, arrived 16.9.1888.
He established South Wairarapa Charge, preaching at Carterton, Gladstone, Greytown.
He returned to Scotland and was Ordained there in 1890.
During his time in New Zealand he cerated a collection of New Zealand plants, which, upon his return
to Britain in January 1889, were placed in the Bristish Museum.
Served as Assistant Minister at East Campbell Street Church, Glasgow, followed by a pastorate at Craigs
and Duntocher Church from 1890 to 1894.
Called to North Kelvinside U.P. CHurch, Glasgow 1894.
Three strenuous years as a City Pastor and the building of a new church caused a breakdown in health
which forced Rev White with his wife and four children to return to New Zealand in June 1897.
On returning to New Zealand he was received by the Northern Presbyterian Church
Assembly on 13.2.1898. Upon his health being restored :
Inducted Havelock North HBP 7.6.1898
Horrified by the 'pagan' nature of the national education system, he began battling for the religious
education of the young. He commenecd, in conjunction with an Anglican clrergyman, daily half-hour
religious studies in school, followed by a written examination every Friday. With the assistance of other
Protestant Clergy, similar classes were established at Port Chalmers in 1910. He carried out this work until
his death in 1919.
Port Chalmers DnP 1.2.1910
In 1911 he moved in Assembly that the site offerred for a Girls School in Havelock North be accepted; Iona
College was established on it; he also founded Columba College Dunedin; he took a leading part in
establishing Church Colleges.
Another matter dear to his heart was Church Union between the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational
Churches, the first motion towards such a move being passed at the 1918 General Assembly.
At his funeral service in First Church Dunedin, the Rev Balfour spoke of his eloquence and related that a
leading New Zealand Minister once said to him that he had never heard anyone either in this land or in the
homeland who had such a power of expression. Rev Balfour also commented on the combinationn of the
visionary and the practical man,a combination which made him able in large measure to realise his dreams :
""He saw what he ought to do and tried to do it. He said what he felt without consideration of the consequences.
If he was beaten he took his defeat unperturbed and he cherished no resentment against those who opposed
him. He was gentleman, a meek man, but he had the courage of a lion, and the persistant strength to carry
through what his convictions prompted him to undertake."
"A unique presence has vanished from among us, a presence whose beauty and value will become only the
more clearly apparent as the years move on. His scholarship and culture, his attention to form in manner and
speeches and in the worship of God, his energy and ardour, his so Christ-like meekness, self-scarifice and charity
will ever be remembered."
WHYTE, Miss Diana
Overseas Volunteer - teacher
Jubilee School, Kharar India 1984
WHYTE, Mr Ken & Mrs Pauline
Principal, Mustard Seed Boys' Trade School Mendi, PNG 1991-3-
In 1930 he asked for Baptism & expressed his willingness to help in
services; he was later ord elder & remained a faithful witness till his
death. A memorial tablet was dedicated by Rev J. G. Laughton & Rt
Rev W. H. Howes on his moderatorial visit to Matahi on 4.1938.
WI TE POU
He had been Sec of Waimana School from its beginning in 1921; he did everything in his power to help Sr Aileen in her work.
WICHMAN, Rev Enere B.Th.
Cook Islander, came to New Zealand circa 1974
Assistant Minister (Part Time) First Church of Otago Dunedin Dunedin Presbytery, November 1997 to 2004
Minister within the bounds, Auckland Presbytery, 26 July 2005
Associate Minister, Newton Pacific Islanders Church, Auckland Presbytery, 8 September 2005
WICKS, Kay - Deacon
Tuakau Union SAP 1.2.1992, Term completed 31.1.1994
WICKS, Rev Raymond G.
Tuakau Union SAP 2.1987, Term completed 31.1.1994
WIGGINS, Mr Brian & Mrs Shirley
fr Thames - Miss PNG
Menduli, Southern Highlands of PNG 1990
Brian employed by United Ch of PNG as Manager of United Ch business
'Menduli' 1990. Menduli's bulk store was one of the first businesses in the
Southern Highlands (began 1966). It is the business arm of the Ch, & has
grown to include retail, trucking, sawmilling, hardware, wholesale, &
contracting activities. Returned to NZ 10.1992.
WIIG, Rev Roger Lindsay Dennis B.A., Dip.Th.
w Carole Ann m 8 January 1966
Theological Hall, 1967-1969
Ordained Assistant, Cambridge, Waikato Presbytery, 11 December 1969 - resigned 1 June 1971
Christian Education Worker, Parish Development and Mission Consultant, Auckland, 8 June 1971 - resigned 31 August 1978
Senior Editor, Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia, 1 September 1978
St Andrews, Palmerston North, 31 January 1982
Editor of Written Word, Dept of Communication, Wellington, 20 June 1989
Lodged Certificate on moving to the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church of Australia, January 1996
Minister of the Word, Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia 1 February 1996 – 30 June 2001
Minister, West Wickham, Bromley Circuit, Methodist Church in the United Kingdom, 1 September 2001 – 31 August 2009
Superintendent Minister, Bromley Circuit, Methodist Church in the United Kingdom, 1 September 2006 – 31 August 2009
Minister (stated supply) Otaki Waikanae, Wellington Presbytery, 1 June 2013
WIKI, Rev Shirley
Te Taitokerau Maori Pastorate Ak 6 Feb 2012
WILCOX, Rev Charles Gilbert
b 15.2.1883 at Melbourne, Australia
w Essie Sarah Lopdell b 22.10.1886 m 25.10.1915 d 17.8.1967
He was trained as an electrical engineer in England; he served YMCA in Brisbane (Aust.),
& Invercargill; later he entered the Home Missions service for a short period; special
pre-Hall course set 19.11.1915.
Theological Hall Dunedin 1917-19
Ord Owaka ClP 28.4.1920
Fairlie (Mackenzie SCP) 16.8.1923
Opoho, Dunedin DnP 27.2.1930
Eastbourne, Wellington WnP 24.10.1935 – retired 15.2.1948 due to ill-health.
Brother-in-law of Rev J.E. Lopdell
WILDE, Rev Arthur
b 29.10.1898, NZ
w Dorothy Jean b 24.5.1906 m 22.6.1933
Formerly a Farmer, took the Home Mission course including two years in the
Missionary Bible Training College in Sydney. Undertook eleven months of
Home Missionary work in Queensland for the Congregational Church of Australia.
Joined the PCNZ Home Missionary service in May 1926. Took part of the HM course.
Mamaku WkP 1926, Ord HM 3.7.1928
Kawhia WkP 1928
Mangapai NP 1937 (4 years)
Awhitu (3 years)
Kaitaia NP 1940 (4 years)
Taumarunui (2 years)
Woodville MnP 1946, raised to full status 1946
Apiti MnP 27.5.1947
Waikato East 3.6.1954 - retired 31.10.1963
WILDING, Rev Tekura
Licensed South Auckland Presbytery 30 November 2006
Associate Minister, Central Southland Presbyterian Parish SP Feb 2007
(Sole Minister from 2008)
WILKES, Rev Frederick Alexander
b 3.6.1901 Invercargill
w.(?) b.(?) m.(?) d.(?)
He was a motor mechanic for some years. Trained with the Salvation Army
including 12 months special study; Salvation Army Officer 1922 to 1927.
Entered the PCNZ Home Mission service 1.8.1930, took the HM course.
HM Broad Bay (Otago Peninsula Outfields) DnP 1930
Athol SP 1930
Orawia SP 1935; Ord HM 19.3.1935
Waikaia MtP 1938
Sefton ChP 1946
Belfast-Styx ChP 1947
Hedgehope SP 1951 - he had a serious illness in Apr 1952, granted 10 months
sick leave, and finally forced to retire in 1957.
Died 2.11.1964 Invercargill
Junior Voice Production Tutor, Hall Dn 1906-10 (probably earlier, but
tutors were not listed before 1906).
Voice Production Tutor (all studs) 1910 res 30.11.1913
WILKIE, Rev John
Local Ordained Minister, St John's, Hawera Taranaki Presbytery 11 December 2007
WILKIE, Rev Robert F. M.Div.(Yale),B.A.
From the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America; served 20 years in ministry in the USA,
mostly in 'Campus Ministry'. Western Oregon State College 5 years, and from there to NZ.
Kelburn, Wellington WnP 15.11.1984 - resigned 31.3.1987 and returned to the USA.
WILKINS, Miss L.
WILKINS, Rev Norman Harvey B.Tech.(Hons), BD.
w Linda Joy m 30.3.1968
Theological Hall 1980-2
Ordained Manhonui County Union NP 3.2.1983
St Georges Linwood Christchurch and Aranui-Iona Christchurch ChP 4.2.1988
Kapiti Uniting Parish WgP Jun 2000
WILKINSON, Mrs A.C.H. see Luke, Marilyn
WILKINSON, Mr Alfred H.
Unordained HM Ruawai (supply) NP 24.2.1937 to 1.12.1937
Ormond 17.4.1938 to 31.10.1938
Denniston (supply) WsP 1939-40
He also helped with supply for several years at Tuakau, Taumarunui and Kati Kati.
WILKINSON, Rev Frank Howitt M.A.
b 5.12.1891 Dunedin
w Helen Margaret Cameron (daughter of the Rev. Andrew Cameron, Dunedin )
b 19.2.1890 m 11.8.1920 d 12.1960.
He spent a summer holiday touring Bible Classes in Taranaki; as a result he was appointed
Young Men’s Bible Class Travelling Secretary in 1914
In 1915 he left for Egypt with the Young Men’s Christian Asssociation (YMCA); he later
trained for active service.
War service with NZ Expeditionary Forces 1.2.1916 to 4.11.1919.
After the Armistice he studied at New College Edinburgh, then completed his Theology
course in Dunedin on his return in rder to prepare for Missionary service in China.
New College Edinburgh 1919
Theological Hall Dunedin 1919-20.
Ordained for Missionary service in Canton Villages Mission 9.8.1920
Sailed for China 11.10.1920
After furlough (leave) in NZ during 1926, they returned to China in Jan 1927. Due to political
unrest in China and changes to the structure of the Mission effectively handing over control
to the local Chinese Synod, he felt that he could not continue his work as before and returned
to NZ Aug 1927.
He resigned from Mission work 30.9.1927.
Inducted Wadestown WnP 2.2.1928
Trinity Timaru SCP 21.11.1935 - retired 9.5.1946 on account of his health.
In retirement he lived in Dunedin & Lower Hutt.
WILKINSON, Rev Harry Lloyd B.A.
b 21.9.1905 unmarried
Studied at Auckland University then attended Teachers College Auckland, spending a short
period as a Primary School Teacher
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1929-31
Licensed by Auckland Presbytery 10.11.1931
Ord Fordell WgP 15.12.1931
Westport WsP 2.7.1937
Lincoln ChP 18.12.1941
Morrinsville WkP 10.5.1951
Tirau WkP 4.10.1952 - retired 31.12.1969 due to failing health;
From 4.1970 till death was Chaplain at Waikato Hospital.
His Mother lived with him until her sudden death.
Died 6.9.1970 suddenly
WILKINSON, Rev Margaret Stewart Dip.Th.
h Ross Stanley, Wilkinson b 30.11.1921 m 6.3.1948
Lay Pastoral Assistant, St George’s, Takapuna NsP 1974 to 1982
Inducted as a Lay Preacher in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand at St George’s, Takapuna
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1983 (her final year)
Ordained Knox, Parnell, Auckland AP 15.3.1984
Part Time Chaplain to Mater/Mercy Hospital, Auckland (Presbyterian Support appointment) 1988
Minister Emeritus 12.3.1989
Died 25 October 2009 at North Shore.
WILKS, Rev Graham John M.A.,B.D,
w Wendy Elizabeth Stokes , a Nurse in Dunedin, m 14.11.1964
b. Westport 6 March 1941
Commenced employment in the Greymouth Public Trust Office in 1959. In the ensuing three
years, Graham undertook night classes for his accountancy certificate, graduating with the
equivalent of the University Commerce degree. Felt the call to Ministry. He was required to
undertake an Arts
degree course at Otago University, graduating MA in Education, then graduating BD in 1974.
Theological Hall 1968-70
Ordained Moutere Hills Nelson 2.3.1971 res 12.5.1974 Lodged Certificate
Independent Church St Michael’s, Melbourne 1975-78. Also acted as consultant with the
Uniting Church of Australia Adelaide South Australia 1978
Director of “Relationships Australia (South Australia) Inc.”, dealing with marriage guidance,
Sept 1978 – 1997
Acted as a guest lecturer at the University of South Australia and occupied key positions in
the South Australia Psycological Board.
Suffered a stoke in 1997.
Clinical Psychologist in private practise also holding a consultance in clinical psycology
and psysiotherapy up until his death.
Died Adelaide 17 July 2001
WILL, Rev James A.
b (?) New Zealand.
w Agnes Allan Oliver b 26.2.1859 m - d 26.5.1937
(Her cousin was Janet Finlayson, wife of the Rev A Finlayson)
He went to Scotland for his Theology training.
Ordained Waiareka NOP 22.6.1883
Lawrence ClP 1894
Son of Rev the William Will.
Moderator of the Synod of Otago and Southland 1904 at the time of his death.
Died 22 June 1904 in office, aged 47 years.
WILL, Rev William
b 27.4.1825 Collace, Perthshire Scotland
w.(1) Louisa Wishart b. Edinburgh. m. Sept 1853, d. 17.11.1871 very suddenly at the Waihola manse after an attack of apoplexy.
w.(2) Mary Callender b.(?) m. March 1874, d. 23.2.1875
w.(3) Annie Irvine Jardine b.(?), m. April 1879, d.1903, aged 60.
Educated at Edinburgh University and the Free Church College Edinburgh.
He offered his services to the Colonial Committee of the Free Church of Scotland
Licensed and ordained by the Free Church Presbytery of Irvine as second Minister in Otago Aug 1853
Sailed for New Zealand Sept 1853 in the 'Stately' in which the Rev Wm Bannerman was
a Fellow passenger; arrived Port Chalmers 8.1.1854.
Inducted to East Taieri DnP 19.2.1854 (Inducted by the Rev Thomas Burns along with the
Rev William Bannerman) - served 45 years in the one parish;
Retired march 1899 and became Senior Minister.
Father of Rev J.A. Will.
Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland 1867 & 1897; Convener of the
Sustentation Fund Committee for many years.
Died 26.10.1912, aged 87.
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