Matt Crawshaw has joined the Diocesan Manager’s Office to assist the Diocesan Manager, Nick Young, for a fixed term of twelve months. Initially focussed primarily on completing a variety of projects, Matt will be in the Anglican Centre for 30 hours per week during his term.
Matt shares: “Kia ora koutou. Ko Matt taku ingoa. I am a proud father of five beautiful children and am married to Chrissie. We live in Cannons Creek, Porirua, where we have been very involved in community and missional work over the past 10+ years with the enduring hope that our neighbourhood and community increasingly becomes a place where peace reigns and children and families belong deeply. We are a part of Urban Vision and it is through this that I have increasingly strengthened my connections with Anglican Movement.”
Recently, Matt has worked for 15 months with The Salvation Army in Newtown, Wellington, where he has been Centre Operations and Mission Services Manager. In this, he was involved in leading through a significant period of change, consolidating several services across Wellington south area into a large new facility and investing in a greater integration of a holistic missional approach for all the services and activities that are run from the centre.
Prior to that he worked in the Porirua community, both for Wesley Community Action and also undertaking some self-employment. At Wesley he worked with community responses to debt and financial distress among low income people, creating innovative new programmes which were successful in supporting people towards greater financial well-being and control over their lives. He says: “I have a strong sense of call towards seeing the transforming power of Jesus at work in communities like mine in Cannons Creek.”
Matt says: “It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to join the team here at the Anglican Centre and I look forward to opportunities to serve the movement for the good of the Kingdom. If you’re in the area, please come by and say hello!”