The Reverend David Lacey has been appointed as Defence Force Chaplain at Trentham Military Camp. Dave writes below:
Firstly, can I say how nice it is to be back in Wellington! After spending the past four year in Auckland, posted to Papakura Military Camp it is refreshing to come back to a slightly slower pace of life. By that I mean it doesn’t take 50 minutes to drive four kilometres just to get onto the motorway!
For those who don’t know me, I’m Dave Lacey, I come from Masterton and I’m married to Margie (33 years this year), we have two married daughters and six grandchildren. We lived in the Wairarapa for 25 years and were members at St Mark’s in Carterton for a number of years before moving to Masterton and becoming members of St Matthew’s church.
I’ve been a New Zealand Defence Force Chaplain for seven years, coming back into the NZDF in 2012, serving almost three years in Trentham before spending the last four up in Papakura. The last seven years have gone in the blink of an eye which I guess is a good sign and means I’m still loving the NZDF and serving its people. A lot has changed over the years but people’s basic needs are still the same and I’ve found it a privilege and a very humbling experience, to serve and minister to the men and women, military and civilians of the NZDF family.
I look forward to catching up with old friends and meeting those of you I don’t know yet in the near future
Blessings for a peaceful 2019,