Reverend Amy Houben, Parish of St Matthew’s, Palmerston North

The Reverend Amy Houben has been appointed Priest Assistant in the Parish of St Matthew’s, Palmerston North and will begin her role on Sunday 19 May.  Amy is currently Priest Assistant in the Parish of St Peter’s, Palmerston North and will cease her ministry there on Sunday 12 May.  Amy was previously a Deacon Assistant at St Peter’s, the Chaplain at Nga Tawa Diocesan School and also was a Diocesan student at St John’s Theological College in Auckland.

Amy writes:

For those who don’t know me, I’m Amy Houben.  I’m married to Tony and we have a son named Oran.  We lived in Marton before moving to Palmerston North where I was Chaplain with Nga Tawa Diocesan School and members at St Stephen’s, Marton.  Prior to this we lived in Auckland where I attended St John’s College.  With Tony and I having both served in the New Zealand Defence Force, we have done a lot of moving around.  It feels good to say that I have lived for five years now in Palmerston North!

I have during this time served as a Deacon, and then as a Priest Assistant with the Parish of St Peter’s, Palmerston North on Ruahine Street.  I have also served as a Chaplain with Presbyterian Support Services caring for two rest home communities in the city, a role I will continue this year.

I have loved my time at St Peter’s.  I have grown considerably in myself as a member of the parish, supported by a wonderful team of clergy friends, and a great many others I love very much.

I will soon embark on a new adventure with a new people.  Only 5km south-east is the Parish of St Matthew’s, Palmerston North in Awapuni.  I look forward to meeting and becoming a part of this family as we do the good work of sharing the beauty of God with our local community, and with our city.

I also look forward to catching up with friends and meeting those of you I don’t know yet in the near future.