We are delighted to announce that Rev Dr Mark Harris has been appointed as the new Vicar of the Parish of Waikanae. Mark comes to us from St John’s College in Auckland, where he has been training people for ministry in the Anglican Church. Mark was born in Auckland and moved to the UK when he was nine, where, he says, “I grew up going to a lovely Anglican Church that managed to have both a robed choir and a guitar-based music group, enjoy the liturgy yet be open to the Holy Spirit’s gifts, and have solid biblical teaching while not being fundamentalist. I thought this was normal church!” He and his wife, Katy, met at a church in London where for many years they were involved with street ministry with the homeless and work with students. After ordination, he served his curacy in England before being called back to New Zealand with Katy and their three children, to serve the church here. Once here, he ministered in two West Auckland parishes and then took up the current teaching post at St John’s. He and Katy say, “We are really excited to be moving down to Waikanae and getting involved in all that God is doing there, and to being part of the Anglican Movement whānau.” We look forward to welcoming them!
Pictured: Mark with his family.