Joe McGarry – Anglican Studies Coordinator, and Chaplain at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and Victoria University

Joe McGarry – Anglican Studies Coordinator, and Chaplain at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and Victoria University

This week, we’d like to introduce Joe McGarry.  Joe and his family have just moved to the Diocese from Auckland.  Joe will serve the Diocese in three ways – one Diocesan role and two local roles:

  • Coordinator of our regional Anglican Studies programme
  • Young Adults Chaplain at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
  • Associate Chaplain at Victoria University Anglican Chaplaincy based at Pipitea Campus

Joe will be based at the Cathedral and he begins his new role on Monday 1 February.  You can contact him on 022 412 7601 or  We are excited that Joe and his family have chosen to join our Diocesan family.  Joe comes with a background in, and passion for theological education, and he will be a real asset to our team.  Please make Joe and his family welcome – following is an introduction from Joe.

Born and raised in a small farming community in America (just outside Buffalo, NY – about an hour away from Niagara Falls), Joe has spent the past 20 years serving in various ministry and educational roles on three continents.

Joe first served as an associate pastor in a small non-denominational community in Boston, Massachusetts.  Whilst serving there, he received Masters degrees in theology and church history at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  In 2008 Joe moved to Aberdeen, Scotland to earn a Doctorate in systematic theology, researching formation in Christ in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He completed his PhD in late 2012, and in 2013 was hired as the ministry assistant at St Margaret’s church in Hillsborough, Auckland.

Over the years, Joe has done everything from graphic design and programme directing, to small group leadership and training, to teaching and construction management.  He is very passionate about theological education and intellectual discipleship, as well as training and equipping discipleship communities.

Joe and his wife Katrina celebrated 18 years of marriage in January, and have two wonderful (and highly energetic) sons, Duncan (7) and Ewan (5).  In his ever evaporating free time Joe enjoys trying to grasp the rules of cricket, comparing rugby to American football, playing video games on his computer with Katrina, and home brewing.