The position of Vicar at St Peter’s on Willis, Wellington is to be filled with a creative model of leadership involving three Co-Vicars; Archdeacon Stephen King and the Reverends Jean Malcolm and Charles Waldegrave, in an initiative designed to build on, and further develop, St Peter’s ministry into the inner city.
Charles will continue at the Family Centre in Lower Hutt, but will devote the equivalent of a day a week to ministry at St Peter’s. Jean will move to live in the parish to work four days a week, and Stephen will be fulltime, while continuing his responsibilities as Archdeacon for Wellington.
An installation service for Stephen, Jean and Charles will take place on Sunday 1 October at 3.00pm.
Jean comes to St Peter’s with experience in ministry in four of New Zealand’s Dioceses, and in Provincial roles. She has degrees in music and theology, was a secondary school teacher in the Waikato in the 1980s, and spent 13 years as a Franciscan in NZ and the UK. Since leaving the Franciscans Jean has continued to live in intentional household communities and have involvement in community development, and sees building community as one of the key parts of God’s life. She has been a school and university chaplain, and looks forward to being part of the community at St Peter’s, bringing together diverse groups from Wellington’s communities, engaging them through creative liturgy, the arts, political conversations, educational opportunities and theological reflection.
Jean says: “Relationships rate high on my list of what is important in life: our relationships with one another, our relationship with God, our relationship with our environment, our relationship with history (… and in Aotearoa especially with all that the Tangata Whenua have to teach the rest of us).
“Because of this I am very concerned that we as people (especially those of us who claim that we are God’s people) live and behave in ways that are inclusive, just, generous, and forgiving. The plight of the last, the lost and the least keeps me from ever feeling very comfortable!
“Yet at the same time I believe that we have much to celebrate. It is good to find ways to rejoice, to play, to be serious about not taking ourselves too seriously!”
In coming to St Peter’s, Charles returns to the place where he was a twinkle in his parents’ eyes. They were married there after the war in 1947 and later produced a couple of baby boomers. Charles is currently a Coordinator at the Family Centre, Anglican Social Services based in Lower Hutt and leads the Social Policy Research Unit there where he will continue to work. However, much of Charles’ professional life is involved with Government Ministries, Local Authorities and politicians in the city and he will devote the equivalent of one day a week to parish ministry. Charles has been very involved in the Church’s role in social justice and social transformation and wants to contribute to the further development of St Peter’s ministry into the city. He is a registered psychologist as well as being an Anglican priest and has MAs with Honours from the University of Waikato (Educational Psychology) and Cambridge University, UK (Theological and Religious Studies).
Charles says: “I am deeply committed to the view that our parishes are there to serve the communities around them, and that this ministry springs from a Eucharistic base at the heart of the parish. St Peter’s has a proud tradition in this regard and I am very happy to walk in its legacy and contribute to its future. I’m married to Kasia who shares these views. We have three sons and four granddaughters whom we adore. Though social justice has been a major focus of my life, spirituality is my life spring. I think it will be fabulous to be part of the spiritual heart of St Peter’s and serve the city’s needs and celebrate its life.”
Stephen is a Wellingtonian with a Chinese Pakeha whakapapa. He is married to Sarah (for 28 years) and they have two (hopefully) adult children. Stephen has been ministering in the Diocese of Wellington for 21 years, and he has served as Priest in communities spanning the Anglican spectrum, Evangelical Charismatic to Liberal Anglo-Catholic, from children youth and families to prison ministry, in large parishes and small parishes. For the first 14 years, Stephen was a self-supporting clergy person working in management positions in Customer Contact, Accounts Receivable, and Customer Master & Pricing areas, managing large teams in high volume, high stress environments; specialising in Business Process Improvement, Compliance and Controls, and Project Management.
In 2010 Stephen made the move to fulltime employment in the church, initially as a fulltime Masters Student at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin Texas. On completion of his degree in 2012 Stephen returned to Wellington and became Archdeacon for Mission and Vicar of Saint Barnabas, Roseneath. As Archdeacon for Mission he was responsible for a broad range of Diocesan initiatives including the initial setup and delivery of the Anglican Studies Programme, and Diocesan support of refugee resettlement. In 2016 Stephen became Archdeacon of Wellington.
While he enjoys making a contribution to the Diocesan Leadership Team, it is in the relationships nurtured in Parish Ministry that Stephen finds the most life. He looks forward to the opportunities of connecting the broader networks he has developed in his time as Archdeacon to a parish with such a strong tradition of engagement with social issues.