Bishop Justin, Bishop Eleanor and the Parish Nominators in the Parish of St Michael’s, Kelburn, are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim and Mel McKenzie as the new ministry leaders for the Kelburn parish. Tim has been Priest-in-Charge in the Parish of Miramar-Seatoun-Strathmore since 2009, while Mel had a letter of authority from Bishop Tom for work in the parish. Mel and Tim will job-share the position, with Tim as Vicar, and Mel joining the existing ministry team.
Tim and Mel are no strangers to the Kelburn parish, having been involved there when first married. At that stage, Tim was working as a University chaplain, while Mel did a stint as the parish children and families’ worker.
In earlier employment, Tim has been a government solicitor and tertiary educator. Mel is also legally qualified, and has worked in Parliament and in the NGO sector, primarily in the area of refugee family reunification.
They are very much looking forward to reacquainting themselves with the area, reconnecting with old friends, and joining the parish’s mission among local families and students. Among other things, they are excited about the possibilities for forming intergenerational residential community with students, academics and families.
Tim and Mel have three small children, Grace, Jamie, and Eliot (0-6). As a family, they aspire to enjoy the mountains of both the North and South Islands, but given that their family stage doesn’t presently allow much tramping, they are looking forward to the steps and hills of Kelburn, after eight years on the plains of the Miramar Peninsula.
Mel and Tim’s installation will happen in the New Year, probably in February. Watch Movement Online for further details.