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Our Vicar

Hey I'm Joshua, I am the Vicar here at St John's

I am married to Jo and we have three daughter's Phoebe, Esther, and Eve.

We really love Timaru and the people of St John's.

We are passionate about being a family who follow Jesus together and share in the mission he has called us to - make disciples! (Matthew 28).

A bit about me: I grew up in Christchurch and was fortunate to be part of a fantastic youth group as a teenager which really encouraged me to follow Jesus. I felt called to leadership in the church in my late teens and have been working that out ever since. I explored this calling further in study and I have done a Bachelor of Theology through Laidlaw College and a Masters of Ministry through Otago University. I get excited about people living a transformed life through a Christian faith that impacts all of life. I am convinced that the Gospel is good news for all people and that we are called to share it with others in both our words and our deeds.

I also happen to love the spiritual discipline of fishing for trout.

I am always up for a chat and a prayer. I love to drink coffee and talk God, life, and faith. I look forward to getting to know you.


Our Parish Administrator

Hi, I am Bernadine and I have the enjoyable role of interacting with many members of St John's as Parish Administrator. Married to Warren, we have three children. 

I have lived in Timaru all my life, apart from a year in my husband's home county of Norwich. I was baptised, confirmed and married at Sacred Heart Basilica and attended West (now Bluestone), Sacred Heart and Mercy / Roncalli College. 

I studied for a Business degree, while working at the Inland Revenue and raising a young family. Always wanting to keep busy I am on to my final papers of my second degree - this time History.

Warren and I have started an Accounting practice, so this keeps me busy when not at St John's. I am also very busy on the PTA and the BOT at Timaru Boys'. I have a keen interest in drama, although not so active in the local league for the past decade. I also love crafts, art and antiques. 

It has been great catching up with many of the ladies from the Friends of Glenwood, where I was the Rest Home / Retirement Village Manager for seven years. They certainly eased my integration into St John's. I have also made many new friends and rekindled old acquaintances. Thank you all for your welcoming and valued assistance. 


Our Vicar's Warden

I am Denise Langrish, currently the Vicar’s Warden here at St Johns Timaru, I am originally from Christchurch, was baptised and confirmed at St Pauls in Papanui and after moving to Twizel for four years I then settled in Timaru in 1973.

I was a parishioner at St Peters, Timaru for forty years and came to St Johns when the two churches amalgamated.  I have been part of a bible study group for over 30 years, around 12 ladies attend each week.

Bob and I have been married for 47 years, we have three grown up children and 5 wonderful grandchildren who I love spending time with. I am recently retired and enjoy having more time to spend in the garden at our lovely beach front property.


Our People's Warden

Hi I am Sue McCoy and I have been part of St John's since the latter part of 2016 when my husband and I were welcomed into this lovely Church Family.

My journey of Faith began in my early twenties and I was baptized and later married in the New Life Church.  I was hugely influenced in my faith by my Grandmother and by my mother who raised me in the Presbyterian Church.

I work as a Counsellor and retrained for this when my children were babies (now young adults).  As a qualified Counsellor I started working at Presbyterian Support Family Works and now work in my own practice where I have been for nine years.

I am passionate about people and have filled many leadership roles over the years both in and out of the Church.  I am pleased to be currently supporting the congregation of St John's in the role of People's Warden.


Our Curate

Kia Ora!

I’m Lucy and I’m the chaplain up at Craighead Diocesan School.
I get the wonderful opportunity to care for the Special Character and Spirituality of the school. Which includes teaching RSE (Religious and Social Education) and running Chapel services. 

I have a passion for knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Whether that’s on the cricket pitch or around my family table I love to gather with others as we explore what God is doing in our lives.

I’m married to Cam and we have two daughters, Laylah and Amelia, and a son, Elijah. We love getting out in God’s creation, and enjoying all that the South Island has to offer.

I love a good long black and am always up for a prayer.

Grace and Peace,

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Our Children & Families Worker

Hey there, my name is Jo. I am married to Joshua and we have three children - Phoebe, Esther, and Eve.

I run the children’s program here at St John’s. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher and have several years teaching experience as well as experience of running children’s programs in church.

I am passionate about children’s ministry, Our children deserve to have every opportunity to engage as full members of the church - growing as disciples of Jesus, learning to read the Bible and pray, taking part in worship and community. I would love to get to know your children and your family and help resource you as you encourage your children to follow Jesus.

As well as being passionate about children and families, I love to knit, do embroidery, or other crafty stuff. Craft and a cup of tea is my happy place!