Our Vicar

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

I am married to Jo and we have two daughter's Phoebe and Esther.

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 tried my best to be obedient to that call 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

My name is Rosemary O'Connor and I am presently People's Warden at St Johns. 

I grew up in Ashburton and was baptised and confirmed at St Stephens Church. 

I am married to Barry and have five lovely daughters and eight grandchildren who bring me great pleasure. 

In the late sixties we moved to Timaru and were made welcome at St Peters Church in Otipua road. A few years later we moved house and joined St Johns Church which was close to us. 

Due to my husband's occupation we lived in Australia for eight years, during which I found a lovely Church to worship in - another St Stephens in Brisbane. In 2007, we returned home again tot he warm loving people of St Johns. 

Currently I am on the Committee of our AAW group of which any women are very welcome to attend. 

I work part-time as an Activities Assistant in an Aged Care Facility. Mainly caring for people suffering from Dementia. I enjoy my work immensely. 

I welcome and am available to anyone who wishes  to contact me in regard to St Johns.


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, like our vicar, love a good long black and am always up for a prayer!

On the Home Front
I’m married to Cam and we have two daughters (Laylah and Amelia)and a wee boy on the way! While none of our family can (yet!) call ourselves southerners we love getting out in God’s creation, and wouldn’t hesitate to claim adoption to the South.

Having spent the last four years up in Auckland at Theological College, I am stoked to be within driving distance of the snow, and my family down in Dunedin.

I’m really excited to be a part of such a wonderful and generous community!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Lucy