OUR CURRENT LEADERSHIP TEAM
It can be hard coming into a new church, so we've provided a little bit of information about the current ministry and leadership of the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church to help break the ice.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Ron Mills
The Rev. Dr. Ron Mills became the minister of the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church in April 1998. Prior to studying for the ministry, Ron was a lawyer, both in private practice and in the NZ Armed Forces. He has a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Otago and has a particular interest in Matthew's Gospel. He is interested in all areas of ministry but particularly in worship and the use of graphics and multimedia in worship and in adult faith exploration, including the use of film in this. He is married to Dianne and they have two adult sons.
Minister's Blog : Hibiscus Notes
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Parish Clerks: Paul & Kathy Fransham
Paul and Kathy share the important office of parish clerk in the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church. In this role, they support the parish council in its task of promoting the mission and vision of the church. Paul is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, for several years he was a school counsellor in two large Auckland secondary schools, and he is currently working as a marriage and funeral celebrant and also running his own business. Kathy is a funeral director.
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Treasurer: Ian Turner
Turner is the treasurer of the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church. Ian was born
in Dunedin but has lived most of his life in Auckland and lately in
Whangaparaoa. He spent many years on the staff of a tertiary institution,
mostly in senior management. He has also been extensively involved in the
management of church and community activities at local, regional and national
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The parish council is the main body responsible for leadership in the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church together with the minister. It provides for governance, spiritual oversight and pastoral care of members of the church, as well as offering leadership in mission with an eye to the wider community. It is composed of the minister and church members who have been elected as active elders by the congregations. It has appointed a Finance & Property Committee to exercise primary responsibility over financial and property matters.
OUR GLOBAL MISSION FOCUS
The Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church is committed to
We are in a mission partnership relationship with the Presbyterian
Women’s Missionary Union (PWMU), part of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. In
mid-May 2013 we sent a small mission team to Vanuatu to meet with the
leadership of the PWMU and, as a result of this visit, we began providing both
encouragement and practical support for developing the training centre and
hostel operated by the PWMU in Port Vila. We have formed a small task group to
oversee the mission project on behalf of our church. We made a second follow-up
visit in late May 2014, which included purchasing and installing five computers
for the training centre.
When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, we were able
to provide much-needed practical assistance in repairing, strengthening and
rebuilding part of the training centre and hostel that had been badly damaged
in the storm. This was a truly ecumenical effort, with members of the rebuild
team coming from both Presbyterian and Baptist churches and funding for
materials being provided by Uniting World, the aid agency of the Uniting Church
of Australia. You can learn more about this work, as well as about our other
visits to Port Vila, by reading our Church Blog.
Rebuild Team with PWMU Leadership, August 2015
This mission partnership is a new venture for us and we are excited about the
opportunities we have had already for mutual learning and sharing. We are
working closely with the Global Mission Office of the Presbyterian Church as we
continue to build our relationship with the PWMU. We have now been joined, in
June 2015, in this partnership by the Mairangi and Castor Bays Presbyterian Church.
We are also keen to hear from any other PCANZ parishes interested in working
with us in building the relationship with the PWMU and in developing the
training centre and hostel.
For more on global mission, see the Global Mission page of the Presbyterian Church
We also support the annual Christmas Appeal run by Christian World Service.