Leith Valley Leadership has the following structure:
Parish Council made up of elders elected by the congregation and the ministers Kristin, Nancy and Waldir. The Council is the governing body of the church, making policy and finally responsible for the Vision and Mission plan of the church. The Council has developed a foundational document called Guiding Principles.
Membership of Council (see below).
The Ministry Leadership Team ( MLT ) consists of the ministers and the leaders of ministries in the church. Theirs is the responsibility for leading their teams in the implementation of the vision and mission of Leith Valley.
Kristin is leading the Leith Valley congregation while Richard Dawson takes up the position of Moderator of PCANZ for 2017 & 18.
Kristin has been part of the Leith Valley Community since his return to New Zealand six years ago. Prior to this he and his wife Susan and their two children Kaleb and Emma were living in Cambodia, serving with Servants to Asia's Urban Poor.
Kristin has been leading the mission team at Leith for the last four years and is looking forward to developing the church's mission and vision over the coming months.
Nancy moved to Dunedin at the beginning of 2016 after a long active ministry in Oamaru. She came to ordained ministry in the Waiareka-Weston parish after a wide –ranging ministry with her husband Ron, including extensive mission work and caring for people struggling with all sorts of challenges. This means that she is used to changing contexts, and to witnessing God’s movement in the lives of many people in a variety of situations. She is looking forward to serving the people of Leith Valley Church.
Waldir de Souza
Senior Minister: Rev Richard Dawson
Richard has been lead pastor at Leith for the last 17 years. Prior to this he ministered in South Otago in the Stirling/Kaitangata Parish.
He is currently the Moderator of PCANZ and is on leave from his Leith Valley duties.
He and his wife Fran have 3 grown up children and two grandchildren.
Annie-Kate Williams-Ministry Intern
Annie-Kate is training for Ministry through the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML). She has been working with both Leith Valley and Studentsoul in 2016. She is currently on maternity leave and will be back in November this year.
Office Administrator: Ben Gamble
Finance Manager: Bronwyn Miller
Church Manager: Rachel Bates
Ministry leadership team
Children and Families: Miranda Fairmaid
Youth Workers: Olivia and Ben Gamble
Studentsoul: Tom Mepham
Studentsoul: Lynne Taylor
Parish Clerk: Ged Forbes
Ged leads our Parish Council, he has recently been inducted at Leith Valley having served as an Elder in his church in Marton up until 2012