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.
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.
Parish Manager: Bronwyn Miller
Bronwyn has been part of the Leith Valley Team since she accepted a Finance role in 2015. At the end of 2017, her role expanded and she became Parish Manager. Prior to that, she had looked after the Children and Families Ministry at Mosgiel Presbyterian for three years. She is married to Brian and they have two teenage children. She enjoys the wide variety in her job and supporting people to make the most of their gifting.
Ministry leadership team
Children and Families: Miranda Fairmaid
Miranda has been a part of the Leith Valley community since 2012. Prior to this, she and her family lived overseas for 12 years in Asia and the Middle East. Although she has worked in other roles at Leith Valley, in 2017 she became the Children and Family coordinator. She believes strongly in the importance of being part of an intergenerational community and looks forward to creating opportunities for the children, their families and other members of the Leith Valley family to interact.
Youth Pastor: Olivia Dawson
Olivia moved to Dunedin near the end of 2017 and became the Youth Pastor of Leith Valley in February 2018. Prior to coming to New Zealand she lived in the United States with her husband Phil and two children, Micah and Lyla, while serving as Associate Pastor to a church in Maryland. She has been a hospital chaplain and a minister to youth at several churches. In 2006 and 2007 she even served as youth worker here at Leith! She's excited to be back, worshiping and serving alongside friends, and ministering to the young people of this church and their families.
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