OUR MINISTRY TEAM
Our goal is to grow the Church in the Christchurch Diocese by bringing the youth and young adult ministry vision of Bishop Paul Martin to life and serving the parishes and communities of the Diocese.
We call young people and families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through personal communication, events, initiatives, and resources.
James is originally from Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science and worked in retail management before feeling called to youth ministry. James has over 18 years in Youth Ministry, working as part of a a retreat team (NET Australia), Diocesan Youth Coordinator (Toowoomba Australia) and in Parish Youth Ministry (Queensland and Christchurch). He holds a graduate certificate in Youth Ministry from BBI in Australia.
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Music Ministry Coordinator
Sam is a Christchurch local with many years of ministry experience including time with CYT and Tertiary Chaplaincy. She holds a BA in Psychology, Certificate in Youth Ministry and Diploma in Urban Mission Studies. Sam has been very involved and passionate about the music side of the ministry throughout her years in Ministry and in the past has been part of the CYT music team as well as many other music ministry teams.
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Mission Team Coordinator
Talia holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Waikato University and has been teaching for a number of years. She is from Waihi, a small town in the North Island, and has had the privilege of living, working and travelling to numerous places in NZ. Talia is a facilitator for Loving For Life and is a graduate of the 2017 Mission Team.
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Carmela is from Auckland and has a Degree in Fine Arts through the University of Auckland (Elam). She has extensive experience in youth ministry and event planning through her leadership in serving for the family ministry of CFC Youth for Christ. She is a Catholic speaker and creative with a heart for women, relational ministry, creative arts and delving deep in the mystery of the sacraments. She is passionate about pointing to the truth, goodness and beauty found in ourselves, our relationships and our gifts, by seeing God as the centre of it all.
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Mission Team Supervisor
Olivia is from Oxford, North Canterbury, and is a graduate of the 2015 Mission Team.
She has worked as Youth Coordinator in a variety of Parish and Diocesan settings in Christchurch for the past 5 years.
She has recently returned to Aotearoa after serving for 1 ½ years as a missionary at the Catholic Children’s Home Finca del Niño in rural Honduras, where she worked as a teacher and programme coordinator.
She has a heart for relational ministry and public speaking, as well as teaching and empowering young Catholic leaders.
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Mission Team is a group of young adult, full time volunteers. They serve the Christchurch Diocese in running retreats for schools, youth groups and serve other programmes throughout the diocese.
Inquiries around booking or joining the Mission Team can be made to:
Talia Steiner – Mission Team Coordinator
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