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 youth leaders, young people and families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through personal communication, events, initiatives, and resources. 

James Bryant
CYT Manager

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. 

03 353 0705 ext 1
0210 259 3343
jbryant@cdoc.n
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Mark Currie
Parish Youth Ministry Support Coordinator

Mark Currie offers support and training for our Parish Youth and Young Adult Ministry Teams.

Mark has been working in Youth and Young Adult Ministry for over nine years. He has experience running Parish Youth Groups, been on leadership teams for Camp-based Ministries, run Youth Ministry in a School Context and has been the Dunedin rep for the New Zealand Bishops Conference for Young people helping to organise their National events. Most recently Mark had been working with St Vincent de Paul and Young Vinnies in the Dunedin Diocese and as an online Sports commentator

3 353 0705 Ext 2
0211 240 497

mcurrie@cdoc.nz


Cyrene Tionko
Mission and Outreach Coordinator

As the CYT Mission and Outreach Coordinator Cyrene looks after the logistical aspects of our Mission Team ministry as well as exploring new ways to encourage mission with and to the young people in our communities.

Cyrene has been involved in Ministry with Youth and Young Adults for over 21 years through Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ and Couples for Christ. This has included running local youth ministry and mission programmes as well overseas Mission programmes. He has a great passion for the ministry and growing young peoples relationship with Christ and the church. Cyrene also has worked most recently in the corporate world with significant experience in sales teams.

03 353 0705 Ext 3
027 555 0551
ctionko@cdoc.nz

Yna Martinez
Mission Team Supervisor and Music Team Coordinator

Yna provides supervision and pastoral care for our Mission Team and also is responsible for forming and supporting the Music Ministry team for the Diocese of Christchurch

Yna holds a Bachelor of Commerce Major in Marketing and Minor in Psychology, from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Yna has been heavily involved in Youth for Christ and Singles for Christ for many years particularly in their Worship Ministry. She has a great passion for guiding young people in their relationship with Christ and a real gift in supporting them pastorally through challenging times.

03 353 0705 Ext 4
0226 436 156
ymartinez@cdoc.nz

Olivia Webb
CYT Events Coordinator

CYT events provide opportunities for young people on their faith and life journeys. The CYT Events Coordinator delivers events for youth and young adults in the Diocese and provides resources and support for parish youth events programmes. The Events Coordinator is responsible for organising and facilitating all major Diocesan annual events, including Youth Camps (Antioch, Revolution, Young Adult camp), Youth Group Sports competitions, Diocesan Youth Masses, Praise and Worship nights, and other events such as talks and retreats. The Events Coordinator is also responsible for the formation of event volunteers and provides care and support for all who attend CYT events.

Olivia Webb started work at the Catholic Youth Team in January 2021. She is an experienced public event manager, specialising in developing community creative arts programmes. In addition to public event programming, Olivia has performed and exhibited internationally as an artist and vocalist. She studied Early music and 17th – 19th Century ensemble singing in New Zealand, France and England, and holds a B.F.A. (Hons) (Massey University), a Master’s degree in Performance and Media Arts (AUT), and a Ph.D. in Art + Design (AUT).

03 353 0705 Ext 5
0223923491
owebb@cdoc.nz

Vicki Schupbach
Admin Assistant

Vicki does an awesome job of helping keep us organized administratively as well as lots of other vital bits and pieces.Vicki does an awesome job of helping keep us organized administratively as well as lots of other vital bits and pieces.

Vicki has a background in marketing and runs her own marketing business as well as currently Managing the Catholic bookshop.


03 353 0705 Ext 0
vschupbach@cdoc.nz


Mission Team
Missionary Volunteers

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:

Cyrene Tionko
03 353 0705
027 555 0551
ctionko@cdoc.nz

Or click here to find out more information about Mission Team!

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