The Reverend Megan Herles-Mooar
I wonder what it would like to be a part of a Church where everyone; regardless of where they have come from, what they have done, or who they love, is welcome? This question; which is ultimately about how we share God’s love and generous hospitality, has been a cornerstone of my faith. I grew up only a few blocks away from All Souls Church, and was blessed to be raised in a family where deep questioning and curiosity was encouraged. As a priest in God’s Church I am dedicated to creating a space where people's questions about God are welcome and where a spirit of curiosity may be lived out. As a spiritual director I seek to encourage those around me to encounter God in the wonder and the footnotes of daily life. Outside of Church I am a passionate reader, writer, and icon painter, with a not so secret love of country music. On my day off I can be found having conversations with one of our chickens in the ‘Chickerage.’ or heading off on a road trip with my husband. If I had a favourite saying it may well be “The Spirit is alive and magic is afoot.”
The Reverend Rory Redmayne: Associate Priest
I was born in England and spent the years 1952-1957 in Jamaica where my father was a missionary priest. On return to England, I completed my secondary education at a Christian school, which nurtured my Christian faith. I trained as a Civil Engineer and acquired a degree from Imperial College London. After practising as an engineer for thirteen years, mainly as a power engineer in New Zealand, I decided to answer my call to become a priest and prepared for ordination at St. John’s College in Auckland. My ordained life consisted of a curacy at Dunedin Cathedral and being vicar of Wakatipu, Mornington, Levin, and Akaroa-Banks Peninsula. Although I officially “retired” from full time ministry in 2010, ten years on at the age of 75, I’m still busy at All Souls.
Murray Bladen: Vicar’s Warden
It was indeed an honour to be chosen as Vicar's Warden in what can only be described as a church with amazing potential. At All Souls, I have a number of roles, primarily I am responsible for the Vicar and additionally perform liturgical ministry, playing in the worship team, a Youth Group leader, and various other roles as and when required. I have a long and varied professional career specialising in Quality Management at management and senior management levels. In all these roles, it is very apparent that our greatest skill is that of being able to communicate effectively across all levels of an organisation. I bring this and my other experiences to the role within All Souls. To this end, I am approachable and am open to listening to issues or concerns and dealing with them appropriately. I am very much into movement, meditation and nutrition. My movement includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics and yoga. Meditation is in many forms and very prayerful at times, while nutrition is highly plant based!
Lorraine Sharr: People’s Warden
I feel very honoured to be asked to be the People's Warden for All Souls. I hope that I can work for you all the way you deserve. Please always feel welcome to come and talk to me whenever you want to. I am a good listener and know that the Clergy and the Vestry are always open to what we say and feel. The 9:30am congregation will see me carrying the Cross each week. My official position is Crucifer and it is a position I hold with a lot of respect. I am also a server and on the roster to wash the Communion linen. In my life away from Church, I work full time as an Administration Officer for the Department of Corrections in Papanui. It keeps me busy and is very satisfying. No two days are ever the same - maybe that will be helpful as People's Warden. I also train at a gym in Northwood to keep myself fit and healthy.
Julia Klutz: The Corner Coordinator
I have been with The Corner for 15 years - and I love the job so much! I stayed here after my placement during my Canterbury University studies, and I am deeply passionate about community development. I work closely with the All Souls clergy and the wonderful team of volunteers. I believe The Corner and All Souls is a wonderful example of church outreach.
The All Souls vestry is the group of people elected to govern and make decisions on behalf of the parish. The vestry is made up of clergy, wardens and lay people. Currently on the vestry are; Rev. Megan Herles-Mooar (Vicar), Rev. Cameron Pickering (Curate), Murray Bladen (Vicar’s Warden), Lorraine Sharr (People’s Warden), Dudley Johnson (Treasurer), Angela Brooke, Kerry Kearney, Margaret Yorke, Pat Dolan, Theresa Buller, Jane Pinney, and Victoria Wales. To contact the vestry, or to submit something for their consideration, email firstname.lastname@example.org