Minister: Rev. Dr Matthew Jack
Matthew's ministry has taken him to Germany, Australia, China, and a number of places in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has worked in the city, the suburbs, the communist classroom, and the university. Arriving in Ōtautahi Christchurch early in 2014, he has enjoyed guiding the Knox community through the mission discernment process that led us to declare Knox a place of peace.
Matthew's long standing commitment in ministry has been to provide services of worship that are stimulating, intelligent, and articulate to the heart.
In his spare time, Matthew cooks well, plays the piano badly, sings the occasional aria roughly, and tastes the odd glass of wine.
Secretary: Jane Ellis
Jane joined Knox as the Office Administrator in April 2017. She thoroughly enjoys meeting and supporting the congregation in her role and appreciates the wonderful sense of community within Knox Church. In addition to this Jane is responsible for coordinating the many and varied venue hires for the Knox Centre and Knox Church.
Pastoral Assistant: Jan Harland
Jan provides Pastoral Care to Knox Church members, family and friends. She loves to keep in touch with each and every member young and old throughout the parish by contacting them by phone and visiting their homes, hospitals and other locations to help and offer friendship and support. Jan is on the New Zealand Board of World Day of Prayer. She assists with a church preschool music programme and keeps in touch with her family in the North Island and Canada.
Director of the Knox Singers: Gabriel Baird
Knox is thrilled to announce the appointment of Gabriel Baird as the new Director of the Knox Singers, as from 1 February 2021. Gabriel is a student at the University of Canterbury where he studies piano, bassoon, and composition. His bassoon playing has taken him to play with the CSO, and in 2018 he received his LTCL for piano with distinction. Gabriel has had experience working with a large variety of orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles as a performer, manager, and conductor.
Knox Church Organist: Daniel Cooper
Daniel Cooper is a postgraduate student at the University of Canterbury. In 2018 Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in performance organ from UC, and MMus in 2020. Daniel works as a free lance performer, conductor and teacher throughout Ōtautahi Christchurch and holds numerous musical leadership roles within the community, including Organist at Knox Presbyterian Church, and Director of the Christchurch Liedertafel Male Voice Choir. Daniel is particularly passionate about directing and performing (often at the same time) the 'un-sung' master works for organ, choir, and orchestra. In 2018 and 2019 Daniel participated in conducing workshops led by CSO chief conductor Benjamin Northey. Early in 2019 Daniel co-founded a specialist baroque music group in Christchurch, Seasoning Ensemble, which has gone on to present a highly successful series of concerts in Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region. Daniel thrives on pushing the limits of accepted practices and interpretations, to challenge audiences expectations and open them up to a whole new way of thinking and listening to music.
Knox Singers Co-ordinator: Bronwyn Wiltshire
Bronwyn, a keen musician and brilliantly well organised person, shepherds the Knox Singers, a talented group of volunteers which sings a variety of music during our morning services twice a month. Bronwyn is always keen to hear from new singers. Under our current practising regime, she's particularly keen to hear from people who have good sight reading abilities.
Church Council Clerk: Janet Wilson
One of our elders, Janet carries responsibility for co-ordinating the governing body of our community. When not involved with the varied tasks of a church council clerk, Janet attempts to tame her rather large garden and enjoys exploring the many walking tracks on the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula with a weekly walking group.
Fireside Group Co-ordinator: Jennifer McKinnon
Jennifer, a one time primary school principal, convenes the APW Fireside group, which provides a valued social network for older women in the congregation, and meets on the third Monday evening of each month.
Bible Study Co-ordinator: Doug Shaw
Doug, a professional chef, co-ordinates the weekly Wednesday morning Bible study. He enjoys being part of a small, pastorally supportive group.
Since 1880, the main group at Knox has been the diverse group of people who meet on a Sunday morning for pubic worship. Pandemic lockdown has obviously presented a huge challenge, but we're finding ways (telephone trees and video services posted online) to keep this group socially connected and spiritually engaged. We look forward to the time that we gather again physically.