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Our Leadership and staff

Meet the team!

Staff Team

Sharon Blake - Administrator

Sharon is the first face you'll see as you walk into 177 Main Road. Sharon, Bronson, and their two girls moved to New Zealand from South Africa in 2008. To say the last 12 years have been a roller coaster would be an understatement. She left her accounting trade when God told her in 2015 that she needed to study. She is now a registered chaplain and has a diploma in Christian Ministry. While admin is what she has always been good at, it's helping people that drives her. Bronson and Sharon are both missionaries at heart and know that for now New Zealand is their mission training field. God has a purpose and plan for all of us, we just need to be willing to step into it.

Catherine Wells - Children

Catherine Wells is our children’s worker. She is married to AJ and they have a 4 year old daughter. Catherine is very passionate about children having worked with them for many years and is looking forward to seeing them grow in their faith with God. When Catherine is not at work you will find her with her daughter having dance parties and enjoying time with her family and friends. Catherine also loves music and singing and being in a choir. Catherine also loves the outdoors, walks along the beach and being in nature.

 

 

Catherine is currently on maternity leave and will return in Term 2, 2022.

Sarah Opie - Youth and Community

Sarah has been our Youth and Community worker since September 2018. She has two children and a husband. They enjoying camping, having fun and spending lots of time with friends. Sarah says that "she is passionate about connecting with people and helping them to discover more about themselves and building a relationship with our heavenly Father. I love having fun - earning my Prankstar at home and in the office. As the community and youth coordinator I am privileged to hear the stories of many different people and walk alongside them."

Ollie Seumanufagai - Community social worker

Malo Soifua,

 

My name is Ollie Seumanufagai, Praise God for the absolute privilege and honour to be serving back at the Sallies, for me it's like coming back home, after working for the CM Hope Centre in Newtown. I am a son of the migration story, my parents landed in Aotearoa in the late 1950s. I am the proud father of 7 adult children and 7 grandchildren alongside my Queen, Penny. We have lived in Tawa for 26 years and worked in the social services for many years.

 

"Love God, love people",  I find it so rewarding honouring God with my gifts and talents, to serve the many vulnerable in our communities.

Corps Council

Our Corps Councillors are the spiritual 'mums and dads' of the church. They support our pastors and provide leadership and oversight.

Captains Nathan and Jess Bezzant

Sarah Opie

Catherine Wells

Rhys Gibson

Rhys chairs our Corps Council. Along with his wife Sharon and two daughters, he has been a part of Tawa Salvation Army since 2003. Rhys works in the public sector and outside of Sunday’s can be found drinking tea and living out his mid-life crisis with his electric guitars.

 

 

Jolyn Phoon

Jolyn and her husband Jun have been with the Tawa Salvation Army for a few years now and really enjoy being a part of the church family. They are both originally from Malaysia but have been in NZ for more than 20 years. They have two children and just love seeing the world through their eyes and learning to have faith like they do. Jolyn is a full-time mother and part-time doctor. Any time left over she tries to spend in nature, exploring local walks and learning something new (current interest being home renovation). Knowing God has made a lot of difference to Jolyn’s life, and she would love to tell you more about it. Just ask her!