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Our Leadership and staff

Meet the team!

Staff Team

Debbie Booth - Administrator

Debbie is the first person that our guests see when they walk into 177 Main Road. She and her husband John have been a part of the corps for many years and Debbie has recently joined the staff team as Corps Administrator, a role she held *mumble* years ago.

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.

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 Andrew and Rochelle Moffatt

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.