MEET THE TEAM

We believe that people are God’s most intricate handiwork, made in his image as the pinnacle of creation. We see our church as a spiritual garden, full of the diverse gifts and callings of God’s people gathered here. At the hub of all of this life is our amazing staff team. So, come and meet them.

Jonny Grant

Vicar

I’m passionate about developing a flourishing community of faith in the heart of our city, providing hospitality and hope within the bustling campuses of our universities. After completing my ordination training in London and two masters degrees in theology at Regent College, Vancouver, I returned home in 2014. I have had the great privilege of leading St Paul’s since then.

Matt Bruns

Associate Priest

As a priest I feel called to build up God’s people, encouraging them to be salt and light wherever they find themselves. I have a desire to see the Church increasingly reach outside its walls in innovative ways and have a heart for seeing people encounter the life changing reality of Christ. I oversee International Student’s Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, The Life Course, the 18:30pm Sunday Service and am part of the leadership team.

Chris Cope

Worship Leader

I developed my passion for music growing up in the church. I’ve had enough of those “this is what I was made for” moments to know that it’s an essential part of who I am and what God has called me to do. I love all things music, especially where creativity, God and people intersect. I lead our volunteer worship leaders, musicians and audio/visual teams and am on the leadership team of the church.

Esther Grant

Restoration

I love restoration - it doesn't matter whether it is a building or a person, I love seeing them come fully alive. As the oldest church in Auckland, St Paul's is deeply embedded in the story of Auckland and also Aotearoa - a story we want to keep telling and are excited to be a part of. I oversee the care and restoration of our church home and serve on the leadership team.

Lou Bridges

Operations and HR Manager

I have a passion to see transformation take place in the lives of people and our city by encountering God.  I love creating opportunities for people to grow into all God has for them and for us to deepen our relationships with each other.  I oversee the church calendar, creating events and courses that empower and equip people. I also have the privilege of caring for our wonderful staff team.

Sally Shanks

Head of Pastoral Care and Prayer

My passion is to help people to come to know God as a loving father, and to pursue his presence among us in ever-increasing measure. I am part of the pastoral team here at St Paul’s and lead our Prayer Life ministry which provides training and prayer initiatives such as the River, Deeper and The Identify Course. I coordinate a team of intercessors who receive our PrayerMail email to support those who have prayer requests.

Sam Bloore

Teaching Pastor

After a career in Medicine I was called into church ministry, completing masters studies in pastoral theology. Along with my wife Julia, I oversee the residential fellowship programme at Venn Foundation and speak and teach here at St Paul's. I am deeply passionate about the intersection of faith and culture, in particular how individuals establish and enhance 
a personal spirituality that is stable and sustainable.

Nathan McLellan

The Communion Service Leader

After a career in economics I moved to Vancouver, Canada to study theology at Regent College. I now lead the team at Venn Foundation which provides resources, conferences and residential fellowships for people looking to go deeper into the questions of life and faith. I was ordained into Te Pihopatanga o Tai Tokerau at the end of 2020 and now have the privilege of leading the 3pm communion service.

Alex Escobar

Youth Leader

My passion is to help cultivate spaces of belonging for youth to discover and experience the fullness of who they are in Christ. I love coming alongside our teenagers’ journey through this wonderous life, encouraging them to make great decisions that impact themselves and their community. I facilitate our youth ministry team of staff and volunteers for intermediates and high school and help in the 18:30 service.

Donald Fawkner

Families Ministry Leader

I’ve worked with kids since I was 16 as a Kids and Youth minister, Outdoor Education teacher and now here as Families Ministry leader. I have a heart to bring meaningful connection to kids' faith and help empower them in their faith journey. You’ll see me on any given Sunday running our St Paul's Kids ministry, or at one of our many family events, holiday programmes, and 1:1 camps.

Jeremy Yoon

International Ministry Leader

I first came to Auckland as an international student when I was 16. I am privileged to be working with  students from multi-cultural backgrounds at St Paul’s and to be part of their journey in their new home in Auckland. When I am not with the students, you will find me surfing or creating music. I am married to Sarah, dad to our son Noah, and a passionate follower of Jesus.

Jane Davies-Colley

Connection & Hospitality Coordinator

Hello there! My love of people and hospitality has been an underlying theme throughout my life; from home to the IT corporate world for many years, and now fully evolved into all things connection here at St Paul’s. I manage newcomers, those looking to connect, the Welcoming teams, and support Small Groups. I regard St Paul’s as an extension of my home. So welcome, welcome, welcome!