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Leadership Team

Mark Henderwood – Priest in Charge

Leads the team part-time at St Hilda’s as Priest in Charge. Background of music, nursing, education and clinical tech. Also works in Chaplaincy at Massey and in various DHBs. Mark believes a healthy local suburban church is an essential part of building good community.

Michael Hartfield – Priest Assistant

National Director of Anglican Missions and previously with MFAT, Michael loves Island Bay, living here with family for almost 25 years. Michael runs an underground music venue, loves retro Triumph cars and enjoys all forms of nature, but especially the family garden. A big fan of U2 and the Phoenix FC, Michael thrives on participating in local life around the church and Bay

Athena Richmond – Bishop’s Warden

I have my roots in South Africa, came via the UK. I came to New Zealand in 2017 and can say this is one of the best moves I have made; Wellington is home to me now. I have worked as a social worker in many contexts. I love being part of a diverse and committed team at St Hilda’s where we all have different strengths. The warmth and hospitality at our church drew me in and I have continued to grow in faith ever since. I have a special interest in development and creativity and have had plenty of support and opportunity to put this into practice. I am proud to be part of a faith community that strives to respond to Jesus’ call to “Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.”

Irene Studman – People’s Warden

An enthusiastic member of St Hilda’s since arriving in Island Bay in 2006.  Irene enjoys contributing to the frequent shared meals and other gatherings.  A member of the Island Bay Garden Club that meets here on the fourth Tuesday in the month, she helps beautify the play areas and gardens around the property. As People’s Warden Irene is grateful for the opportunity to meet visitors and regulars who come to St Hilda’s church. She hopes to meet you soon.

Jonathan Cutts – Administration

Jonathan spent over thirty years in large-scale IT sales mainly working for large overseas corporates,  before running his photographic portrait studio for ten years.  Married to Janene and now works part time for St Hilda’s as well as taking on contracting roles. He enjoys spending time with his family and has two half-Italian grand-daughters. Jonathan loves exploring the South Coast with Janene and travelling..

Janene Cutts – Administration

Janene has worked in the early childhood sector for over 18 years in Education Support and as an administrator. She and Jonathan have hosted international students and teachers over many years and now enjoys helping with administration and hospitality at St Hildas.

Stephen Sandford

Stephen has lived in Island Bay since 1987 and enjoys going for walks around the area. He works part-time as a workshop technician in a secondary school, as well as other part-time work. Stephen thinks trains are great. Stephen is married with one daughter, who lives in Scotland. He looks after the sound system at St Hilda’s and is committed to working with the people of St Hilda’s to show God’s love through Jesus Christ to the people of Island Bay. Stephen especially loves the welcoming nature of St Hilda’s church.

Carolyn Hawkes

““You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”

Matthew 5:13