Staff and contact details


Rev Dr Steve Taylor
BHort; BTheol; MTheol (Hons); PhD
Ph: 03 473 0784
Cell: 022 155 2427 

Steve was born in Papua New Guinea and initially worked on orchards in Central Otago before training for Baptist ministry and serving in church planting and pastoral ministry in Auckland and Christchurch. He has lectured for Laidlaw College, Uniting College for Leadership and Theology and Flinders University and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Carey Baptist College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Tabor College, University of Otago and Charles Sturt University. His interests are in missiology, practical theology, indigenous Christologies and popular culture.  He has been a film reviewer for Touchstone magazine since 2005, is the author of The Out of Bounds Church? and Built for Change and gained a Flinders University Vice-Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. He speaks across a range of denominations and countries in areas of innovation, missiology and being church today. He joined the Knox team in 2015 as Principal, after serving as Director of Missiology, Post-graduate Coordinator and Principal of Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in Adelaide, Australia.

Senior Lecturer

Rev Dr Kevin Ward
MA(Hons) (Canterbury); BD, DipEd, DipTchg, PhD (Otago); DipMin (NZBTC); MCAIRANZ
Phone: 03 473 0786; 021 490 913
Teaching: Church Leadership, Church and Society, Preaching

Kevin joined the team at the School of Ministry in 2003. His previous experience has been as a secondary school teacher, Baptist minister and then for thirteen years as a lecturer and Associate Dean at the Christchurch Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand. His research interests are in religion and church in contemporary society and in congregational studies. He has published widely in these areas in New Zealand and overseas, for both academic and more general readers. He is currently working on manuscripts for two books in this area. He keeps himself balanced by running, tramping, golf, movies (he has taught on Spirituality in Film at Otago University) and enjoying red wine and good coffee.

Dean of Studies

Rev Dr Geoff New
B Min (BCNZ), D Min (ACT)
ph: 03 473 0785
cell: 0274 416 970

Geoff New commenced as Dean of Studies in 2015. His employment background was as an Employment Officer (Dept of Labour) in South Auckland and working in Human Resources for the Manukau Housing Corporation.

In 1993, Geoff began his study for Bachelor of Ministries majoring in pastoral care at the Bible College of NZ (now Laidlaw College). In 1996-1997 he attended the School of Ministry (Knox College) as one of the first three ordinands in the newly developed Ordination Studies Programme. In 1997 Geoff was called to Papakura East and Hunua Presbyterian Church where he was minister until appointed Dean of Studies (KCML).

During his time at Papakura East, Geoff was also a Police Chaplain for five years for the Counties-Manukau Police District, lectured in preaching for five years at Laidlaw College, lectured on occasions at Carey Baptist College and since 2011 has been a trainer for Langham Preaching ( with responsibility in South Asia. Since 2012 he has been the director for Kiwimade Preaching which is the NZ expression of Langham Preaching. Kiwimade Preaching aims to encourage, challenge and resource preachers within the NZ context.

Auckland Coordinator

Rev Mark Johnston
BSC (Hons) Victoria; BD (BCNZ); Dip Tchg (Christchurch)
Auckland Coordinator
Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
C/- Carey Baptist College
473 Great South Rd
PO Box 12149, Penrose
Auckland 1642
Phone 0212423735 or 09 526 6369

Mark is an accredited Secondary School teacher who served for five years in student ministry with Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship before being ordained in the PCANZ. He served at Wadestown Presbyterian Church in Wellington before leaving for the U.K. to work with the Church of Scotland in a church planting and community ministry role in Aberdeen. He has been instrumental in exploring and pioneering new patterns of worship and community, and latterly community ministry. He maintains interests in the missional development of church, leadership, and youth ministry.

Adjunct Tutor

Rev Dr Lynne M Baab
MDiv (Fuller); PhD (Washington)

Lynne is a Presbyterian minister and author of a number of books on pastoral and spiritual issues including Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest and Beating Burnout in Congregations. She has a background in parish, self-supporting overseas mission, and campus ministry and as a writer and editor. She recently completed a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Washington. She lives with her husband in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is a lecturer in pastoral theology at the University of Otago.


Catherine van Dorp
BA (Edin)
Phone: 03 473 0783

Catherine emigrated from Scotland to NZ in 1982 and lived in Gisborne, Auckland and Orere before shifting to Waikouaiti in 2000.  Her background is in accounting and administration management.  She is married to David and they have three children.  Catherine enjoys reading, entertaining friends and walking on Waikouaiti Beach

Postal address

Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin 9010

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