Rev Larry Don Ashmore
Born 19 May 1948 in Russellville, Arkansas completing 12 years of primary, junior high and high school education. Served in the U.S. Air Force from September 1970 to April 1974, specialty of Communications and Relay Centre Equipment Repairman. Three years of permanent duty was as an instructor of basics of electronics.
University education (bachelor’s) at Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.A. obtaining Bachelors of Business Administration (major in Accounting) in December 1976. Completed many Master’s level papers at various universities (two in Illinois and one in Texas). First employment (22 years) after bachelor’s degree was with EDS (now owned by HP). EDS was an outsourcing IT firm. Worked another four years with a competing IT firm (Alltel Information Services). During the EDS career had a thirteen-month assignment in Wellington, New Zealand. My theological education was through the Anglican School of Theology in Dallas, Texas plus additional papers through EIDTS in Christchurch and Clinical Pastoral Education in Wellington. I’ve also received initial and follow-up training in marriage counselling through Prepare and Enrich.
Elaine, Amanda (Our daughter) and I came to New Zealand on 12 January 1996 and departed on 7 February 1997. In May 2001, I felt a distinct call to minister in New Zealand. The venue of my three nights dream is the previous venue of Parachute which we saw for the first time in 2016 in Matamata.
I returned with Elaine and Amanda on 28 January 2005, coming to pursue ordination. I was ordained deacon on 28 October 2006 at St Paul’s, the Cathedral, in Wellington. On 24 November 2007 I was ordained priest. I served as lay and then ordained at St Barnabas, Khandallah. Five months after being made priest I was assigned as Priest in Charge for St Jude’s, Lyall Bay. After serving exactly seven years I moved my small congregation up to All Saints, Hataitai. I served 22 months as associate priest at All Saints before moving to Masterton.
Elaine and I moved to Masterton on 31 January 2017. We were happy to retire but committed to Bishop Justin that we would work another year. We had previously committed to stay another year at All Saints, Hataitai.
Elaine and I have one beautiful granddaughter (Hailey) that visits us most all weekends by coming to Masterton via train from Upper Hutt station.
In Lyall Bay we lived in a vicarage (also during our time at All Saints). In Masterton we are buying our home.
Rev. Liz Snowsill
I am a self-supporting priest, married to Wayne with grown-up children who are all flown and busy. I have glorious grandchildren.
My studies at Vic, Massey and Wellington College of Education included Education, Social Sciences, Pacific Studies and Art History. I have a B. Ed. and FCTL- speech and drama. I was an EFM mentor 1994-2006.
Currently I hold the dual role of Director of Religious Studies at Hadlow and Chaplain at Wairarapa Hospital.
I am driven by: the Holy Spirit, Deuteronomy 31:7, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Fox, Thomas Merton et al.
My favourite books are T. H. White’s The Once and Future King and Jostein Gaarder’s “Sophie’s World”. I release books into the wild and try to live life to the full.
Rev. Neil Hansen
I was shaken out of my birthplace, Hastings, at a young age; moved to Wellington; attended Otago University, then to England where I was ordained in Exeter Cathedral, serving in the Parish of St Peter’s, Plymouth. Returned to NZ as Vicar of Bluff/Stewart Island. Was in the Dunedin Diocese for thirty years – Central Otago with seven worship-centres followed by a Dunedin parish where I met Cheryl and began a family. Invercargill, Otago Peninsula, Invercargill again as Archdeacon. To Wellington (Khandallah) for my final parish followed by 7 years with the City Mission as Chaplain to Homes.
Rev. Sue Beauclerc
I became a member of Epiphany Parish in the early 1980s and was ordained in 1989. I was an assistant priest at Epiphany until the end of 2014. During that period I spent 15 years as School Chaplain at St Matthew’s Collegiate. I am still involved with Epiphany, and with rural ministry in the Gladstone area where I live with my husband Chris Pinfield.
I feel strongly about the importance of good liturgical worship, but also enjoy creating occasional services of worship that reach out to and involve the wider community. And I have an ongoing passion for good theological lay education.