Heather and John are currently involved with the Anglican Church in Cheviot North Canterbury. They have three adult daughters two of whom also live with their families in Cheviot. The third daughter lives with her family in Christchurch. They have nine grandchildren, the most recent being only three months old at time of writing.
Heather and John are passionate about seeing people come to Christ and grow in their relationship with him; they believe that God can and does change people’s lives if people will give God the opportunity.
Although Heather is English and John was born in Granity they have lived most of their lives in Nelson where they were involved in community support organisations, social work, counselling and the development of a number of businesses. Almost thirteen years ago they relocated to Canterbury to manage a released prisoner re-integration facility located at Motukarara, where they became involved with the Anglican church. John was ordained five years ago and since then Heather and John have ministered in three different parishes.
Andy Goodacre from Barneys Anglican Church, Launceston, Tasmania spoke on our call to be "God's Family on Mission". 75 people gathered from across the top of the South Island, and for the first time a children's programme was run by Sue and Andy Fallow alongside the adult sessions.
A highlight of the conference was Andy's workshop on "What is God saying? And what am I doing about it?" The video of this is available on our sermons page.
Photo shows speaker Andy Goodacre with our vicar Matt Watts.