following the way, truth and life of Jesus
Hello, I'm Tom. Alongside my leadership role at Student Soul, I'm currently a ministry intern with KCML. After a 3-year stint in Papakura, South Auckland, my family and I landed back in Dunedin in 2016, and I spent the last couple of years getting my essays graded my the hard task-masters of the theology department (and survived). I've spent most of my adult life involved in music and working with young people, and I expect that will keep on going. The drive behind my work is that I want to see people awakened to the call of Christ and equipped for the resulting adventure. This is what we'll be aiming to do with Student Soul this year. If you're up for it, we'll look forward to hangin' :)
Hi, I'm Lynne. I’m originally from Christchurch, have also lived in Auckland and Adelaide, and am now very happily settled in Dunedin. I studied human geography at undergrad level, and theology to postgrad level. I’ve been involved in planting congregations that sought to be connective for youth and young adults and reckon church should be engaging, interesting, fun, and real; and should equip us to live well and to notice God in our everyday. As well as working two days a week for Student Soul, I’m a lecturer in pastoral theology at Otago Uni. I’m married to Steve and we have two student-aged daughters. I love the sunshine, the beach, coffee, reading and being creative.
Our mission is to help people realise their true worth in relationship with God.
We are becoming:
Inviting God to transform us (including through our Sunday gatherings); by growing deep relationships with each other (including through small groups); and by creative missional engagement (including experimentation).
In the course of a year, do we see growth in:
Student Soul is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ). We sit formally under the governing authority of the Leith Valley Presbyterian Church Session (eldership) via the Student Soul Oversight Team, who directly provide staff support, an accountability channel, and strategic continuity.
"True Trinitarian orthodoxy ... flourishes more naturally at the boundaries of 'established' forms of Christianity than under its protective guardianship." (Sarah Coakley)
We've inherited our Presbyterian family/tribal identity of Christianity's Reformed tradition, and hold to orthodox Confessions of faith, both ancient and contemporary.