About Us

Rev. Tim Duxfield

In early 2018 Tim and his wife Kim moved to Marton responding to Tim’s call to take up the role of Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of the Rangitikei. Tim and Kim have spent the last 7 years working in the Church and community of Palmerston North in a variety of roles. Over the last 4 years Kim has been working in the Rangitikei as Chaplain at NgaTawa Diocesan School – a role she is stoked to continue!

Tim and Kim are passionate about God’s work in the Rangitikei, believing that he has a great future for the communities here. They love engaging with families, youth, and volunteer in a number of capacities within the community of Marton. They are passionate about worship, community, hospitality and the environment.

Alongside ministry they both enjoy tramping & biking, playing guitar & singing; Kim is an avid knitter and spinner, while Tim enjoys hunting, brewing, and tinkering in the shed.

Reverend Robin Peirce

Robin was born in New Zealand, grew up in Kenya, and was educated in Kenya and England. She’s a trained teacher who has taught in New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zanzibar and the Pacific, and has trained specialist reading recovery teachers. She has also written 17 children’s books. Robyn was ordained as a priest in 2008. She is particularly passionate about music, and sees it as one of the main focuses of her ministry. “I love the liturgy and the work of a priest,” Robin says. She recently completed a degree in theology through Massey University.

Reverend John Vickers

John is a fifth generation Rangitikei resident and comes from a farming industry background. He has been actively involved in the parish since the 1980s, serving as a vicar’s warden and a vestry member, and was ordained in 2007. That year he also helped start the Young Families Fellowship. One of the things he has enjoyed about his parish involvement has been getting to know people outside the usual professional relationships. “You come to value people through the church community and see them in a different light,” he says. John is also a keen local historian, with a special interest in architectural history.

John Sleep

John was born and raised in the Wairarapa and has moved around the North Island for study, work and family, finally settling in Hunterville. Marlene and John are really enjoying the relaxed lifestyle and friendliness of the community. Being a self-supporting priest John gets to participate in worship in many different communities and feels especially privileged to take part in ecumenical worship in the region. John is particularly passionate about equipping, enabling and empowering people to reach their potential and to grow their relationship with God. On the personal level, John enjoys reading, walking, cycling, photography and listening to music. John also services and restores various craft equipment including spinning wheels and looms as Marlene is an avid fibre crafter.

Reverend Di Howard

Before she was ordained, Diana was a lay minister in the Bulls and Rangitikei parishes. She’s also been an organist, a synod representative and a lay canon at Wellington Cathedral. Diana takes regular services at Edale rest home, and has a particular interest in ministry to the elderly. She is a mentor with the Education for Ministry (EFM) programme and a member of the St Stephens choir. In her spare time Diana knits with the Woolly Blessings group and makes baby quilts for the Women’s Fellowship quilt project.


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