Bishops, Episcopal Team & Diocesan Staff

All who are baptised are called to ministry in Christ's Church
Bishops are called to: "exercise godly leadership in that part of the Church committed to their care, and to maintain wise discipline within its fellowship. The Church looks to them to promote peace and unity among all God’s people and to encourage their obedience to God’s word. They are to keep the Church true to its faith, as found in Scripture and the Creeds, to teach the faith and proclaim it." (from A New Zealand Prayerbook He Karikia Minhinare o Aotearoa)


The Right Reverend Ross Bay, Bishop of Auckland

Ross was ordained and installed as Bishop of Auckland in Eastertide on 17 April 2010. In his first letter to the Diocese he quoted from St Augustine of Hippo, “I am a bishop for you and a Christian with you”. The Bishop wrote, “I will endeavour to live this out through my episcopate in this diocese. I came to faith through the ministry of one of our parishes and I have been nurtured through the ministry of many others. I have served nearly all my ordained ministry in the Diocese of Auckland. I love this diocese and care deeply about it and about its clergy and people. I am a Christian with you.”
Ross was raised in Auckland and grew up attending local schools in Papatoetoe. He worked for the Bank of New Zealand until becoming a private student at the Bible College of New Zealand in Henderson, Auckland.
The Anglican Church had been his spiritual home throughout his life, and he had found himself becoming more involved as a teenager through the local parish youth group. While at Bible College, he sensed a call to ordained ministry, entered the selection process and was accepted into the Theological College of St John the Evangelist in 1988. He was ordained Deacon in February 1989 and served as College Deacon at St Andrew's Church, Kohimarama while completing his final year at College. He was ordained to the priesthood in November of the same year and completed a Bachelor of Theology from the Australian College of Theology in 1990.
Ross remained at St Andrew's as Priest Assistant until June 1990 taking a similar position at Holy Trinity Cathedral until 1992. He spent 18 months travelling and working in Europe, serving part-time as Priest Assistant at Limpsfield, Surrey, in the Diocese of Southwark. While there, he completed a postgraduate course at London University, gaining a Diploma in Pastoral Theology in 1993.
Returning to New Zealand, Ross became Priest Assistant at St Matthew's-in-the-City in 1994 before accepting the post of Vicar of Ellerslie / Mount Wellington in the same year. He became the Vicar of St Mark's Church, Remuera, in 2001 and was appointed Archdeacon of Auckland in 2006. Ross was installed as the 8th Dean of Auckland in November 2007 and was also Vicar-General of the Diocese.
Ross married Jacquie in 1987. Jacquie is a secondary school teacher (science and biology) who holds the degree of Master of Science Education from Auckland University. She is currently Director of the Liggins Education Network for Science at The University of Auckland. Prior to that she was Head of the Science Department at Diocesan School for Girls.
For relaxation Ross plays squash and is a keen tramper. He is also a member of the Auckland Operational Support Unit in the NZ Fire Service.

Bishop Ross Bay is contactable through the Bishop's PA, Trudi Mitchell on Ph (09) 302 7288.

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The Right Reverend Jim White, Assistant Bishop of Auckland
Jim was ordained and installed as Assistant Bishop in October 2011. He is 49 and was born in Mangakino, he grew up in Auckland, and was accepted for ministry training by the then Bishop of Auckland, Sir Paul Reeves, who sent him to Knox College in Dunedin in the mid 1980s.
He graduated from Otago University with a BTheol in 1986, was ordained to the priesthood in 1988, and served his curacy at St Luke’s Mt Albert. He became Chaplain of Diocesan School for Girls in 1989, and then priest assistant at St Matthew’s-in-the-City in 1992.
In 1993, he was appointed Vicar of All Saint’s Ponsonby, where he served for 12 years. During his Ponsonby years, Jim White also completed his BA and then, in 2000, his MA (Philosophy 1st class Hons.)
He did a ministry exchange with a New Jersey parish in 1996, and he returned to the USA in 2001, graduating from Yale University with his Master’s degree in Sacred Theology in 2002.
In 2004 Jim White was appointed a Canon of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, and in 2005 the Diocese of Auckland chose him for advanced leadership training. In 2006 he became Vicar of St Andrew’s Epsom, and in 2008 he was chosen as Dean of the College of the Southern Cross at St John’s College in 2008.
He’s widely regarded as having made a significant contribution to St John’s – which Archbishop David Moxon acknowledges:
“Jim’s track record at St John’s College and the Society of the Southern Cross means that he will bring many skills and gifts to the particular role of episcopacy: many students and staff attest to Jim’s compassion, intellectual rigour and courage; and that’s exactly what is needed in ministry today.
“Jim also brings the experience and benefit of many years in different ministry units, which ground him in the realities of everyday mission: The church will be invigorated and challenged by him in a way that will benefit us all."
Jim White is married to Jane, and they have two children.
Bishop Jim White is contactable through the Bishop's PA, Trudi Mitchell on Ph (09) 302 7288.
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Episcopal Team

Carole Hughes, Archdeacon Northern District
Carole is based at Neligan House. Her major focus is to support ministry development and to enable more effective ministry and mission in Auckland City, as well as offer advice and pastoral support of those in licensed ministry. She has spent 13 years in parish ministry (her previous appointment was Vicar of St Johns Campbell’s Bay on the North Shore, and prior to that she was at St Chad’s West New Plymouth and St Mary’s Cathedral, Taranaki) and Carole is keen to now support others in their local context.
Carole is a guest lecturer in liturgy at St John’s Theological College, a Bishop’s Ministry Advisor, as well as a member of the Episcopal team in the Diocese of Auckland. She is also the Convenor of the Anglican Women's Studies Council, a member of General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui, and has spent a considerable part of her life in youth ministry.
Carole enjoys travel, walking, reading, photography, movies and chatting over coffee!
Mobile: 021 247 6214


Michael Berry, Archdeacon for the Southern Region
Michael has been Archdeacon for the Southern Region since September 2016 and is based at Neligan House in Parnell. Michael values the diversity within our church and enjoys engaging with the variety of experiences and expressions of faith and worship.  
He enjoys spending time in conversation and prayer with clergy, and seeks to offer genuine pastoral care and support throughout the region.

Ordained in 2003, Michael served a curacy at St Mark’s Remuera.  He was then appointed Vicar of St Philip’s Church in St Heliers Bay, a community in which he enjoyed ministry for 7 years.   In 2013, Michael was called to serve as a Chaplain with the Royal New Zealand Navy, during which time he completed overseas deployments to the Somali Coast (on counter-piracy operations) and to Fiji (following the devastation of Cyclone Winston).  Michael continues to serve as a Chaplain with the Naval Reserve.

Michael lives in Royal Oak with his wife, Rebecca, and their two young daughters. He enjoys spending quality time cooking for (and eating with…) family and friends, and on weekends can often be found taking the kids to the playground, or for a fluffy at a local café (though he prefers a Long Black himself).  He’s a member of a Whiskey ‘Ghilles’ group and pretends to enjoy running (but that is a work in progress…).

Office: (09) 282 4730
Mobile: 021 2256781
Sarah Moss, Archdeacon - Ministry Review and Planning
Sarah joined the Episcopal team in September in September 2016 as Archdeacon with responsibility for facilitating the self-review process for all the Ministry Units of the Diocese. Passionate about the connection between faith and daily life, she sees her role as working with parishes and ministry units to celebrate their life together and plan for their expression of faith in the future.  

Formally a teacher, Sarah was ordained in 2002 and spent 4 years in parish ministry before serving as Chaplain at Diocesan School for Girls for almost 10 years. During this time, she stayed connected with the diocese by facilitating the working group on New Ways of Being Church and serving on both Diocesan Council and the Bishop’s Mission and Ministry Oversight Group.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys reading, movies and catching up with friends and family. She lives in Meadowbank and has two young adult sons, Matthew and Thomas and a cat, Oscar.

Office: (09) 282 4828

Sarah Park, Diocesan Ministry Educator
The Rev’d Sarah Park took up the role of Ministry Educator in March 2011, having been in parish ministry for nine years prior to that. Sarah has a Bachelor of Theology from Auckland (via St John’s College) and a Doctorate of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School, Boston. As Ministry Educator, Sarah is the first point of contact for those offering for ordination, and her pastoral responsibility continues throughout discernment, training and early years of ordained ministry. A primary responsibility is the facilitation of the Diocesan Training Programme for those preparing for non-stipendiary ordained ministry. Sarah also has responsibilities for the professional development and ongoing education of clergy and laity throughout the Diocese. She lives in Howick with her husband John Chapman, their cat Percy, and Juno the Greyhound (who lounges around in Sarah’s office at Neligan House from time to time).

Phone: 09 302 7214

Diocesan Manager - Sonia Maugham

  • The Diocesan Manager reports to the Bishop of Auckland and is responsible to the various stakeholder groups to which the Diocesan Administrative Services Group provides services.

    Phone: (021) 984757

Trudi Mitchell 
As the Personal Assistant to Bishop Ross Bay and Bishop Jim White, Trudi provides administrative support to the Bishops and is also a member of the Episcopal Team.
Phone: (09) 302 7288


Manager of Diocesan Mission and Ministry Resource Team  - Karen Spoelstra

Manages all events, programmes, initiatives and communication channels relating to youth
Phone: 09 302-7261
Property Manager - Geoff Clark
  • Enquiries for all property matters relating to ministry unit assets. 
    Advice on sales, purchases, leases, rentals, subdivisions etc.
    Guidance and oversight of all construction projects.
    Enquiries for earthquake prone building issues.
Phone: 0274 961 347

Co-ordinating Enablers for the Lisenced Shared Ministry Units

Co-ordinating Enabler for LSMU -Megan Means
Co-ordinating Enabler for LSMU -The Rev'd Chris Harris




Bridget Morrison - Project Manager to the Diocesan Manager
Phone: (09) 302 7213


Valonia Dsouza - PA to the Diocesan Manager
Phone: (09) 302 7268


Leanne Allport - Administration Assistant



Communications Officer - Melinda Garcia Cho
Phone: 027 558 5875


Diocesan Achivist - Sarah Padey
Phone: (09) 3027284

Librarian and Assistant Archivist  - Jackie Marinkovich
Phone: 2234 302 7264


Mission and Ministry Resource Team

Manager and Diocesan Youth Facilitator – Karen Spoelstra 
Phone: 09 302-7261

 The Mission & Ministry Resource Team Administrator  - Wendy Leitch

Children and Families Facilitator - Jacolize Becker

Phone: (09) 302 7212

Bold Youth Leadership - Emily Paterson

Grace Collective Young Adults Facilitator  – Jeremy Harris


Space Coordinator – Carolyn Wellm

Seasons Grief and Loss Suport - Claudette van Niekerk
Phone:  021 146 1063