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.
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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.
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