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Building on many previous expressions of unity in the city Te Raranga has its genesis in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 in Canterbury. Churches immediately swung into action, initiating care and support within their communities. The huge benefits of working together soon became evident and a group of leaders began meeting regularly to pray, share, and coordinate their activities. It was a remarkable context to share information and resources with a wide team including Anglicans, Catholics, Baptists, Adventists, Pentecostals, Methodists, Presbyterians, Quakers, Independents, etc. Steve Graham, Murray Robertson and Mike Dodge headed a group whose emphasis was discern how the Holy Spirit was already at work bringing Christians together and continue to encourage that.

The Churches Forum was formed as an informal meeting of church and denominational EQ co-ordinators. Supported by several Christian NGOs including World Vision, TEAR Fund and Christian World Service, the Forum was able to collaborate with the City Council, the Ministry of Social Development and CERA.

From these beginnings Te Raranga became a Trust in 2014, whose vision is to encourage unity among followers of Jesus, and to help the church be a prophetic voice together to the city, the nation, and the world.

Donald Scott

Born and raised in the remote hills of Southern Hawkes Bay.

Early years spent farming and shearing which was the context for coming to faith at the age of twenty-three – where a change of direction led to work in a church pastoral role.

Recently retired after leading a local church in Christchurch for the last twenty years. Now privileged to work across the wider church.

Passionate about unity and our bi-cultural journey as a nation.

A proud father of four and grandfather of six gorgeous mokopuna.

Paul Askin

A hunter, author, pastor.
Treaty of Waitangi supporter.
Small-time farmer; big-time husband and family man.
Long-term apprentice of Jesus.

Allen Hou

Born in Taiwan and came to this beautiful land in 1998.
Completed postgraduate studies in Engineering, then realised God had other plans for me.
Been in church ministry since 2010.
Married Yi Xing in 2015.
Became dad to Eliya in 2020.
My heart is to see immigrants and their children blessed – and for them to be a blessing in this land.

Mike Stopforth

Married to Jacinta and have four adult children.
Born in Hokitika and had seventeen great years there.
Following university, travel and further study began work in youth ministry and then onto a team leadership pastoral role.
Love being on a journey of mission and discipleship and helping others in that journey.

Nigel Ripley

Lead Pastor at Legacy Community Church since 2004, after 12 years in youth work in east Christchurch. 

Of bi-cultural descent and upbringing.

Married to Mana, with four children, one son-in-law, and one grandchild. 

Passionate to see the body of Christ grow towards unity in maturity with all our diverse parts present and contributing, and blessing our city.

Ben Truman

Dean of  Anglican Christchurch Cathedral

Has a whole lotta love for:

Jesus and His church …

His wife Johannah and their three small boys …

His old hometown (Greymouth) and his new hometown (Ōtautahi) …

Building up the Cathedral and the Kingdom of God.

Helen Mann

Administrator

Born in Ōhinehou-Lyttelton to migrant parents.

Married with two tamariki and two feline mokopuna!

Retired but actively engaged in not-for-profit work such as Amnesty International Ōtautahi.

Passion for history, social justice, and human rights.

Enjoys film, reading, gardening, and spending time in the natural world.

Ben Truman

Dean of  Anglican Christchurch Cathedral

Has a whole lotta love for:

Jesus and His church …

His wife Johannah and their three small boys …

His old hometown (Greymouth) and his new hometown (Ōtautahi) …

Building up the Cathedral and the Kingdom of God.