Eduction for the Ministry

 The Board

Education for Ministry in New Zealand is operated by Education for Ministry Trust - a Charitable Trust. The board provides governance for EfM. It meets four times a year.

Revd Leonne Munro (Chair)

Revd Dion Blundell

Dion Blundell

Dion is a husband to Angela, and father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Priest, ministering in the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. He has degrees in Engineering, Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management. He enjoys reading on governance, missiology, biblical studies and adventure fiction. Relaxation is anything to do with water and running stupidly long distances.

The Venerable Carole Hughes

Carole Hughes

The Venerable Carole Hughes is a member of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland Episcopal Team (since August 2011) as full time Archdeacon of Auckland. She has been Vicar-General since 2019. Prior to which she was Co-Vicar and then Vicar of St John’s, Campbells Bay, on the North Shore of Auckland. She was ordained in 1997 in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, where she offered ministry at the Taranaki Cathedral and St Chads West New Plymouth.

Carole is passionate about theological education and contextual understandings of Scripture, Anglican liturgy, and liberation theology. She is keen to ensure that theological education is inclusive and accessible; hence her deep interest in EFM. Over the past 20 years she has had numerous articles, chapters and books on theology and liturgy published, including resources on gender justice for the Anglican Communion.

In addition to being a Board member for EFM, Carole is currently chair of the International Anglican Women’s Network Steering Group for the Anglican Communion, has been an adjunct/guest lecturer at St John’s Theological College since 2007, and chaired the Anglican church’s three Tikanga Common Life Liturgical Commission.

Revd Jean Malcolm

Jean Malcolm

Jean Malcolm had been around EfM since she was a teenager, when her Dad, John, mentored an EfM group which occasionally met at their house. When she went teaching in the Waikato in her early twenties, she acted on John’s suggestion that she hunt EfM out there. She did her first three years of EfM there, and also attended her first Mentor training. Mentoring EfM groups in Auckland Lower Hutt and Wellington followed, with Jean taking up the role of Trainer in 2013. In 2021 she joined the EfM NZ Board as a trainer rep. At present Jean is Co-Vicar at St Peter’s Willis Street, Wellington, and mentors the Te Aro EfM group there.

Richard Norman

Richard Norman

Richard Norman has taught and researched human resources and public management at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Business and Government, retiring in 2020. Study of people and organisations is largely a development of the past 50 years. Its focus on human hierarchies, achievements and failures has much in common with theological argument. Richard values EFM for its action-focused learning, based on multiple perspectives, first being in an EFM group in the 1980s when it helped provide wisdom of the ages and a long term perspective amidst forced job changes and 20 percent house mortgage rates. He is a long-time member of St Peter’s Anglican Church, Willis Street, Wellington and contributed to a reshaping of the church’s property assets.

Revd Brent Swann

Michael Butler (Administrator and Secretary)

Michael Butler

Michael's first experience of EfM was in the early 1980's when he enrolled in a group at Roseneath, Wellington. Michael completed the 4 years (plus 1 term on the New Zeland module) and then became mentor of the group for 1 year. With retirement approaching and no clear idea where God was calling him Michael again started EfM in 2018 and completed the course in 2022. Michael retired in 2020 after 43 years as a computer programmer. Since mid-2022 Michael has been administrator for EfM New Zealand. Michael intends to marry Sarah Crawford early in 2023. Michale and Sarah met at EfM.

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