Liz Morris and her husband David have been married for 27 years and live in Hillsborough. Liz is a careers councillor, and she and David have two sons, Euan (21) and Finlay (18). Liz has experience in prayer ministry, words of knowledge and the prophetic. She is also highly organised with keen attention to detail. In her spare time, Liz enjoys reading, knitting, and both playing and watching tennis. Her favourite hobby is peace and quiet – although she hasn’t had much of this for years! TUR became Liz and David’s home church when David was asked to help with worship leading, and the couple felt immediately at home. Church community is especially important to Liz as the church is her family in New Zealand (being from the UK), and Liz feels that TUR is the most supportive, caring and responsive church she has ever been a part of. Liz is passionate about TUR because it is outward-looking, youth-focused, and incorporates all ages and ethnicities.
Harold (Hal) Short and his wife Annette have been married for 49 years and live in Mission Bay. Before his retirement, Hal was one of the pioneers of Rhema Media, and became its president and chairman. He was also a co-founder and president of United Christian Broadcasters International. Prior to being called into Christian media, Hal was the first born and bred Kiwi to qualify as an illumination engineer. In his spare time, Hal enjoys reading, exploring new places, and visiting galleries. In his younger years Hal was a competitive runner, however he now prefers a slow walk! Hal and Annette first visited TUR when they came to a service with friends before catching up for lunch. They ended up moving to this side of the city and after getting to know TUR a bit better, decided to make it their home. Hal and Annette love TUR for the sound and quality teaching it brings week by week.
Veronia Houghton and her husband Stafford have been married for 34 years and live in Kohimarama. Veronia is a chartered accountant, and she and Stafford have three adult children, Krystel, Daniel, and Nicholas. Veronia brings financial and police experience, a heart and love for the members of TUR, experience with non-profits working for the marginalised, and a gifting for encouragement to the elders team. In her spare time, Veronia enjoys fishing, tennis, reading, and serving the marginalised. TUR is Veronia and Stafford’s home church because they feel that it is a friendly and community-based family church. Seeing people in the church reaching their full potential in God and being part of a family makes Veronia passionate about TUR.
Jenna Scullin and her husband Tim have been married for 7 years and live in Glen Innes. Jenna is a full-time mother of their two beautiful daughters, Aria (3) and Mila (16 moths). She also founded and oversees the outreach initiative Love This City. Jenna has been involved in ministry, speaking and teaching for 10 years, and is passionate about the role the church plays in the community and the support it provides for young families and youth. In her spare time, Jenna loves to cook, go to the beach, and spend time with her family. TUR is Jenna and Tim’s home church because to them it feels like an extended family who encourage and inspire one another. They love how TUR embrace authenticity, genuine love and care for others, and the work of the Holy Spirit. Jenna is passionate about TUR’s mission to love God and love people, and its commitment to make love a priority in both its local community and the wider mission field.
Brent McGregor and his wife Kim have been married for 18 years and live in Remuera. Brent works in commercial real estate and he and Kim have two kids, Gray and Chloe. Brent is the church treasurer and so brings his financial experience to the elders team. In his spare time, Brent enjoys skiing (both on the water and on the snow!), following his kids’ sports teams, and studying eschatology. TUR is Brent and Kim’s home church because it’s in their local community, they love the friends they have made here, and love that there are so many opportunities to serve and give back. Brent is passionate about TUR’s outward focus, in particular the work the church does with youth in the community.
Jeremy Smith and his wife Kendyl have been married for 18 years and live in Mt Eden. Jeremy is a private client advisor for JB Were, and he and Kendyl have two kids, Elliot (7) and Sabine (5). Jeremy brings to the elders team his previous experience as a youth leader, and his love for praying and ministering to people, being involved in worship teams, and rolling his sleeves up to serve however he can. In his spare time, Jeremy loves to play the bass, get involved in whatever his kids and up to, and keep fit through boxing and cross-training. Jeremy and Kendyl were first attracted to TUR by the community feel of the church, and they love that the church is led by a pastor with both a deep biblical knowledge and a genuine passion for Jesus. As TUR is still a young church, Jeremy is passionate about the opportunity to make it a great place for kids to learn and grow up in, and a place where members can actively serve one another and the community.
Gilbert Watson and his wife Denise have been married for 33 years and live in Greenlane. Gilbert works as a dental specialist, and he and Denise have three adult children, Hannah, Bradyn and Taylor. Gilbert brings his experience in teaching, prayer, and worship ministry to the elders team. In his spare time, Gilbert enjoys running, playing the piano and guitar, spending time with his family, and travelling. TUR is the Watson’s home church because they love that it is family-oriented with a diverse congregation. They appreciate TUR’s Jesus-centred foundational principles, such as being outward-looking and valuing giving over hoarding, and they love that worship is a central part of the Sunday gathering. Gilbert and Denise are founding members of TUR, and have loved the journey that the Lord has taken this church on over the past seven years. They are passionate about TUR remaining focused on listening to the Holy Spirit and moving as directed, especially when this is not necessarily what has been done in the past or what feels comfortable