Pauline Simonsen is our Dean here at Emmaus. She loves to teach, and especially enjoys working with groups of adults. She has a PhD in English Literature and taught at Massey University for several years before completing a Grad Dip Theology (BCNZ). She enjoyed a long involvement teaching and leading at Laidlaw College (formerly Bible College of NZ) in Palmerston North.
Pauline is also a spiritual director, and is regularly invited to lead retreats, or as a guest speaker and preacher.
Nigel Dixon is a life coach, husband, father, and bible teacher. He loves exploring scripture and culture and the challenge that being Christian poses in a post-Christian world. He has published a book, “Villages Without Walls”, on this topic. He now runs a life coaching/supervision and training business called Vox Humana, and writes a newspaper column on fatherhood.
Nigel has been a committed part of church unity in Palmerston North for 20+ years and has taught in a wide range of denominations, networks and nations.
Ian Reid moved to Palmerston North in 2010 from Australia to work with students. He is the regional team leader for Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF) and works with tertiary students around the region helping them understand who Jesus is and how knowing Him effects everything.
In Australia Ian studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie and a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore Theological College. He also worked with students on university campuses in Sydney.
Ian has also taught at UCOL in the business faculty and has a keen interest in New Zealand taxation law. He is married to Erin and they have two boys.
Chris Saunders is an Anglican priest who has worked in Wanganui, Palmerston North, and Timaru, with a brief spell in The Gambia. He is married to Kaye and they have been involved in the Charismatic renewal and faith sharing teams in NZ and England. They have two adult children who live in Wellington.
Chris has lectured at Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru in Church History and Biblical Studies. He has studied at Massey, Auckland and Otago Universities and has an M.Theol from Otago.
Rob Yule is a retired Presbyterian minister, who studied at Auckland, Otago and Edinburgh Universities. He was Chaplain at Victoria University in the 1970s, a leader in charismatic renewal, and pastored churches in Hornby Christchurch, St. Albans Palmerston North, and Greyfriars Mt. Eden.
Rob lectured in the former Manawatu Branch of the Bible College of NZ and on mission trips to the Czech Republic. Interested in Jewish-Christian relations, he helped found the NZ Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Prayer for Israel NZ. He and his wife Christene have five children and 16 grandchildren.
Mick Duncan has two types of degrees: street and academic. His 'street degrees' come out of working in neighbourhoods in the following cities: Dunedin, Manila, Melbourne, Central and South Auckland. His new neighbourhood is that of Whanganui. His academic degrees are in Sociology and Theology. Mick's Masters was a Thesis degree exploring a theological ethic of initiative in the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His PhD explores the motif of walking toward the stranger in the life and work of John Wesley.
Mick has also written five books; including Costly Mission and the recently published Alongsiders. Mick continues to teach, speak, write, mentor and come alongside whomever for the Kingdom. He is also the Chair of Open Homes Foundation, which seeks to place vulnerable children in care.
Andrew Lim recently retired as pastor of Christ Sanctuary, Palmerston North of which he was the founding pastor. Studies at the Bible College of New Zealand and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School led him down the paths of seminary teaching and the pastoral ministry. His major in philosophy arises from his conviction that the Christian faith is intellectually defensible.
Alan Frost is the husband of one wife, father of two grown children and a local church pastor. He originally hails from the UK but has lived in NZ since he was nine, which pretty much makes him a fully-fledged Kiwi.
He is particularly interested in exploring what the New Testament teaches us about God, about the kingdom and about life in general…..and how this impacts our faith and praxis in the 21st century.