Our Team

John Hughes - Vicar

John Hughes has been the Vicar of Karori Anglican Churches since 1999.

His role encompasses leadership of the parish staff and is responsible for the parish fulfilling it’s mission and goals.  John has an overall responsibility for all the outreach ministries in the parish, discipleship, and small groups.

Within the Diocese of Wellington he is a part of the core team for 3DM discipleship.  In the wider church, John is currently overseas commissary to the Bishop of the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist.  He is also a strong supporter of New Wine.

Previous to coming to KAC, John was a Vicar of 3 different parishes in South Africa (rural, urban and inner city).  He is passionate about leadership and developing leaders, discipleship (where we come to look and behave more and more like Jesus Christ), loves preaching and wants to see the church remain orthodox in its belief and practice. He also loves reading good theology.

John is married to Janet (who works for our Early Childhood Education Centre) and they have two adult children (Kathleen and Andrew) and a grandson (Elijah) and a granddaughter (Grace). His interests include woodwork, cooking and he has a fondness for chocolate!

Ian Cook - Children and Families Minister

Ian Cook – married to Ruth (Roo) with three kids – Joseph (16) , Leonie (15) and Theo (12) - is the Children Families and Youth minister at Karori Anglican Church, and is also an ordained Anglican priest.

In his past lives he was a teacher, actor and school principal.  He loves rugby (especially playing touch), playing music and the NZ outdoors.  Ruth and Ian lived in Hong Kong for several years as well as England where they were involved with teaching children and youth at most age levels including running an Arts School for children.

Ian says 'It’s a privilege after 18 years away from New Zealand to return and give back into NZ by working with our kids here at Karori.'

Ray Muller - Associate Priest

Ray Muller has been part of KAC since 2005 and an associate priest since 2009. For 17 years prior to this, he was Parish Consultant and Archdeacon for Mission in the Diocese of Wellington, coming to the role under the leadership of Archbishop Brian Davis. 

Ray is experienced in evangelism, discipleship, church growth, parish development, teaching, training, stewardship, fundraising and strategic planning, both in New Zealand and overseas.

He also introduced The Alpha Course to New Zealand in 1995 and was National Director of Alpha New Zealand from 1995 to 2008.

Ray is a researcher, author, seminar presenter, conference speaker, husband, father and grandfather. His New Zealand research includes studies on ‘how people come to faith’ and ‘how churches do evangelism’, plus extensive statistical surveys on the NZ Anglican church over several decades. He is also the author of ‘Christian Giving in the Parish’ (1989).

Harry Nicholls - Associate Priest

Harry Nicholls leads and assists with services at St Mary’s (8am and 9am) and at St Matthias’. He takes funerals when required and takes Home Communion to some house bound parishioners.

A former general practitioner and specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Harry has had a life-long association with the Anglican Church, fulfilling a number of roles (including Vestry member, Synod Representative, Lay Reader and Deacon) before being ordained a Priest in 1994.

Harry was a keen runner and once ran the Rotorua marathon. Now Harry likes to go for walks, usually accompanied by his wife Diane and their fox terrier Spike.

Harry and Diane have a blended family of five sons (one sadly deceased) and two daughters. Their fox terrier Spike has been known to attend church services and has shown a particular liking for Christmas carols...

Kathleen Andreae - Head of Prayer

Kathleen Andreae is passionate about getting people to understand the Mercy and Grace of God – His mercy is not giving us what we deserve. She is also passionate about extending the Kingdom of God [God’s rule and reign] through doing the things that Jesus did, especially by demonstrating His Love through prayer and healing.

She is a member of a HOTS [Healing on the Streets] team which prays for people in Cuba Mall on Saturday afternoons. If pressed Kathleen will admit that in the dim and distant past, she also received a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry. But she claims to have forgotten all of that! Kathleen joined KAC two years ago. She has been involved helping with a number of outreach ministries including the St John of God’s flick group, Alpha, the Girls’ and Boys’ Clubs, and Parents’ Alone.

She has also been involved with pastoral care and preaching a few sermons for the Wednesday morning service and she has been a member of a cell group. Kathleen lives in Karori with her husband, Peter, and her daughter, Helen. Her son, Christopher, is living in Tokyo.

Wendy Davidson - Pastoral Care Minister and Resources Manager

Wendy is responsible for Pastoral Care and the organisational management of the church.  Management of resources includes office management, overseeing contracts and the Parish Recorder.  She also has overall responsibility for Parish communications including the weekly newsletter.  As Pastoral Care Minister, she not only provides pastoral support but oversees volunteers who have a pastoral gifting.  She is also responsible for the incorporation of new members into Karori Anglican Church. 

Wendy has a growing prophetic ministry, is part of the prayer team and has completed a paper in Theology and training in Living Wisdom.

In a previous life Wendy was a lecturer at WelTec in business administration, an office manager, a supervisor in retail banking and a teacher.

Wendy originally hails from the north of Scotland where she still has family.  She has three adult daughters Nicky, Bronwyn and Lauren and five granddaughters (no grandsons!!).  Her two little dogs, Maggie and Jack (not a Russell!) make walking a must in her daily routine.  She also loves catching up with friends for a coffee and a good chat and going to movies; “when the lights go down it’s just me and the big screen”.  She also enjoys sewing and knitting for her granddaughters (Kaitlin, Annabel, Rosie, Maddie and Emma) and reading.