The Anglican Chaplaincy Team


John Dennison

John Dennison ChaplainJohn works three days a week at the Anglican Chaplaincy, where he has a particular responsibility for pastoral care of Victoria’s staff and post-graduates, the Do Something series, and the Chaplaincy’s theological engagement within the University. He also works one day a week for the Venn Foundation supporting post-grad students in their move into vocational ministry. As a sometime university teacher and researcher, he’s passionate about the integration of faith and study, and about how the Gospel shapes our University experience. John has spent far too long studying poetry and, consequently, writes the odd poem himself. He is married to Jannah, and they have three boys. 




Karel van Helden

Karel Jan 2016Karel works three days a week at the Anglican Chaplaincy. His focus is on the management of our not-for-profit cafe Koha Coffee; worship music for our regular gatherings; communications including Website, Facebook and printed promotions; Student connection and support. Karel also works as a primary school teacher 2 days a week, and runs a guitar school for primary school students. Karel has previously worked as a Graphic Designer, Church minister in Nelson,  Programme Coordinator with Parachute Music, and as an itinerant musician and worship leader. Karel is married to Philippa and has three children Arlo, Sol and Sacha, and in his spare time loves to kick a football and cook a good curry.



Sonya Lewthwaite

Sonya Cropped webSonya has a background in Political Theory and Theology and is interested in the role of faith within university life and academic research. She is part of the community at St Paul’s in Waiwhetu, where she has particular responsibilities for children and young people. She is married to Jon, and together they enjoy bushwalks, gardening, and taking part in the local pub quiz. Sonya works a day-and-a-half a week at Ramsey House. Her focus is on pastoral care and theological formation for students and staff. This involves helping to facilitate rhythms of contemplative prayer, as well as reading and discussion groups with a theological emphasis.  The rest of Sonya’s week is spent at Booth College of Mission, where she teaches Biblical Theology and assists in the training of Salvation Army leaders.