The Anglican Chaplaincy Team

Mark Johnson

Mark JohnsonMark is the supervising chaplain at Te Puna Karaiti, the Anglican Chaplaincy at Victoria University in Wellington, where he works one day a week, as well as his role as 'priest in charge' at St Thomas's Anglican Church in Newtown, and being on the Wellington Diocesan Leadership Team. Prior to coming to New Zealand, Mark was founder/director of the Minneapolis (USA) base of Steiger International, an international mission organization that focuses on global youth culture. Mark also pastored The Salvage Yard, an eclectic church made up of people mostly under the age of 35 situated in a troubled neighbourhood in Minneapolis. Since July 2011, Mark has been He is married to Kirsty, and they have two sons, Micah and Lukas. 



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 small 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 has three children Arlo, Sol and Sacha, and in his spare time loves to kick a football and cook a good curry.



Imogen Perkins

picture of imogen perkins Imogen works three days a week at the Anglican Chaplaincy at Victoria as well as working part-time with IDEA services, caring for two little boys and their family. Before moving to Wellington mid-2013, Imogen did an internship at Attunga Youth Ministries in Australia. It was a beautiful time of wrestling and healing which, among other things, led Imogen out of her chosen career in law and into a new season.

“Having come across Anglican Chaplaincy shortly after moving to Wellington I was immediately drawn to it, finding it to be a place of rest, joy, and the Kingdom of God. It’s an absolute treat to now be serving here. I am around Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and would love to talk, listen, and pray."


Sophie Silvester

Sophie Aug2016

Sophie works one day a week at the Chaplaincy and also volunteers several hours a week. She is available to talk over ideas and issues, listen and pray, and is especially available to women on campus. Sophie cares about people. She hopes to encourage, affirm, and to speak truth. She has recently completed 5 years of study at Victoria University. Sophie lives in Ink (an intentional community in Newtown) with her husband, Chris, and also works part time as a tutor at Victoria University.