Ramsey House
8 Kelburn Parade
Kelburn, Wellington, 6012
022 0857852



Ecumencial chaplaincy was established at Victoria and the Wellington Teachers Training College in 1962. Funding was originally through the National Council of Churches, an association of various Protestant churches that at the time accounted for over 80% of total church members in New Zealand. Today funding for the Chaplaincy’s work is sourced from grants, partnerships with local city churches and rental income from the Trust Board’s property in Kelburn.

Our constitution mandates us to, among other things, foster engagement with the intellectual life of the University and provide opportunities for teaching, pastoral care and sharing the Christian Gospel. Though not aligned to a single denomination or diocese, the Wellington Chaplaincy Trust Board anchors its theology in a reflective commitment to the Ecumenical Creeds.

Matthew Bartlett is the chair of the board. At the end of 2017, he replaced Peter Thirkell, Professor Emeritus at VUW, who chaired the Wellington Ecumenical Chaplaincy Trust Board from 2004-2017. Matthew can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Along with Max Rideout as Assoc Chaplain, the Board comprises five other elected officers that include Christian academics, local church representatives and a student representative. 

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