Rev. Heather Kennedy has come to Ellesmere Co-operating Parish for a short term Stated Supply
Ministry until the end of January 2019. Having trained in Transitional Ministry she has been given
the task of transitioning the parish through the process with the Methodist Church, for them to be
matched with a new Presbyter for five years from February 2019.
Rev. Heather was previously the Assistant Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Invercargill. She
has had considerable experience working across Southland as a Resource Minister for ten parishes,
most of whom are in small rural communities. She was Ordained in 2008 after eight years as the
Parish Assistant and Mission and Evangelism Enabler at First Church.
Rev. Heather previously worked as a Registered Nurse for 20+ years, then commenced studies in
Theology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 2000 and completed a Masters of Ministry
in 2014. She has also had extensive experience on National and Regional Boards of Chaplaincies and
the Presbyterian Church.
Heather is married to Jim, who is a retired Chef. They have a son and a daughter, living in Invercargill.
Teena Dela Cruz, Pastor, Lifetouch Fellowship:
For more information about Teena and Orland, please follow this link for the Lay pastor profile
Please also note that Rev. Dr. Waldo Raperos is acting as Visiting Pastor for the Life Touch Fellowship.