|1844||1847||Reverend William Charles Cotton (Chaplain to Bishop Selwyn)|
|1853||1859||Reverend Charles John Abraham, Archdeacon of Waitemata|
|1951||1969||Reverend James Alexander Mee St Philips|
|1961||1966||Reverend Terence Moore Barton (Curate, St Philips)|
|In charge of St Thomas’ as a separate Parish|
|1966||1973||Reverend Charles Walter Kent-Johnston|
|1973||1989||Reverend Herbert John Simmonds|
|1989||1995||Reverend Jonathan Deacon|
|1995||2014||Reverend David Steele|
|2015||2018||Reverend Mark Sullivan|
|2018||2021||Reverend Bob Driver|
|2021||2022||Reverend Strett Nicolson|
|2022||Reverend Noel Cox|
Reverend James Alexander Mee
Reverend J. Mee who was Vicar of St Philips when the new St. Thomas’ was built, and with Reverend T. Barton, conducted the services until St. Thomas became an independent Parish.
He was born and educated in Ireland, served in India from 1931-1935, was Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Cathedral, Auckland, Vicar of Papatoetoe, before becoming Vicar of St Philips.
He lives in retirement at Selwyn Village, Auckland.
Terence Moore Barton
Resident in Kohimarama “Terry” Barton was a curate in the Parish of St. Heliers Bay from 1961 to 1965. His special duties included the nurture before separate establishment of the area now comprising the Parish of St. Thomas Tamaki. He was immensely popular in this role not only because of his leadership in spiritual matters but also because of his ability to identify with and relate the teaching of the Church to matters of business and everyday social life. In this he was undoubtedly strengthened and supported by his experiences as an accountant and auditor, as a soldier, as a colonial servant indeed as a layman before he answered the call to priesthood.
His sermons were well researched and prepared and had the rare quality of appeal to young and old alike.
His wife, Win, was equally popular, practical and gifted, and together they made this end of the Parish of St. Heliers Bay very much alive. Who can forget the plays, pageants and theatrical occasions they inspired and produced.
The parishioners of St. Thomas were all very sorry when separate identity was achieved that the “rules” of the Church government of the day precluded Terry Barton from being considered as the first Vicar of St. Thomas.
The Reverend Charles Walter Kent-Johnston
Died on February 27th 1973
He served in the ordained ministry for 27 years, having been ordained in the Christchurch Diocese in 1946. He became the first Vicar of the Parochial District of St_ Thomas’ Tamaki, in 1966.
After World War Two, Walter had spent two years in hospital for treatment on his back, and during this time he completed a B.A. in History and Political Science. In his Christchurch years, Walter had led a thriving Youth Club in many activities – mountaineering, tennis etc., and through these he first made contact with the Provincial Youth Council. He was an adventurous cook and had a deep love of the beauty of worship and of architecture. The latter naturally led him to work with Rotary in restoring to its original shape the ruins of St. Thomas. During his time at St. Thomas’ there devloped a tradition of Nativity Pageants which were enjoyed by cast and congregation and were always well attended.
Walter’s work in the Ecumenical field was well known and the regard in which he was held was evident at his funeral service, when people of many denominations came to pay tribute.
Reverend Herbert John Simmonds
Herbert believed that the ties of the family would be strengthened if people met regularly, other than at worship. To that end the annual Fair was instituted, plus jumble sales, cake stalls etc. There were regular family outings, together with dinners and Parish Concerts. Confirmation Camps were popular and held at Camp Morley where there was a careful mix of study, outdoor activities and Saturday night impromptu concerts.
Glen Innes Anglican/Methodist Parish and St. Thomas’ worked together in sponsoring a refugee family from Laos, joint services became an annual event, and St. Thomas was well represented in Bible in Schools movement. Herbert was part of the Ministers Assn and was privileged to be preacher at the first Roman Catholic/Anglican service held at Sacred Heart College.
The Choir was involved in Combined Choir services within and beyond the Parish and accompanied the Preacher from St. Thomas’ to the Chapel of Christ the King, Selwyn Village. In 1987 Herbert became Archdeacon of Tamaki.
Reverend Jonathan Deacon
Jonathan commenced his career as a management cadet in a large manufacturing company.
As her pursued a career path in the manufacturing industry, he was an Assistant Personnel Manager and then worked as Executive Officer for the Auckland Manufacturers Association.
His vocation in Ministry commenced in 1976 when he started training for ordination at St Johns Theological College. In 1978 he was ordained deacon and Asst Curate, St Andrews, Epsom.
From 1978, Jonathan was Associate Chaplain at Mt Eden Prison and from 1989 Police Chaplain Services District with Auckland Police (1992 Certificate of Appointment). In 1984, he was Deputy Director at Richmond Community Health Fellowship (Hon Asst Curate to the Archdeacon of Auckland).
Jonathan was a vicar at Ruawai Cooperating Parish from 1981, then at St Georges Parish, Epsom from 1984, followed by St Thomas Parish, Tamaki from 1989.
It is recorded that while still in the position of Vicar, on the 30th May 1993, Jonathan’s wife, Ann Elizabeth died. May she rest in peace, with all the faithful.
Reverend David Steele
Archdeacon of Tamaki 2002 – 2011
St Thomas is a welcoming place – it welcomed my family and me in 1995 and I stayed for almost 20 years! St Thomas’s people have a generosity of spirit which transcends the issues the wider church often preoccupies itself with, and is a caring community. It is an all-age church, a place where children and their parents and people of all ages are made welcome and where the Christian faith is accessible at whatever level people wish to engage. My family and I value our connections with St Thomas and it’s people, past and present – and future.
Reverend Mark Sullivan
Mark was born and bred in Christchurch, attending Christchurch Boys High School and University of Canterbury, and relocated to New Plymouth where he was ordained in 1995. He moved to Auckland shortly after when he and Sue married. They have 3 teenaged young people, the eldest, Tim, is an aircraft engineer, the middle son, Hamish is at university and Georgia (Geo) is at school.
Mark served his curacy in the parishes of New Plymouth and Ellerslie-Mt Wellington before moving overseas to Melbourne as Associate Priest in the Parish of South Yarra. Upon return to Auckland he was appointed Vicar of Royal Oak 2004-2008, then Vicar of Remuera from 2008 before joining St Thomas’ Tamaki in 2015.
Mark also had a career in the NZ Fire Service from 1982 – 1999. A relocation to Christchurch in 2017 was a move home to familiar territory.
Reverend Bob Driver
Bob joined St Thomas Tamaki in 2018.
Bob was a licenced lay minister who was priested in 2006. He was chaplain at Caughey-Preston hospital for 16 years. Then appointed Priest in Charge at St Thomas’ at the beginning of 2018.
Reverend Strett Nicolson
Reverend Strett Nicolson
I graduated from St Pauls Anglican Theological College, Grahamstown South Africa in 1991. St Pauls has since been renamed as the College of the Transfiguration.
My first appointment in New Zealand, in August 1998, was as Vicar to the Parish of Paparoa in the Auckland Diocese. From 2001 to 2003 I spent two years as a Transitional Priest in charge of the Parish of Clevedon. This was followed by 10 years as Missioner in the East Tamaki Mission District at St Pauls in the Park. For health reasons I retired slightly earlier than usual late in 2013. Between 2016 to 2019 I returned to ministry, part time, in the Beachlands/Maraetai Mission District as priest in charge of St Hildas and St Marks respectively.
In July 2021 I was appointed as interim priest in charge of St Thomas, Tamaki.
I have a high regard for the expression of faith and spiritual insights we have gained through the years from contemplative figures, both historical and contemporary. My own expression of faith is more practical in nature. I trust in the power of prayer, am convinced we are to express our faith as a priesthood of all believers, that it is our responsibility to evangelize and that it is a privilege to serve others. These disciplines combine to make life a ‘Joy in the Lord.’
More than the property investor may value location, location, location, I treasure and believe our faith is about Relationship, Relationship, Relationship.
To hear more, to ask a question, to seek and explanation, or simply to worship in community come and join us at St Thomas.