The Church Council governs the life of the congregation, provides spiritual oversight and pastoral care and leads in mission including in the wider community.
Meet our Church Council…
Alison Tait – Council Clerk
I initially trained and worked in the area of Human Resources. Of latter years I have returned to educational administration and am currently Department Manager for the Pathology Department, Dunedin School of Medicine. I have been a member of Knox since arriving in Dunedin in 1989. Prior to coming to Dunedin I lived in Christchurch where as a child I attended with my family – St Andrews Church (now St Andrews at Rangi Ruru) and as a teenager and Young Adult at St Stephen’s, Bryndwr (now The Village Church)
My involvement in the life of Knox has been as a Convenor of Worship Committee, Convenor of Friends of Choir and a member of the choir. I served briefly on Council some five or six years ago. My election to the Council and to the position of Clerk in 2015 has provided an opportunity to use my skills and work towards my dream for a vibrant, energetic community who share a belief and faith. On a wider church front, I am Deputy Chair of Workplace (Southern) Support Board (ITIM) and a member of the Presbyterian Church’s Assembly Business Committee for the 2016 Assembly. A number of years ago I served on a Presbyterian Church Working Party for Conditions of Employment for Ministers
My relaxation time is spent pursing musical interests, and doing various handcrafts, reading and taming a rather unruly garden.
Born and raised in Canada, Jill has been living in NZ for the past 14 years. She is married to Dave Hanan and has 2 boys, Jack and Jesse. Dave and Jill were married at Knox, and the boys were baptised here as well.
Jill’s faith roots lie firmly in the Prairie Social Gospel of building the kingdom here on earth. Her father’s people were all Scottish Presbyterians while her mother’s people were Methodist teetotallers and low-church Anglican. Although like many people she went ‘off’ the church in her late teens and early 20s, Jill was drawn back by the lucid arguments of C.S. Lewis’ “Surprised by Joy”; she knew exactly what he meant by being “the most reluctant convert”! Her faith still blows hot and cold, and would say she feels a stronger relationship to God than Jesus mainly because she got so turned off by American Pentecostal televangelists. She describes her faith as unorthodox, questioning, liberal but not New Age. She admires the Quakers and the Unitarians and has a strong interest in inter-faith dialogue, having grown up in a very Jewish neighbourhood and has close Muslim friends here in Dunedin.
Jill was a journalist before taking a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies at the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Religion. There she was introduced to the usual characters (Barth, Niebuhr, Tillich and not inspired by any of them particularly) but was finally turned on by Heidegger. Her thesis is on Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology and whether it gives us an ethical framework for evaluating such brave new world technologies as cloning.
Jill is a former Media Advisor for the University of Otago and is now a full-time mum and volunteer extraordinaire. She enjoys keeping relatively fit (rowing, cycling, walking, gym, etc), painting, and singing her heart out. She still thinks deep thoughts.
Anna Tarbotton – Worship
I have been coming to Knox for most of my (nearly) 30 years. There were a few recently when I lived in Christchurch but still made an occasional appearance. I started coming before I was born with my mum, Rosemary Tarbotton.
When I was 8 years old I started singing in the choir along with my sister, Erin. I really love being in the choir –one of my interests is choral singing. I often can be found at Junior Choir helping where I can as well.
This year I am really looking forward to learning how the church is run, and how I can use my talents for God and for the benefit of the congregation. Please, when you see me around, grab me for a talk. I’d love to get to know you better.