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Dr Peter Lineham

A respected historian focusing on religion and society in 18th and 19th century England and New Zealand. He has extensively published in the field. He is widely used as a media commentator on these fields and on contemporary religious trends.  He obtained his BA and MA from University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand. His PHD was completed through the University of Sussex for PhD.  Dr Lineham taught for many years at Massey University from 1979 until his retirement in 2018.  Peter’s recent book “Sunday Best” examines Christianity in New Zealand through the lens of cultural development, and asks: If the various denominations and faiths set out to shape New Zealand, how did the very fluid fact of New Zealand change those faiths?

Rev. Dr Lindsay Cameron

Has a PHD in South Pacific Church History through the Australian National University, MTh in Missiology through the University of South Africa, BTh through Kingsley College.

Founder of Cypress Project (Publishing), former National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (2008-12), former missionary and Africa Director with Global Partners (1997-2007), former church planter and pastor.  Lindsay's PhD thesis on "The Convergence of British and American Methodism in the South Pacific" was undertaken through the Australian National University, with his doctorate awarded and his thesis published as Methodism Reborn in 2017.  Methodism has been one of the most powerful influences in the South Pacific in recent centuries, and my hope is that modern Methodists can learn from our past and rediscover some of our earlier culture-changing dynamic.

Dr Glen O’Brien

An Associate Professor at Eva Burrows College  who has served on the teaching staff since 2009, having formerly served at Booth College, Sydney, as Head of Humanities and Head of Theology. He is a Uniting Church minister in the Yarra Yarra Presbytery with a placement to full time theological education in The Salvation Army. He is a Member of the University of Divinity’s Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, Vice-President of the Religious History Association, Vice-President of the Uniting Church National Historical Society, a Research Fellow of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR) and an Honorary Fellow of the Manchester (UK) Wesley Research Centre.  A graduate of Kingsley College (Bachelor Theology and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Arts Theological Studies) and La Trobe University (PhD in history), Glen has engaged in postdoctoral research on John Wesley’s political writings at Duke Divinity School (2011), Asbury Theological Seminary (2013), Oxford Brookes University (2014). He continued that research as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre for six weeks in the summer of 2015, and was elected a Member of the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies in 2013 and 2018.  He co-edited Methodism in Australia: A History and has completed research on Samuel Leigh in Australia.

Dr Roshan Allpress

Roshan took up his role as National Principal/CEO of Laidlaw College in February 2017. 

Roshan holds degrees in History from the Universities of Canterbury and Oxford. His doctoral research at Oxford focused on how intergenerational groups of Evangelical entrepreneurs in the eighteenth and nineteenth century British world shaped society and culture, most prominently in the work of the Clapham Sect. His research interests include how the Gospel has motivated social and cultural reform, with particular emphases on evangelicalism and the history of religious reform, the origins of philanthropy and humanitarianism, and intersections of theology and political economic thought.

Since returning to New Zealand in 2015, Roshan has worked as a Senior Fellow for the Venn Foundation, teaching in the Foundation’s residential and wider programmes, and consulting to a variety of Christian organisations. He is a co-author of popular books, The Insect and the Buffalo: how the story of the Bible changes everything and The Hare and the Tortoise: learning to pace ourselves in a world gone mad, and is a regular speaker in churches and at Christian events.

Rev Dr Arapera Ngaha

Senior Lecturer, Māori Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of

Auckland , New Zealand


Arapera’s family has had a long association with the Methodist

church and she is keenly engaged

with research involving indigenous understandings around theology and in particular contextual theology in Aotearoa. The Methodist Bi-cultural Journey is a particular focus of her work. Otherresearch interests include the revitalisation of te reo Māori and the relationship between language

and identity which is intrinsic in her research.

Rev Gary Clover

Retired Methodist Presbyter with a forty-year interest in culture change and conversion in early contact-era New Zealand.  His 1973 Auckland MA thesis examined Māori conversion in South Taranaki. He has earlier published two monographs, and in the Wesley Historical Society and Stimulus journals, and elsewhere.

Gary’s most recent work, Collision, Compromise and Conversion during the Wesleyan Hokianga Mission, 1827-1855: A critical study of Hokianga Māori, missionary and kauri merchant interactions is a critical analysis of early New Zealand.  The book looks at culture change and Māori conversion during the Wesleyan Hokianga Mission and how with Mission Superintendent, William White, Māori adopted and adapted Christianity and European 'modernity' to suit their own culture.

Rowan Tautari 

Ngatihine, Ngati Kahu o Torongare, Ngapuhi, Te Whakapiko o Ngati Manaia

Rowan is a researcher who lives at Whananaki, Northland. She has worked in Parliament, for various government departments and a number of Maori organisations. She has a particular interest in Maori land and local history and is actively involved in local government and Maori issues specific to Te Taitokerau. Rowan has an MA in History, a BA Hons in Maori and is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Auckland.

Dr Geoff Troughton 

BA Hons (Cantuar); BTheol (Otago); MA, PhD (Massey)

Geoff is a senior lecturer and programme director of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. His research and teaching focus on the religious history of New Zealand and issues relating to religion in modernity. He has written extensively on Christianity in New Zealand, including, most recently, publications on Christian peace activism and nineteenth-century mission.  His presentation will explore Methodist developments and contributions during the tumultuous decades from the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 to the Wars of the 1860s.

TeAroha Rountree

Lecturer in Māori Studies

Trinity Methodist Theological College 

(Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa)

He uri no te hapu o Ngai Tuteāuru, no te iwi o Ngā Puhi. Ko Puhanga Tohora te maunga tapu, ko

Mangatawa me Otaua ngā awa e rere nei, ko Pukerata te marae e tu tika ai, ko Rahiri te mātua tūpuna.

He Kaiwhakaako ki te Kāreti o Trinity, he Kaikarakia mo te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa. I mua rā, he

Kairangahau, he Kaiako hoki mo te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau me te Taraipiunara o Waitangi.

Tihei Mauriora!

Rev. Dr Susan Thompson

Studied history at the University of Canterbury (BA 1986, MA 1st Class Hons. 1990) before beginning ministry training at Trinity Theological College, St John’s, Auckland in 1989 (BTheol. 1993)


Returned to study completing a PhD in Theology at the University of Auckland in 2002 - topic of thesis was “Knowledge and Vital Piety: Methodist Ministry Education in New Zealand 1844-1989”


Presbyter of Northcote Methodist Church, Auckland, 1993 to 1997; Parish Superintendent of the Hamilton Methodist Parish from 2002 to 2008 Synod Superintendent of the Waikato-Waiariki Synod since 2009