rEV sILVIA pURDIE
Rev Silvia Purdie came to Cashmere in February 2016. She has been an ordained Presbyterian Minister since 2010, and has served in the Horowhenua region and in Milson Combined Church in Palmerston North. Her husband Chris is an army chaplain, based at Burnham. They have 3 sons, 2 of whom are living with them here and at Cashmere High School.
Silvia brings to her ministry many years of experience in ministry with children and youth, and she loves leading our preschool Music Group on Thursdays. She is also a writer: her work and reflections can be found on her website: www.conversations.net.nz
Silvia has a Diploma in Ministry (PCANZ), a BTheol from Otago, a BA from Victoria, a Diploma in Counselling, as well as qualifications in child & adolescent psychology, pastoral care (CPE), youth ministry and early childhood (Playcentre).
Silvia brings a passion for preaching and a dedication to community development. You can call her on 027 242 1113, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Weaver, who arrived in New Zealand with her husband and oldest son in 1995, has been in charge of the office at Cashmere Presbyterian since January 2002.
Her background is in banking, both in her native England and in her early days in New Zealand. Although she reached lower management level in England, she elected to change to working part-time on having children, but left paid employment following the birth of her second son. After a few years spent concentrating on the tasks of homemaking and child rearing, and involving herself in voluntary community activities such as Plunket and PTA, her return to the workforce was in an entirely new direction.
She is currently a licensed Anglican lay reader in her home parish, and has been a mainstay of the family worship events in Governors Bay.
Gail says: "The supportive, enabling working environment of Cashmere helped me to grow in my administrative abilities, and has given me the confidence to explore further my own faith."
Elizabeth Taggart and Colin Reid were appointed as our joint Parish Clerks in September 2018. They bring unique skills and attributes to the position, and will work jointly for the benefit of the Cashmere Presbyterian Parish.