The Rev’d Nicole Roper – Priest in Charge
Born in Durban, South Africa, the granddaughter of a New Zealand ship’s captain, Nicky grew up a Methodist but became immersed in Anglicanism when she settled in Auckland 28 years ago, teaching Mathematics at Diocesan School for Girls. She feels God worked in mysterious ways calling her to the priesthood.
Nicky has served as a non-stipendiary priest in the Diocese of Auckland, assisted the chaplain at Kings College, acted as Priest Assistant at St Mary’s by the Sea and Vaughan Park Retreat Centre.
She is the mother of three adult children, two living with their families on the North Shore and one in South Africa and is blessed with the 9 grandchildren who are the apples of her eye.
Ph: (09) 489 6242
Elizabeth Witton – Parish Administrator
Elizabeth has been a member of St Peter’s Church for several years. She works in the mornings, Tuesday – Friday so it pays to ring before going to see her to make sure that she is on-site and available. She will help you with any enquiry you may have.
Ph: (09) 489 6242
Fay Pankhurst – People’s Warden
Although Fay was baptized at St Peter’s and her formative years were spent at Milford School her parents moved north when she was ten and she attended Whangarei Girls High School before returning to Auckland in 1961 to complete her nursing training.
Fay suspects she was set up to meet her Wellington based husband when one of his closest friends married one of hers. Having assured her his tenure in the Capital was temporary it was 35 years before they returned to the North Shore and St Peters in 1995.
Terminal nursing in Wellington increased Fay’s awareness of the need to understand different ethnicities and as an adult student she attended Massey University majoring in Religious studies.
Mob: 027 436 1360
Penny Roberts – Vicar’s Warden
Much of Penny’s life has been spent living in the Takapuna area, having been born in Takapuna, she was baptized, confirmed and married at St Peter’s. While maintaining a strong ecumenical interest she has always worshiped at Anglican Churches and is currently on an ecumenical
committee with members of churches from the Takapuna/Milford area. Penny is a retired teacher and is involved in many aspects of the life of St Peter’s. She is married to Ralph and they have six children and seven
Penny is the warden appointed by the Vicar and is one of the people to contact if you have any concerns about things that are happening
within the Parish.
Mob: 021 489 454
Jennie Michel – Pastoral Care Coordinator
Jennie Michel was born in London and spent much of her childhood in Suffolk. She trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London. In a nursing career spanning 50 years Jennie held many different roles including ward sister and teaching positions both in London and Edinburgh. Jennie came to New Zealand in 1979 to marry the Kiwi she met in London and worked in the Aged Care sector. Her main focus was client advocacy and she was a member of the group that set up the Elder Abuse Prevention Service under the aegis of Age Concern New Zealand and was one of the writers of the Resource Book underpinning the service at that time.