New reverend has heart for community
A new vicar at St Columba’s Church is looking forward to getting to know her local community.
Reverend Dr Susan Adams was formally welcomed into the Grey Lynn church in a ceremony last week.
The Ponsonby resident has been working at the Holy Trinity Methodist Church in Kingsland as the director of a ministry training programme.
Now she says she is excited about getting back to her “home base” of Anglicanism in a part of the city she loves.
Rev Adams started her career as a primary school teacher and moved on to theology education and community services as well as practising as an Anglican priest.
She says her new role will “pull together the threads of her background” to help maintain St Columba’s community profile as a progressive church in Grey Lynn.
“It’s quite an exciting prospect for me,” she says.
“I want to do some listening, not only to the church community but to the Grey Lynn community.”
Rev Adams says what really attracted her to St Columba is the church’s contemporary take on spirituality.
“I want to look at what spirituality means for today.”
St Columba’s community services coordinator Megan Crawford says Rev Adams will be a great fit for the church whose motto is “reconnecting the spirit without disconnecting the mind”.
“We really want to celebrate diversity and encourage individuality. We are welcoming of everybody,” she says.
Rev Adams will replace Rev Tony Ross, who has been acting vicar since January after the departure of Rev Hugh Kempster late last year.
Rev Ross says he has enjoyed his time and Rev Adams is the ideal replacement.
Rev Adams was instituted as the new vicar by the Right Reverend John Paterson, who led the service assisted by Archdeacon Glynn Cardie.
Moving forward: Rev Susan Adams was welcomed as the new vicar at St Columba’s Church last week.