James and Julia moved to St Mary's Silverstream in 2014 with their two sons, Jacob and Sam. It’s a different address but a familiar name for the couple, who were previously based at St Mary’s Anglican Church in Karori. Neither James nor Julia were religious before a series of medical emergencies in 2002 kicked off a conversation with God. After attending an Alpha Course, they gave their lives to God.
Julia stopped working as a lawyer in 2004 and was ordained as a priest in 2007. James, who continues to practise as a lawyer, was ordained in 2012.
The ministry of St Mary's is supported by some wonderful volunteers, too many to list them all!