Denise Tims is the Lionel Stewart scholar for 2021.

Denise is of Māori, Scottish, Irish and English descent and has been serving for 10 years in Randwick Park, South Auckland, with Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH), a mission order of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand. Alongside her husband Dave and family, the ministry focuses upon living and working in neighbourhoods of high deprivation. 

In 2017 the Randwick Park neighbourhood won the New Zealand Community of the Year award. Denise also works part-time at Carey as te kaitautoko of the Māori leadership and development programme, called Ngā Pou Amorangi.

“In Randwick Park we have worked collaboratively with key entities to spearhead neighbourhood-led development initiatives that recognise the importance of partnership relationships such as mana whenua and the Auckland Council. Listening to the hopes and dreams of our neighbourhood and responding to them helped us to identify the need for developing social enterprises. These include a lawn mowing enterprise, Stepping Stones, and a bouncy castle business, Bounce for a Cause,” says Denise.

“I am incredibly grateful to have received the Lionel Stewart scholarship. This is to help complete both my second year of postgraduate study at Carey and then in 2022 I hope to move into the Masters programme and do a thesis on Christian neighbourhood-led community development.”

Add comment

Read More Articles

Unexpected adventure Image
April 11, 2024 | Jen Collings Channel: 2144749

Unexpected adventure

Jen's pivot into ministry with doctors and medical students and an upcoming opportunity for Christian health workers and students to connect and be inspired.

Church opens sauna Image
April 10, 2024 | Diane Robinson Channel: 2144749

Church opens sauna

Ōrākei Baptist Church’s tropical summer.

Upper South’s new Children & Family Ministry Coach Image
April 9, 2024 | Steph Wood Channel: 2144749

Upper South’s new Children & Family Ministry Coach

Get to know Steph Wood, the new Children & Family Ministry Coach for the Upper South Baptist Association.