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Scholarships for 2017

Our St John's College Students

We are delighted to announce and celebrate our new St John's College Students for 2017. We give thanks to God for these new vocations and for the future they will help define. Please take a moment to find out a little about them and add them to your prayers. 

Nathan and Lydia were blessed to receive two of the six one-year under-25 lay scholarships offered by St John's College to the whole province. The Franks, Landers and Pickerings are exploring different ministries within the church and have been offered conventional full residential scholarships. We are very proud of all of them.



In the generally fascinating world of Theology, it is the study of our ancestors in the faith that has caught Tim’s attention, particularly the people of Ancient Israel. How did they live, the people who first heard the words of the Prophets and first prayed the Psalms? Tim has studied their times and participated in many archaeological excavations in Israel. After studying in the USA and Switzerland, the family has now come (back) to New Zealand. Leonilda (Yudy) is an IT professional and currently looks after the couple’s two lovely children.



Hello! Kia Ora! I am Lydia Burnett and I am very excited and feel very humbled to be attending St John’s College in 2017. I grew up in the South Waikato on a Jersey dairy farm and later attended Waikato Diocesan School in Hamilton. On leaving school I have been working and doing a little bit of travelling. Later in November friends and I are travelling to Thailand and Vietnam. I am 21 years old and I really enjoy theology, New Zealand bush, people, and food. I trust in God’s sovereignty for the coming year and would like to thank all who have been praying faithfully towards it. Thanks!




Hi there, we are Dan, Mai, Bobby and Thom. We have recently returned from Kolkata, India where we spent the last five and a half years working in a business community that provides an employment alternative to women either in the sex trade or at risk of entering. Now back in Aotearoa I (Dan) have the opportunity to attend St John's College and begin training for ministry. We are excited to see where this opportunity leads us all next. As a family we love the beach, hanging out with friends and family and coffee (not the kids yet, they have enough hype without the caffeine).



Hello there! My name is Nathan Burnett. I am 17 years old and I grew up on a dairy farm in the South Waikato. I am currently in my last year of school at Putaruru College. There are two things in my life that are very important to me, Family and God. I am very grateful that I have been offered with this opportunity and blessings to those who have made it possible. I’m so excited for next year, being able to stay at the campus with an awesome group of people that love God. Again, thanks heaps!





Matt, born and bred in New Plymouth, and Leah, hailing from Hastings, have been happily married for 3 years, meeting in Wellington before moving up to Auckland to be part of St Paul's on Symonds St. So they've got the North Island covered! Matt is finishing up a Graduate Diploma in Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College, with a particular interest in the intersection between theology and the arts. Leah works as a functions coordinator by day and blogger of all things weddings by night. They both love folk music and play together in both the St Paul's worship team and their own band, Handful of Arrows, and are really excited about being part of the St John's community.


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