We are thrilled to announce that Rowan Durward has joined the Neighbourhood Trust team as our Community Chaplain.

Her purpose is to love, accept and listen to people in the Mairehau and St Albans community who would like support, and also offer guidance from a Christian perspective.

“Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them, and a bit of time to help them to process their thoughts,” says Rowan. “I love to catch up with people over a coffee or a cup of tea. I’m there for them if they just need a listening ear, or if they want to ask the big questions – Why are we here? Do I have a purpose? Am I an accident?”

Rowan originally worked as a doctor for many years. Then after taking some time out to have children, she completed a diploma in Christian Relational Studies and is in the process of completing her chaplaincy training. “My passion is people and God, and chaplaincy combines them both,” says Rowan. “I love people and I love hearing people’s stories. I find them so interesting. Everyone is so unique and different. I love coming alongside of them to be there to support them.”

Her other passions include animals, art, movies and coffee.

“This job is amazing for me – to get to know and support this community is a privilege,” says Rowan.

If you would like to speak to Rowan, or meet up for a coffee, please email her at communitychaplain@sabc.org.nz