Embodied Faith: Our Speakers

Māmari Stephens

After working in the Department of Corrections and Māori broadcasting, Māmari completed graduate and post graduate degrees at Victoria University. She then spent three and a half years at Russell McVeagh in Wellington working in the Māori legal team in the Corporate Advisory Group. Māmari has been with the Faculty of Law since January 2006 and, with Assistant Professor Mary Boyce of the University of Hawai’i, run the Legal Māori Project. She is currently working on a social security law textbook to be published by Thomson Reuters.

Christopher Longhurst

Christopher Longhurst is a Lecturer and Wellington Site Coordinator for The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand. His doctorate in sacred theology was awarded for a dissertation on the theological significances of modern non-figurative pictorial art. Originally from Napier, Chris has taught at Victoria University of Wellington, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and Marymount International Institute, Rome, Italy. His research interests centre on the interdisciplinary study of theology and aesthetics.

Philip Fountain

Philip is an anthropologist specialising in the study of religion, and focusing is on the entanglements between religion and international development. He is part of a team based at National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute which researches Religion and NGOs in Asia with support from the Henry Luce Foundation (2015-2018). Philip is currently researching traditions of radical Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Cassandra Burton-Wood

Originally from Waikanae, Cassandra commenced her study of Psychology at Victoria University in 2012. She recently completed a Masters of Psychology, with a particular focus on autobiographical memory. During her time as a student she has been involved in many aspects of the mission and ministry of Ramsey House, the Anglican Chaplaincy. Cass is an enthusiastic swing dancer, and teaches a dance class at Full Swing on a regular basis.

Jonathan Ryan

Jono Ryan lives with his family in South Dunedin, where he serves as a Presbyterian minister. He has studied theology at Regent College (Vancouver) and the University of Otago, and has an ongoing interest in the vocation of the church at the margins of society.

Joe McGarry

Alongside being part of the clergy team at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Joe McGarry lectures in theology and church history for St John’s Theological College. He is an ordained priest and he holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Aberdeen. Joe’s  research interests reflect his passion for the church, and centre on theologies of Christian formation, discipleship, and preaching.