Two New Canons Welcomed
The Rev Susan Baldwin
Susan was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in the Anglican Church where her parents were active in most aspects of parish life. She took a Bachelor’s degree in zoology prior to her Master
of Divinity and Master of Religious Education. She was ordained deacon in 1986 and priest in 1987 in the Diocese of Ontario. Her ministry began with 11 years in two rural parishes followed by
12 years in a teaching ministry in the Anglican theological college at Huron University College in the Diocese of Huron. At Huron she taught Field Education and while at Huron worked for six years as the faculty representative on the college’s Executive Board and Corporation and one year as the acting Dean. At Huron she was a member of the North American Association for Theological Field Education and elected to the Association’s executive committee for two 2-year terms. She and her husband Philip were married in 2001 and moved to New Zealand in September 2009 when she was appointed as the vicar for the Malvern Anglican Parish, which includes the communities of Courtenay, Darfield, Kirwee, Sheffield and Springfield. Philip is
an ordained pastor in Grace Communion International and is the communications officer for the Diocese of Christchurch. Susan’s interests include bird-watching and playing ice hockey for the Canterbury Women’s Rep team.
The Ven Ian Smith
I was raised in Dipton, a rural township in Central Southland, the seventh of ten children. My early Christian life was formed through involvement with our local Presbyterian Church. At the age
of nine I contracted tuberculosis, which began an eight years journey of sickness and hospitalisation. At the age of fourteen my parents separated and I moved to Christchurch with my mother and three younger siblings. Through a series of events I began going to the New Life Centre, a Pentecostal fellowship in Christchurch. Here I personally encountered the warmth of God’s presence and entered into a community of young people who shared their lives and faith with me. Here, God called me to pastoral ministry. In 1982 I was asked to pastor the New Life Church in Darfield, the same year I married Yvonne. Our three boys were born at Darfield during these eight years of ministry. In 1990 we accepted a call to pastor a Charismatic Fellowship at Mapua in
Nelson where our daughter was born. An approach by the Presbyterians and a conversation with the Anglicans led to the formation of the Hills Community Church, a Charismatic-Presbyterian-
Anglican congregation and in 1997 Bishop Derek Eaton ordained me. During this time I completed, by Distance Learning, a Bachelor of Theology with Honours at the University of Otago.
In 2005 we came to Spreydon in Christchurch. Here, I was asked by Bishop David to be an Examining Chaplain and Bishop Victoria asked if I would be Archdeacon of Irakehu when she arrived.
I was appointed Vicar of Avonhead this year and am thoroughly enjoying the challenge this appointment brings.