Lay Pastoral Leader Biographies

Joe Green

Joe Green.

My name is Joe Green.

Anne, my life partner of 38 passed away in June 2016. Anne had been a Catholic trained school teacher and           kindergarten teacher. We have 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren.

I left police in January 2016, having completed 32 years policing service. I worked in a range of both operational and     administrative roles, including 15 years as the inspector in charge of arms control and vetting services.

Prior to joining Police I was a primary school teacher at the Catholic school in Island Bay. Before that I was in the        seminary for 3.5 years, with 6 months on pastoral placement at St Anne’s, Newtown.

I am a trustee of the Kapiti Catholic Youth Trust and am active in youth ministry. More recently I have been part of a group contributing to the vision for the design of the new church, pastoral centre and school campus for Our Lady of Kapiti parish.

I am the Archdiocesan representative on the National Network for the RCIA and support the Cardinal as one of three lay people on the National Dialogue for Christian Unity.

In October/November 2015 I walked the Camino Santiago. I found the experience life changing.

I have been the Lay Pastoral Leader at Wellington South since February 2016.


Merrick Mitchell

Merrick Mitchell Lay Pastoral Leader

Merrick is married to Lucia.  They have five daughters and three grandchildren.  Born in South Africa, Merrick and Lucia emigrated in their 20’s and consider New Zealand as home.  Their early years were strongly influenced by experiences as teenagers and young adults in a repressive society, yet one where faith was supportive.  The compassion of Jesus was deeply formative at this time.

Merrick trained as a veterinarian, working in clinical practice and then in veterinary public health.  In 2006 following a     restructure and redundancy, he changed direction to work as a support worker with intellectually disabled people while continuing with animal disease control.   He then started his own business as a consultant on best practice accreditation for medical practice systems and procedures.

These changes gave Merrick the opportunity for reflection, and acting upon a sense of calling to ministry.  He was         accepted into the Archdiocese’s Launch Out Formation Programme, starting in 2007 and finishing in 2015.

Besides an awareness that prayer and prayerful living underpins and supports everything we do as Christians, Merrick has an interest in ecumenical and inter-faith relationships.  He also enjoys walking, tramping, reading and gardening and practices meditation and tai chi, all of which he considers to be good spiritual exercises!  Merrick views his leadership role as one of ‘presence, empowerment/encouragement and support’.