Revs Bob and Justine Tremewan are Welcomed Back to St Barnabas!

Roberta Smith caught up with Revs Bob and Justine Tremewan recently to talk about their return to St Barnabas and their new roles.

The invitation: In July, Canon Mark approached the Revs Bob and Justine Tremewan and asked them if they would consider being part of the team at St Barnabas – attending staff meetings and taking services as required – in non-stipendiary roles. As Bob and Justine have always been prepared to do whatever the Lord asked and whatever the Bishop wanted – their answer, after prayerful consideration, was ‘Yes’!

Past Involvement with St Barnabas: Justine grew up in the parish, was confirmed at St Barnabas as a teenager, and Bob and Justine were married at St. Barnabas in 1968. Years later, when Bob was teaching at Medbury and involved with the Medbury services at St Barnabas, they both decided to return to St Barnabas to worship although they were not living in the parish. This led to them being ordained as deacons at St. Barnabas in 1993 and then as priests. They fully expected to continue here in this non-stipendiary role, supporting Crauford Murray, but in1994 they accepted the call to Rangiora.

Going Where God leads: Although they were both brought up as Anglicans, Justine explained that ever since they married, they have been committed to following the Lord and being involved in the Church. Their home was in Parklands at the time of spiritual renewal in the 1970s, and they felt called to be involved with the local Baptist Church. While living in Auckland and with teenage sons, they felt God’s call to train for the ministry, through the NZ Baptist Theological College with some lectures at St John’s College, before returning to Christchurch. When back in Christchurch Bob taught at Medbury and they felt it was time to return to their Anglican roots.

Careers Combining Ministry: Justine’s nursing career included working in the spinal unit, cadio-thoracic, surgical and medical wards. She has worked in the assessment unit of aged care and been in charge of a dementia unit. Justine began Anglican ministry as a chaplain within the Christchurch Hospital’s Chaplaincy Team, with special responsibility for Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

Bob’s last teaching role was at Cathedral Grammar. He was there for 12 ½ years and was also their chaplain. Bob’s lifelong involvement with St John Ambulance included cadetship, being part of the crew at Saturday sports and establishing the chaplaincy role in Christchurch. It is a credit to Bob that the organisation now has chaplaincy roles across the country. Bob has been the principal Chaplain for the Order of St John.

Family and Interests: Bob and Justine met through surf lifesaving. They have three adult married sons and six grandchildren aged 21 – 4 years. Bob and Justine’s interests included swimming, lifesaving and basketball but they now enjoy long walks, their hillside garden, family gatherings, hospitality and travel opportunities.

In what they thought would be ‘retirement’ years they continue to daily focus on God and the things pertaining to God’s kingdom, and count it a privilege to be invited to be part of the staff team that serves the people of St Barnabas.