Recently our two newly appointed Churchwardens met with Archdeacon Carole Hughes from the Auckland Anglican Diocese and the Rev Cheen Khaw who was very enthusiastic to take up the position as Priest in Charge at St Chad’s. We were really impressed with Cheen’s application, even moreso when we met him in person and were delighted when Bishop Ross Bay offered the post to Cheen and he immediately accepted. Following the extensive rebuild in 2018 we feel that this is a great opportunity to extend our ministry within the Huapai and Kumeu areas.
Cheen (pronounced Chin) is a fifth generation overseas Chinese from Malaysia. Until recently he was the Port Chaplain with Mission to Seafarers and also the Associate Priest at St Barnabas Mission Venture, Glenfield. His wife Yukiko is currently curate at St John’s Anglican Church in Royal Oak. The couple have a twelve plus year-old son Yohane and Cheen says that they “love interacting with people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures and are passionate about sharing the love of God.” He added that he is “looking forward to journeying with the people of St Chad’s Huapai in their new mission venture.”
Bishop Ross will commission Cheen as Priest in Charge of St Chad’s in a service at the church at 7.30pm on 28th April. We hope everyone will come along to welcome Cheen and his family into the area and we are really looking forward to his first service with us on Sunday 2nd May at 10am.