Maryanne Wardlaw

Communications Manager

Since my first clumsy attempts to put crayon to paper circa 1980, I’ve been captivated by words, photography and design. I’m so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to use these gifts. I’ve worked as a reporter, graphic designer, subeditor and photographer. In one of God’s great plot twists, one of those jobs also incorporated a pastoral role for vulnerable adults. That took me from my other home in California to Yorkshire, the heartland of the UK. From there I returned to Auckland, my first home, in 2006.

My introduction to TSCF was as an observer. I knew former Auckland staff workers Gillian Wildgoose and Elliot Ng and saw them fostering intentional communities of Christ-followers, both on university campuses and in their own homes. Their biblical wisdom and love for people, practical and spiritual, sold me on TSCF’s work. In 2012 I attended a conference hosted by TSCF’s graduate ministry, Catalyst, and was further blessed and impressed by a robust faith-to-life connection. By the end of the year, I was part of the staff team.

This role incorporates some of my main aims: To show the wonder of God’s grace through people’s stories, to communicate and defend the Gospel’s truth, and to support those who do the day-to-day work of evangelism and discipleship.

So practically, I edit and design Canvas magazine, TSCF’s quarterly, and our annual reviews. I provide staff with personalised literature and other resources to help them find and communicate with their partners. I work with student leaders as they develop relationships with other students through The Loop and social media. I oversee our own social media (like us on Facebook!), build links with like-minded organisations, produce print and video content, and maintain this website.

On Wednesdays I get out of the Auckland office to facilitate Catalyst in the City’s lunchtime Bible study. It’s a great group of graduates, several of whom were student leaders in their day. They regularly remind me why the work of TSCF is significant for all of study, work and life.

Outside of TSCF, I’m finishing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Auckland and freelance as a photographer and graphic designer. I enjoy living simply, quality flatmates, and exploring New Zealand with friends.