Canvas | Issue 90: True Witness
Scott Mackay – Manawatū Team Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scott is currently the only full-time staff worker in Palmerston North, beginning this role in mid-2019. He has been involved with TSCF since his days studying engineering at Massey University in the early 2000s. He grew up in Palmerston North, and after attending Massey, he and Jess moved to Christchurch, where he worked with TSCF at the University of Canterbury for four years. Following this, Scott pursued theological studies in Australia. He then had the joy of working as an assistant pastor in Christchurch for more than five years. Although his recent experience has been in a local church setting, the opportunities of student ministry in the Manawatū have lured him back to work with TSCF.
Scott enjoys making music in his spare time – jazz piano when he’s feeling creative, and classical when life is more chaotic. Scott and Jess have four children.
Ian Reid – Special Projects (email@example.com)
Originally from “across the ditch,” Ian studied commerce, and later trained in theology. He and Erin moved to Palmerston North at the end of 2010, when Ian took on the role of Manawatū staff worker and team leader.
In mid-2019 Ian began pastoring a local church, but stayed involved with TSCF working on special projects. Ian loves hanging out with students and seeing how God uses them, both while they study and when they graduate.
Ian loves to swim, spend time on the little farm he and Erin own, and holiday with the family in their caravan. Ian and Erin have five children.
If you’d like to support Scott or the Manawatū region, go to tscf.org.nz/give and select SS-SMC or RS-MAN.
Massey University Christian Fellowship (MUCF)
MUCF was established in 1948. It aims to reach domestic students from any discipline. Currently CF has outreach groups in the residential halls, a daytime weekly training gathering for Christian students, and a semi-regular outreach event called “Big Ideas Night.” Students also meet one-to-one for Bible studies with other students. MUCF also run “Grill a Christian” events in the Massey halls, presenting the gospel in the context of a provocative Q&A discussion.
Overseas Christian Fellowship (OCF)
OCF was established in the 1960s. It generally consists of international students from a range of different countries. Currently the group runs a weekly Bible study combined with dinner on campus on a Friday night. The group has lost some momentum in recent years due to a large cohort of students in leadership moving on. OCF and MUCF now have a combined leadership team, which has enabled them to work together on various aspects of campus ministry.
Were you involved with MUCF or OCF as a student? We’d love to hear your stories! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.