ko te manaaki i ngā kaihākinakina | caring for New Zealand's sports community

This page is a brief outline of who we are; however if you would like to know more about Sports Chaplaincy NZ, please contact us.

First, our short history, vision and mission

Meet our brilliant board

And also, our cool National Office staff

Subscribe to our inspiring Newsletter

Finally, check out our champion Partners


First, our short history, vision and mission

Since 2009, SCNZ has helped people with faith, sport and life.

During Rugby World Cup 2011 we provided chaplains for all teams.

Then in 2013 SCNZ became a charitable trust.

Our Vision
To serve NZ’s sporting community by pastoral care and also mentoring.
Our Mission
To identify, train, appoint and guide chaplains to serve athletes as well as teams across NZ.
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Meet our brilliant board

Martyn Norrie MBA, FCLA, ANZIIF (Fellow); Chair
Business leader, organisational coach, strategic thinker

Melony Atkins
Manager of Strategic and Corporate Planning, Tauranga City Council
Previously National Director of Christian Surfers

Ross Georgiou BD, GradDip
CEO, Sports Chaplaincy NZ
Chair, Major Sports Event Chaplaincy Commission
UEFA and NZ Football licensed coach

Grant Harris BTheol
Senior Pastor, Windsor Park Baptist Church
Chaplain, NZ Breakers

Andrew Kerr AFA
Managing Partner and Director, Seneca Group Ltd
Convenor, Christian Sports Network NZ
Formerly a NZ Surf Life Saving champion!

Kevin Prewett BCom, CPANZ, ATAINZ
Director, Eden Perich Prewett Ltd

Murray Thatcher
Entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist

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From left: Andrew Kerr, Grant Harris, Ross Georgiou, Murray Thatcher, Mel Atkins, Martyn Norrie



And also, our cool National Office staff

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Ross Georgiou, CEO

Ross has been in sports ministry for over 20 years, during which time he has been a chaplain at the Olympics and many other events. He is also chair of the Major Sports Events Chaplaincy Commission. As well as this, Ross is a UEFA and NZ Football licensed coach.


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Roula Georgiou, Administration

Roula has followed Ross around the world since they met in Greece in 1991. Her role includes membership, finance, hospitality, materials and devotionals, as well as PA to Ross.


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Rebecca Hawkins, Communications

Rebecca edits our blog and e-newsletter, as well as looking after our website and social media. She also helps train Sports Chaplains.


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Matt Hawkins, Training

Before joining us, Matt worked in HR. Since then he has overhauled our training, and has helped train many Sports Chaplains. Matt also oversees professional development.





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Finally, check out our champion partners!

Sports Chaplaincy Australia


Sports Chaplaincy South Africa

Sports Chaplaincy UK


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 If you still have questions about Sports Chaplaincy NZ, please contact us.