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Photo of Grant Harris with Breakers player for Chaplaincy Award for Grant Harris

2016 Chaplain of the Year Award – Grant Harris

Board chair Martyn Norrie presented a Chaplaincy Award for Grant Harris at the SCNZ leadership hui in March. Grant Harris is chaplain to the New Zealand Breakers basketball team. Here is his citation, given by Ross Georgiou.


Grant Harris likes to have multiple things on the go at once. He first found out about his chaplaincy position through my wife looking for a place for friends of ours to live.

Grant loves multiple sports: basketball, rugby, football; but it would seem he has gravitated most to those on or in the water. His passion for water sports no doubt largely comes from one of his other great passions, time doing stuff with family.

Grant has a Kingdom of God mind-set. He loves new and creative ideas and enjoys getting them going. Grant is a leader. As a leader he is not too proud to try new things like dancing an Indian dance in the humid heat of India. Previously a banker, he is also a coach, pastor of New Zealand’s biggest Baptist Church, Windsor Park; a husband, and father to four grown children.

Before the New Zealand Breakers took on a Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand chaplain, owner Paul Blackwell said he would like to interview my three recommended candidates. After the first interview with Grant Harris, Paul said not to bother sending the others; they had found their chaplain.

Grant has been with the New Zealand Breakers for six years. He was our first, albeit interim, board chair. He has been very instrumental in identifying other potential chaplains both from Auckland and further afield. Possibly the most powerful testimony of his chaplaincy was in making a video about his work (see below). It was not until he saw the video that he realised how he was appreciated by those he was working to serve, to show Christ’s love. In watching that video it brought tears to his eyes.

A well-deserved Chaplaincy Award for Grant Harris.

As well as this Chaplaincy Award for Grant Harris, other awards were presented to Sue Morris, Kevin Prewett and Shane Auld.

Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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