Our Sports Chaplains
Our Sports Chaplains have diverse backgrounds and work in a range of areas. Each one’s experience of being a Chaplain is unique and rewarding.
At Rugby World Cup 2011, Ross was integral in ensuring Chaplains were on hand for each of the 20 teams, as well as for match officials. This ministry under the banner of ‘Engage’ was heartily endorsed by RNZ2011 Ltd CEO Martin Snedden.
As Chaplain, Enroy has attended games, preseason training and boot camps, midweek practice sessions, prematch preparations and after match functions, and even accompanied the team to the 2012 World Championship which they won!
Enroy meets with players, coaches, managers and parents, listening to their stories and, when invited, praying with them.
“Over the last four years I have served as a player-chaplain on a local women’s rugby team in Auckland, provided Chaplaincy services to Canadian Olympians in London, and continue to offer Chaplaincy support to elite student athletes in Canada. Underlying each of these different Chaplaincy roles is a desire to share God’s love in a tangible way that is authentic and relevant to the athlete. For some this has meant simply doing life together, and for others this has meant offering a listening ear in the way of emotional support, or providing guidance and encouragement for the athlete’s spiritual life.”
Ryan’s playing years and easy going nature make it easy for him to relate to coaching staff, support staff and players.