Our Sports Chaplains
Our Sports Chaplains have diverse backgrounds and work in a range areas. Each one’s experiences of being a chaplain is unique and rewarding.
Ross was integral in ensuring chaplains were on hand for each of the 20 Rugby World Cup teams and to match officials during the Rugby World Cup. This ministry under the banner of ‘Engage’ was heartily endorsed by RNZ2011 Ltd CEO Martin Snedden.
As the Chaplain, Enroy’s service has included attending their games, pre season training and boot camps, midweek practice sessions, pre match preparations and after match functions and even accompanying them to the 2012 World Championship which they won!
Enroy has the privilege of meeting with players, coaches, managers and parents which provides him with opportunities to listen to their stories and, when invited, to pray 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 simple for him to relate to coaching staff, support staff and players, and complement what the Rugby Players Association Manager does in supporting the various teams where he serves.