Staff Profiles


Marcell Mey

Minister at Knox

I was called to serve as the minister of Knox Presbyterian Church at the end of 2016.  Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, I consider myself fortunate to be from a Christian household.  My theological studies commenced from 2004 to 2009 after which I was called to serve at my first congregation in Cape Town, South Africa.  During this six and a half year period, 2013 rates as a highlight; this is the year that I married Ilze and furthered my studies.

It is a privilege to serve at Knox and it is my belief that we should strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ that live under the active guidance of the Holy Spirit.  As the body of Christ we should inspire and equip one another to proclaim the gospel, through word and deed, in our daily lives.


Craig Irwin

Craig joined the team in January 2015. He was a teacher in Hamilton and moved her with his wife Julia and their six children.
He loves the outdoors, camping and kayaking.


derekDerek Saumolia

Joined the team May 2015

Derek Saumolia is a NZ born Samoan. He is married to Andrea and they have 7 children. Derek is a qualified Social Worker. Prior to being employed at Knox they were both base managers at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Family Ministries NZ in Matamata.

Derek’s desire is to see people walk in freedom with God. He has a passion for worship and prayer. He dreams of one day living and working in Turkey. Derek’s favourite sport is Rugby League.

Pphillippahillippa Ell

Office Manager

Phillippa joined the Knox Team in 2013.  Her days of work are Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm


paulPaul Schuchmann

Office Assistant

Paul joined the Knox Team in March 2016.  Paul’s days of work are Monday and Wednesday 9am – 5:00


Natalie Keene

Playgroup Coordinator

Natalie joined the Knox team in 2013 and is our Playgroup Co-Ordinator.  Playgroups are run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and are generously supported by a fantastic team of volunteers.
Natalie fellowships at Knox with her husband John and two school aged children, Georgia and Levi. She is passionate about family and in particular loves interacting with other Mums.
Her interests include reading, cooking for friends and spending time with her family.