Staff Profiles


Marcell Mey

Minister at Knox

Marcel joined the team in January 2017. He completed his theological studies in 2009 acquiring the degrees B.Th. and M.Div. from the University of the Free State.  Marcell enjoys active learning and completed a Master’s degree in Practical Theology (Missional Leadership) from the University of Stellenbosch in 2015.

Marcell has a passion for films and enjoys reading.  Fitness and sporting activities, whether in support or participation, is an important part of his life.


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.