Staff Profiles

Rev. Marcell Mey

Minister at Knox

I wIMG_0195 (2)as 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

Children and Families Pastor

Craig joineIMG_0196-1d 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.




Derek Saumolia

Youth Pastor

JoIMG_0200ined 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.

Phillippa Ell

Office Manager

IMG_0202-1Phillippa joined the Knox Team in 2013.  Her days of work are Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm



Paul Schuchmann

Office Assistant

IMG_0199-1Paul joined the Knox Team in March 2016.  Paul’s days of work are Monday and Wednesday 9am – 5:00

Stephanie Polan Alford

Playgroup Coordinator
IMG_0201-1Stephanie joined the Knox team March 2018.  She was a High School teacher in Australia and moved here with her husband Ben in 2016, they have 2 daughters.  Her days are filled with music, love and giggling girls.