Rev. Cornelia Grant came to Kapiti in February 2011 after five years in Dunedin where, together with husband Rev Stuart Grant, they ministered to a six-church parish. As she was ordained there, Dunedin holds very special memories for Cornelia.

Stuart has now retired from active ministry.  Stuart and Cornelia have three adult daughters Maria , Sophia  and Helen.  Cornelia grew up in a small German village of 700 people and from her early years wanted to become either a doctor of medicine or a minister. Theology won and she studied this at Tuebingen University, however she first came into active ministry when she saw a desperate need for a minister in the rural parish of Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe and Pohangina at a time when Stuart was minister in Palmerston North.

While the tasks of ministry leave Cornelia with little time for herself, she does bake, cook and share ~ she likes film festivals and historical novels and there is a special place in her life for Burmese cat Bliss!

When asked to briefly describe her faith, Cornelia responds, "God is love and we, as Christians, are called to let this love shine through, in the way we deal with everything that surrounds us and that means all life, animals and plants and not just people."