Relational Wisdom

Relational Wisdom

Why do some people seem to have closer and more enduring friendships and marriages than others?

Relational wisdom, in essence, is the ability to live out Jesus’ two Great Commandments, namely, to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

As you learn these skills, you can experience stronger relationships and fewer conflicts in the home, church, and workplace, as well as improving team-building, job performance, and a more credible witness for Christ.

Grace Theological College will be hosting a Relational Wisdom seminar in September 2017.

In Auckland, the seminar will be held on Friday 29th of September (7:30 – 9pm) and Saturday 30th of September (9am – 12noon).

The cost is $10 per attendee and registrations can be made to Geoff MacPherson via email or phone.  Alternate contact details can be viewed here.

thad jamesDr. Thad James, Jr. will be facilitating the seminar.  Dr. James is a professor and vice-president at Birmingham Theological Seminary.

For more information about the seminar, and the key relational skills Dr. James will seek to impart, download a detailed .pdf file here – Relational Wisdom.


Second Semester Start Dates

Second Semester Start Dates

Grace Theological College is offering several second semester classes.

Second Semester Start Dates





Classes start on 10 July 2017.

For the second semester, the following classes will be offered: –

Monday 10th July:
7-9pm PT582 Youth Ministry – Gareth Jones
7:30-9:30 OT152 Hebrew 2 – Dr. Pieter van Huyssteen

Tuesday 11th July:
7-9pm NT201 Gospels & Acts – Dr. Andrew Young & Gareth Jones
7:30-9:30pm BT651 Mark – Ian Grant

Wednesday 12th July:
7-9pm ST341 Youth Ethics – Gareth Jones
7-9pm HT401 – Church History 1 – Alex Robinson

Thursday 13th July:
10:30am-12:30pm PT501 – Spiritual Development – Dr. Andrew Young
7:30-9:30pm BT602 – OT & NT – Ian Grant

Enrol online or call us today on 09-268-1469/ 0277-276-711 to confirm your place in the class.

Second Semester Classes

Grace Theological College is offering several second semester classes.

Second Semester Classes

Classes start on 10 July 2017.

For the second semester, the following classes will be offered:

  • New Testament Introduction (NT201: Gospels and Acts)
  • Biblical Theology (BT602: Old & New Testaments; BT651: Gospel of Mark)
  • Spiritual Development (PT501)
  • Youth Ministry (PT582)
  • Youth Ethics (ST341)
  • Ancient and Mediaeval Church History (HT401)
  • Biblical Hebrew (OT152)

Enrol online or call us today on 09-268-1469/ 0277-276-711 to confirm your place in the class.

Abigail Tarbotton

abigail tarbottonAbigail Tarbotton is our casual librarian. She grew up in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand, but moved to the Grace Presbyterian denomination upon marrying Matthew Tarbotton, a former GTC Pastoral Ministry Certificate student. As well as loving books, Abigail enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games and card games, and spending time out on the farm at Maraetai where she and her husband live.

She has a B.A. in Library and Information studies.

Who? Faculty and Staff

Who?  Faculty and Staff

Grace Theological College is served by seasoned Christian ministry workers who have between them received theological instruction from some of the worlds leading seminaries and theological colleges.

In addition to our teaching faculty, Grace Theological College is supported by a Librarian, Abigail Tarbotton.

abigail tarbotton
Abigail Tarbotton

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Steve WilliamsSince 1990 Steve has served as an overseas missionary with Mission to the World of the Presbyterian Church in America.  Presently, he resides in New Zealand where he is the MTW New Zealand & Pacific Island Coordinator as well as a ruling elder-at-large in the Grace Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.  In addition, he is a lecturer at Grace Theological College while also serving as the Program Communicator of The Truth Project and The Family Project for Focus on the Family New Zealand.  Dr. Williams is a member of the MTW Asia Pacific Member Care Committee.

Previous to coming to New Zealand, Dr. Williams lived in Germany and Austria where he served as the European Area Care Coordinator for Mission to the World and as the Founder/Director of Barnabas Zentrum, a retreat counseling center for vocational Christian workers located in the Alps mountains of southern Austria.   During missionary service in Europe he lectured throughout the continent and served as adjunct faculty at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Tyndale Seminary (The Netherlands), The Center for Pastoral Counseling (Belgium), and Regent College (Austria).

Born in Jackson, MS (USA), Steve grew up in Huntsville, AL.  He obtained a Ph.D. from Florida State University with concentrations in both family social science and family therapy.  He also holds a M.A. from Wheaton Graduate School with concentrations in theology and interpersonal relations. He interned at Mississippi State Psychiatric Hospital while also serving as adjunct faculty at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS).  Upon completion of his doctorate he became Director of the Family Science Program at Montreat College (Montreat, NC) and was in private practice.

Steve has been married since 1988 to Rita and they have an adult daughter and an adult son.

Contact: 21 Johnson Street Beach Grove Kaiapoi 7630 New Zealand                     Tel: ++64-(0) 21-265-8735  Email:

Pieter van Huyssteen

Pieter van Huyssteen was born and bred in South Africa from where, at age 39, he brought his family over to New Zealand.

Most of Pieter’s initial studies were completed in South Africa and Germany – so also his D.Litt. in Semitic Languages. Pieter’s later development and training happened in New Zealand.

For the greater part of his working life, Pieter has been a lecturer in various institutions and subjects in South Africa and New Zealand where he taught:

  • Semitic Languages (Biblical Hebrew & Aramaic, Assyrian & Babylonian, and Ugaritic – an ancient Canaanite language);
  • Primary Latin, Arabic, German, and French
  • New Testament Greek; Bible Interpretation; Church History; Old and New Testament Survey; Old and New Testament Exegesis; and Christian Teaching.

From February 2006 to March 2007 Pieter had the privilege of doing his vicariate studies at the Reformed Church of the North Shore under the supervision of Rev John Rogers, after which, at the age of 53, Pieter became a minister in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand – first in Foxton (for almost seven years), and since April 2014 in Wainuiomata, where Pieter currently serves as minister of the Word and sacraments.

Pieter and his wife, Annette, have a son, two daughters, and one grandson.


Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

Peter ReynoldsI was raised in Auckland, New Zealand in a Christian home where I made an early profession of faith. My tertiary education was completed at Lincoln University in NZ (B.Ag.Com), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div and D.Min) and Covenant Theological Seminary (ThM) in the USA.

From 1984 until the present I have been church planting and pastoring in the South Auckland area, teaching at Grace Theological College in the area of counselling, hermeneutics and preaching, and working as a counsellor and conciliator with mainly church and family disputes. In 2006 I was certified as a Christian Conciliator with the Institute of Christian Conciliation (USA). I am married to Margaret and we have three adult children and two grandchildren. My hobbies include going to the movies with Margaret and fishing with my son-in-law.

Joe Fleener

Joe Fleener

Joe Fleener describes himself as a lover of Christ and His Gospel, husband to Mandy, father to three wonderful children, & Servant to the Local Church.

Joe earned a Master of Divinity degree from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003, completed his Masters of Theology courses in 2005 and moved to New Zealand with his family in 2006.

Joe has served as a Bible College lecturer and “lay preacher” (churches, camps, conferences, etc.) in the US and New Zealand. In addition, Joe has taught courses for Bible Colleges in South Africa, Romania, Ukraine, and Australia.

From 2010 to 2014, Joe served as the Associate Pastor at Howick Baptist Church in Auckland. Since August 2014, he has been privileged to serve as Pastor of Rolleston Baptist Church.

Joe also serves in the following ministry roles here in New Zealand: Steering Committee, Stand for the Gospel | Coordinator, TIM Training Course | Board Member, Gospel Training Trust | Adjunct Lecturer, Grace Theological College |Trainer, BibleWorks. Infrequently, Joe blogs on his personal blog where you can learn a lot more about him and his family over the years.


Ian Grant

Ian Grant

Ian GrantBorn in Whakatane and raised in Rotorua, Ian Grant did not come faith in the Lord Jesus Christ until his second year at Auckland University.

Ian graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1978 and has worked, since then, in the architecture profession for both Central and Local government agencies and in private practice.

Today he owns and operates his own consultancy, specialising is the adaptive reuse of Heritage buildings in Auckland.

Ian obtained a Bachelor of Theology in 1995 from the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013 obtained a Master of Theology (with a Biblical Theology Major) from Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, USA.

Ian has taught Biblical Theology for Grace Theological College every year since 2004, except for the 18 months in the USA to complete the Masters program.

Ian, is an ordained teaching elder in the Northern Presbytery of the Grace Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, and attends Shore Presbyterian Church, Torbay, Auckland.

Ian and his wife Christine, have a daughter and two sons, and two grandchildren.