The Chaplains

Enrich is a Christian interdenominational chaplaincy service for ALL people with intellectual disabilities.

The chaplains are available to assist in whatever way is helpful and stay in touch by occasionally visiting residents and staff at group homes and elsewhere.

The chaplains encourage and assist churches to continue to support people with intellectual disabilities in their area by welcoming them at regular church services and at special services and by visiting them at home.

Chaplains are happy to receive enquiries or referrals and will consider each on a case by case basis.

They can be called at times of crisis to support residents, family/whanau members, staff and volunteers.

Gabrielle Hall

Trust Coordinator and Chaplain
027 362 0782 ~

Gabrielle joined our Chaplaincy team in July 2016 and on September 19th became our new Trust Coordinator. Gabrielle is passionate about helping people find a sacred space between them and God in the midst of life – and the chaos, troubles and joy that life inevitably brings. Gabrielle has a particular interest in providing Christian Ministry to those with intellectual, physical and/or mental health disabilities. Gabrielle has past experience working in the field of Chaplaincy along with experience as House Coordinator with a local Residential Care Provider in mental health services.  She holds a Bachelor of Ministries (Laidlaw College), Certificate in Spiritual Development and Pastoral Care (Vineyard College, NZ) and a Clinical Pastoral Education unit from NZACPE. Gabrielle has had training with the Christchurch Hospitals Chaplaincy Board. Gabrielle is widowed with a family in their late teens, early twenties.

Jennie Brittenden

021 223 6644 ~

Jennie joined joined us as a Chaplain at the beginning of 2016. Some time ago she enjoyed a number of years working as a Community Service Worker for a disability organisation. She has also had two years at Laidlaw College. She has studied NZ Sign Language and continues to do so. She enjoys singing and has studied voice and other instruments. This has been beneficial in helping lead Mainly Music groups and singing in bands. She has always had an inclination towards encouraging and valuing others. She counts it a privilege to have raised her two children so far and she considers that as one of her greatest achievements. She supported one of her children through the treatment of a congenital bone disease. She hopes to raise awareness of the intellectually and physically disabled community as well as supporting them, their caregivers and their families.

Phil and Leanne Minton

Phil 027 765 5337 ~
Leanne Ph. 027 378 4494 ~

Phil and Leanne joined the chaplaincy team in a job-share role at the beginning of 2016. Leanne has enjoyed a varied background in both location and career. As a child she lived in a remote New Zealand logging settlement and in her 30’s she left New Zealand to live in London and then Canada. After leaving school she worked for Youth for Christ and Radio Rhema, and later trained as a primary teacher. Leanne has worked for over 10 years with children with special needs. Her interest include writing, travel, history, reading, music and quality movies. Leanne has a passion to work with God to see people transformed by his love and reach their potential.

Phil was born and raised on the prairies of rural Canada. He studied and worked in the natural resource field for most of his adult life as a wildlife technician, conservation officer and national park warden. After retiring early, Phil completed chaplaincy training and worked for the Waimakariri District Council Pastoral Care Team in Kaiapoi after the earthquakes. He also works as a community chaplain with the Hope Community Trust in Rangiora. He is passionate about meeting people and ministering to them in the marketplace, making visible the love of God by hosting the presence of Christ. Phil still loves spending time in the natural environment. He also enjoys playing guitar, and can be found busking at various venues in the North Canterbury area.