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Meet The Team

Christchurch Hub

Phone (03) 323 9858 | Mobile 027 200 5018


Richard Black

Richard Black is the founder and Managing Director of Strength to Strength. He is sought after as a counsellor and communicator. Richard has worked in pastoral leadership for many years and understands the everyday struggles that people face and the demands on church leaders. 


Through his counselling, training, and public speaking he helps people strengthen their thinking, be proactive in relationships, and succeed with life. 




Jenny Purkis

Jenny Purkis has a passion for healing and strengthening relationships. She has 15 years experience as a Life Coach and Counsellor.  She is also a Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach of individuals, couples and teams.  Jenny counsels a range of issues and specialises in marriage, preparation for marriage and step-family counselling.

Cert. AdvCouns; Strengthsfinder accred. Ind., Couples, Team


Hazel Prickett

Hazel Prickett counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a special knack working with children.
Her experience as a primary school teacher and leadership coach adds to her knowledge and understanding. 

DipTch, BEd, DipCouns


Joanne Ballingall

Joanne has a wonderful ability to work with adults, adolescents and children. She is compassionate and insightful. As a mother of three herself, Joanne desires to support parents in their role of parenting, and has an engaging way of working with children. Her aim is to help people gain the insights they need to thrive in life. 

Dip.Min, BA (Psych), BCouns.


Larena Brown

Larena Brown is passionate about helping clients reach their full potential in life. She works with all ages and has a special interest in the area of attachment, pregnancy counselling, adoption and infertility. Previously Larena has worked in women’s ministry, and pregnancy counselling.


Graham Purkis

Graham Purkis has 30 years of experience in management and as a business owner. He has worked in pastoral leadership, and is a Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach. As a business and personal coach, Graham helps people grow their business, develop their leadership, and enables people to succeed in life.

StrengthsFinder accred. Ind., Couples, Team.


Laura Harper

Laura loves working with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds. She has a particularly interest and training in mental health and addictions counselling. Laura is both astute and highly relatable. It is her passion to see people grow in their overall wellbeing. 

BTheol, DipMH, BCouns


Jennifer Black

Jennifer Black is our administrator. She operates mainly behind the scenes keeping everything running well and making everyone else look good. She'll be the one to answer your questions.




Julie Baker

Julie Baker has a passion for counselling people to succeed with their relationships and life. She has a special strength in helping people dealing with grief. She has been a school teacher, and is an internationally trained Archery Coach.


DipTch, BCouns


Steve Brown

Steve Brown’s aim is to help people into greater wholeness, find strength and reach their potential. He works well with adults, couples and children, and is an ACC registered counsellor. Steve has grown up with a farming background and still enjoys the rural life. 

BCouns, DipBS, MNZCCA, ACC registered


Wellington Hub

Phone (03) 323 9858 | Mobile 027 2005018


Kirstie Wilton

Kirstie Wilton has had many years of experience working in management with diverse groups of people. She is keen to help people change, and see them equipped to overcome what life throws at them.  She counsels adults, teenagers, couples and families, and has a soft spot for the older generation. Kirstie sees children from 10 years of age. 




Ron Vink

Ron Vink is a Strength to Strength presenter working in the Wellington region. He has worked for many years in business, and several years ago his heart was moved to invest in the mental-emotional wellbeing of those in his wider community. Ron desires to see people strengthen their mind health and succeed in life. Through seminars and workshops he helps people discover the lies they have been believing and find freedom through transformative truth.