Christina Tyson

Press Service International

Christina Tyson has been a Salvation Army officer (minister) for almost 30 years.For 16 years she was involved in Salvation Army communications, and now works with her husband as pastors of a Salvation Army church and community centre in Newtown, Wellington.

  • Should he stay or should he go?

  • Sometimes the earth moves

    Kiwi folk singer Jess Chambers captures the mixed blessing of life in New Zealand in her song ‘Island’.

  • A Fresh Look at Religious Icons

    Recently I had the privilege of a pilgrimage in Greece and Turkey where I got up close and personal with some incredible Eastern Orthodox art.

  • A small part in God’s plans

    I’m not a hugger. My mother is an excellent hugger, but this talent clearly skipped a generation.

  • Good disagreeing

    In June, the Methodist church in Britain voted to permit same-sex marriages. The vote to change the definition of marriage at the Methodist Conference passed 254 to 46. A freedom of conscience clause means those who oppose this change will not be forced to conduct same-sex weddings if they do not wish to.

  • Unlearning racism

    In May, the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand launched the Unteach Racism programme ( to ‘identify, confront and dismantle bias and prejudice so education in New Zealand is free from racism’.

  • Safeguarding God’s children

    ‘The church should be the leaders; instead, they are dragging their heels at the bottom of the road.’ These are the words of faith-based abuse survivor Gloria Ramsey to the New Zealand Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in December 2020.

  • Disciples in Lockdown

    Knock, knock. Who’s there? I know it’s not Thomas. He’s the most paranoid of us all. Adamant we stay in lockdown until it’s safe again. Until everything dies down (if you’ll excuse the pun). Until everyone forgets about Jesus, and our lives can get back to normal.

  • Wising up

    Pain is a solid motivator for change. Without some pain or unease, we may never change much at all.

  • Early church sites tour - Turkey

    I continue to be amazed by the beauty of Turkey! Although a busy industrial country (its number-one industry is car manufacturing), the land is fertile, so there's a lot of agricultural activity going on.