Crew Stories

Find out more about the Kiwi crew members on board. Uncover the stories behind the story, and what motivated these New Zealanders to volunteer their skills and experience for Africa’s under-served poor.

Surgeon from Nelson. Surfer, botanist, ENT surgeon. After volunteering four times with Mercy Ships in West Africa, Dr Neil Thomson…

Robyn Ferguson

Ward Nurse from Lower Hutt. To the long term crew onboard Robyn is affectionately known as a ‘repeat offender’. This…

Esther Harrington

Receptionist from Napier. At home she’s a commercial pilot and flight instructor, onboard she works in reception where, under the…

Miriam White

Radiographer from Epsom Miriam White had dreamed about volunteering for five years. She heard about Mercy Ships while at university….

Emma Lattey

Physiotherapist from Hawkes Bay As a sports therapist with 17 years’ experience, Emma has many high profile clients including an…

Janine Boyes

Purser from Matamata. We meet Janine as she drives Dr Neil Thomson from the Mercy Ship to Alya’s village. She had…

Steph & Jonny Clark

Wound Care Nurse and IT Specialist from Mt Eden. Steph’s previous experience serving onboard the hospital ship as a ward…

Lindsey Sun

Operating Theatre Nurse from Glendene. She was still in nursing school when the Mercy Ship bug first bit Lindsey. ‘I…

Filips Jansons, Electronics Technician, working on one of the lifeboats.
Fil Jansons

Electronics tech from Chrstchurch. ‘I wanted to combine my skills and find a practical way I can serve God and…

Vivien Welch

Screening nurse from Auckland. You won’t spot Vivien in the Ship of Hope documentary because she was indispensable in another…

Jessica and family

via Wellington. Jessica lives on the Mercy Ship with her parents. She is nine years old and she attends school…