Braden Ramsell is passionate about IT. What was once a hobby, has now become a career, and for the past five years has been a way to give back to the church community.

“I started volunteering because I wanted to support my church in the best way I could, and for me this was to support the church from a technical perspective.

“I have been very fortunate that St Barnabas believed in me and allowed me to support them with their growing technological needs. That built up my confidence and skills to enable me to help other parishes and non-profit organizations around Christchurch.”

Braden has provided his IT expertise, free of charge, to churches including St Martin’s/St James, St Michael’s and St Nicholas churches.

“There are always concerns around hacking, viruses, ransomware, and operating costs so I want to ensure these concerns are heard and actioned. Seeing how expensive technology and implementing IT projects can be, I want to ensure the non-profits I support have access to these tools and services without it being a financial burden,” he says.

Having seen first-hand how people without technological knowledge have been exploited, Braden is passionate about ensuring the people he helps do not fall into the same trap.

“My satisfaction comes from knowing the people I help are not being exploited since IT is a complex industry. I love seeing how happy people are once they see their issues are resolved and feel confident with using technology in a modern world.” 

If you would like to volunteer some of your time and talents at St Barnabas, please talk to Jo Cotton, our Pastoral Care Coordinator, or one of the clergy. We would love to hear from you and help you find a place to serve – a great way to meet and get to know other people in the St Barnabas community. 

By Tania Wright