Nick Kerr was born in and has lived in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa all his life. He attended school at Michaelhouse and had a variety of experiences in the agricultural field after leaving school; he worked as a farm labourer in KZN and England, was a (plant) nursery assistant, wool classer, agricultural student, and then teacher and priest.
He was ordained in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa in 1984, in the Diocese of Natal, and he has served mainly in two parishes: Hillcrest and Mooi River. (Although retired he is still actively involved in ministry.) He is an honorary Canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity. He was Archdeacon of the Pinetown and later of the uMngeni regions. He has been involved in ministry to both English and isiZulu speaking people and he is fluent in isiZulu. In 1993 he proposed the ordination of women to the priesthood at the Diocesan Synod, which was passed. Under his guidance/mentorship Mrs Doris Sithole was the first black woman to be ordained in the Diocese of Natal in 1996.
During the turbulent years of the 90’s in KZN, he formed the “Thousand Hills Peace Committee”, as a result of political violence in the area along with fellow clergy of different denominations. They oversaw the postponed local elections in 1996 in the Hillcrest/Valley of the Thousand Hills area.
He values the links of the Anglican Church with the historic church of the past. He has become a contemplative more recently and he has always been committed to a biblical faith which is relevant to the needs and issues of society, and to the spiritual empowerment of the members of the churches in which he has served.
Nick is married to Barbara, who is a pre-primary music teacher at Clifton NR and she is a counsellor and trainer with the Philippi Trust. They have two adult children, Andrew and Philippa, who are both academics.
Nick has completed 4 Comrades Marathons and is still a regular runner and enjoys gardening and reading. He is a voluntary part-time teacher at Nottingham Road Primary School, assisting with the improvement of English language skills.
Nick and Barbara live in Nottingham Road, KZN.
Nick holds the following qualifications: B.A. (Hons. Old and New Testament Studies. H.E.D. UNISA), Dip Theol. (St Paul’s College), M. Phil. (Linguistics: Intercultural Communication. University of Stellenbosch)