In 1999, Major David Millar retired from his position as Salvation Army court worker in Auckland and immediately took up the position of Port Chaplain with Sailors’ Society Auckland. David retired from this position almost 20 years later at the age of 85.

“It has been a privilege to serve the seafarers visiting Auckland”, he said.

The Sailors’ Society Port Chaplain is one of 4 part-time chaplains at the Centre who visit ships in the ports of Auckland to check that all is well onboard, to meet the seafarers and to ensure they are aware of the Centre. The chaplains man the seafarers centre, conduct services onboard or at the centre and visit seafarers in hospital or (rarely) in prison.

The chaplain’s duties are being undertaken by a team of others while a replacement is sought.