|Norman E. Brookes is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of New Zealand. He has served in parishes in Christchurch and Auckland, latterly at Papakura. He has also exercised ministry in the Londonderry Circuit in Ireland, the Cheltenham Circuit in England, and at St. Andrew's Uniting Church in Bendigo, Victoria. Norman was Superintendent of the Methodist Church's Development Division for eleven years, and has been President of the Church. He inherited his interest in poetry from his father, who delighted in making up and quoting poems. Hymn writing, as a means of expressing his faith, has become a something of a hobby since the mid 1980s. Norman is due to take up ministry with the Methodist Church in Ireland, the land of his birth, late in 2004.
Jan Chamberlin always wanted to marry a farmer, and she did. Her husband Brian went on to become a farmer politician, a diplomat and a trade consultant, and the couple have travelled widely, both for his work and to visit their children and grandchildren, who currently live in Australia and Germany. Brian and Jan have lived for a time in both the UK and Australia, the latter experience influencing many of Jan's hymns. Jan is the author of Shrapnel and Semaphore, based on her grandfather's diary of his time at Gallipoli. She has always been involved with church, charity and craft work. One of her earliest memories is standing at the piano and singing hymns with her great-grandfather, also a hymn writer.