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Book work . . . After 13 years of working at the Gore District Council former chief financial officer Luke Blackbeard is studying theology at the University of Otago. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Luke Blackbeard has gone from chief financial officer to chief cook and bottle washer.

After 13 years being employed in the financial department of the Gore District Council Mr Blackbeard is now a stay-at-home dad while he completes distance theological studies at the University of Otago.

Mr Blackbeard said he moved to Gore in 2007 when he was appointed the council’s management accountant.

“Somewhere along the line I ended up in my last role as CFO,” Mr Blackbeard said.

The council was a great place to work.

“I really enjoyed working with all the people there.

“I think for me working at the council was a way to be involved or give back to the community.

“I met a lot of really interesting and great people in local government, not just here in Gore but all around the country.

“I’m going to miss those relationships.”

It had not been an easy decision to leave but he decided it was time to try something he had been thinking about.

“My [Christian] faith is really important to me and it’s a chance for me to deepen that and my understanding of God and how he relates to his world but I’ve also been exploring over the past 12 months a sense of call to Christian ministry.

“It came down to if I got to 65 and I hadn’t explored this pathway I thought I would probably regret it.”

His wife Teresa was teaching at Gore High School.

“I’m on home duties.

“I’m fully engaged here at home managing my team of two.”

The couple had two children, Sophie (8) and Jonathan (6).

“I’m enjoying spending a bit more time with the kids.”