Communications Team

The BUV Communications team curates the content for all BUV communications, coordinates and facilitates all BUV events and training, as well as managing partnership development.  We provide support and expertise to both the BUV Support Hub and churches in areas ranging from internal and external communications,  social networking, online and web communications, graphic design and visual communications, event management, branding and identity, partnership development,  and media and public relations.  Our aim is to build capacity for connectedness and communication among Victorian Baptists. 

P: (03) 9880 6123

Melissa Rule, Head of Communications

Melissa has worked in marketing and communications roles for over 30 years across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.  In the corporate sector, Melissa held marketing roles in both retail and fast moving consumer goods, culminating in her role as Marketing Manager for Cadbury Schweppes. Melissa has also consulted to many corporate and not-for-profit organisations while operating her own marketing services business.  While raising her 3 children, Melissa took on a role as Families Coordinator at Camberwell Baptist Church, working to create connection between playgroup/kindergarten and church families. Melissa joined the BUV Support Hub team in 2012 and has been in her current role since 2018. As Head of Communications she has oversight responsibility of  BUV Communications, Events and Training and Partnerships and is member of the Leadership Team. 

Merryn Gray, Communications Coordinator


Nicci Banfield, Communications Administration Assistant


Louise Richmond, Events and Training Coordinator

Louise has worked as a Project or Events Manager in a variety of industries and her high level organisational and communication skills along with a great attention to detail and a customer service focus to deliver a professional result have seen her succeed in many different areas. At the BUV Louise looks after the planning and management of our many different and varied events and training offerings and she looks forward to welcoming and meeting our extended and diverse BUV family at these occasions.

Andrew Naylor, Partnership Development Pastor

Andrew’s background has been largely in church and not-for-profit organisations, in Creative Director, Worship and Relationship roles.  Most recently prior to joining the BUV Support Hub team, Andrew spent six years in a Relationship Management role working with Indigenous Australians.  This set him up for his current role at the BUV, managing the Partnership Development area.  This encompasses communicating the BUV’s vision for advancing God’s kingdom across the state of Victoria and developing relationships and partnerships with those who have interest in contributing resources or leaving a legacy to see this vision fulfilled. His role currently also includes overseeing the disbursement of funds raised from the BUV Bushfire Appeal and overseeing the bushfire pastoral care positions created. Andrew remains passionate about music and creativity and much of his spare time is spent writing, playing and recording.