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  • Church Health & Capacity Building Team

    The aim of the Church Health & Capacity Building team is to promote healthy churches, systems and behaviours across the whole BUV, and to specifically build the capacity of church leadership teams to work in healthy and effective ways so as to enable churches to devote themselves to mission and ministry.

    For enquiries please email churchhealth@buv.com.au or call 9880 6170.

    For Church Health resources see our Church Health Resources pages

    Meet the Team:
    Rev David Devine, Head of Church Health & Capacity Building

    After a short career as an Accountant in the public sector, David obtained tertiary qualifications in Theology and Pastoral Ministry and was ordained by the South Australian Baptist Union. He served in Pastoral positions from 1988 to 2012, including as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Solo Pastor and Senior Pastor. His ministry contexts have included a large contemporary church, a revitalised traditional church and a church with extensive community engagement. For a number of years David served on the Baptist Union of Victoria’s Pastoral Leadership Selection Committee and Professional Standards Group. He was one of the authors of the BUV’s 'Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders'. David serves as Chairman on the BUV's Professional Standards Group, and is a member of the BUV Leadership Team.

    Email: david.devine@buv.com.au
    Phone: (03) 9880 6188

    David Devine

    Brenda Williams, Professional Standards Consultant

    Brenda has a B.A. in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. She has experience in Child Protection and Foster Care. She has also served 12 years on BUV Advisory Board and has been part of the Leadership at her Church. She has been in the Professional Standards Worker role since its inception in 2004. The role involves: Managing all Misconduct complaints across the BUV Churches; Consulting with Pastors and Church leaderships over abuse situations that arise in their congregations; Consulting with members of Congregations about complaint situations that arise; Supporting the development of ethical policies and practices across the churches of the BUV; Networking with other denominations around approaches and matters relating to professional standards (Member of the Victorian Professional Standards Group); and working with the BUV Professional Standards Group. Brenda works 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) and can be contacted on her direct line 03 9880 6103, mobile 0425 752 238, or email brenda.williams@buv.com.au. If you have an urgent matter on the days Brenda is not working then you can contact Rev David Devine on 9880 6118.

    Brenda Williams
    Rev David Underhill, Church Health Consultant

    David is married, with two adult children. After a short career in the manufacturing sector, David started in paid ministry roles in the late 80’s. Firstly as a High School Chaplain. Next working with Scripture Union Queensland as the Training and Development and Missions Coordinator. He then severed in Associate Pastor roles from 2000 to 2013 before starting with the BUV. David continues as a reserve Naval Chaplain at HMAS Cerberus one day a week. David is passionate about seeing God's redemptive power at work restoring individuals, churches and regions. Healthy churches are critical to the realisation of that restoration work.

    David Underhill
    Christine Wanstall, Church Health Consultant

    Christine is married to David and has two young adult children. Christine is a trained social worker (Bachelor of Social Work) with over 22 years of experience, working in Child Protection, Hospitals and Local Government settings. Her experience in leading teams, supervising staff and managing highly conflictual situations brings a wealth of practice wisdom to her work with churches. Christine has been involved in a variety of church settings, in both paid and volunteer positions including worship pastor, playgroup coordinator, children’s leader and women’s ministry coordinator. She completed her Masters of Arts (Church Practice), graduating in 2010 from Tabor Victoria. In 2010 to 2012 Christine was the volunteer coordinator of the Congregational Recovery Team for the BUV. Christine believes strongly in the local church (both small and large and everything in between). The local church has the capacity to bring the Kingdom of God in all and every situation to see redemption and restoration happen. Christine works three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and can be contacted on 0403 873 166.

    Christine Wanstall

    Rev Meewon Yang, Multicultural Church Health Consultant

    Meewon Yang has first-hand experience over two decades of the challenges faced by first and second generation migrant Christians from culturally diverse backgrounds as they seek to find a spiritual home in Australia. She has been a pastor of a Korean language Baptist church and also had many years of experience in culturally diverse congregation, Brunswick Baptist Church. This has put her in a good position to reflect on Gospel principles of hospitality and inclusion while also confronting some of the minefields in intercultural relations. It has brought into focus for her the importance of enabling people from Languages Other English (LOTE) backgrounds to find their voice in the life of churches in the BUV– an underlying theme in her Masters of Theology thesis ‘Ways of Being A Multicultural Church’ at Whitley College.
    As a Multicultural Consultant, she is aiming to build health, governance and sustainability into LOTE congregations. Meewon has been a passionate advocate for asylum seekers and refugees, and heavily involved in issues of immigration and settlement, developing a means of providing loans for airfares and support for settlement. She pioneered a chaplaincy role at an asylum seeker house set up by Brunswick Baptist Church and then helped to establish the Sanctuary asylum seeker transitional housing project run by Baptcare.

    Meewon Yang
    Rev Dr Marc Chan, Multicultural Inclusion Consultant

    Marc and Brigitte migrated from Mauritius in 1984. He worked in the IT area for 12 years for a transport company in Western Australia. While training for full time ministry, he became involved in the Cross Cultural and Indigenous Ministries at the Baptist Churches WA. His support ranged from accounting through to training of Pastors. Mark left the Baptist Churches WA after 16 years of ministry to join BUV in July 2014. He completed a PhD research on the Passion Narrative in the Synoptic Gospels in 2005.
    Historically, many CaLD Churches have felt that they do not fit in with the “other” Churches. As such, they do not have the support they require to be able to operate as a healthy Church should – in areas like governance, administrative, financial and operational. My role is to provide this necessary support in order that these Churches may comply with all legal and Baptist Union requirements. My aim is to support CaLD Churches to fulfil all these requirements and also to be valued members of the Baptist Family of Churches. Marc works three days a week, Tuesday to Thursday.

    David Chan
    Liah Coombs, Administration Assistant

    Liah works three days per week with the BUV. She works as an Administration Assistant to Anne Wilkinson-Hayes and the Mission Catalyst Team, as well as to David Devine and the Church Health and Capacity Building Team.

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