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.
Phone: (03) 9880 6118

Brenda Williams, Professional Standards Consultant

Brenda has a BA in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. She has experience in Child Protection and Foster Care. She served 12 years on BUV PSAG and has been part of the Leadership at her Church. Brenda has been in the Professional Standards Consultant 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 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and can be contacted at professional.standards@buv.com.au. If you have an urgent matter on the days Brenda is not working, please contact Rev David Devine on 9880 6118.

Christine Wanstall, Church Health Consultant

Christine is marred 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 practical 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 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

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’ experience in a 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 Than 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 is 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 works Monday – Friday

Rev Dr Marc Chan, Multicultural Inclusion Consultant

Marc and Brigitte migrated from Mauritius in 1984. Marc worked in IT 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. Marc left the Baptist Churches WA after 16 years of ministry to join BUV in July 2014. Marc completed a PhD research on the’ Passion Narrative in the Synoptic Gospels’ in 2005.
Historically, many LOTE 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 health church should – in areas like governance, administrative, financial and operational. Marc’s role is to provide this necessary support in order that these churches may comply with all legal and Baptist Union requirements. His aim is to support LOTE churches to fulfil all these requirements and also to be valued members of the Baptist Family of Churches. Marc works Monday – Thursday

Rev Mark Wilkinson, Church Health Consultant

Mark is married to Lyn and has two teenage children. He has been in Pastoral Ministry for over 30 years and served in churches large and small in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. He studied at an Under-graduate level in Victoria, Ordination studies in South Australia and Post-graduate in New South Wales. He loves the church in all its diversity recognising it takes “all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people”. Most recently Mark was at Werribee Baptist as Senior Pastor and still lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Mark works 4 days a week across Sunday-Thursday and is also a School Chaplain.

Peter Botross, Church Health Consultant

Peter has been married to Suzie since 1994. They have three children; a young adult and two teenagers. Peter has served in the capacity of a Church Planter, an Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor in two Victorian Baptist churches since 2005. As a qualified teacher, Peter is passionate about discipleship and equipping disciplers in the local church. He graduated from a Doctorate in Education in 2016 and is currently completing his Doctorate in Ministry, investigating how Baptist churches equip disciplers to support their adult members’ spiritual development. Peter works on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Charlene Delos Santos, Multicultural 2nd Gen Coordinator

Charlene was born in the Philippines and moved to Melbourne at a young age. As a 1.5-2nd generation migrant, Charlene seeks to support other 2nd generation young people in the BUV’s LOTE churches. Her hope is that they will be strengthened in their faith and culture, and be innovative leaders in their communities. As part of her role with the BUV, she coordinates the Multicultural Ignite conferences, retreats and symposiums. 
Charlene is a youth worker at heart, holding a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) and has over a decade of experience in schools ministry with SU Victoria. She is currently studying theology at Whitley College, and also works as the Director of Surrender Co. She is married to Michael and they live in St Albans and they both enjoy cooking and eating delicious food! Charlene works on Tuesdays.

Vicky Dyer, Safe Church Consultant

Vicky Dyer has a passion for supporting churches to become safer, more welcoming and more inclusive. She was initially called to social work, believing that all people are created by God, loved by God and therefore valuable. She has more recently enjoyed working in the Christian world, being able to be open about her love of Jesus in her professional life. As a parent of three young children, combined with social work, she has experience of supporting and advocating for various groups of vulnerable people. Vicky loves people and also loves forms. She values OH&S, developing and putting into practice policies and procedures. She has experience of working in a church as well as volunteering in a number of lay ministries. Vicky works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and if you have any questions regarding Safe Church Awareness or Refresher Workshops, please contact her at safechurchworkshops@buv.com.au or on 03 9880 6145.
If you have any questions about the Red Book please email redbook@buv.com.au

Liah Coombs, Administration Assistant

Liah is part of the Church Health & Capacity Building team and provides administrative support to David Devine and the team. Liah works Tuesday – Thursday and can be contacted on (03) 9880 6170

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