Union Council

The governing council of our BUV is called BUV Union Council.

Members of Union Council are elected by the Members of Assembly of the Baptist Union, and normally serve a 3 year term.

The Council is comprised of six elected independent, non-executive Council members as well as the Director of Ministries, Honorary Legal Advisor and Union Secretary. The Council members have a broad range of business, institutional and governance experience. They apply judgement and accountability standards to ensure that our work results in the greatest possible impact on constituent churches that we serve.

The Council expects the organisation as a whole, every member, partner and employee, to conduct themselves with the highest ethical standards.

The Council has adopted a formal Council Charter and a set of Council Policies which detail the Council’s role, powers, duties and functions. In addition to the matters required by law, the Council is responsible for:

  • Setting the strategic direction for the organisation, assessing progress towards strategic objectives and approving policies to work towards those objectives;
  • Recommending the appointment of the Director of Ministries to the Assembly;
  • Approving the remuneration and tracking performance of the Director of Ministries;
  • Approving the annual budget;
  • Considering and approving strategies and policies to ensure appropriate risk management;
  • Monitoring and receiving advice on areas of operational opportunities and financial risk;
  • Ensuring compliance with laws and policies; and
  • Appointing sub-committees to assist in effective governance.

The Director of Ministries is responsible for operational management, with all powers, discretions and delegations authorised, from time to time, by the Council. The Council is responsible for regularly reviewing and ensuring that all necessary and appropriate delegations are in place to enable the Director of Ministries and Leadership Team to meet this responsibility.


Union Council members:


Independent Human Resources Consultant with experience in management development, performance management, talent management, organisational culture and climate, and managing both learning and development and generalist HR functions
Member of Crossway Baptist Church
Council member since October 2012
Special responsibilities: Member of Council Development Committee


Director of Mission & Ministries of the Baptist Union of Victoria
Senior Pastor at Essendon Baptist Church, Senior Associate Pastor at NewHope Baptist Church, Interim Pastor at Berwick Baptist Church
Member of Essendon Baptist Church
Council member since March 2012
Special responsibilities: Member of Advisory Board, Member of Pastoral Leadership Selection Committee, Chair of Professional Standards Group.


Elizabeth Shalders is a Senior Associate at Lewis Holdway Lawyers in Melbourne. She is dedicated solely to practising in the area of Not-for-Profit law and governance, and has 9 years professional experience in this field acting for a number of Churches and other faith-based organisations, independent schools, public benevolent institutions, affordable housing bodies, overseas aid organisations, industry bodies and professional associations.

Elizabeth is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Charities & Not-for-profits Committee, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Professional User Group, the Law Institute of Victoria’s Not-for-profits & Charities Committee and a member of the Expert Panel for Australian Research Council Project ‘Restoring Public Trust in Charities – Reforming Governance and Enforcement’. Elizabeth also publishes and speaks in academic forums on a range of legal topics affecting Not-for-profit organisations.


Head of Finance & Administration and Secretary of the Baptist Union of Victoria.
Over 19 years in corporate business management with focus across strategic, operations, administration and finance functions.
Six years’ experience in Executive Leadership in Not-For-Profit sector with special focus in combining operational strategy, governance and administrative management expertise.
Former Head of Operations – Crossway LifeCare Ltd. (until Jan.2017)
Former Ex-officio member – Crossway LifeCare Finance Committee (until Jan. 2017)
Former Assistant General Manager / Corporate Secretary – TSI Contracts Inc. (until 2008)
Member and BUV delegate – Crossway Baptist Church
Member- Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
Council member since February 2017


Fiona is the Chief Executive Officer of Crossway LifeCare. She was previously Director of Strategic Relationships at Empart Australia and was also the National Training Coordinator for Alpha Australia. Furthermore, Fiona is the Chaplain for the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Team. Fiona trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young in London. She has also held roles as an event and customer services manager and as a Youth Pastor.
Council member since February 2017


Daryl Kilker Senior Pastor, Pakenham Baptist Church since 2008. Prison Fellowship, 1980-1991. Attended Ouachita Baptist University, USA. Pastoring various Baptist churches since 1982. Led short mission trips to Mexico and Philippians. Partnered in three church plants. Member of various committees: local government, school and small college boards. Eternal Gold 2000 Olympic Outreach Committee. Special responsibilities: member of Audit and Risk Committee. Darryl has served on Union Council since 2014.


Over twenty-five years experience in the banking industry.
Current Member of Syndal Baptist Church since 2004, including a 6 year appointment on Council as Treasurer.
Previous member of Frankston Forest Baptist Church and Sale Baptist Church. Previous Treasurer at Frankston Forest Baptist Church. Served on Audit and Risk of the BUV 2011 to June 2016. Completed an Executive MBA. Employed with National Australia Bank for 25+ years.

Cert. Bus (RMIT), Grad Dip of Management (USQ), MAICD, FAIM

Mick joined the BUV council in 2016. He has over 35 years of business and management experience. For 18 years, until the end of 2015, Mick was regional CEO (Australasia and North Asia) of Agility Logistics, a global top 10 logistics company. Mick now spends his time as an Advisory Board Member and Director of a number of private companies involved in industries including Transport and Logistics, Business Investment and Technology. He also serves as Vice Chair (Chair Elect) of CBM Australia, and Non Executive Director of Baptist World Aid (previous Chair from 2011 to 2016). Mick was previously a Director and Vice Chair of Business for Millennium Development from 2010 to 2015, and Chair of Eastern College Australia (Formerly Tabor Victoria) from 2009 to 2014. Mick is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mick and his wife Annette worship at Syndal Baptist Melbourne.

No fees are paid for serving as a Council member.