Professional Standards

In 2004 the Executive Council of the BUV established a Professional Standards Group to examine processes related to the education of its pastors and congregations and to review the Complaints Procedures.

The BUV’s Professional Standards Consultant is Brenda Williams, who can be contacted on 0425 752 238 or

Introduction to Ethical Pastoral Leadership
Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders

The Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders aims to provide Pastoral Leaders (and their churches) with clear guidelines and common benchmarks for ethical conduct and legal responsibility. It is not intended to replace other official documents prepared by the BUV, but should be read in conjunction with them. They include:

  • Doctrinal Statement of the BUV
  • Our Church is a Safe Place – BUV Duty of Care Policy
  • Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Misconduct by Pastoral Leaders
  • BUV Accreditation guidelines
  • Privacy Policy of the BUV
Code of Ethics Companion Guide 2016
Complaints Processes

The BUV has a Complaints Procedure to handle any issues raised by members of one of our churches or of the public about the conduct of leaders and/or pastors.

The procedure document may be downloaded below.

A Professional Standards Group oversee complaints processes within the Union. This group includes the Professional Standards Consultant, external professionals, senior officers of the Union and a representative of pastors.

Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Misconduct by Pastoral Leaders 2011 (222.22 kB)

An Australian Baptist Response to Persons of Concern Individual Accountability & Safety Agreements
An Australian Baptist Response to Working with Children and Youth
2007: Avoiding Plagiarism in Music (62.91 kB)
Reporting Concerns about Children or Young People (72.69 kB)
An Unpacking of Professional Standards Workshops
Duties and Responsibilities of Church Leadership Groups (93.2 kB)

Meet the Professional Standards Group:

Rev David Devine
B.A. (Accty); B.Th.; Dip. Pastoral Studies.
BUV Head of Church Health and Capacity Building & Chairman of PSG.
David served as a Pastor within South Australian and Victorian Baptist churches for 25 years. He has been part of the BUV Office staff since 2012. He was one of the co-authors of the BUV’s Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders.

Brenda Williams
B.A. (psych) B.S.W.
Professional Standards Consultant
Brenda has experience in Child Protection and Foster Care. Brenda has been in the Professional Standards Worker role since its inception in 2004.

Ms Trudy Skilbeck
BSc.; LLB.
Company Secretary, CBM Australia (a Christian international aid and development organisation).
Voluntary roles include Deputy Chair, Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School. Trudy is a governance professional with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including over 15 years working with the BUV in various roles until 2011.

Adam Hince
B.Com and B.Th
Chaplain to Cricket Victoria
Adam became the Essendon Baptist Church Senior Pastor in February 2013. He has over 18 years experience pastoring churches including, Syndal Baptist and Boronia Baptist Church. Adam is married to Anna, and together they have three young children – Tom, Lucy and Emily.

David Rock
Dave is the Lead Pastor at Church by the Bay since 2009. Dave is married to Jules and together they have four sons. “I accepted David’s invitation regarding the PSC because of a couple of reasons. A commitment I have to see the church own the gospel call to become advocates of justice, healing and reconciliation of those who are caught in issues of abuse. And a growing sense of wanting to build church leaders and churches as healthy places where the gospel can be carried to the world.”