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  • Regional Pastors

    The Pastoral Leadership Support and Development team includes a number of Regional Pastors. Their job is to:

    • Encourage and support all pastoral leaders in the BUV toward healthy, life-giving and sustainable ministry that enables them to thrive in pastoral leadership and to empower them to lead their churches in mission. This includes an emphasis on putting in place support networks (e.g. pastoral peer groups, mentors, supervisors, spiritual directors etc.) that will help to sustain their spiritual health and pastoral vitality.
    • Be a first port of call for pastors and churches in times of transition and crisis. When a pastor or church needs an experienced person to talk to in times of tension, conflict, growth, crisis or change, the Regional Pastor will be the initial contact. After gaining a sense of what is happening, the Regional Pastor may refer to the Church Health and Capacity Building team or the Mission Catalyst team for some specialist guidance and support.
    • Offer support resources to pastors through pastoral reviews, annual appraisals and exit interviews.

    In order for pastors to easily build a relationship with the BUV’s Regional Pastors, Baptist Churches are divided into 4 regions.

    The regions and their Regional Pastors are:


    West (rural and regional)
    Rev Graeme Semple

    Mobile: 0490 036 112
    Phone: 03 9880 6150
    Email: graeme.semple@buv.com.au

    East (rural, regional and outer eastern-suburban)
    Rev Philip Gilham

    Mobile: 0425 756 996
    Phone: 03 9880 6150
    Email: philip.gilham@buv.com.au

    North-west metropolitan (inner urban and suburban)
    Rev Chris Barnden

    Mobile: 0418 617 751
    Office: 03 9880 6150
    Email: chris.barnden@buv.com.au

    South-east metropolitan (suburban)
    Rev Chris Barnden

    Mobile: 0418 617 751
    Office: 03 9880 6150
    Email: chris.barnden@buv.com.au

    LOTE Church Pastors

    Regional Pastors are supported by the BUV’s Multicultural Consultants in recognising the specialised contexts of Pastors who serve communities speaking Languages Other Than English (LOTE). The Multicultural Consultants can be contacted as follows:

    Rev Meewon Yang

    Mobile: 0417 528 057
    Office: 03 9880 6144
    Email: meewon.yang@buv.com.au

    Rev Dr Marc Chan

    Mobile: 0435 599 616
    Office: 03 9880 6104
    Email: marc.chan@buv.com.au

    All Regional Pastors are administratively supported by a team administrator:
    Lisa Isaacs
    Pastoral Leadership Support and Development Administrator
    Phone: 03 9880 6150
    Email: lisa.isaacs@buv.com.au

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