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 Our Presbytery Ministers

Rev Dr Des Parker - 0427 497 216   

PASTORAL Resource Minister [RM]
Rev Jennie Gordon - 0416 152 051
& Rev Arnie Wierenga - 0419 553 434

MISSION Resource Minister/ Presbytery equipping leadership for Mission
[RM PeM] -
Rev Deacon Peter Batten - 0419 255 585

MISSIONAL SUPPORT Resource Minister [RM]- 
Debbie Bye

The Presbytery Minister Administration
PLEASE NOTE the Presbytery office phone number has changed. It is now 0408 499 046. This number can also receive texts.  PO BOX 88, STRATFORD  Vic 3862

Deb started out her working career as a telephonist and after several other jobs including, motel receptionist, administration jobs with Datsun and Toyota and three years as a motorcycle postie, she found her calling in Christian Radio.

After nearly a year in Hobart with 7HFC (the only licenced Christian station in Australia at the time), Deb came back home to Mackay to assist with the local aspirant Christian station and set up a church office for the Church of Christ in Mackay. She was also a driving instructor before starting with ABC Radio in Mackay.

Deb‘s radio career includes 17 years with ABC Radio, nine of those as Manager, ABC Gippsland, Victoria from 1994 to 2003 and prior to that with ABC in Mackay, Queensland. She was re-engaged by the ABC in 2016 on a casual ad-hoc basis as Content Maker.

After founding Gippsland Christian Broadcasters Inc. in 1999, and setting up Gippsland’s first and only Christian Radio Station, Deb was appointed as Life FM Gippsland's first Station Manager/CEO on 23 June 2003. She resigned from Life FM in September 2015.

Deb does freelance media training, conference and meeting facilitation and consultancy through her company, Manna Media. She also records family and community histories and has received awards for her work in this area.

As a sideline, she also does book keeping using Reckon and Payroll Premier.

Deb holds a Diploma in Management with RMIT, a Social Media & Internet Marketing Certificate, has tutored Journalism (technical) at the University of Central Qld and conducted accredited media training for Victoria University.

Deb is an inaugural Fellow of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program Alumni and serves on the Board of the Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA) - for ten years as President and currently as Minute Secretary, and is Secretary and a founding member of the Gippsland Women’s Network.

In November 2017, Deb accepted the position of part time Presbytery Secretary for the Uniting Church in Gippsland and has also subsequently (in January 2018) accepted the role of Presbytery Minister, Administration. Although she has moved away from broadcasting (for a time) – Deb is enjoying the challenges of the new role(s) and is looking forward to the new adventures God has in store for her.

 Resourcing Presbytery Minister [RM]

Rev Arnie Wierenga
 0419 553 434

Arnie grew up in a Dutch migrant family and through a desire to find place in Australia he found a home within the Uniting Church. That journey has formed his engagement with Indigenous people, including adoption into a Yolngu family in Arnhemland. Arnie has a technical background but found a heart for people drew him deeper into the ministry of the church. Ordained in 2001, he has enjoyed congregational placements in Balkara (Oakleigh and Hughesdale) and Mooroolbark (St. Margaret’s).

Arnie’s keen interest in lay and ordained ministry has seen him serve the Synod Selection Committee and convene Ministry Committees in two presbyteries. Recent experience in a Presbytery Minister role has tapped a yearning to support ministers and congregations in a deeper way. Arnie is also delighted to be able to work closely with his wife, Jennie in the Resourcing Pastoral Care and Strategy role with the Gippsland Presbytery.

 Resourcing Presbytery Minister​​ [RM]
Rev ​Jennie Gordon
Rev Jennie Gordon - 0416 152 051

Jennie came into ministry from midwifery and sees many parallels in both vocations; being beside people, deep listening, trusting in the greater incarnate love that connects us all, knowing when and how to step into the struggle and practicing the art of nurturing new life amongst us. 

She’s a mother of two adult children and has a ministry heritage that spans generations and many areas across the synod including Gippsland. Since ordination in 2002, her ministry placements have been in Preston, St. Margaret’s Mooroolbark and as chaplain at Billanook College and most recently in the Yarra Ranges Parish that includes Yarra Glen, Healesville and Wandin-Seville. 

She’s a poet and liturgist and cares deeply about respectful relationships with the First Peoples of this land, serving the wider church on the Advisory Committee for UAICC (Congress) Victoria and now also as a Panel Member for the Assembly’s ‘Walking Together as First and Second Peoples’ Circle of Interest. 

Jennie’s delighted to be working alongside her husband Arnie in this role as Resourcing Presbytery Minister with the Gippsland Presbytery and is looking forward to listening, learning and living this new adventure of faith.  

MISSION Resource Minister/ Presbytery equipping leadership for Mission [RM PeM] Peter Batten
 0419 255 585

Debbie Bye
Presbytery Minister Administration

Rev Arnie Wierenga
Resourcing Presbytery Minister

Rev Jennie Gordon
Resourcing Presbytery Minister​​