Presbytery Committees

There are three Commitees that handle the issues and ongoing work and ministry of the Presbytery:


This Group meets at Gympie UC, from 9.30am to 11.30am, mostly on 2nd Thursdays bi-monthly.
Meetings in 2017 will be held on February 9th, April 6th, June 8th, August 10th, October 12th + December 7th.
A joint meeting with the PRC is then held from 11.30am to 12.30pm, and those present share lunch.
It also meets as business requires and in emergency sittings as needed.

The Standing Committee members are:

  • Presbytery Minister
  • Presbytery Deputy Chair, Rev Dave Thomas
  • Presbytery Secretary, Rev Leonie Gaffel
  • Presbytery Treasurer, Mr Rollo Nicholson
  • Property Convenor, Rev James Stephenson
  • Appointed Representatives from each zone


Meetings are usually held bi-monthly on 2nd Thursdays, at Gympie UC, beginning with a joint discussion time with those on Standing Committee, from 11.30am.
After sharing lunch with those present, the PRC works through its agenda between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.
Meetings in 2017 will be held on February 9th, April 6th, June 8th, August 10th, October 12th + December 7th.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • oversight of the pastoral relations between the Ministers and Congregations;
  • to be accessible to  Ministers and Congregational representatives to give counsel on matters  relating to pastoral relationships and responsibilities;
  • counsel Ministers for their encouragement and enrichment in the fulfillment of their ministries, including reference to the Code of Ethics;
  • to provide reports to Presbytery, with due regard to the confidentiality of information given to the Committee;
  • to talk with Ministers and Congregations where changes in placement are involved;
  • deal with matters relating to the placement of Ministers;
  • deal with complaints on Church Discipline.

The current Membership of PRC is:

  • PRC Minister
  • PRC Deputy Chair – Rev Dave Thomas
  • PRC Secretary – Rev Leonie Gaffel
  • 3 Southern Zone Reps: Rev Pam Batson, Rev Robin Osborne and Rev James Stephenson
  • 2 Northern Zone Reps: Rev Peter Taubner + Pastor Graham Huth
  • 2 Inland Zone Reps:  Ms Lenelle Wendt + Mrs Heather Castle


Property Committee Convenor – Rev James Stephenson.
Other members – Rev Leonie Gaffel; Mr Bill McGown; Mr James Sinquefield .

In all Presbytery areas, we have property committee members who should be approached so that initially procedures are adopted to ensure that professionally acceptable, efficient and pastorally sensitive missional procedures are determined prior to the commencement of any project involving property being commenced.