Ministry Team

Rev Gerald Vanderwert

Gerald has been senior pastor at Donvale since 1989. He obtained his theological degree through study at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne. He is also a graduate of Melbourne School of Theology (formerly MBI) where he completed a diploma in Theology.

He loves teaching the scriptures and enjoys ministering to all age groups. His recreational interests lie in cricket, football and jogging. He is married to Desma, and they have a daughter and son-in-law.


Rev Clinton Le Page

Clinton began work as an assistant minister at Donvale in 2008, after completing his training at the Presbyterian Theological College. He is married to Kirsti and they have three children. He has a background in biology and university student ministry, and is passionate about raising up leaders.

Clinton enjoys spending time with the family, walking, and watching movies and sport.


Rev Dr Tony Bird

Tony, who is married to Carole, started at Donvale in 1998 and serves as part-time Pastoral Assistant.

He spent seven years with Overseas Missionary Fellowship from 1979 to 1986 before coming to Australia.

Tony has four adult children, enjoys running and is an insatiable reader.


Mrs Leanne Pell

Leanne has been serving in the role as Women's Pastoral Worker since 2012 and is passionate about walking alongside women and encouraging them in their faith.

Leanne is married to David and they have three adult children.  She enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with the family including her little grandchildren.