Pastoral Team

Rev Gerald Vanderwert

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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 Bible Institute where he completed a diploma in Theology.

He loves teaching the scriptures and enjoys ministering to all age groups. He also works as a Chaplain with Victoria Police, assigned to the Doncaster station. His recreational interests lie in cricket, football and jogging. He is married to Desma, and they have a daughter Janelle.

Rev Clinton Le Page

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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 Anthony Bird

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Tony, who is married to Carole, started at Donvale in 1998 and serves as part-time Pastoral Assistant. He is presently Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Presbyterian Theological College.

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

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Leanne is married to David and they have three adult children and a daughter-in-law.

Leanne is passionate about women's ministry, and with a background in primary school teaching also loves the privileged position of being back in the classroom to teach a few classes of CRE each week. Leanne enjoys walking the dog and reading too when time allows.

Cameron Griffiths

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Cameron has joined the team at Donvale Presbyterian Church in 2014 as Youth Pastor. Since graduating from Bible college he has been working in Sydney with youth and young adults in various church situations for the last ten years. His wife Louise is from Melbourne and they are now back in her turf enjoying the community at Donvale Presbyterian Church. They have two young children: Cody and Leila.