Meet our Presbytery Leaders
Rev. Paul Blacker (Supply)
Email Paul: Mobile: 0407 553 495
Paul was ordained in 1988, following formation in the UCA Theological Hall Melbourne and Trinity, St. John’s Theological College in Auckland. He holds a M.Min. He has served in parishes and congregations in Daylesford, Eaglehawk, Hoppers Crossing, and is currently minister at Melton. He has also been a Presbytery Minister in the Loddon Mallee Presbytery and a Director of the Mission, Resource and Development Unit of the Commission for Mission. This is his second stint as Chairperson of the Presbytery of Port Phillip West, this time as Interim Chairperson.
He has co-authored two resource books, Redeeming Mission and Healthy Congregations.
Paul has also served as a Moderator’s Chaplain and as a Member of the Assembly’s Sexuality Task Group.
He is married to Anne and they have two children.
Presbytery Secretary and Administrator
Email Heather: Mobile: 0409 383 583
Heather has 30 years of experience in office management across both government services and the private sector. She has attained a Certificate IV Workplace Assessment – Box Hill Institute, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment – Swinburne University of Technology, Certificate IV Computer Technology – East Gippsland TAFE and a Cert III Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design – Kangan Institute.
Moving to Melbourne, from East Gippsland in 2010, she accepted a role with UnitingCare Sunshine Mission (now Uniting) facilitating the Communal Justice Project which provided pre and post release support to over 600 people exiting prison and integrating into communities across Victoria. This project was discontinued in 2018.
Commencing with the Presbytery of Port Phillip West in 2018 as the Secretary/Administrator Heathers’ work focuses on administration, finance, and property. I work to equip and resource Presbytery in Council, Standing Committee and the Administration, Property and Finance Committee. Other key tasks include liaising with Synod Property Services on property maintenance, Project Control Groups (PCG’s), Occupational Health and Safety, Synod and Presbytery grants, and representing the Presbytery in the Money for Mission Program.
Rev. Deacon Jeanne Beale
Email Jeanne: Mobile: 0432 284 279
Jeanne was ordained as a Deacon in 1996. She came to her role as Presbytery Minister in PPW after a long term supply as Presbytery Minister - Mission and Education in the Presbytery of North East Victoria. As well as Theology and Ministry training, Jeanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development Studies. Jeanne also has considerable experience in teaching both children and adults, having recently concluded a 13 year placement as Chaplain at Aitken College, and has been teaching listening skills seminars for over 26 years.
Jeanne is also an avid sports enthusiast and is hoping (post-covid) to continue playing hockey (as a goal keeper) in masters tournaments. Unlike her hockey; where she will do anything to keep the ball out of the goals, Jeanne is driven to help make our churches a place of welcome and nurture for everyone.
Having survived a very difficult childhood, what drives Jeanne spiritually is the desire to convey the saving power of God's unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness to all.
Rev. Narelle Collas
Email Narelle: Mobile: 0481 563 882
Narelle was ordained in 2011 and served as a congregational minister at Carramar Uniting Church in the northern suburbs of Perth. Narelle worked as part of the Education Team of the Presbytery of WA before taking up the position of Presbytery Minister of Port Phillip West.
In the role of Presbytery Minister Narelle is responsible for the care and support of congregations and ministers within the Presbytery with a special focus on those ministers in Phase 3 i.e. in their first three years of ministry. The role includes equipping and resourcing the Pastoral Relations and Ministry Formation Committees of the Presbytery and conducting consultations with ministry contexts. She is the PPW rep on the Synod Placements Committee and has a passion for pioneer/ innovative new ministries, discipleship and mission training and pastoral care.
Presbytery Mission Development Strategist and eLM Minister
Rev. Linley Liersch
Email Linley: Mobile: 0408 169 882
After Ministry Internship Linley was Ordained 10 years ago as Minister of the Word in the UCA. She has spent the whole of her vocation in resource ministry.
Her exit placement in Seymour – Avenel/Nagambie. As part of the Presbytery of North Eastern Victoria- Presbytery Mission and Education, she initiated the Veranda Theology project that reclaimed mission starts at our front door step.
Over 8 years in Horsham and District in a team ministry with oversight of 11 congregations.
Linley coached the lay leaders in the local area through continuing education and even theology studies through a learning Hub based locally.
As the Chair of Mission and Education Committee for Presbytery of Western Victoria, she co-ordinated a Rural Ministry Conference and served on Standing Committee.
Now PPW Mission Development Strategist & eLM liaison for PPW she notes both mission and education are the heart of her ministry.