Pastoral Team

Drouin Presbyterian is blessed to have a team of 10 elders providing spiritual leadership and pastoral oversight of the congregation.  These elders include Heath Easton and Karl Hood, who are formally "on staff".  However, Drouin Presbyterian believes in every member being involved as they are enabled by God.  It is pleasing to know that there are many who are using their God-given gifts in the life of the congregation.  We thank God for the many volunteers we have in each of our ministry areas.

Heath Easton


Heath commenced as the full-time assistant on 23 January 2012 after completing his theological studies at the Melbourne School of Theology (formerly Bible College of Victoria) and the Presbyterian Theological College.

Before entering into training for ministry, Heath completed a science degree at Melbourne University, majoring in botany and zoology. He has worked on a dairy farm, in property maintenance, as a homeschool teacher in Ethiopia, and as prac demonstrator at Melbourne Uni.

Heath was involved in leading and directing SUFMs for many years, has worked as a Youth pastor within the Anglican Church, and served as a student minister at Bundoora and Donvale Presbyterian Churches during his theological training.

Heath and Melissa met at bible college and were married in 2009. They are enthusiastic about ministering in Drouin and are also passionate about cross cultural mission. Their desire is to see people come to know Jesus, and to grow as his disciples.

Karl Hood


Karl commenced as a pastoral assistant (part-time) in February 2010 after completing theological and counselling studies (MAR) at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and additional training in biblical counselling at CCEF (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation) in Philadelphia.
Karl's main role as Pastoral Assistant is in preaching and teaching, with some time for personal pastoral care.  He has been an elder at Drouin since 2004 and was accepted as a candidate for the ordained ministry in 2010.
Karl is also a medical practitioner and, having been a partner in a rural general practice until 2004, now continues with counselling and some part-time work in anaesthesia.
Karl's longstanding passion is that Jesus Christ - through His Word, His Spirit, and His body the church - would be as central to all personal ministry, helping relationships, and counselling, as He is to the public preaching of the Word.
Karl and Louise have been married for over 20 years and they have four children.