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 Easton has served as a Pastor at Drouin Presbyterian Church since January 2012. He enjoys spending his time preaching and teaching God’s word and proclaiming the good news of Jesus in public, small groups and one-on-one. He's also in to running, bush walking, bird watching, rock pooling, meandering about in his native garden, and reading super-fast-paced action novels.

Heath met his wife Melissa while completing their theological studies. They were married in 2009 and now have one daughter. Heath and Mel’s desire is to share their lives with people so they might see people come to know Jesus, and to grow as his disciples.

Heath grew up in a loving Christian family with parents who modelled  him to a life of loving, knowing, trusting and following Jesus. He’s never known a day in his life apart from the grace and peace that comes from knowing Jesus as King and Saviour. 

Before entering full time ministry, Heath completed a degree in each of God’s two great books of revelation, creation and the Bible. He completed a Science degree at Melbourne University (majoring in botany and zoology) and a Theological degree at the Melbourne School of Theology and the Presbyterian Theological College. Heath led and directed SUFMs for many years, worked as a Youth Pastor at Upwey Anglican Church, and served as a student minister at Bundoora and Donvale Presbyterian Churches. Heath describes himself as a “Presbyterian” by conviction not conception, having found his way into the Presbyterian church in his adult life, having grown up in Uniting, Baptist, Brethren and Anglican churches.

Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 1:15-17 articulate Heath’s experience pretty well, where he says: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Karl Hood

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Karl commenced on the pastoral team in 2010 after completing theological and counselling studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and additional training in biblical counselling at CCEF (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation) in Philadelphia.

His main role as assistant pastor (part-time) is in preaching and teaching, with some time for pastoral counselling. 

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 -  for God’s glory and our good.

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. He is a lecturer in pastoral care at PTC Melbourne www.ptc.edu.au
 and is executive director of Biblical Counselling Australia www.biblicalcounselling.org.au

Karl and Louise have been married for almost 30 years and they have four children.


Wayne McArdle

Wayne joined the team here in Drouin at the beginning of 2016 as a student minister in training. Wayne is currently serving in the church as a part-time Pastoral Assistant while concurrently studying with the Presbyterian Theology College. He hopes to graduate in 2019 and exit to a church congregation in 2020.

Wayne is 48 years of age, married, and has six children ranging from 19 through to 5 (3 boys and 3 girls). Wayne comes to this role with extensive experience as a solicitor in family law and child protection work.

Wayne has known Jesus almost his entire life. He grew up in a semi-Christian home and was blessed to see all of his family come to know Jesus in his adult years. Wayne grew up in the Church of Christ but moved towards the Presbyterian model as his theological and biblical convictions grew and matured.

Wayne has a strong desire to see all people come to know Jesus, but also to live their lives in a way that models their love for Jesus. Wayne’s time is involved with preaching, visiting, teaching a connect group, and spending time with the elderly. Wayne speaks and attends regularly at the two nursing homes, Lyrebird and Amberlea, in Drouin.

When Wayne is not involved in church or college studies, he likes to fill his time with his family, walking, reading books, playing tennis, or playing his guitar.

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