Presbytery Ministry Team
Port Phillip East Presbytery employs a ministry team who work with committees, teams and volunteers.
The Presbytery Ministry Team is based at the Presbytery office, 1 Alan Street, Noble Park.
Telephone 03 9558 4710. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download a copy of the Presbytery Directory February 2024, which includes key staff contacts, and a list of all our congregations.
Anneke Oppewal (Presbytery Minister – Pastoral)
David Higham (Presbytery Minister – Supply)
Robin Yang (Presbytery Minister – Supply)
Anne Kim (Presbytery Administrator/Secretary)
Sarah Manase (Presbytery Communications Officer)
Rev Jay Robinson begins her role of Presbytery Minister Team Leader as of January 2024. Jay has previously been in congregational ministry roles as well as a member of various Presbytery, Synod and Assembly committees. She brings over 15 years as an ordained ministry agent in the Port Phillip East Presbytery therefore her knowledge of the Presbytery will help her as she steps into this role. Jay looks forward to being in ministry with you all.
Rev Robin Yang is serving as Presbytery Minister – Church Development (part-time). Robin began his role as Project Manager in June 2023 and set about clarifying many aspects of the mission and governance of the project. He is also the deputy chairperson of PRC. Robin has served in a wide number of placements across three different Synods.
Rev Anneke Oppewal began with the Presbytery in June 2019. She comes to the Presbytery with experience in Ministry in the Netherlands, the UK and Australia. In the UCA she served in the role of Minister with Balwyn North Uniting Church and Toorak Uniting Church. Anneke is also a qualified psychotherapist. See Anneke’s personal website.
Ms Anne Kim began in the role of Presbytery Administrator/Secretary in February 2021. Anne is a member of Korean Church of Melbourne, where she has carried various volunteer roles, including administrator, secretary of the Sunday School, secretary of the Christian Education committee, and organiser of key events such as the annual church camp. Anne was a Safe Church Project Officer for the VicTas Synod for from 2016 to 2019, covering the Presbyteries of Port Phillip East and Yarra Yarra. Her major roles in the Presbytery are secretarial work of Standing Committee, Pastoral Relations Committee and Presbytery in Council, editing Presbytery Weekly Newsletter, organising gathering and events in the Presbytery.
Sarah Manase is the Communications Officer for Port Phillip East Presbytery. Sarah’s role includes editing the monthly Newsbeat magazine, as well as working with others in the Presbytery to curate content for the website and social media channels. Sarah brings experience and training in event management and communication, with a qualification in public relations from Swinburne University of Technology. She is also working two days a week with the VicTas Synod as a Synod Meeting Logistics Coordinator/Admin Assistant, with particular focus on event management.