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Lay Preachers Association

We support and encourage the ministry of Lay Preachers through mutual help and spiritual encouragement, communication, continuing education and other events.

The ministry of Lay Preachers contributes to the Church’s mission of encouraging and enabling people to discover, accept and express the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Members are all the accredited or recognised Lay Preachers within the Synod and Lay Preacher Candidates are Associate Members. Members elect Officers at the Annual Conference and commission the Committee of Management to carry out the LPA’s responsibilities.

You can find all relevant documents, such as the Candidate’s Application Form, by clicking on this link.

For more information, contact the President (details below).


Witness newsletter

The LPA produces a quarterly newsletter called Witness. For more information or to subscribe, contact Witness editor Mandy Stark on 0419 837 991 or email at


Education and Formation for Lay Preachers

To learn more about the standards for formation and education for the specified ministry of a lay preacher, download this PDF.

To learn more about the five aspects of formation for ministry by Lay Preachers, download this booklet.

The LPA awards a Certificate of Continuing Education based on a sliding scale of various educational activities. To learn more and apply download this form.


Continuing Education Day

Each year, the LPA holds a Continuing Education Day to facilitate the continued learning of preaching and worship as required by Assembly. This year’s CED is on 3 August at the Centre for Theology & Ministry, Parkville.

To see videos of last year’s event, click here.



Bruce Hill, 03 9459 6112, or


Presbytery Representatives

Gippsland: Peter Morris, 03 5174 1897
Loddon Mallee: Vacant
North-East Victoria: Joan McRae, 03 5821 4459,
Port Phillip East: Di Paterson, 0400 961 052,
Port Phillip West: Rob Coulson, 0407 535 116,
Tasmania: Graham Booth,
Western Victoria: Daryl Pedler, 03 5562 8046,
Yarra Yarra: Hayley Rose, 03 9438 6843
equipping Leadership for Mission: Mel Perkins, 03 9340 8843,


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