The Pastoral Relations & Placements Commission (PR&PC) has been re-structured and with effect from the 5th of November 2016, this combined Commission split.  The Placements Commission (PC) reports to the Synod Standing Committee (General Secretary) and the Pastoral Relations Committee (PRC) will report to Presbytery Standing Committee (Deputy General Secretary).

The PC and PRC will continue to fulfill their duties in regard to the pastoral and administrative oversight of all ministers and pastoral charges within the Synod and Presbytery. In order to do this, the Commission and Committee  discern and liaise with congregations, ministers and relevant bodies in relation to the following:

Placements Commission (Regulation and in conjunction with 2.6)

  • Determine full lists of placements
  • Responsible for the change of the number, distribution or designation of approved placements within the bounds of the Synod
  • Exercise an overview of placements having regard to the interest of the whole church
  • Take initiative towards the deployment of available ministry to fill approved vacancies and ensuring that ministry agents with particular needs are suitably placed.
  • At any time initiate action to provide a minister for a priority placement
  • Supply relevant information to persons or bodies concerned with calling a Minister
  • Negotiate with other Synods regarding the transfer of Ministers between Synods
  • Recommend to Joint Nominating Committees, ministry agents considered to be suitable for a placement.
  • Admission of Ministers from other Denominations and Immigration Inquiries

Pastoral Relations Committee (Regulation 3.7.3(b))

  • Overseeing the pastoral relations between Ministers, Lay Pastors, Youth Workers, Community Ministers, Ministry of Pastor and Congregations within the Presbytery
  • Giving counsel on matters relating to pastoral relationships and responsibilities to ministry agents and congregations
  • Deal with Congregational Issues and complaints as set out in the Regulations on Church Discipline
  • Accrediting Lay Preachers and recognizing other specified ministries;
  • Provide appropriate pastoral support and accountability for ministry agents in active service who are not in approved placements and to those awaiting placement.
  • Determine the appointment of long term, short term, interim supply ministry and persons to preside at worship and preach in a Congregation during times when there is no Minister in Placement
  • Presidency of sacraments – Permissions to conduct Holy Communion and the sacraments, to be directed to Amanda Badenhorst who will submit all requests through to the PRC for the appropriate approval and resolution.
  • Chaplaincy
  • Vitality and Discernment
  • Ministry Placement issues relating so Long Service Leave, Annual Leave, Retirement, Conclusion of Placements, and payroll, etc.
  • Reviewing the list of ministry agents on a regular basis of those awaiting placement with a view to assisting them either to return to active service or to make other appropriate vocational decisions or suggesting to a Church Council that an invitation be extended to the ministry agent to become a Minister-in-Association.


Up to six members are selected for each Committee annually.  These people elected , after seeking advice from the Committees, will be chosen to provide for a balance of age, gender, ethnicity, rural and urban, specialist knowledge and experience, and the need for the various specified ministries to be represented. Meeting schedules are advised below (Please confirm dates with Amanda Badenhorst).

Placements Commission membership appointed by Synod and Presbytery currently include:

  • the Chairperson – Rev Izak Cronje
  • The Moderator (ex-officio) – Rev Steve Francis
  • The General Secretary (ex-officio) – Rev David de Kock
  • The Deputy General Secretary (ex-officio) – Rev Dr Ian Tozer
  • the Manager (*staff) – Rev John Barendrecht
  • the Pastoral Care Worker (*staff) – Rev Mark Illingworth
  • Administrator (*staff) – Amanda Badenhorst
  • Members elected by Synod: – Anne Calverley, Rev Hannes Halgryn, Trevor Thomas
  • Members elected by Presbytery – Rev Corina van Oostende

Meeting dates for 2017 – Every third Tuesday of every second month at 1:30pm (until further notice) – please confirm with Amanda.

Pastoral Relations Committee Membership appointed by Presbytery currently include:

  • the Chairperson – Rev Trevor Waters
  • The Moderator (ex-officio) – Rev Steve Francis
  • The General Secretary (ex-officio) – Rev David de Kock
  • The Deputy General Secretary (ex-officio) – Rev Dr Ian Tozer
  • the Manager and Pastoral Care Worker (*staff) – Rev Mark Illingworth
  • Administrator (*staff) – Amanda Badenhorst
  • Members elected by Presbytery  –  Rev Marie Wilson, Rev Corina van Oostende, Rev Frances Hadfield, John Boon and Geoff Ebell
  • two Members elected by Presbytery to represent PRC on the Placements Commission – TBA

Meeting dates for 2017 – Every third Tuesday of each month at 3pm (until further notice) – please confirm with Amanda


Rev Marie Wilson ( Metro South) 

Pastor John Tomkins (North West)

Alan Hortin (Great Southern)

Jill Clements (Mid West)

Metro East, South West, Metro West, Metro Central, Metro North and Great Eastern are currently vacant. If you are interested in becoming a regional pastor for one of these vacant regions, please contact Rev John Barendrecht.


  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder – (0.5FTE – negotiable) approved vacant placement for a Minister of the Word/Deacon
  • Albany Regional Council – approved (1FTE) vacant placement for a Minister of the Word/Deacon
  • Victoria Park Start Street Districts – approved (.6FTE) vacant placement for a Minister of the Word
  • Trinity North – approved (1FTE) vacant placement for a Minister of the Word

SPECIAL SERVICES (Ordination, Induction, Commissioning, Conclusion of Placements, etc) For all Special Services (Ordinations, Inductions, Commissionings, etc) please refer to News & Notes. (The Liturgy Committee has carriage – Convener – Rev Steve Francis.  All inquiries to Justine Woodward via email:

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST / TRANSFERS – If you wish to apply for a vacant placement in our Synod or wish to make yourself available for call in the WA Synod, please notify your current Placements Commission so that they can send your updated profile through to us.

MINISTRY AGENTS – Should you have any queries regarding stipends, allowances, relocation, travel and other ministry entitlements, please refer to the Ministry Handbook – . If you have any queries regarding your current placement and your status of applying to become a Minister of the Uniting Church, please contact Rev John Barendrecht as soon as possible.

Other useful links and information

2015 Constitution & Regulations : Updated 2015_Regulations-September2016

Updates to Regulations and other changes by Assembly

Placements BylawS-3.1-Placements-Commission (Uploaded 11.01.2017)

Pastoral Relations Bylaws: P-3.2-Pastoral-Relations-Committee-Rev-November-2016 (Uploaded 11.01.2017)

Ministry Leadership Profile Template: Ministry Leadership Profile for WA – 2016 (Final)06042016 (PDF)    Ministry Leadership Profile for WA – 2016 (Final)06042016 (WORD)



Placements Commission Rev John Barendrecht  (Manager, Placements), Email: or contact +61 8 9260 9804

Pastoral Relations Committee: Rev Mark Illingworth (Manager, Pastoral Relations Committee and Pastoral Care Worker), Email: or contact +61 408 118 898

Amanda Badenhorst (Pastoral Relations and Placements Administrator),  Email: or contact +61 8 9260 9805.