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The Ministry Conference focusses on expository preaching and the training and development of preachers and church leaders, and is suitable to be used for Professional Development or Study Leave by Pastors and Elders of the Presbyterian Church, or other ministries.

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Rev Simon Manchester has served in pastoral ministry for over 40 years and has recently retired from pastoral ministry. Simon has spoken at many conferences across Australia and overseas, specifically with a burden to teach and mentor pastors.

Simon is currently working at Moore College in Sydney, mentoring students and teaching them how to study and explain God’s Word.

Simon and his wife Kathy have three adult children and one grandchild.


Rev Dr John Wilson served in parish ministry for many years in both rural and metropolitan Victoria. He then lectured in Practical Theology and Church History at PTC from 1998 to 2006. From 2007 to 2023 he served as Clerk of the General Assembly of Victoria, and was both Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria in 2002-3, and Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia from 2016-2019.

John has been married to Paula for 50 years, and he is a Board member of the World Reformed Fellowship. He has made frequent visits to support Presbyterian churches in Malawi and Zambia. 

Mark Powell

Rev Mark Powell is the pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Hobart. He and his wife, Angie, have six children.

Mark is a passionate advocate for faith, family, freedom and life. He is a gifted communicator and has made various appearances on radio and TV.


Peter Barnes

Rev Dr Peter Barnes is the past Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and the retired Minister of Revesby Presbyterian Church, NSW.

Peter has a PhD in History and teaches at Christ College, Burwood and Emmanuel College Sydney. 

Peter is also known for his involvement with the Banner of Truth and is the current Editor of AP, the National Journal of the Presbyterian Church in Australia.

Peter and his wife, Lyn, have raised six children in a Presbyterian manse.



Those who select the catered option when registering will enjoy individually boxed gourmet lunches including: a baguette or savoury lunch item, a sweet treat, and fresh fruit, with a cold drink supplied by the PTC.

Morning Tea (inc. tea & coffee) will be generously provided for all onsite, regardless of Catering option selected.

Please nominate your Dietary Requirements when registering so that we can best cater for you.

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Student information

Students enrolled in this subject and other full-time PTC students may attend the Conference free of charge. Catering is also available at a small cost if desired. Please contact the Office to confirm the correct registration option & discount code for eligible students.

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