Ministry Team

Rev. Sandy Brodine – Banyule Network Minister, Cross Generation Congregation & Children and Families Ministry
Sandy grew up in the Banyule area and was introduced to the Uniting Church as a fourteen year old via a Uniting Church Synod youth camp. “The two things that particularly drew me to the Uniting Church as a teenager was the fact that the liturgy did not follow a prescribed format and so there was more freedom for young people to be involved, and also the fact that the Uniting Church ordained women.” Sandy taught high school Chinese, English and Religious Literature, becoming Head of House before leaving full time teaching in 2008 to begin her candidacy for the Ministry of the Word in the Uniting Church. Sandy said “When I finally left teaching at the beginning of my final year of candidating it was with deep sadness. I found working with young people and their families to be an extraordinarily life affirming role and am looking forward to developing such relationships within the Banyule area…I am particularly excited to see the ways in which God will grow and challenge us as we move forward together as a network.” Email:
Rev Beth Hancock – Banyule Network Minister – Heidelberg-East Ivanhoe Congregation & Community Support.
Originally from South Australia, Beth was an early childhood educator serving in schools in rural communities for 20 years before experiencing a call to ministry. Ordained in 1993, she has had ministry placements in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. For the past three years she has enjoyed a Synod placement in Chaplaincy Development and Support. Her particular interests in this ministry placement lie in helping congregations to develop their relationship with God, the church community and our neighbours. She looks forward to seeing where God will lead us as we engage in ministry together. Email:
Dr Peter Mallen – Banyule Network Minister – Rosanna Congregation & Adult Ministry.
Peter originally studied Chemical Engineering and worked for many years in the oil industry. He felt a call to ministry during the mid 1990s, and particularly to a teaching ministry, and so embarked on an extensive period of theological study that culminated in receiving a doctorate in NT Studies in 2006. Peter then worked at the Centre for Theology and Ministry with an overview role for lay ministry, before offering Supply Ministry within the Network and being called to the Rosanna congregation. Part of the attraction in this role was the associated Network role in Adult Education ministry as there is so much in our faith and mission to explore together as we grapple with what it means to be the church in our time and place. Peter is excited by the team ministry model of the Network and the possibilities ahead of us as we walk together into the future God is calling us towards.