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PYV Council

The PYV Council is responsible for overseeing the youth work within the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.

The Council is comprised of up to ten members who are elected for two year terms, with five up for election each year at the Annual General Meeting. 

Council meets roughly 9 to 10 times a year to plan, discuss and further the work of the Gospel in youth ministry in Victoria.

To contact PYV Council email

One member of the Christian Education and Nurture Committee also attends each Council meeting to assist and provide advice to the Council. The CENC has been delegated authority over PYV by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.  The current CENC rep to PYV is Rev. Dave Assender.

PYV Council Members


Anna Burns - Acting Convener

Anna loves God and His people. She is passionate about supporting leaders in their ministry roles, both in PYV and the wider Church. Anna has been involved in PYV since 2005; she started leading in 2011 and joined Council in 2018.

Anna has lived all around Victoria (Warburton, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Bairnsdale, Geelong) and is now settled in Brunswick. She loves to spend time with her Church family at Reservoir Presbyterian. Anna works in a major metropolitan hospital as a Speech Pathologist where she specialises in Geriatric care. In her spare time, she bakes biscuits and plays ukulele.

If you need to contact Anna, email the following address:



Louise Schulz

Louise has been involved with PYV for a long time! Starting as a camper, then becoming a leader, to filling the PYV Admin Officer role to now being part of PYV Council. Louise attends Canterbury Presbyterian Church and is working in a graduate position at Visy. Louise is the PYV Council Secretary where she looks after the agenda and minutes for each Council meeting.




Sherif Makar

Sherif has joined PYV Council in 2018 to look after the Camps portfolio. He attends South Yarra Presbyterian Church and works as a Pharmacist where he enjoys serving God through the gift of medications. 

PYV has been a huge blessing in drawing him closer to God and PYV camps have provided him and others with an environment where you can make life-long friends, enjoy solid biblical teaching and grow as a follower of Jesus. 



Kirsten Harvey

Kirsten attends New Life Presbyterian Church in Officer with her husband Daniel. She works as a primary school teacher, primarily with students who come from refugee backgrounds or families that speak limited English. In her spare time, she plays netball for the NLPC Greenbacks and makes her own dresses.

Kirsten has a passion for mission and looks after the Missions Portfolio on PYV council.



Callum Haughey

Callum is currently a youth leader at Donvale Presbyterian Church. During the week he works as an Integration Aide at Waverley Christian College. In his spare time he loves sport! Cricket, football, basketball you name it he likes it!

Callum looks after the Resource Portfolio for PYV.




Colin Spackman

Colin is a member at Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Hawthorn East. During the week he serves as a ministry apprentice at the Christian Union at Monash University. In his spare time Colin enjoys reading, hiking or walking, and enjoying a good coffee.

Colin looks after the Training Portfolio on the council where he seeks to help train and equip those who serve the youth throughout the state.



Louise Griffiths

Louise is a follower of Jesus, wife to Cameron and mum to Cody and Leila. She joined PYV Council because she wants to play her part in ensuring that PYV continues to provide Gospel ministry to young people for many years to come.

During the week, Louise works with children from diverse backgrounds who find it difficult to be a part of mainstream classrooms. On the weekend, Louise enjoys hanging out with her family and being an active member of the Croydon Presbyterian Congregation.






Andrew Edmonds

Andrew is the Youth Ministries Director for PYV.

If you need to get in contact with Andrew, email the following address:

Youth Ministries Director -



Rev. Dave Assender

Dave is currently Chaplain at Melbourne's Scotch College. He has a long history with PYV and we are very appreciative of having his experience available to us at council.