Revd Peter R Dunstan BSc.Dip Hort Sc.BD
Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church
The Rev Peter Dunstan has been the minister of the Annandale Leichhardt
Presbyterian Church since his induction in February 2004.
Originally trained as a Botanist and Agricultural Chemist and then as a
Horticultural Scientist specializing in Australian Native Plants, Peter
answered God’s calling to enter the ministry in 1983 and completed the
Sydney University post-graduate Bachelor of Divinity in 1987. After
serving as a Home-Missionary at Greenwich (NSW) in 1987, he was
appointed and subsequently ordained into the ministry of the
Presbyterian Church at West Wyalong in 1988, later moving to the
parishes of Clunes-Dunoon-Bangalow in 1991, to North-Sydney Greenwich as
assistant (1995-6) and to St David’s Toukley in 1996.
Although he has served on a number of State and
Federal Church Committees Peter's main work for many years was as Convenor and
previously Treasurer of the NSW Assembly's Historical Records and
Library Committee which oversaw the Ferguson Memorial Library, the
Archives of the Presbyterian Church and Australia until mid 2008.
Peter now serves as a board member of Presbyterian Aged Care which
oversees the NSW Church's Aged Care facilities.
Peter is a trained singer (Bass-baritone) having trained under the late
Noel Melvin and has been involved in many church and secular choirs and
local musical societies over the years. Other ministry qualifications
include accreditation to administer the Prepare Enrich premarriage and
marriage guidance programme (see Wedding page)and has also completed
two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) (Hospital and Chaplaincy
His Vision for Hunter Baillie is “to seek to turn our landmark building
into a landmark Church” through faithful parish ministry and
particularly through the preaching of God’s Word, the teaching of SRE
(School Scripture), Bible Study, prayer and pastoral and hospital
visitation and outreach into the community while supporting efforts to
address the urgent need for restoration of the fabric of the building.