The Presbytery of Central Queensland is one of diversity and wide expanses extending from Winton and Longreach in the west; Proserpine and Airlie Beach in the north; Miriam Vale on the Bruce Highway to the south, and the township of Theodore inland. The area covered is approximately 1000 kilometres west to east and 650 kilometres north to south.
Major regional cities: Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton.
Major towns: Barcaldine, Biloela, Emerald, Longreach, Proserpine, Sarina and Winton.
Mining Centres: Blackwater, Dysart, Capella, Clermont, Middlemount, Moranbah and Moura.
Much of the Presbytery consists of scattered rural communities with large distances between populated areas. Primary production industries include cattle, sheep, grain, fruit, vegetables, cotton and sugar.
There is a mixture of both dry land and irrigated farmland. The mining industry draws on rich coal resources from the Bowen Basin. Tertiary industries include tourism (Whitsunday Coast and Island Resorts) and support of education (Central Queensland University has campuses in Mackay, Emerald and Rockhampton), with health care and government offices located in the regional centres.
Rev Scott Ballment is our Presbytery Minister, inducted on 6 November 2020.
“I know that God is with us. We need to refocus ourselves on the main business of communicating the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. We need to recapture our expectation that the Holy Spirit can and will draw people with that message, and transform them. I truly believe our best days can be yet to come, and my goal in this role is to pursue that purpose.” — Rev Scott
Rev Suzy has accepted the role of Deputy Chair of our Presbytery, having spent several months serving in the role of Interim Presbytery Minister/Chair. Suzy also serves the Capricorn Coast congregations.
Rev Glenn has accepted the role of Presbytery Secretary from July 2020. All general correspondence should be directed to Glenn. Glenn also serves as Police Chaplain across this very large region.
Peter has accepted the role of Presbytery treasurer from July 2020. All matters relating to Presbytery finances should be directed to Peter, though if general in nature, through our Secretary, Glenn.
Sheri is our much loved admin officer, having also been acting secretary and treasurer for a long time. Sheri is one of those people who makes admin look easy.