About Us

Hunter Presbytery
  Clarence Town 

“Being committed to a local congregation is an important aspect of Christian life.”

What does it mean to be a “Presbyterian” Church?

The name “Presbyterian” is taken from the Greek word for elder. We are a church whose leadership structure is based on elders, who operate under the headship of Jesus Christ. Each local Presbyterian church is lead by a group of elders, sometimes called the Session. Individual churches, in turn, are grouped into regions which are overseen by groups of representative elders, called a Presbytery. All of the Presbyteries in NSW are overseen by a yearly Assembly – again consisting of elders.

Clarence Town Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

Our Elders

Gil Oakley

Gil has been married to Lynne since 1969, and have 6 adult children , one boy and five girls. Gil became an elder at Charlestown Presbyterian Church about 1984 and moved to East Seaham in 1986, becoming an Elder of the Dungog-Clarence Town Parish shortly after, and attending St David’s at Clarence Town.

Gil enjoys spending time in God’s Word daily but his favourite passage is about the Grace of God John 3:16-18.

‘God seems to be using me more lately and I’m enjoying the journey as long as He is at the helm and navigating the ship.’

Col Husckstadt

Col is a retired grazier, and married to Bonita. They have 5 adult children 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great, great grandchildren!

Col has been part of Dungog Presbyterian Church since 1976 and was Session Clerk for 35 years. He has been an Elder with the Presbyterian Church of Australia since 1958.

“Jesus is my rock and salvation!”

Bonita Huckstadt

Bonita has been married to Col for 60 years, and an Elder since 1989, and a member of Dungog Presbyterian Church since 1976.

Bonita was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association for 10 years.

“My rock every day is Jesus”

Jeff Hetherington

Jeff is an Elder and has been with Dungog Presbyterian Church for about 13 years, and Session Clerk for the last 5 years.

He has 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren. He loves the beauty of God’s creation and worship music is a passion.

‘In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall guide thy paths’ Prov. 3:6

Our Methodology


We believe the Presbyterian form of Church governance is a is a biblical way of leading churches. Our attitude to the Bible is evangelical. This means our teaching is focused on understanding the Bible, from the small details, to the broad sweep of how the whole Bible fits together. We are committed to the Gospel, the good news about Jesus. The Gospel is the most important thing we can share with people.

Our theology is Reformed and Calvinistic. This means we focus on the sovereignty of God in all of life, especially salvation. Our doctrinal position is summarised in the Westminster Confession of Faith. While this is the official position of the Presbyterian Church, members are not required to agree with every detail of it. If you openly commit to being a member of God’s Kingdom, you can be a member of the Presbyterian Church!