Peter Batten

Resourcing Minister – Mission & Education
& equipping Leaders for Mission (eLM)

Peter has been involved in the Uniting Church since its beginnings. His ministry has included outreach and street youth work (outer east of Melbourne), university and TAFE chaplain (Albury/Wodonga), mental health (Uniting (Care) South Melbourne/Port Melbourne, exploring different models of church (Northcote Uniting Church Chalice), mission and education facilitation (Port Phillip West Presbytery) and Intentional Interim Ministry with 3 congregations. These ministries have spanned 5 years as a lay minister and 23 years as an ordained deacon.

He is passionate about the arts and spirituality. And for many years has enabled individuals and groups to explore their life and Christian faith journey through visual and movement-based art experiences. Peter enjoys exploring the connections between contemplative practices, spirituality, art and creativity and their integration into daily life.

Peter`s post graduate study focused on the therapeutic benefits of the arts, which he has incorporated in a therapeutic practice, pastoral care, pastoral supervision, community education and mission planning.   He has completed an M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT) Peter is currently undertaking further studies in pastoral and clinical supervision practice.

He has served on many committees within the church at presbytery, synod and assembly and as part of his work as mission resource minister he is involved in the equipping Leaders for Mission (eLM) unit of synod.

Peter is married to Jenny (retired performing arts/music teacher and now creative arts therapist, spiritual director, musician, and choir director) They have 3 adult daughters and 5 grandkids. Peter and Jenny enjoy cycle touring, camping, photography, movies and hanging out with family and friends.

You may have already meet Peter`s alter ego….. His sacred clown/mime/storyteller, Mr. Pee Bee. He has been seen at many churches, community and institutional settings over many years….and Mr. Pee Bee may be seen in Gippsland.