Dianne Parker (nee Yates) is a Deaconess of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland now in active retirement with many years experience in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and aged care ministry. She is married to David Parker.
Dianne gained an L.Th through Melbourne Bible Institute in 1972 and began working with the Presbyterian Church of Queensland (PCQ) in 1973, and was accepted as a Deaconess in 1976. She served in parish ministry in Gladstone, Toowoomba and Bundaberg before coming to Brisbane in 1986 where she initially worked half time at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, St Paul’s Terrace, Brisbane, and half time at St Andrew’s hospital before becoming Chaplain at St Andrew’s Hospital. After the Uniting Church took over the hospital in 2000 she began an Aged Care ministry to all Aged Care homes within a 25km radius of the Brisbane CBD, and to people receiving care packages which she continued until taking early retirement in 2009.
She has continued her active membership of St Paul’s (http://www.stpaulspc.org.au/) which is highly appreciated by members.
As well taking opportunities for a speaking ministry, Dianne’s interests now also include family history, where the links are in UK and Ireland as well as here in Australia.
Dianne also cares for the Archives of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, which she began around 2006. The Archives are currently undergoing relocation to their new home at 19 Lang Parade, Milton, Queensland (www.pcq.org.au)
This work involves accessioning new material, caring for existing records, answering questions, and writing articles on historical topics.
A special interest area has been evangelism in the Queensland Presbyterian church from the beginning of the twentieth century, when Andrew Stewart, a tweed manufacturer from Edinburgh, brought a team of evangelists to conduct Simultaneous Evangelistic meetings throughout Brisbane, and then other areas of Queensland. This was the beginning of a life-
The main records in the collection include PCQ and congregational minutes, parish registers, Assembly documents, church and ministerial fields, newspapers, books, photographs and general files. Some of the material has been digitised or microfilmed, and there are electronic and manual indexes. Many enquiries relate to baptism and marriage records; questions about these are addressed in the first place to the general office of PCQ.
The historical records of the work of the Presbyterian church in aboriginal missions in the north are also contained in the Archives.
Of particular interest in recent times has the 150 anniversary of St Paul’s Church (click here) and the commemoration of the centenary of the landing on Gallipoli. St Paul’s church is holding a special service on 19 April 2015 to mark this occasion and also to unveil the honour board from the former Fortitude Valley Presbyterian recently transferred to St Paul’s for safe keeping. (Click here for more information and contacts)