Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald  (Executive Manager Advocacy and Community Relations at Uniting Communities, UCA clergy, creator of Faith in Action, and WP super user/web designer).

Peter is the Executive Manager of Advocacy at Uniting Communities which is a social service provider in South Australia.  It assists people of all ages through all the social issues people experience (e.g. alcohol and drug use, ageing, isolation, domestic violence and sexual assault).  The Advocacy Unit works at strenthening prevention and community understanding of such social issues.

Peter is informed by ‘integrative leadership’ and really appreciates his experience of the GLF in 2010 which introduced him to a wide range of approaches to leadership.

Peter’s favourite project is running workshops around group work around Assets Based Community Development. This project is a collaborative project between himself and Joanna Hubbard. All that goes on inside this project including training and upcoming events can be found on

Peter has replaced his fear of education.  He now has an Associate Diploma in Pastoral Studies and a Theology Degree from Flinders University.  He holds a Masters Degree in Business and Administration from Adelaide University.

L-R Dani Hanisch (Manager Lifeline Adelaide), Libby Davies (CE White Ribbon Australia) self and Leanne Brus-Bentley (Executive People Culture UC)

White Ribbon Accreditation Presentation – Melb 2016

Peter is

  • President of Morialta Trust Inc.
    which puts over $440,000 into SA community groups which assist children each year.
  • Member of the National Assembly Finance Audit and Risk Committee of the Uniting Church in Australia.
  • Chair of the Church of Christ (SA/NT) Professional Standards Body (concluding late 2017).
  • Ambassador for White Ribbon Day which opposes violence against women and girls.
  • Member of Governor’s Leadership Foundation
  • Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The online projects Peter looks after include;

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Uniting Church Background

Peter, Jim Everett and Les Underwood standing on cleared Maughan church site (Pitt St Franklin St) 2017

Peter became a candidate for the ministry from Brooklyn Park Uniting Church.  Ordained in 1999 Peter has made various leadership contributions to Rosefield, Renmark, Houghton and Paracombe congregations. Peter has been on various State and National church bodies before being appointed to Uniting Communities Inc. in 2006.  Peter was fortunate to be able to assist Uniting Communities in the negotiations with the SA Synod regarding the demolition of Maughan Church  to facilitate the redevelopment of the Pitt St Franklin St site.

Peter has appreciated the mentoring and support of Rev Dr Les Underwood from UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide.  His colleagues have variously described Peter as a ‘social ethnographer’ and a ‘cultural and theological observer’ which sound important even though he is not quite sure what this means.


Peter grew up in a mainstream Mum, Dad and two kids family in Woodville South, South Australia.  His parents loved him and he received a well rounded education at Findon Primary and Underdale High School.  Peter didn’t play much sport but he did spend a generous amount of time in Cubs, Scouts and Venturers where he img_0657learnt you should have a go at anything.  Peter had his heart set on becoming a police officer but failed the eyesight test. He fell just below the required score for year 12 and managed to pick up a trade at General Motors Holden (Woodville).  At he competition of a trade he work on a sugar cane farm in Queensland for a short period.

Peter is husband to Kathryn and has two teenage daughters Miranda and Emilia. The McDonald family is mad keen on Dr Who, Agatha Christie and Stranger Things as well as the strategy games like Android: Netrunner and Zombicide.

Peter and his family are members of Port Adelaide Uniting Church.

Peter is fortunate enough to enjoy the company of his parents.  The annual Streaky Bay pilgrimage to chase herring, whiting, snook and razor fish is a favourite part of his relationship with his father and his daughters.


Peter makes this biography available online for the occasions when you wish to introduce him to an audience. It is designed so you can choose a sentence or three about him – not so the whole thing can be read in one go.