Pastoral Staff

As a church community, we are blessed by the many people who volunteer to help make everything come together. The church also employs two part time Pastoral Staff who co-ordinate our ministry and serve God by serving the many people who make up our church. Below is a short introduction to our Pastoral Staff. If you would like to make contact with them, please send an email by clicking HERE.

  • Dave McDonald — Pastor

    Dave and Fiona love being part of the Bonny Hills community. They have family nearby in Port Macquarie and further south in Sydney and Canberra. After nearly 30 years in Canberra, they are soaking up the warmth and beautiful beaches. More importantly, they are loving leading people at Salt, and they want more and more people to know the great news of who Jesus is and what he has done. Dave blogs at

  • Emily Davy — Children's Minister

    Emily is married to Bevan and lives in Bonny Hills. She works part-time as the Children's Minister at Salt. She also works part-time as literacy tutor at a local primary school. Emily is passionate about encouraging children in their knowledge, trust and love for Jesus. She believes in working together with families to see children growing as followers of Jesus. If you'd like to know more about our children's ministry, connect your kids, or volunteer to help, then get in touch with Emily.

  • Nathan Batten - Assistant Pastor

    Nathan and Katie moved to area at the end of 2021. After completing his trade in carpentry and then studying theology at SMBC, Nathan now serves full-time as a pastor at Salt. His wife Katie grew up in Port and now serves part-time with AFES as a staff worker for Port Christian Students. They both share a passion for ministry and a desire to see more and more people changed by the life saving good news of Jesus. They love the beach and the sense of community in Bonny Hills/Lake Cathie. You might just bump into them walking their dog along Rainbow Beach one day.