John Vandenberg


Aletta and John

As announced at the recent General Assembly, John Vandenberg is retiring from his role as Accountant at the PCV Office from the end of October.

We took the opportunity to have a chat with him.

Tell us a bit about yourself / What is your professional background?
I decided I wanted to be an accountant when I did Business Studies in Form 4 at High School. I have been in accounts all my working life, completing my degree part-time. I have also served my local church and various committees as treasurer.

Who persuaded you to join the PCV?
Both my sister-in-law Pam and Kellie from my church alerted me to the advertisement and encouraged me to apply. I was looking for a job in a Christian organisation – this seemed like a perfect fit.

How has the job developed in your time? Tell us more about how our church has responded to changing times
I think I have grown with the job and the job has grown with me. Particularly payroll keeps changing – there’s always something new.

What do you enjoy about the work?
One of the most satisfying aspects is being able to help local church treasurers. I also enjoy the friendly and supportive working environment.

What’s been a highlight for you?
An annual highlight is completing all the annual reports, supporting schedules, and dealing with auditors – it is hard work but satisfying when complete!

What are your thoughts about retirement?
I’m looking forward to spending more time with our grandchildren – going for bike rides – working in the garden.

What words of wisdom would you pass on to your successor?
There’s a great team in the office – learn from them!

This or that quiz:
Dog or Cat? Dog
Toast or Eggs? Both – Egg on Toast
iOS or Android? Android
Cake or Pie? Cake
What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes? Dishes
Receive: Email or Letter? Letter
Passenger or Driver? Driver
Tablet or Computer? Computer
Pancake or Waffle? Pancake
Coke or Pepsi? Neither

We have all enjoyed working with John and the PCV records its sincere thanks for the loyal and dedicated service to the church carried out by Mr John Vandenberg for the past 16 years as Accountant for the General Assembly Office of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.