GEORGES RIVER LIFE CHURCH

Disciples wholeheartedly
loving, living and revealing Jesus.

OUR MISSION

Disciples wholeheartedly
loving, living and revealing Jesus

OUR VISION

A disciple-making community growing along the Georges River and beyond
revealing the love and life of Jesus for today
impacting thousands of lives for eternity.

A VERY BRIEF
HISTORY OF US

Georges River Life Church started way back in the 1920’s in a garage in Lugarno so we’ve been a part of the community for several generations. Over this time there have been seasons of change and growth. In 2005 we moved from our old location in Lugarno to the local school then in 2011 started Sunday services at our present facility in Stanley St, Peakhurst. In the past decade GRLC has grown considerably in terms of its staff, congregation and the way it serves the wider community.
Georges River Life Church is a Baptist Church. Tens of thousands of people attend Baptist churches in NSW and ACT and the Baptist Movement of churches is the largest protestant denomination in the world. The Baptist movement in NSW is committed to serving together with a purpose of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ in word, sign and deed. We have 5 values as Baptist churches. To be Christ Centered, Mission Shaped, Relationally Committed, People Empowering and Partnership Oriented.

For more information on our common beliefs as Baptists go to www.nswactbaptists.org.au

WHAT WE VALUE

As a church we place a high priority on God’s presence to lead and empower us, being grounded in the Bible’s teaching, being strongly relational and Kingdom focused. To expand those values a little, here are 9 expressions of those values that we actively pursue as a community.
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Presence and celebration
Presence and celebration

Our highest purpose is to love God and enjoy His presence in everything we do. We are discovering how worship applies in all of life.

God speaks we listen
God speaks we listen

We are thirsty to hear what God is saying. We ground our lives in the Bible and in prayer to know his word for us today.

There is power
There is power

We can know God personally and, filled with His Spirit, we are able to see life differently and live miraculously.

Found in family
Found in family

We share life together as one big family; learning to treat one another with honour and empowering people to develop as gifted, capable leaders.

Really good news
Really good news

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus displays God’s tender love. This gospel is life changing and no one should miss out, so we are learning to share this news with people.

Discipling disciples
Discipling disciples

We are learning how to live mature, purposeful lives in Jesus and find it normal to lead others on that same journey of discipleship.

Serve not conquer
Serve not conquer

We are learning to live as a tangible expression of God’s love, generously serving people where they are with whatever we have, without strings.

Collaborate and connect
Collaborate and connect

It is not all about us. So we actively partner with others in our community and beyond with a heart to champion the work they do.

The flavour of grace
The flavour of grace

We believe so strongly in the foundation of grace that we are striving together to let grace flavour every aspect of our culture, mission and vision.

MEET OUR STAFF

At Georges River Life Church there is a large team of people at work behind the scenes. Men and women, younger and older, some paid, many voluntary – all equally have opportunity to develop a place of significant leadership in the life of this community. Our goal is to help people discover their abilities and passion and help release them into that. We find that when people serve in an area they are passionate about, great things happen.
Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison

Senior Leader

Scott leads this remarkable team and the wider church in its shared mission and vision. Scott is dedicated to helping people become increasingly anchored in Jesus, nurtured by his word and empowered by the Spirit to live healthy, purposeful Christ shaped lives.

Glenn Power
Glenn Power

Life Care Pastor

Glenn is a passionate believer that the good news of Jesus is most meaningful when it is actively demonstrated. Managing Georges River Life Care, Glenn’s focus is on inspiring and mobilising people to serve others in our local community.

Suzanne Sharp
Suzanne Sharp

Care Coordinator

Suzanne is responsible for the Community Care program, including overseeing, mentoring and supporting our dedicated team of Volunteers. Suzanne also provides direct pastoral care and support to people within the church and the community around us.

Rodney Wolf
Rodney Wolf

Executive Pastor

Rod has been part of the Georges River family since he was born. He is gifted in administration and teaching and also coordinates our Life Groups and Life College. Rod has an intense desire to see people planted in God’s word.

Katharine Montoya
Katharine Montoya

Executive Assistant for Life Care & Life Church

Katharine is a gifted administrator and is responsible for the finances of Life Care and coordinates administration and technology for Life Church.

Terry McKeown
Terry McKeown

Finance Office/ Mission Coordinator

Terry plays a vital role in our administration team working within the finance department. Terry is also the coordinator of our missions team and works to build our capacity to serve in mission beyond our local setting.

Craig Shannon
Craig Shannon

Connections Pastor

Craig has a great love for seeing people become well connected into the life and mission of GRLC. With his team Craig ensures that everyone who comes to GRLC feels welcome and has a pathway to deep connections.

Ben Rusin
Ben Rusin

Youth Pastor

Ben is the Youth Pastor at Georges River and is committed to the equipping and empowering of teenagers in our local area. It is Ben’s joy and passion to see young people stepping into the radical life that Jesus has won for them!

Jasmine Philips
Jasmine Philips

Youth Coordinator

Jasmine desires to see all young people come to know their value in Christ, their identity and their calling. Her primary role is Pastoral Care and general administration for the Youth ministry.

Malcolm Campbell
Malcolm Campbell

Pastor Discipleship

Malcolm has a passion for seeing Jesus shaped discipleship become core to the DNA of our church. And with that, building confidence and capacity in disciples to go and make disciples.

Sophie Wheeler
Sophie Wheeler

Children's Pastor

Sophie loves seeing kids be transformed by God’s love. Her focus, alongside the kid’s team, is seeing the church community and families partner together to empower children to be radical disciples of Jesus, who live extraordinary lives of love.

Angela Wootton
Angela Wootton

Children’s Coordinator

Angela has a passion for children and families to be encouraged and nurtured in the love of Christ and to see them equipped to be a force in God's kingdom.

Lara Watson
Lara Watson

Pastor Leadership Development

Lara utilises her many years of leadership experience to help resource and develop all staff and leadership teams within GRLC. The result is healthy, connected and well equipped leaders who can lead and love well.

Jodie Morrison
Jodie Morrison

Worship Coordinator (Music)

Jodie has a passion for enabling people to engage with and be impacted by the presence of God through worship. Jodie leads our Sunday worship teams coordinating and developing musicians and other technical roles.

Amy Parry
Amy Parry

Worship Coordinator (Creative Arts)

Amy loves the arts and believes that they can change lives. She leads and develops ArtsLife, a performing arts program for the marginalised, and heads up the church creative arts team.