About us

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to see the people of the City of Sydney place their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, and then to see them transformed by the fullness of grace and truth found in him, filled with joy and peace in believing. We do this by:

  • Deeper Discipleship
  • Compelling Community
  • City Gospel Engagement (and beyond)
  • Presence and Property

Our History

The Anglican Parish of Church Hill is two churches and one parish.

 St Philip's is the oldest parish in Australia, together with the Parish of Parramatta.

 

In January 1788 eleven ships carrying around 1400 people, including 786 convicts, arrived from England on the east coast of Australia to establish a penal colony. The Chaplain of the First Fleet was the Rev’d Richard Johnson and he conducted the first Christian service in Australia on 3 February 1788. St Philip’s is the custodian of Mr Johnson’s (First Fleet) Bible and Prayer Book.

 

The wattle and daub church built by Mr. Johnson in 1793 was burnt down in 1798. A new stone church, named St Philip’s, was opened in 1810, and this was replaced by the current building in 1856. Sydneysiders have been worshiping Jesus Christ as Lord on Church Hill for at least 2 centuries.

 

The Garrison Church (Holy Trinity, Miller’s Point) was originally a church plant from St Philip’s. It was planned at a meeting convened by Reverend William Cowper (Australia’s first parish minister) in December 1839 because the seating capacity at St Philip's Church had been outgrown by the congregation. The Foundation Stone was laid in 1840, and the current building is the same building that has been used for worship and mission for over 175 years.

 

The name ‘Garrison Church’ is a nickname, given because of the many regiments that have worshipped there over the years. The Garrison is one of the few buildings in Sydney with 175 years of a single united purpose: to worship God through Jesus Christ.

 

On November 1, 2013, The Parish of St Philip's and Holy Trinity Church merged for the purpose of our united mission to the City of Sydney in the 21st Century. We are now the Parish of Church Hill, or Church Hill Anglican for short.

 

If you have an enquiry regarding historical records for either St Philip's or The Garrison Church  please contact the office.

Our staff

    • Justin Moffatt

      Senior Minister

      The City has a particular kind of energy that I love, so I can't think of a better place to live and serve the Gospel. Some things about me you may not know: I was born in Perth, but raised in Sydney. I'm a twin. I drove a taxi in Sydney for 6 years. I studied at Sydney University and Moore College. I was ordained in Albuquerque, New Mexico, while doing ministry in NYC. I am married to Laurel and God has given us four fun kids.

    • Rowan Paterson

      Assistant Minister

      I was raised in Sydney, studied at Macquarie Uni, then Moore Theological College. Alongside this, I spent time much of that time as a Barista. Following Moore College, I spent the next 10 years serving in churches in England. I am married to Naomi and have four young kids.

    • Emma Collett

      Assistant Minister

      I grew up in Sydney and I love this city. Having trained at SMBC, I spent 17 years working first in children's ministry at Christ Church St Ives, and then at Youthworks training ministry leaders and workers. I was drawn to come to Church Hill 11 years ago, in part because of the strategic importance of seeing the City filled with the Gospel. I was also drawn to the creative side of this church. I love it! So it was a delight for me to join the staff team in 2020 in the role of discipleship and maturity, as well as joining Justin in Congregational Leadership of 10.30am and 6pm.

    • Jenny Fendler

      Women's, and Interim Kid's & Families Minister

      I am passionate about seeing all people deepen their relationship with God through the person of Jesus. From the youngest members of our church to the oldest. Focusing on children, women and families I seek to nurture and pastor them in their journey with Christ. Having been a member of the 10:30am service since 2011, I joined the staff team in June 2017 as a part-time Women's Coordinator and more recently have stepped in leading the Children's and Youth Ministry for the interim. I am married to Greg, and we have four children.

    • Rob Forsyth

      Assistant Minister

      Although I retired from my full time position as Bishop of South Sydney at the end of 2015, I am delighted to be able to continue in active Christian ministry in a thriving local parish like Church Hill Anglican. I grew up in West Ryde Sydney and studied at Sydney University and Moore College. I served as an assistant minister in the lower Blue Mountains and in the city of Adelaide. I was rector of St Barnabas Broadway in Sydney and Anglican Chaplain to Sydney from 1983 to 2000 and Bishop of South Sydney after that. I am married to Margaret and have four children and 11 grandchildren.

    • Paul White

      Assistant Minister

      Jesus Christ changed my life forever and nothing in this life brings me greater joy than seeing people utterly transformed as they encounter Him through his Word and his Spirit. My role at Church Hill is to facilitate Christian maturity. I’m responsible for our daily devotional series, A Year With Jesus, our Community Groups, our 10.15 am congregation, and ensuring people are welcomed into our family. I’m married to Lauren, who is in Media & Communications, and we have two sons, Joel and Ethan.

    • Andy Bell

      Music Director & Lay Minister

      With my beautiful wife Tori, Church Hill has been our home for a few years now. We recently welcomed our first daughter, Norah, to the world. As the Music Director, it is my role to train and pastorally care for musicians across our church, and help to create and shape our Sunday services. Singing is such an important part of our gatherings, as we give praise to our Lord and Saviour and we encourage one another as we join in the one song. I find it inspiring to lead a team and shape gatherings that enable people to worship God and grow in their faith, and I love that my job is to help that happen every week.

    • Kylie Stanton

      Office & Weddings Administrator

      Raising four kids on my own prepared me perfectly for my role as Office Administrator for a parish as busy and vibrant as Church Hill. One of my favourite bible passages is from Colossians, ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ These are the qualities I strive to bring to every task on my eclectic to do list. An unashamed romantic, I find great joy in helping couples plan and prepare for their wedding at either of our beautiful churches.

Giving

Everything we have has been given to us by God. And because God is generous to us, we are to be generous too. If you'd like to support Church Hill financially, there are three ways to do so:

1. Electronically

Set up a direct deposit using these details:

 

Bank: Westpac

Account Name: Church Hill Anglican

BSB: 032 000

Account No: 810 878

Description: Your congregation and your surname (optional but helpful).


2. Direct debit

Download a form here to set up a direct debit arrangement.

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