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:

  • Making disciples
  • Helping the hurting
  • Engaging the City
  • Multiplying gospel communities

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 (Baptisms, Marriages & Burials) 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.

    • Craig Tubman

      Assistant Minister (The Garrison)

      I have a passion for seeing people connect with Jesus and letting their faith shape everyday life. I am responsible for The Garrison Church in Millers Point as well as coordinating our mission strategy to the city. I have spent most of my life working in high schools as a chaplain and am now loving the opportunity to help strengthen and grow our church community. My wife and I were married in 2014 and together we hope to be a blessing to the people of Millers Point and the Garrison community.

    • Ray Smith

      Senior Associate Minister

      Having spent many years working in churches (including as a bishop in the Diocese of Sydney), there's still nothing that makes me more excited than seeing people grow in their faith. I work mostly with those who are "over 55" and have a special interest in ministry to the Baby-boomer generation. I've been married to Shirley for just over 50 years. We have three sons and fourteen 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 a son, Joel.

    • Dylan Chalwell

      Ministry Apprentice

      This is my fifth year at Church Hill, and my first as a ministry apprentice. I’m spending 2017 and 2018 learning the ropes of full time ministry and (God willing!) growing in my character, convictions and skills. My job is to help children, youth and the 6pm congregation at Church Hill to trust Jesus, grow like him, and serve others. I am a frequent drinker of coffee, occasional reader of literature, once-upon-a-time teacher of high school English, and a grateful recipient of the forgiveness, freedom and future found in Jesus Christ.

    • Andy Bell

      Music Director & Lay Minister

      With my beautiful wife Tori, Church Hill has been our home for a few years now. 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 Hay

      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.


3. At a service

If you would prefer to give by cash or cheque, you can do so at one of our morning services (8:30am/9:30am/10:15am).

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