We are a Reformed church in the Hunter Valley that seeks to obey all that Christ has commanded us and proclaim His Gospel to all nations.

Shem Swadling

Shem grew up in Western Sydney and began to follow Jesus during his Electrical Apprenticeship. He married his high school sweetheart Grace and they began their journey of pursuing Jesus alongside each other. After realising that God was calling him to ministry, Shem studied bi-vocationally at Bible College and served as a youth pastor. He and Grace moved to Newcastle in 2016 and became part of Gospel Church where he is now the Pastor.

Shem’s main focus is sharing the Gospel with people who feel downtrodden and cast out from society. He and Grace love inspiring people from all different backgrounds to be part of this vision to proclaim and demonstrate Jesus’ love. Shem’s desire is for the Church to be a family, a place where people belong and experience everyday life together. He is passionate about the Word of God and studying and preaching the Bible as a whole.

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20

Tyler Schofield

Tyler has been an Elder at Gospel Church since its planting 10 years ago and through its various seasons. He loves the richness of Gospel Church’s intentional family community, sharing the goodness and primacy of God and seeing the application of faith in life. He has an appreciation of biblical counselling for the hard things in believers’ lives.

Tyler is a contented family man. He met Andrea in Central Australia more than 20 years ago with much longed for Abigail and Isaac sweetening the deal against great odds.

Tyler came to faith as an actively hostile adult in the PNG Highlands and has experienced God’s mercy in his life and those around him ever since. After being in a broad array of churches, he came to delight the deep riches of Scripture through whole hearted, lived out Reformed theology

We Believe

We are passionate followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who believe that He came as a man, who was born of a virgin, and died for our sins and rose again on the third day, defeating death and ransoming a people forever. We believe that this pivotal message gave birth to God’s Kingdom in a tangible way through the historical and continuing church.

All people have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, rebelling against Him and refusing to give Him the glory that He deserves. As such all people deserve death and eternal judgment, but due to the overwhelming grace and mercy of God, Jesus died in our place, setting free all those who believe in Him and giving birth to a new people who reflect His character and nature.

As Christians we believe that the Bible is the true, authoritative and sufficient Word of God to us. It is a living, breathing, life-giving word that reveals to us God’s character and nature. We believe that there is only one God, revealed in three person, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These central beliefs which are revealed in the Scriptures make up the core beliefs of our church.

For a more detailed list of beliefs (with included bible verses), please click here.