Meet Our Team

Shem Swadling

Shem Swadling

Lead Pastor

Cody Bros

Cody Bros

Ministry Associate

William Wallace

William Wallace

Ministry Apprentice

Stefani Karmas

Stefani Karmas

Women’s Worker

Katie Staker

Katie Staker

Women’s Worker

Brienna Jackson

Brienna Jackson

Ministry Intern

Shem Swadling

Shem Swadling

Lead Pastor

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 and also the ministry at Hamilton South Housing Estate. In 2018 the Hamilton South ministry was launched full-time as part of Gospel Church, with Shem as the Lead 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.

When he has spare time he loves fixing things, innovation, fitness, eating out, and basically anything with wheels. He and Grace enjoy walking around the neighbourhood and spending time with Church family. Shem loves to meditate on the goodness of our heavenly Father through all circumstances. His prayer is that He would glorify God every single day of his life.

“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

Cody Bros

Cody Bros

Ministry Associate

Cody is a part-time ministry associate at Gospel Church and works in both Hamilton South and Central Hunter. His primary focus is teaching, equipping, and developing materials for both youth and adults to build and train our church members to engage the community.  

Cody came to Newcastle after finishing Bible College to grow in his ministry skills and practice. He quickly came to love the relaxed nature of the Hunter Valley, enjoying the scenery, hikes, and beaches.

“I know You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job 42:2-3

Stefani Karmas

Stefani Karmas

Women’s Worker

Stef is a born and raised Novocastrian, with a passion for her hometown and the people who live here.

Stef is a part-time women’s worker at Gospel Church and is responsible in part, with overseeing ministry to the various women in our community. Her primary focus is engaging the community of Hamilton South with the message of Jesus.

After hearing about our church, Stef fell in love with the people in the area, and although she has seen hardships, she is confident that Gospel is greater than all the brokenness of this world.

God sets the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6a

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