The word Gospel simply means good news and that is what we are all about. The good news of Jesus Christ, the joy and freedom we have found in knowing him and sharing the good news with others. Gospel Church is a brand new Acts 29 church in Newcastle Australia. We are a community passionate about following Christ and excited to study God’s Word in order to apply it to our lives and our culture. We are gospel-centred evangelicals who believe that the bible is God’s revealed truth, that Jesus is God and is our only hope of salvation. Because of the joy and delight we find in God, we actively share the good news of the Gospel and invite fellow Novocastrians to respond to God’s loving kindness. We are imperfect sinners, who celebrate being forgiven and adopted into God’s family.
Centred on the Gospel, Acts 29 desires to advance the mission of Jesus through obediently planting churches which in turn plant other churches. Over the last ten years Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to hundreds of churches around the world.
Acts 29 is not a model or a style. We have churches with live preaching and others with video-delivered sermons. We have independent church plants, replants, and existing churches that want to focus on planting new churches out of their existing congregations. Simply, we seek to be a movement of church-planting churches.
Read more on the Acts 29 website.
Gospel Church is one of the many expressions of Jesus’ body. He is the head, it is his church, he is the leader. Under Jesus’ authority Gospel Church is elder lead by Sam Swadling and Tyler Schofield.
Sam Swadling has a passionate love for Jesus and his gospel. After his love for his family, he loves church history, the beach and good coffee. Before he started planting Gospel Church Sam was the senior pastor at Singleton Baptist Church and Alice Springs Baptist Church. Sam is accredited with the Act 29 Church Planting Network and is the Regional Director for NSW.
Tyler Schofield is an enthusiastic follower of Christ with a passion for evangelism and caring for those on the fringes. Tyler is blessed to be married to Andrea who is a wonderful friend and partner in life and ministry. Tyler loves the intersection of theology and life and has a growing interest in biblical counselling. He is General Practitioner and works with all sorts of people but has a specialist interest in coming alongside struggling young people and aboriginal medicine. Tyler serves as an elder of Gospel Church having served as an elder with Sam in Alice Springs.
Ross Graham is married to Mitch (Mirjana). They have retired to a bush block to enjoy and be reminded of God’s greatness through His amazing creation.
Early in their marriage they were privileged to come under inspired biblical preaching and by God’s Holy Spirit were led to understand the grace of God in salvation through faith alone, in Christ alone, as a free gift of God.
They have spent the rest of their lives trying to mine the depths of these precious truths and live their lives in thankful, grateful response to them, while raising their family and seeking fellowship with and encouraging others within the family of God.