Over 8 years ago, Sovereign Grace Church, Sydney was planted in the north of Sydney by Dave Taylor. Right from the very beginning we had a heart to build a healthy local church, an Antioch, that could raise up, train, and send out called and qualified leaders to start new churches. We were sent and supported by Sovereign Grace Churches, an international denomination that began in the U.S. in the 1980’s and now has over 80 churches in countries all over the world.
Just over 2 years into the church plant Riley and Maddie Spring joined and were soon plugged into the life of our church. Riley had expressed a desire for Pastoral ministry and church planting and so Dave began mentoring Riley to test his calling. After 4 years of being faithful volunteer leaders in the church it became clear that God was preparing Riley to plant a church and for our church to partner with him.
So Sovereign Grace Church Sydney sent Riley and Maddie and their two kids, Evie and Jasper, to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in Louisville Kentucky in the U.S. for an intensive year of training and development with a view to them returning to plant a church in Parramatta. They arrived back in June 2018 and began all the work of preparing for this new opportunity. An amazing and brave team has gathered around them and now they have been sent out to begin their work. Going forward, we are two churches, with one mission.