About Us

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Our Story

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.

 
 

Our Leaders

Our Pastor

Riley Spring is the Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church Parramatta. He is married to Maddison (Maddie), and together they have Evie (6), Jasper (4) and just before the end of 2018 God blessed them with their third, Judah! They have been married for 8 years after falling in love at their local High School in the Sutherland Shire. Riley studied a Bachelor of Economics and completed a Grad Dip in Secondary Education and then worked as a Christian Studies Teacher/Youth Worker at Barker College. Maddie completed a Primary Education degree before having kids and is now at home caring for them. They have just moved to Northmead and are excited and daunted about what God is calling them to do in Parramatta but are trusting God to help them walk by faith and not by sight.

You can listen to some of Riley’s sermons here and here

Our Core Team

We are blessed to have gifted and godly men join Riley in helping to lead our church in differing spheres and capacities. The Core Team is made up of Adam Camm (Ministry Intern), Arbie Magno, Henry Burnett, and Richard Song.

 
 
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Our Mission

We are followers of Jesus who are passionate about

knowing, applying and proclaiming the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ

in Parramatta and to the ends of the earth

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Our Beliefs

We are followers of Jesus who have come to love and treasure the Bible, God’s word. From the Bible we have developed these core beliefs and values, which structure and shape how we live as a community and within our family of churches, Sovereign Grace Churches.

 

1. We are Reformed

Scripture presents the all-glorious, triune God as the source and end of all things, sovereignly working all things according to His will, including our salvation, to display His immeasurable grace and glory (Ephesians 1:3-14). God’s sovereign grace in salvation humbles us, fills us with gratitude, and compels us to worship Him and share the message of His grace with all people. We join in the Reformation heritage, believing the Bible is the true word of God, revealing that salvation is in Christ alone, through faith alone, by grace alone, to the glory of God alone.

2. We are Gospel-Centred

We believe that the gospel - the good news of God’s saving activity in Jesus Christ - is the pinnacle of His redemptive acts, the centre of the Bible’s story, and the essential message for our faith, life, and witness (1 Cor. 15:1-5). We are committed to preaching the gospel, singing the gospel, praying the gospel, and building our church upon the gospel. Our ultimate hope in all that we do is not our plans and labours, but the perfect life, substitutionary death, victorious resurrection, and glorious ascension of Jesus Christ.

3. We are Continuationist

With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God’s purpose to dwell among His people entered a new era (Acts 2:1-21). We believe the Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with increased power for the Christian life and witness, including the giving of His supernatural gifts for the building up of the church and for various works of ministry in the world.  

 

4. We are Relational

We believe that the unity for which Jesus prayed among His people should find concrete expression among believers and churches (John 13:34-35, 17:20-26). To that end, we’re truly committed to "doing life" together as family. From our weekly service and Gospel Communities, to our annual retreat, we want to be a Church which does not just hear the word but applies it in our lives together.

5. We are Missional

Our gospel-centrality entails not only treasuring the gospel personally but sharing it passionately. The risen Christ commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). We believe that commission falls to us and to all believers, and so we are eager to pursue this mission, relying fully on the Holy Spirit, to see the gospel proclaimed, lives changed, and more churches planted throughout the world, so that God may be glorified among every tribe, language, people, and nation.

 
 

Our City

People are often interested why we are planting in Parramatta, here are two big reasons:

Growth + Opportunity

Parramatta is one of the fastest growing areas in Sydney and is planned to be the “Central City” of Sydney, and a gateway to Western Sydney. As migrants move in from overseas, businesses relocate, and transport infrastructure is developed, the landscape, population and culture of Parramatta is shifting and changing. And in all this, there are increasing needs for people to hear the gospel and become followers of Jesus. We want to plant the gospel in this city, joining with the many faithful and fruitful churches that were here before us, so that we can see more and more hearts, families, and generations given new life in Christ.

Proximity to our Sending Church

We want to build a family of churches who are united in mission and vision as we try and reach our city for Christ. Though we are small, we hope that by God’s grace and interdependent partnership we can keep planting and growing many more faithful Sovereign Grace Churches in our city and across Australia.

 

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