About Vine Church
Vine Church is all about Jesus. Our dream is to see more people worshiping Jesus in church on Sunday than at the Beresford Hotel next door on a Saturday night. Vine Church is an Anglican church in Surry Hills with a mission to connect people to the life, love and freedom Jesus offers.
The story of our church is ultimately the story of people who have experienced the life, love and freedom found in Jesus.
As a church we seek to uphold the central truths of the Christian faith. For more information about what we believe see our doctrinal statement.
If you would like to find out more about Jesus in a relaxed atmosphere, we invite you to explore answers to life’s big questions. Sceptics are welcome.
Our Staff Team
We have an amazing team of godly leaders who are passionate about helping people connect to the life, love and freedom Jesus offers. They have a massive heart for God and people which resonates in everything they do.
Assistant Minister Magnification and Membership
Grant van der Merwe
Maturity & Mission
Lauren van der Merwe
Ministry & Special Events
Children's Ministry Director
Bread of Life Director
Ministry Operations Director
Affiliation and governance
Vine Church started in 2011 as a new Anglican church in the city helping people who wouldn’t normally go to church understand the relevance of Jesus to their lives. In August 2015 our Lead Pastor, Toby Neal, was invited to become the Lead Pastor of St Michael’s Anglican Church, the oldest church in Surry Hills. Toby accepted this position because he could see the enormous opportunities of bringing together all the people and resources of both churches under one mission to reach the city.
The financial management of Vine Church is overseen by Wardens and a Parish Council. These groups are chaired by the Lead Pastor (Toby Neal), and made up of two wardens and three parish councillors. These groups ensure the property and finances of the church are well managed and that any governance matters are dealt with in an ethical way. Members of the church are invited and should get in contact with one of the wardens if they would like to discuss any matters pertaining to the governance of the church.
The spiritual leadership of Vine Church is conducted by three groups: staff, ministry team leaders and community group leaders. Both these groups meet regularly during the year to plan how we will achieve our mission and care for those in our church. These groups are a mix of men and women who love Jesus and committed to the vision of Vine Church.
Ordinary people, with an extra-ordinary God.
Meet some of the people at Vine Church and hear their stories.