St Hilary’s is a network church currently consisting of three Sites. We are an Evangelical Anglican church and part of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. We are a diverse community of people incorporating all ages and stages of life.

As a community we want to live out our mission to make, mature and mobilise disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to get more involved with any aspect of our church’s life, you can find out more about Connect Groups, Volunteering and Giving here on our website.

If you want to know more, or have any further questions, you can contact us.

There’s a place for everyone at St Hilary’s, whatever stage you’re at, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our Sunday Services soon.

What we believe

St Hilary’s upholds the fundamental truths of the Christian faith laid out in the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Our Heritage

The St Hilary’s Network is an evangelical Anglican church that is known for thoughtful and creative cultural engagement, and a willingness to embrace new and innovative modes of ministry. We have a passion for mission, evangelism and church planting. We have a commitment to affirming women and men who are innovative, Kingdom-minded leaders equipped to serve Christ in the church and in the world. The St Hilary’s Network is open to taking faithful risks and giving generously to see the Gospel proclaimed and new disciples made in Melbourne, Australia and around the world.

Our Calling

Empowered and led by the Holy Spirit, God has called our church to minister and to bless in the areas of biblical preaching, inspiring worship, mutual care, grass roots connections and outreach, cross generational community and growing ethnic diversity. A hallmark of our church continues to be excellence in ministries with children and families, and youth and young adults in a safe environment. We are developing new ministries for mature adults as they move from work to volunteer engagement and as we support the growing number of seniors both in our church and community. Discipleship is at the heart of who we are and we seek to adapt and change as we live out our specific vision, purpose, and identity.

Governing Documents

The Parish Governance Act
Parish Rules

Our Core Values

These are the values that define us


We are biblical, prayerful, holistic and empowered by the Holy Spirit in all of our lives.


We are connected in caring and transforming communities.


We are generous, deliberate and self-sacrificial with our duties and resources.


We are servant leaders, joining in God’s mission by being contextual, agile, enabling and mobilising.

Our Vision for the next 5 years

Our Vision as a church is to transform lives and communities as we share the love of God through the love of God’s people.

We seek to fulfil this vision through the following strategic areas.

Our mission of making, maturing and mobilising disciples of Jesus Christ is the heart of who we are. We aspire to be part of a Spirit led movement, transforming lives and communities as the love of God is shared by the love of God’s people.
We actively encourage all of our people in every age and stage in the Up (our relationship with God), the In (our relationships of mutual care and encouragement with each other), and the Out (our relationships in mission and evangelism together).
In our Network Church, we nurture Discipleship in four ways:

  • We join together in worship to praise and acknowledge our great God in prayer and song. We hear and respond to His Word as it is read, preached and applied, and also by sharing in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • We meet together in Connect Groups to foster our relationship with Jesus, each other, our community and city. Each Connect Group will seek the Spirit’s leading to participate in an area of Mission. We will strive to share the gospel in a variety of ways and lead people to be transformed by God’s word and grace in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will pray and support each other in our witness in all of our lives. There will be an increasing number of cross generational groups.
  • We are part of DNA (Discover, Nurture, Act) Groups of three or four people, for mutual encouragement, accountability and prayer.
  • We actively support the daily practice of Bible reading, meditation and prayer.
We will be flexible and open in our response to God’s leading and strive to play our part to extend God’s kingdom by continuing to be a planting church. By 2022, we will have four Sites with multiple Services.

We will establish up to three new Services – one for children and families at a new Site, one with a cross cultural focus at St Augustine’s and one Network wide, midweek service for our more mature members. The Network will experience continued growth in weekly attendance, especially as our renovated facilities become available.
Each Site will be actively supported by the five specialist resource centres of the St Hilary’s Network:

  • Support Services enables the Network vision in the areas of communications, music and creative ministries, OH&S, property, finance, professional standards and ongoing digital innovation.
  • The Peter Corney Training Centre oversees Network training and the support of volunteers, as well as offering targeted training to the wider church.
  • Generations Ministries oversees and coordinates our ministries and mission to children and families, youth and young adults, as well as our camping ministries. Generations also implements and manages all child safe policies and procedures.
  • St Hilary’s Hope facilitates our community care initiatives, connections and the Annual Food Drive.
  • Prime offers active support and encouragement for those moving to retirement and for the growing number of seniors in our church and the wider community.
The mission of Generations is to people aged 0-30 and their families. This includes (but is not limited to) Site based and Network wide programs, church services, socials, camps, conferences and events.

By 2022 we will have up to five Sunday Clubs and three Messy Church services, as well as multiple Playgroups and Mainly Music Groups across the Network. We will make significant community connections with families through the Kindergarten in Mont Albert North and potentially through the Early Learning Centre in Kew. We will continue to innovate new ways of connecting with non-church children and families by growing our cross generational Connect Groups and implementing new models of holiday outreach.

We will have one youth ministry, with activities taking place across the Network and we will initiate new ways of connecting with non-church youth. We will have two Sunday evening services, where 12-30 year olds have significant presence. We will make connections with local primary and secondary schools, Swinburne University, and Box Hill Institute.

We will continue our strong culture of camps, conferences, adventure activities and retreats, encouraging the growing use of our Gippsland campsite – Cormorant by the Lakes.

We will seek to envision and equip people to transition from the workforce into volunteer service within the Network and in the wider church and community.

We will develop pastoral teams to offer active support and practical love to our growing number of more mature members. A Network wide, midweek service for our more mature members will be developed by 2018. There will be an increasing number of cross generational Connect Groups.

Our ministries and programs of care, practical help, life on life coaching and community outreach will be enabled through St Hilary’s Hope.

We will continue to support the Coach Program, Kids Hope, Prague House Fellowship, Tom’s Shed, Crossroads, and local community housing, as well as exploring new opportunities for care and service. By 2022, the Food Drive will be operating in up to ten municipalities. Consideration will be given to establishing an integrated community services hub encompassing allied health and an Early Learning Centre. St Hilary’s Hope will continue to be half funded through the St Hilary’s Hope Benevolent Fund.

The Peter Corney Training Centre will work in collaboration with the Site Coordinating Ministers and Department Directors to train and equip our volunteers and support the growth of our volunteer engagement at every level.

The Peter Corney Training Centre will also offer targeted training to the wider church and be a leader in digital training and resourcing. Leadership Development Courses will be run each year, so that we have a continuous process of raising up and equipping leaders for service in our church and beyond.

We will make full use of the renovated and refurbished facilities at Kew, North Balwyn, and Mont Albert North, funded through the generous contributions of God’s people. These facilities will enable greater community engagement as well as better spaces for ministry through Generations, Prime, the Peter Corney Training Centre and St Hilary’s Hope. Cormorant by the Lakes will continue to be developed in response to growing usage.
We will be known as a church that is overflowing with generosity.

As we have been blessed abundantly, so we will increasingly be a blessing to many others. We will actively support our Mission Partners – both overseas and in Australia – in the following areas:

  • Student Ministry
  • Church Planting: overseas, in suburban Melbourne, and in rural Australia
  • Mission and Evangelism
  • Theological Education
  • Indigenous Ministries
  • Aid and Development
  • Mission Support and Promotion

Our Staff Team


Bishop Stephen Hale

Stephen is married to Karen and they have two adult children, James & Kate. Stephen has been the Lead Minister at St Hilary’s since 2009 having left his post as...

Richard Bruce

Richard is the Generations Director, Kew 6pm Minister, Facilities Manager and the Director of Support Services, having joined the staff team in March 2016.  Richard is married to Danielle and...

Mark Juers

Tim Horman

Joseph Shih

Joseph is married to Mary and they have three adult sons. Joseph and Mary oversee the Mandarin Congregation at St Silas together. They generally work from home so are best...

Mary Shih

Mary is married to Joseph and they have three adult sons. Joseph and Mary oversee the Mandarin Congregation at St Silas together. They generally work from home so are best...

Peter Shih

Evan Englezos


Richard Bruce

Richard is the Generations Director, Kew 6pm Minister, Facilities Manager and the Director of Support Services, having joined the staff team in March 2016.  Richard is married to Danielle and...

Amanda Lincke

Amanda is married to Karl and has two daughters, Bella and Charlotte. Amanda joined us at the start of 2015 and oversees all of our Children & Families Ministry. You’ll...

Natalie Rosner

Natalie is married to Brian and has 3 adult step-children and a son Toby. Natalie oversees the Children and Families Ministry at St Silas. You’ll find Natalie in the office...

Kate Kerr

Rachel Lynar


Richard Bruce

Richard is the Generations Director, Kew 6pm Minister, Facilities Manager and the Director of Support Services, having joined the staff team in March 2016.  Richard is married to Danielle and...

Andrew Kerr

Elizabeth Holloway


Tim Horman


(in alphabetical order)

Matthew Crichton

Simon Mackey

Marissa Mills

Peter Milne

Lara Ruddle

Penny Van den Berg

2017 Annual Report

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