St Hilary’s is a 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 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 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 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

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.


We take our mission of making, maturing and mobilising disciples of Jesus Christ seriously. We will encourage people in the Up (our relationships with God), the In (our relationships with each other), and the Out (our relationships in mission together).

Discipleship in nurtured in five ways in our Church:

  • Gathering together to praise and acknowledge God in prayer and listening to God’s word as it is read, preached and reflected upon
  • Gathering together in Site based Connect Groups as we share in mission together exercising the gifts of God’s people in mutual care, prayer and outreach
  • Sharing the gospel in a variety of ways as we build on our connections to assist people to be transformed by God’s word and grace in the power of the Holy Spirit
  • DNA Groups for mutual accountability and encouragement
  • Personal prayer and Bible reading


By 2022, the St Hilary’s aims to expand to 4 Sites with multiple services by planting in a community facility. We will establish 5 new services: 1 for children and families, 1 new Messy Church, 1 for youth and young adults, 2 with ethnic communities. The Church will experience continued growth in weekly attendance.

We will be flexible and open in our response to God’s leading and strive to play our part to extend God’s kingdom in the inner eastern and inner eastern and inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. Each Site has the support of 4 professional resource centres:

  • Business Support Services resources the areas of communications, OH&S, property, finance, child safe and professional standards. Services embraces digital innovation in order to foster community and communicate more effectively.
  • St Hilary’s Training Centre oversees volunteer training and offers targeted training to the wider church. The Centre of Excellence in Child Safe Ministry and Practice.
  • Generations oversees and coordinates our ministries and mission to children and families and youth and young adults.
  • St Hilary’s Hope supports our community care initiatives and connections.


The mission of Generations is to people aged 0-30 and their families. This includes (but is not limited to) Site based and Church wide programs, church services, socials, camps, conferences and events.

By 2022 we will have growing ministries to those aged 0-30: children and families and youth and adults. There will be up to 6 Sunday Clubs, 4 Messy Churches, 5 Playgroups and 7 Mainly Music Groups. Significant community connections with families will be evident through the Kindergarten in Mont Albert North. There will be 1 youth ministry with activities on at each Site. We will innovate new ways of connecting with non-church youth. There will be 2 Sunday evening congregations where 15 to 30 year olds have significant presence. There will be connections with local primary and secondary schools, Swinburne University and Box Hill Institute. There will be a Church wide community of 18-30 year olds. A strong culture of camps, conferences, adventure activities and retreats with growing use of Cormorant by the Lakes will continue to be a unique aspect of our Church’s life.


St Hilary’s Hope facilitates the ministries and programs that are engaged with offering care, practical help, life on life coaching and community outreach. As well as supporting Kids Hope, Prague House Fellowship, Tom’s Shed, Crossroads, and Servant’s Housing, new opportunities for care and service will be explored. By 2022 the Food Drive will be operating in 5 municipalities. Consideration will be given to establishing a Psychological service. St Hilary’s Hope will be well funded through the St Hilary’s Benevolent Fund.


St Hilary’s Training Centre will offer high quality training and resourcing in the areas of ministry, culture and mission. The Centre of Excellence in Child Safe Ministry and Practice will be established. The Centre will develop a process to envision and equip people to transition from the workforce to volunteer service both within the Church, the wider church and the wider community. The Centre will be a leader in digital training and resourcing.


Maintain quality facilities for mission and ministry at each Site. Participate in the redevelopment of the facilities at Kew and the refreshment of the facilities at Balwyn North. The facilities will enable greater community engagement through use by the wider community as well as better spaces for ministries with children and families, youth and young adults as well as St Hilary’s Training Centre and St Hilary’s Hope. Cormorant by the Lakes will continue to be developed in response to growing usage.


The St Hilary’s Church be known as a church that is over flowingly generous. As we have been blessed abundantly we will be a blessing abundantly. We will have active external Mission partnerships both overseas and in Australia in the following seven areas:

  • Student Ministry
  • Church Planting overseas, in suburban Melbourne and in rural Australia
  • Aid and Development
  • Indigenous Ministries
  • Theological Education
  • Mission and Evangelism
  • 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 Director of Business Services, Kew 6pm Minister, and Facilities Manager, having joined the staff team in March 2016.  Richard is married to Danielle and has three amazing...

Natalie Rosner

Natalie is married to Brian and has 3 adult step-children and a son Toby. Natalie is the PCTC Director and Associate Minister at Kew Site You’ll find Natalie in the...

Mark Juers

Tim Horman

Peter Shih

Evan Englezos

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...

Elizabeth Webster


Richard Bruce

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

Kate Kerr

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...

Katie Holloway

Lars Vorlicek

Jo Howlett

Melissa Horman

Lara Ruddle


Richard Bruce

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

Kate Kerr

Elizabeth Holloway

Madison Hutchinson


Tim Horman

Elizabeth Webster


(in alphabetical order)

2018 Annual Report