About us

New Vine's Vision
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Imagine a Church where people from all walks of life can come as they are, and discover the fullness of life that Jesus came to give. A Church where people are wholeheartedly following Jesus in every area of their lives. Where people are relying upon the power of prayer, the timeless truths of the Bible and the enabling of the Holy Spirit to shape the way they think and act.

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Imagine a Church where friends become family, and every one in the family is cared for. A Church where the hurting find healing, the lonely find love and the guilty find grace. Where people are encouraged to reach their God-given potential and purpose, generously giving themselves and their resources in joyful worship of God and service of others.

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Imagine a Church that is reaching people locally and globally with the Good News of Jesus. A Church committed to making disciples, developing leaders and planting churches that influence communities, cities and nations. Where people are passionate about experiencing and extending the Kingdom of God in naturally supernatural ways.

Imagine that Church is New Vine Church. A Church taking bold steps of faith in response to God’s leading, believing that He will do even more than we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).

Our Staff

Paul Whiting


Co-founder and Newvine Network Pastor, Paul Whiting is a born and bred Novocastrian with a passion to see people experience fullness of life in Jesus. With an easygoing nature and a fondness for Hawaiian shirts, Paul relishes time at the beach and in the bush! Paul is now moving into a role of oversight among our network of churches and bring teaching in our services, and our Bible College hub.

Andrew Cole


Co-founder and Pastor Andrew Cole- or Aj- is passionate about teaching people to share their faith story. Andrew likes to ask a quirky question or challenge people to look to Jesus and think outside themselves. He loves the Abiding Life message, creation, cricket and backgammon! He is often seen riding around 2287 on his scooter. Currently Aj oversees our staff, safety team, and the continued development of the Maryland site.

Luke Reed


Luke oversees the services and creative ministry at New Vine, and works alongside Aj to bring leadership to our ministry at Maryland. With a big heart for worship, Luke has also been known to write a song or two! He shapes our creative direction the planning of our services. Luke has a desire to see people living the life that Christ has called them to. He is a key person for us in ministry to young families.

Jill Beacroft


Jill's smiling face is often the first thing people see when they come to New Vine or in to the office. With a gift for inspiring people and teams, she is often the engine room in event planning and caring for people, Jill plays an integral part in helping New Vine run smoothly, and often helping people to discover who they are in Christ as an Abiding Life practitioner.

Caleb Cugley

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Caleb has recently commenced in overseeing New Vine Children’s Ministry. He is passionate about seeing kids grow into a relationship with Jesus and to develop a desire to love His world. As a teacher in training he brings enthusiasm and creativity to all his ministry with children.

Isaac Whiting


Isaac lives life to the full, loves 4wd and all things beach! He is passionate about seeing young people grow in their faith. New Vine's youth programs sit under Isaac's direction and he loves the challenge of helping teenagers discover new things. He also oversees our ministry to young adults and is a key driver for our PM service, on Sundays, which has a very strong youth and young adult focus.

Dave Macpherson


Dave is passionate about helping people realise their potential and calling in life. He oversees our Men's Ministry and Pastoral Care and has a real passion for prayer. Dave is a massive fan of Life Groups and is a key figure in our Alpha programs. He loves to see people gain a fresh revelation and empowering from the Holy Spirit!

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Our Story


New Vine started in October 1995, the result of a church planting partnership by Victory Baptist Church and Hunter Christian Community Church. Paul Whiting (Victory) and Andrew Cole (Hunter) wanted to plant a church in the western suburbs of Newcastle. The brand new New Vine Church of 30- 15 adults and 15 kids- started meeting in the Regal Cinema at Birmingham Gardens. 


New Vine affiliates as a Baptist Church in NSW and soon after begins looking for a more permanent home in the new suburban area emerging around Maryland.


With a growing congregation of 120 adults and kids, and a vision to establish a permanent presence in Maryland, New Vine moves from the Regal Cinema, begins meeting at the Maryland Community Centre, and Stage 1 of building work started at the current Maryland site.


GLOCAL is launched as our response to the Great Commission, encouraging New Viners to Go, Give and Pray. And in the next couple of years our first daughter church – H2O- was planted.  We sent out a dozen people who started meeting in Thornton.


Stage 2 of the building project kicked off at the current Maryland site, with new rooms and facilities for kids and admin. We sent our first team of volunteers over to Vanuatu, to partner with Christian Community Schools Vanuatu, to help build school buildings.


New Vine Lakes church was planted, with Steve and Liz Troyer and 40 people pioneering a new church around Lake Macquarie, meeting in Eleebana Public School.


Amanda Francis stepped out and planted New Vine Vineyards church. A small group of Cessnock locals start meeting in The Potters Brewery in Nulkaba, (and now weekly on Sundays in the Nulkaba Public School).


Stage 3 of the Maryland building project got under way with us seeking to develop better children’s ministry spaces, and also work towards a commercial kitchen and café space.

In October, New Vine Church celebrated their 20th birthday!


After 20 years our vision statement had served us well, but it was time to launch a refreshed expression of it. The vision that we now continue towards-

“With Jesus. In community. On mission.”


New Vine Beaches, as a weekly Sunday afternoon service, is launched at Dudley Public School.

And with the ongoing efforts of a great team of volunteers, at Maryland, we commission three new kids’ spaces for use each week.


In January we launched Vintage New Vine, a fortnightly midweek congregation and worship. And during the year saw many things completed in our building project. The foyer area now functioning well and rejigging of our children’s ministry rooms with purpose built rooms for the various ages and the new “heroes room”, a place for children with various special needs to be able to “reset” when needed.


As we set off into 2020 we look forward to the challenges and opportunities. With some changes on staff, a new focus for the year “going after the one” and plans to complete both the commercial kitchen and the children’s playground. It promises to be a great year of trusting God for His empowering and provision!

Service times at Maryland

Sunday’s- weekly at 9.30am and 6pm.

Upper Room- first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm   

Vintage New Vine- 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 9.30am