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 Senior Pastor of New Vine, Paul 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 around the Hunter, especially with his wife Vanessa and their 4 kids.

Andrew Cole


Andrew, or AJ, is passionate about helping people learn how to share their story and their faith with others. Andrew always asks great questions, challenging and encouraging people to look to Jesus and think outside themselves. With his wife Fiona, Andrew is currently on secondment at Mayfield Baptist Church as the Transitional Pastor.

Luke Reed


With a big heart for worship, Luke oversees the Music Ministry at New Vine and shapes the direction of Sunday Night services. Luke has a desire to see people living the life that Christ has called them to.

Jill Beacroft


Jill is an integral part of making New Vine run smoothly and safely. Her smiling face is often the first thing people see when they come to church or in to the office.

Dan Lee


Dan oversees New Vine Children’s Ministry for primary school-aged kids. Dan loves to see children grow into a relationship with Jesus and develop a desire to love His world.

Isaac Whiting


Isaac lives life to the full and is passionate about seeing young people grow in their faith. Overseeing New Vine's youth programs DIGG and DARE , Isaac loves the challenge of helping teenagers reach their full potential and have fun along the way.

Jodie McEwen


With a background in web, publishing and social media, Jodie oversees New Vine's digital communication and looks for ways to promote stronger connections amongst New Viners and our community.

Dave Macpherson


Dave is passionate about helping people understand who God has created them to be and helping them realise their potential and their calling in life. Dave oversees Connect Groups, Men's Ministry and pastoral care.

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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. 


With a growing congregation of 120 adults and kids, New Vine needed to move from the Regal Cinema and began meeting at the Maryland Community Centre. Stage 1 of building work started at the current Maryland site.


Our first daughter church – H2O- was planted.  We sent out a dozen people who started meeting in Thornton. GLOCAL kicked off as our response to the Great Commission, encouraging New Viners to Go, Give and Pray.


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.


Stage 3 of the building project got under way with plans for a second auditorium, more children’s spaces, a commercial kitchen and café. In October, New Vine Church celebrated their 20th birthday.


With construction on our building well under way, we launched a refreshed  vision to incorporate the future growth of our church.  With Jesus. In community. On mission.


Work continues on our building project, God continues to pour out His goodness on us and New Vine continues to grow!

Service times

We meet each Sunday at 9.30am and 6pm.
The Upper Room is held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm