Every country has a story. Every family has a story. Every person has a story.
Indeed history itself is merely a story! What holds it all together? What is the "big idea" behind it all? Where is God in what has happened?
History has been described as "His story" and we engage with God's story in many ways. The Bible tells his story, unfortunately in homes on the Gold Coast and across Australia, Bible's sit collecting dust on a shelf rather than being read and discussed as a way of understanding and embracing life at its best.
The Story is a series to help us get the Bible as a whole. Taking big steps CrossLife will go through the whole Bible and let it sink into our hearts and lives. There is no better way to find life. Come and learn and live as we go through The Story.
Listen & access resources
As we make our way through The Story, we will be adding sermons and associated resources to our Media Library.
CrossLife – a baptist church (CrossLife), is a multi-site baptist church in the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. CrossLife is a member church of Queensland Baptists, the Baptist Union of Queensland.
CrossLife was formed in March 2012 when Southport Baptist Church and Helensvale & District Baptist Church came together. Helensvale was started in 1987, and Southport in 1961. They have a long standing presence in their local communities. The formation of CrossLife was prompted by the desire of both churches to see new churches planted on the northern Gold Coast, one of Australia’s fastest growing areas. This desire was reflected in January 2013 when the third CrossLife campus, Highland Reserve, started operating at our new “Lakeside” community node at Stockland’s Highland Reserve Development in Upper Coomera.
CrossLife is a church that engages with its communities in various ways, not merely by church services, youth programmes and small groups; for example, Crossroads, a disabled programme at Helensvale, teaching English at Southport, and through our community node at Highland Reserve. In particular, we have strong connections with the families in our communities through our Young Discoverers child care services and other activities and ministries toward children and families. We are keen to see these pathways into the community become pathways for these children and their families to meet and find life forever in the Lord Jesus and the gospel.
In 2014, there are over 670 children and adults across the three CrossLife campuses with 227 members. These people of CrossLife come from the region of the northern Gold Coast, centred upon its immediate suburbs, a region typical of Australian middle suburbia. The region has both blue and white collar workers, young families, retirees, and families with teenagers. The state and private schools around us are among the largest in Queensland. There are high income earners, and low income earners, employed and unemployed throughout our catchment area. Further residential and commercial development in the years ahead promises the broad flavour of the region will continue, in particular in the Gold Coast northern growth corridor between Helensvale and Beenleigh where it is expected a further 200,000 will move before 2030.
Our ministry team
CrossLife’s Ministry Team Staff is centred in the four areas of the church as follows:
Overall CrossLife team
Matt Hunt (Lead Pastor)
Ian Lumb (Strategy & Development)
Dean Herring (Children’s Team Pastor)
Stu Quarterman (Campus Pastor)
Aaron Fozzard (Youth Pastor)
Simone Herring (Crossroads Deputy Director)
Zea Eagle (Counselling Pastor)
Nan Burnett (Young Discoverers Chaplain)
Jimmy Hill (Campus Pastor)
Max Warmington (Community Pastor)
Highland Reserve Campus
Stefan Maslen (Campus Pastor)
Lisa Lester (Young Discoverers Chaplain)
2014 Annual Report
Our commitment to serve and develop our surrounding communities on the Gold Coast led us to develop and manage the Highland Reserve Community Node at Upper Coomera in partnership with Stockland and Queensland Baptist. Here we are providing space for our Young Discoverers Long Day Care centre, a small 60n place community centre, and four community retail spaces. The node is a great partner to the park and is situated overlooking the Highland Reserve lake.
The node provides more than just services though. It is a community space with a heart for people so the whole community can benefit from a church serving its people in a variety of ways. We want to provide a haven of rest in the midst of a busy world! We imagine a place where the whole community together, businesses, the school, church and other community groups work together in a safe environment to help one another. A healthy vibrant community is good for business and good for families. And we believe it is just the sort of communities God had in mind, and the Lord Jesus wants to see blossom and grow all the more. Working alongside our new Highland Reserve CrossLife campus, we look forward to this vision becoming a reality.
At Highland Reserve, CrossLife is making its next step in helping the Gold Coast develop healthy vibrant communities where kids grow up safely and families thrive together. And behind it all in us is the Lord Jesus and His grace, strength and purpose.
Visit one of our campuses
Originally started as Helensvale and District Baptist Church in 1987, our Helensvale campus has a long history of serving the Helensvale community relationally, spiritually and in practical ways.
Service Times & Location
Sunday: 7.45am & 9.30am, Friday: 7.00pm
23 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
Beginning as Southport Baptist Church in the late 1950's, our Southport campus has been at the heart of the growth of Southport over many years and is looking forward to more of the same in the years ahead.
Service Times & Location
170 Nerang Street, Southport
This is our new CrossLife Highland Reserve campus. CrossLife has been part of the early development of Highland Reserve and its presence is centred at the new Community node, a brand new venture in church planting.
Service Times & Location
Sunday: 9:00am (in the community space)
25 Rose Valley Drive, Upper Coomera
Meet our friendly pastoral staff
Matt is our Lead Pastor. Matt used to be a lawyer and loves talking and writing lots! He has followed Jesus since 1975.
Helensvale Campus Pastor
Stu is our Campus Pastor at Helensvale. Stu was a teacher and loves running marathons. He started following Jesus in 1994.
Southport Campus Pastor
Jim is our Campus Pastor at Southport. Jim used to work in Human Resources, and loves watching AFL. He started following Jesus as a teenager.
Highland Reserve Campus Pastor
Stef is our Campus Pastor at Highland Reserve. Stef has worked in retail, now he loves introducing people to Jesus, whom he has followed since 1992.