The church on the hill since 1903.

Who we are

Northern Life Baptist Church have represented Jesus in the Hornsby area of Sydney’s North Shore since 1903. Formerly known as Hornsby Baptist Church, this church on the hill is one of Sydney’s oldest Baptist churches. In late 2019 we moved into our new 5-storey Ministry Centre on the corner of College Crescent and Pretoria Parade in the heart of Hornsby.

Our people embody the diversity of Hornsby; We are a church of many backgrounds, languages, experiences and giftings—all united by Jesus’ name.

We meet for weekly church services in person (at the Ministry Centre) and online. Join us on Sundays at 9:30am and 6pm at

Our Mission

Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples.

Our Values

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Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples.

Known & Loved

Jesus is Worth It

God Speaks We Listen

His Grace is Enough

Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples.

Life Matters

Canvas of Colour

Find Out Help Out

Prayer Has Power

Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples.

Gospel Grounded

Life Learners

Coaching Community

Sent Senders

Our Staff

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Jonathan Shanks


Jonathan came to Northern Life as Senior Pastor in 2015. He is passionate about teaching the Bible and seeing the Church grow to become all she can be in Christ.

Rachel Li


Rachel has been on staff at Northern Life since 2015, firstly as Youth Pastor and since 2019 as Kids & Youth Pastor. She loves to see young people grow in relationship with Jesus.

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Virginia Mathews


Virginia joined the Northern Life team in 2019 after a fulfilling career in education. She has a heart for loving people and caring for their needs in Jesus’ name.

Benjamin Shanks


Benjamin became Student Pastor in 2020 when he started studying Ministry at Morling College. He loves using music and design to serve the Church.

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