Hunter Christian Church (HCC) began in 1981 in response to a vision given by God to a number of people in a local Uniting Church. The original name adopted by the group was “The Covenant Community Church of Jesus Christ”. The founding pastor was the Reverend Fred Warton and Pam Warton, who ministered from 1981 until 1987. During this time the church established itself and began to grow through such activities as Sunday worship, home fellowship groups and youth and children’s ministry.
In 1988 Tom Markotanyos took up the role of Senior Pastor. Shortly afterwards, the church changed its name to “Hunter Christian Community Church” as it was felt that this name was a simpler expression of the church’s ministry and location.
Between 1981 and 1991 the church worshipped in a number of venues including a function centre, schools and various church premises. In 1991 our present property on some 8,000 square metres at 20a Hillcrest Parade, Highfields was purchased (formerly Adamstown Heights Infants School). The existing school buildings were altered to provide a worship centre, office facilities and areas for children’s ministry. These buildings were extended and modified during 2003.
In 1997 Garry Fall and his wife Siv became Senior Pastor. It was during this time that the church name was further simplified to it’s current “Hunter Christian Church”. Pastor Garry ministered until September 2005. Over this period the church experienced continued growth, partnered in church planting, extended further into overseas missions and supported the establishment of the Newcastle Healing Rooms Inc, a multi-denominational ministry using the HCC premises.
In March 2007 Pastor Greg Campion became Senior Pastor, ably assisted by his wife Amanda. The Campion’s moved from the Central Coast with their 5 children and have led the church into further growth with many youth and young families calling HCC home. During 2011 a major extension and renovation of the facility took place. The renovation included a Ministry Centre suitable for multiple functions with high quality sound and data projection, in air-conditioned comfort. The Church is now reaching into the community through several initiatives in the local public school. Outreach to other nations has also grown, with teams ministering to people in many countries of the world.
Late 2007 saw the church align with Crosslink Christian Network Australia; a nationwide connection of like-hearted churches, under the leadership of Brian Medway of Grace Church in Canberra.
Throughout its history, HCC has maintained an ongoing fellowship with a number of churches in the Newcastle area as part of our desire to foster unity within the Body of Christ and to build God’s kingdom in the area.