Living Faith Church

We are a community of diverse people doing our best to live a life grounded in the love of Jesus and his teachings. We seek to be a positive presence in our workplaces and neighbourhoods, and bring the hope of Christ into our real life. We are formed by the cooperation of the Uniting Church and Church of Christ in Greensborough, with the belief that we can do more for Jesus together than we could apart.

Worship helps us to engage with God’s story of love, challenging us to grow as people. Our relationships with one another help us to go deeper and see the love of Jesus as it has formed and transformed others. Serving helps us to see God’s Spirit at work in the world, and join in with the opportunities to love all people as God has loved us.

Here are some heartfelt words from our church community in early 2024 expressing what they enjoy about being part of Living Faith Church . . .

  • “The strong feeling of welcome and acceptance of all”
  • “Knowing that we reach out to our local community”
  • “Gathering in Life Groups - it is a joy and a support”
  • “Knowing we are from different denominational backgrounds yet united in our common love for Our Lord is very powerful”
  • “Seeing the compassionate heart for people in need”
  • “Being part of a big group and developing friendships”
  • “There's a real sense of care” 
  • “Knowing that people will pray for you if you need it”
  • “Worshipping together – Friends, Inclusivity, Social justice, Relaxed atmosphere”
  • “Scripture-based services”
  • “The reflective and uplifting message that is part of our weekly worship service”
  • “Knowing that as a member of this congregation, I am loved, accepted, and upheld in prayer”
  • “The interactions and connections between generations”

A short history of the Greensborough Regional Church of Christ

In the early 1960s, the Ivanhoe church (now part of Northern Community Church) felt the need for another church between the Ivanhoe and Hurstbridge churches. For its first few years, the Briar Hill church, as it was then, was an offshoot of the Ivanhoe church, with its finances part of the Ivanhoe budget and a shared ministry and membership.

In 1964, the Ivanhoe church borrowed $7,000 for the land on Lorraine Drive.

On 5th of December 1965, the Briar Hill church's first service and the building's opening occurred.  A.B. Withers preached the sermon at the opening service. He was the minister at Northcote, and later provided some pastoral support when the church was between ministerial appointments.

In 1969, another $1,400 and $20,00 were borrowed to build the road and church, respectively. 

There were 45 people listed as having membership in the church. Three of them are members today.

One of the members read one of the readings at the first service and at the 21st Anniversary service. Some other current members joined the church very early. As the church grew, it gradually distanced itself from its close ties with Ivanhoe. 

In 1969, full independence was achieved, with a membership of about 80 and a full-time minister.

In addition to Ivanhoe, there was support from another 8 churches: Fairfield, Fitzroy North, Hurstbridge, Northcote, Preston, Preston East, Preston West, Thornbury and Reservoir. The furnishing of the original church was financed from funds from the then-defunct Northcote East church.

The initial ministry was from Ed Roffey, the minister at Ivanhoe, with assistance from Barry Jenkins, a student with the College of the Bible.

In 1982, Warren Hamilton was the part-time minister, but soon after, the church moved back to a full-time minister with the assistance of the Conference.  Louis van Laar was appointed, and George Warren, separated by a couple of interim ministries, followed him.

In 1982, the building extensions were opened.

In 1998, Pastor Adrian Clark was appointed as a full-time minister.

The Church board was concerned about the church’s future and decided to explore the prospect of establishing co-operation with another church.

In 2003, Adrian spoke with Rev. Lynden Broadstock, the Greensborough Uniting Church minister, and raised the issue of establishing a cooperating church.

A short history of the Greensborough Uniting Church 

The Greensborough congregation was a Methodist Church established in 1850.

A group of people met at Mr. James Mayger’s property in Greensborough to establish a Methodist congregation in the area. 

In 1859, the barn was the worship centre where the Church first met and worshipped. A weatherboard building was built on Hailes Street, but it was demolished when the railway line was built. 

In 1872, a brick Church was built on Main Street where it remained in use until 1966, when the church relocated to its present site at 37 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough.

The buildings were officially opened on 5th February 1966.

In 1972, the church became a UNITED Church when the local Presbyterian Church, St. David’s, joined. 

In 1977, the church became part of The Uniting Church in Australia at Union.

In 1989, the Church, led by Rev. Peter Robson, was instrumental in founding The Greensborough Inter Church Council. 

In 2003, Rev. Lynden Broadstock presented the idea of co-operation with the Greensborough Regional Church of Christ.

In 2004, the Church was renovated and upgraded to facilitate the use of the building by people with disabilities.

Conversations were started with the Church of Christ about the possibility of forming co-operation. The congregation at all age levels were involved in discussions about how they felt about the idea.

Anyone who was interested was invited to a series of workshops with the Church of Christ congregation to work out an agreement that could be put to both Congregations. Every aspect of Church life was discussed.

We worshipped together on a few planned occasions at both the Uniting Church in Australia site and the Church of Christ site, so that people would get to know one another.

After three years of discussions and negotiations, the decision was made to join together as a co-operating church,

In June 2006, both churches met together at Grimshaw Street as one congregation.

The Church of Christ property in Briar Hill was sold.

The slogan, “We can do more together for the mission of Jesus than we can do apart”, was adopted.

A one-day seminar was held, inviting anyone who wanted to attend, to work out our CORE VALUES.

Living Faith Church was formed

In 2012, everyone was involved in all deliberations to arrive at a consensus on all issues.

The congregation, Church of Christ Conference and the Uniting Church in Australia Presbytery of Yarra Yarra ratified our Co-operating agreement. 

Deliberations took place about a name for our Church.

“Living Faith Church. The Uniting Church and Church of Christ in Greensborough” was the name chosen by popular vote.

We operate as ONE Congregation with ONE Church Council of Elders, ONE Uniting Church in Australia minister and ONE Church of Christ minister.  We operate ONE bank account but support both denominations through Presbytery Mission & Service Fund and Church of Christ Affiliation Fund.

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About Us

Get to Know Us

With our vision of seeing 'Everyone Closer to God,' we are intentional about creating an environment where 'we'll become more like Jesus together'. Our dedicated members are committed to contributing to this vision. Motivated by Christ, we join God in actively showing love, living out God’s call to Justice and using our gifts for God’s purpose.

Kate Clough - Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministry

My family and I have been worshipping at Living Faith Church (LFC) since 2013. However, my pathway to the Family, Youth and Young Adults Coordinator at LFC began in 2015 when at a silent retreat God clearly advised me to make a career change. I was to turn away from full time public service and move towards a more “Family Friendly” career path. This advice has served me well through many changes and decisions during the following years, and although I have at times prayed for more or new advice, Gods words have remained the same.

In March 2021, initiated by the struggles of COVID and home schooling, and guided by the foundations of my family friendly focus, I resigned from my role overseeing mental health and alcohol and drug support services in Northeast Melbourne. Soon after, a member of my bible study group casually suggested I consider applying to become the family minister my church was looking for. Although I laughed at the time, a few days later I reached out for a position description. I soon felt God help me understand a more expansive definition of “family” to include not just my family at home but my faith family.

After realising this expanded definition, the flood gates opened and I was motivated by many ideas and plans for Living Faith Church families, young people and the local community in general. I now see abundant opportunities to use my experiences in the Child Protection, Advocacy, Justice, and Mental Health sectors to encourage intergenerational cohorts in our community.

As an Accredited Church of Christ Pastor and soon to complete the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministries at the University of Divinity, I work 2 days a week in team ministry with Pastor Ellen Grabner. I believe that to provide for my family at home and my faith family through this ministry is a blessing.

Alistair Clough - Elder & Chair of Church Council

The Church Council is an oversight body responsible for the overall vision and the smooth coordination of Living Faith Church’s Ministry Groups and teams. We maintain and balance Living Faith Church's commitments to:

- The congregation of Living Faith Church;

- The Uniting Church of Australia;

- The Churches of Christ Victoria and Tasmania; and

- Australia’s state and federal legislation

Church Council’s primary responsibility is listening to God and communicating their vision to the Living Faith Church community, what we call spiritual oversight. This is only achievable with the support and cooperation of the wider church body.

As Chair of Church Council, I have been encouraged by the faithful engagement of our members in the life and upkeep of Living Faith Church. I am especially focussed on the full participation of our community in the Kingdom of God. It is important to me that all of us are enabled to hear and respond to the call of God. I do not feel alone in this love.

I am reminded of the parable of the Sower and how even rocks and thorns provide space for necessary diversity while trodden paths provide access and safety. Over all of this is the Farmer who loves us and knows their craft. Every one of you is important and loved.

Loris McLean - Elder & Deputy Chair of Church Council

I joined the Eldership group around the time Living Faith Church was formed, and apart from one short break for a couple of years, I have been an Elder since then. My current role as Deputy Chair of Church Council involves supporting the Chairperson and acting as Chair when they are unable to fulfil their role. My background includes coming to faith in Jesus as a teenager and being part of a local Church of Christ all my life.

I am committed to helping the functioning of a healthy local church community through Eldership because of what I have received from my local church: encouragement, a sense of belonging, and support through times of personal need. I hope Living Faith Church can provide these same gifts to our current and future members.

Bruce Hill - Elder & Administration Ministry Group Co-ordinator

A committed Christian, I became a member of Living Faith Church in 2012 when my Bellevue Ave Rosanna congregation closed. I have been an Elder at Living Faith Church for the last 5 years, and am the Co-ordinator of the Administration Ministry Group. I am a recognised Uniting Church Lay Preacher and represent Living Faith Church when conducting worship and preaching at other Uniting Church of Australia congregations around Victoria. I am the Synod Vic-Tas Travelling Lay Preacher Co-ordinator and Chair of the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra Lay Preachers’ Committee. I enjoy attending the Wednesday Evening Bible Based Study (WEBBS) Life Group meetings to help myself and others to grow in the Christian faith.

James Paterson - Elder & Treasurer Finance Ministry Group

The purpose of the Finance Ministry Group is to provide ongoing financial advice and support to the Living Faith Church Ministerial team, Church Council, Ministry Groups and the Living Faith Church community.

My role as Treasurer is to ensure we pay our bills, maintain accountability across the Church Council, and liaise with the members and suppliers. We contribute our time, skills, and knowledge to ensure the competent management of Living Faith Church’s finances. We also support each other and have some fun when we meet each month.

Our goal is to help bring everyone closer to God. The Finance Ministry Group works towards achieving the vision of “Everyone Closer to God” through service.

Jeremy Knox - Elder

About Us

Ellen Grabner - Minister

“You have set my feet in a wide-open place” says Psalm 31:8, in a single verse that burst with a sense of astonishment and joy out of a longer prayer for liberation and safety. What a glorious moment when we realize that we are, in fact, already safely planted by God in a space that invites us into trust, freedom, and opportunity to explore.

This verse captures my general sense of being part of Living Faith Church. From the very first day here, I have noticed consistently a strong culture of trust and care, confidence and compassion, willingness to engage and a deeply rooted assurance that God is good and that it will be well.

Looking at our faith community, I wonder whether you share this sense that under God’s good guidance, we are held safely, confident to live our faith and ready to look around in this open space around us – and see where God takes us? It is my prayer that we will all know for sure that God’s got our back and that we can nod our Yes to God’s invitation to move closer.

May we all be aware of how much trust, kindness and love our good God has for us. The One who has planted us in this inviting space will surely delight in every step that we take in faith.

The kingdom, the power and the glory are God’s, now and always.

Ellen Grabner - Minister


37 Grimshaw St, Greensborough VIC 3088, Australia

Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Living Faith Church acknowledges and prays for the First Nations People of the land on which we meet - the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respects to their Elders past and present and we recognise their faithfulness to Country.