Soul Survivor NSW/ACT was born out of a passion and need to provide a base for what we called ‘middle-ground’ practice of worship, valuing intimacy with God, gifts of the Spirit and practical servant-evangelism.

In 2000, a small team from St Stephens Belrose and Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills held two nights of worship at Turramurra Uniting Church in Sydney with Mike Pilavachi. In 2001 we held our first conference at Northern Beaches Christian School, Terrey Hills. In 2004 we stepped out in faith by appointing Matt as full-time Director of Soul Survivor NSW/ACT.

Soul Survivor in NSW/ACT is now a full-time ministry, run by a core team in Sydney and Canberra. Soul Survivor’s activities have been steadily growing, to now include regional events, servant evangelism projects and training in addition to the annual conference, but on the other side of the world…

In 1993, Mike Pilavachi and his team in the UK were inspired by God to lead a ministry that would give youth and 20's a renewed vision of Jesus Christ. Soul Survivor has now been ministering in the UK for over a decade, impacting thousands of people for the gospel with the passion and action of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. Soul Survivor is now in action in Holland and here in Australia (Melbourne and NSW/ACT).

To find out more what’s happening in Soul Survivor globally, CLICK HERE

We are a bunch of ordinary Aussie's who love Jesus, and love... 

Encouraging youth and young adults to make disciples on the road in word, spirit and action.


What we value...

Soul Survivor’s key priority is relationship. 
Relationship with God, one another and the world God loves.

We value an intimate relationship with God – Jesus Christ is the Lord, we are his servants; he is the Bridegroom, we are his bride; God is our Father, we are his children. We express this through specific acts of worship and devotion (particularly through music and song) combined with a lifestyle of worship that reflects intimacy and relationship with God, righteousness and justice. We recognise and value the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

We place a high value on community and family. Whilst we look for excellence in our music and teaching we will sacrifice professionalism in favour of being relational. We value informality and fun. We take God seriously but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We want our meetings and events to be accessible to everyone.

We aim to make the message of God’s love relevant and accessible to everyone. We want to engage with the world around us and not escape it through creating a Christian sub-culture. We believe that worship, evangelism and justice go hand in hand and we recognise that we – through our words and actions – can be a living representation of God in our world. We express that relationship particularly in following the biblical commands to care for the poor, the broken, the marginalised and the dispossessed and to stand for justice as an expression of the Kingdom of God.

Our team.


Matt Gelding
Director NSW

Matt has been in youth and 20's ministry for over 20 years. He completed 10 years with Belrose Anglican in 2003, finished his degree at Morling College and is now ministering full-time for Soul Survivor NSW since 2004.

He is married to Emma, dad to Joel, Laura and Ben.

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Jordan Gallagher
the roadie.

Jordan joined the team at the end of 2016 to help build The Roadie in partnership with Bush Church Aid. She loves seeing young people join the adventure of following Jesus, being bold and courageous in The Holy Spirit, and falling in love with their Father God.

She is studying a Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sydney, dabbles in floristry, and drinks far too much coffee.

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Events coordinator

Anna came on board to be soul.conference coordinator just after April 2015. We are looking forward to her bringing all her logistics and event management skills to help us run TWO conferences in April 2017! 

Anna is studying ministry at Alphacrusis College and has a love affair with the ocean. 

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Brayden Slade

Brayden came on board in 2017, and  is the worship co-ordinator.  He loves everything about music and loves his role!  "It's allowing me to convey the joy and heart of Jesus to young people through this passion."

"I am continually encouraged by the wonderful group of leaders around me and am keen to see God continue to move through them in order to impact the church in NSW.”

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Tanya Deane IVES

Tanya has been working with Soul Survivor since 2006 and currently  leads our calledtolead interns. She's also got a cracker voice and is regularly helping us with backing vocals.
Tanya  has a Masters of Divinity from Morling College. She is married to Jonathan and is so happy to call the upper northern beaches, 'home'.



Peta Bilton
media and comms

Peta has been helping us with communications since 2015, after doing calledtolead in 2014. Peta is often also on the road with us.

She is studying Humanitarian and Development studies and Applied leadership at university, and will regularly escape on what she calls 'micro adventures'.

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Soul Survivor would not function without a grand host of dedicated volunteers. These legends form bands and technical help with soul.teams, help us pull together large projects, and make our April conferences happen. 

To apply to join our volunteer team, click here. We would love to have a coffee with you!