What we're about


Encouraging and equipping youth and young adults to make disciples on the road in


We do this through relationship and running events to encourage and equip you, your youth, and your church.




Word, spirit and action are all expressed throughout our ministries. To find out more about any of our ministries, follow the links below.




Our values.


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.

What we do.

april conference.

Each April school holidays we get together all the youth groups that we've spent time with throughout the year and have an amazing time of camping, worship, teaching, serving, seminars, venues, games and community.

Click here for more info about the next April Camp

young adults re:treat

young adults retreat is designed for busy young adults to take a weekend to make space to simply be with God. This weekend is full of worship, friends, prayer, times of input and reflection time. Situated on the Southern Highlands, it’s a special place to hang out with God! 

Click here for more info about the next YA re:treat


Flourish hosts an annual womens gathering in October to help forge new relationships, support, growth in Jesus and allow space for God to speak. 

Throughout the year we run a blog that we hope will encourage you in your journey with the Lord.

Click here for more info about the next flourish womens day


Our way to encourage, support, bless, serve and equip churches and youth groups in the values we share. soul.teams are travelling groups made up of a worship team, speaker, prayer ministry team. We visit city and rural churches, youth services, camps, schools and conferences near and far.

Click here for more info and to book a soul.team

the roadie.

You hop in the minibus with us and we hit the road in the name of Jesus, see what its like doing ministry in rural Australia, and we join Jesus big adventure to save Australia and bring people into a relationship with him.

Click here for more info and to register your interest for the next roadie


soul.justice seeks to raise awareness of social justice issues on our front doorsteps. 

soul.justice is working with stopthetraffik to help us all better understand the implications of the clothing that we choose to wear. 

Click here for more about what soul.justice is up too


It's an opportunity to grow in character, skill, serving and most importantly your relationship with Jesus. We want to see you grow in leadership and ministry, so you can be better equipped to serve your local area in the future.

Our history.

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

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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Cassie Osborne
Events Coordinator

Cassie came on board in 2018 as our events coordinator.
She finished school in 2014 to run whole heartedly into all the God had for her in the coming years with travel, hard work, and now; Soul Survivor.  She finished studying events management at the end of 2018 and loves a good adventure with the fam.

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Brayden Slade

Brayden came on board in 2017, and  is the worship coordinator.  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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Peta Bilton
Connections Leader + Roadie

Peta has been on board with us since completing her CalledtoLead internship in 2015. After 2 years in Comms and Media, Peta is helping us in building community and assisting youth groups, as well as running the roadie.
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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Andrew Bollom

Andrew is our fantastic Youth Pastor Support! Andrew also helps us with growing with the indigenous church. He's spent the last few years Studying at Morning College, and serving as youth pastor the 'The Centre' in Dural.

He's husband to Emma, and recently become dad to Joey. 

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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!

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PO Box 474
Frenchs Forest
NSW 1640e

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