About us

Expressing Jesus' love and truth in the community, to bring hope, help and healing to thousands.

Purpose / Mission Statement

We are a people who live out the love of Jesus wherever we are, actively following his call to make disciples.

6 Core Values

Loving God

We are passionately devoted to relationship with our loving, sovereign God. We worship Him with head, heart and hands.


Thrive church continues the cause of Jesus Christ: to reach the lost and impact lives with the good news of God’s grace, locally & beyond.


We are committed to the equipping and ongoing development of the generations for life, leadership and the advancement of God’s kingdom.


We believe in the transformation of the whole person into genuine freedom, and abundant life through the work of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Caring Church Family

Every family member is appreciated and has their place, sharing their lives by caring, loving, supporting and nurturing each other.

Serve our local Community

We display the love of God to our community through lives of service.



Lead Pastors

John & Yvonne Crawford have been pastoring at Thrive Church since 1994. They have been married since 1985 and have four children and a dog. John has been in pastoral ministry since 1991 beginning his journey as a Minister for worship and music. Originating from the Sutherland Shire in Sydney, he has a background in teaching (High School, Tertiary, and private music), in business, and as a professional musician which he occasionally continues to do. He has a passion for the church, and for worship, continuing to minister in this area as the opportunity allows, and through a developing website. He enjoys sport - both playing and watching - reading, and the challenge of tackling difficult pieces of music?! Yvonne is a professional counsellor, currently working at Charlton Christian College and with YFC in the central coast.

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Jeiel Charlton is the youth leader of Radiate here at Thrive Church. Last year he graduated with a Certificate IV in Ministry. Jeiel is passionate about being practical and active in helping and loving people and about the youth of today. He is involved in a few different ministries including the Friday Night Youth, the worship band, and a 'sandwich time' group that he regularly goes into Newcastle with to hand out sandwiches to the people at clubs. He loves playing soccer, playing the guitar, all things music, hanging with his mates and having a laugh. He also has an Awesome team of Young Adults who work beside him to run the Youth Ministry.

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