According to the Bible, all the problems and issues the world faces can be traced back to one thing – the state of a human heart consumed with self, the disease of sin. When we live like this, as if God doesn’t matter, it ruins our relationship with Him and we get
stuck in a downward spiral of living… always chasing what is best for ‘me’. We end up becoming a slave to our wants and desires. It's always been like this.
From the very beginning, people have been saying to God ‘thanks, but no thanks’ and have tried to live their own way without Him.
The result is our hearts have become sick i.e. our relationship with God has been ruined – BUT WAIT! Sin is no match for God – He has done everything needed
to fix our broken relationship with Him. Through Jesus, He has begun to heal our world and lives.
All we have to do to mend this relationship, severed by sin, is to reach out to God and recognise that His ways are better than our own. This moment is called Salvation and is where we begin our relationship with God. His love and salvation is available to everyone, regardless of our history – Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Our hope for this life and the next is centered on Jesus Christ, ––––
who is revealed in the Bible as “the way, the truth, and the life” – the only way for us to know and have a relationship with God – John 14:6. If you would like to learn more about Christianity, you can visit christianity.net.au, which has a number of useful resources for understanding Christianity. We’re also very happy to meet with you personally; please feel free to call the church office to arrange a time to meet with one of our staff.
There is a range of Services throughout the week for different people of different ages. As you walk in you will be greeted by our friendly team, as the service begins you will hear live music (which we call worship) followed by an inspiring bible-based message.
We believe in making our big community small. The best way
to find community, get connected, grow in faith and build lifelong relationships is in and through Connect Groups.
No matter where you are in your journey of faith, everyone has a
next step. Our church is committed to seeing you fulfil the calling on your life and help you take every step toward fulfilling your potential. Whether it is starting your faith journey, growing your faith, serving on a team or leading others,
Next Steps is for you.
Petersham AOG Church is a Church with a powerful history. Our Church
is the first Assembly of God Church
in Sydney having been birthed by a group of believers who were influenced by the ministry of Smith Wigglesworth. We believe that this pioneering
spirit is at the heart of our church as
we continue to step out in new and exciting ventures.
Our core belief is to “Use our Church
to build a great people rather than using our people to build a great church.” In light of this, we are passionate about empowering, equipping and releasing our people toward effective opportunities of ministry in every sphere of life. This has also led to us planting several churches and senior pastors throughout Sydney.
Our Sunday services are driven by a commitment to worship God in ‘Spirit and truth’. Our heart is to see people encounter Jesus and be transformed by the work of His Holy Spirit through every part of our service from the singing to the preaching. We are a ‘family’ church. Our desire is to see people across all ages, from every background and life stage feel not only that they belong –––
but that they are an integral and
valued part of our church family.
For a summary of our Vision and
Values please email:
Barry Saar has been the Senior pastor at Petersham AOG Church since 1997 and has served in full time ministry since 1983. Barry is a thorough communicator of God's Word and his bible teaching motivates you
to welcome change as an agent for building church community. In his time in ministry, Barry has released 23 senior pastors and 15 church plants both locally and internationally and in addition to this, pioneered
a Network of church-planters throughout Sydney
to assist the health and growth of small to mid-size churches. Barry is a firm believer in releasing people into their calling and passionate about seeing people step into a life of freedom.
He is married to Tracy and has three adult children, Hannah, Katie and Jared. All their children have married and are actively involved in their respective churches. Barry and Tracy are proud grandparents
to Jonah, Khari, Aniyah and Zion.
Jason Mendis, together with his wife Katie serve as
Pastors at Petersham AOG Church. They have been married for over 5 years and live together in the heart of Sydney with their daughter Aniyah Grace and son Zion Cruze.
Their greatest desire and focus in life is to see humanity know Jesus - it is this heart that drives everything they do. Jason also currently serves as
the Assistant Director for Youth Alive NSW and is passionate about uniting churches and releasing leaders into their potential.
Their message seeks to challenge, inspire and revolutionise the Church to see this generation
impact the world in a significant way.
Betty was born in Sydney, Australia and is from
a Greek speaking background. She has been
a Christian for over 25 years and is on staff at
Petersham AOG. Her working background is Social Welfare and she has also been a Christian counselor for many years.
She is the coordinator and trainer of Living Free Weekends in Australia and internationally, and
she oversees Pastoral Care and Prayer Ministry
at Petersham AOG Church.
Betty is passionate about people reaching their
God-given potential and seeing Jesus move
through people’s lives as both healer and deliverer.
She also has a wealth of experience working with different cultures and people groups, and loves supporting church leaders. She has compassion
for the lost and the oppressed and is committed to serving the Lord and doing the work of the ministry.