The Australian Story

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 Gelding as full-time Director of Ministry for Soul Survivor NSW.

In 2013, we sent Deb Stanley down to Canberra as full-time Director of Ministry for Soul Survivor ACT & Regions. April 2016 marks the beginning of NSW/ACT running TWO consecutive April conferences; one in Canberra, one in Sydney. 

Soul Survivor in NSW/ACT is now a full-time ministry, run by a core team in Sydney and Canberra. Now Soul Survivor NSW and Soul Survivor ACT minister throughout the year at camps, youth groups, church services, seminars and combined events; as well as their April conferences. 


Where it all began...

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 two decades, 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 (MelbourneSydney and Canberra ).

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



This is a CREW oF 40 different volunteers from heaps of local churches around canberra.
They come along ON THE ROAD as musicians, logistics people, pray'ers, preachers & General fun contributors. 

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This is a group of 30 volunteers who come together to create and look after April Conference. They lead the site, projects, main meetings, venues, seminars, catering and admin that make conference run smoothly. They represent lots of different churches around Canberra and meet up for a conference team retreat in January and planning meetings in the lead up to April. 


april camp / 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. 

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These are combined events where 4 - 14 youth groups come together for either a night, or 20 hour sleepover to do: word, spirit and action. These are great opportunities to bring your mates or youth group along to so you can be a part of the bigger picture of what God is doing in the region, and get a taste of what April Camp is like in a small snack size.



This is what we call it when we bring a worship team, or speaker, workshop facilitator - or the whole shebang along to your group. We love visiting groups of all sizes! 

  • youth group nights
  • camps
  • church services
  • workshop / seminar (main topics: worship, justice, leadership, evangelism, Holy Spirit, naturally supernatural)
  • events / conferences
  • community service project

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This is how we support the amazing youth pastors and leaders across Canberra and the regions. We visit regularly with these leaders over coffee to listen, encourage and support however we can. 

Get in touch if you'd like to connect over coffee (or other drink)