Learn what we’re about, what we believe, our history, and our values

Our purpose is simple…


The message of Jesus is one of hope for the whole world so we do all we can to passionately connect people to Christ and grow in their faith. The stories below are the reasons why we do what we do.


The Rock Church was founded by Pastors John & Marlene Gear in 1986. They had the vision to provide a spirit-filled church to Port Stephens and started with a prayer meeting in the downstairs lounge room of a church member. Founded in prayer, a faithful congregation believed for permanent premises, God answered their prayers with the purchase of the current property and plans were approved January 1988 for offices, kitchen and one auditorium.

Originally called Port Stephens Christian Outreach Centre it was a beacon to the developing community. The congregation quickly grew, and the building was extended allowing more office space, a reception area, book shop and café space.


We are a church whose purpose is to see saved people saving people through Jesus Christ. We are a passionate, vibrant, power-filled, one-generation church whose heart is to see cities transformed and our nation shaped by a love that never fails, the love of God through Christ.

We see The Rock Church as a local expression of the family of God. We are founded on our love for Jesus and obedience to His teaching. A healthy family has many generations, values diversity, and is nurturing and encouraging.  In a happy family everyone finds a place of belonging, healthy boundaries are evident, and each person contributes according to their ability. We trust you have found a warm welcome here at The Rock Church.


These are our core values and they have everything to do with focus and perspective. This is the kind of church we believe for. This is the culture and lifestyle we want to promote. These are the strengths and guiding principles God has placed on The Rock Church that we are passionate about. So, we set out to put words to those passions and compiled our list of core values.

We seek genuine relationships and love & honour all people to nurture belonging.

We are free to be real, laugh often, and won’t sacrifice fun for perfection.

We are faith-filled pioneers who focus on the possible while trusting God with the impossible.

We honour God in the giving of our finances, time, and resources.

We do all we can to lead people to meet, respond, and grow in God.

We embrace the supernatural power of God to see lives transformed, and His presence made evident.

We are committed to excellence; going the extra mile in all we do.


As an expression of our commitment to historic Christianity, The Rock Church and International Network of Churches holds to both the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed as its foundational Christian beliefs. Our Declaration of Faith is below: