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Encounter the depth and beauty of Jesus

We are City on a Hill: Melbourne West, a Christian church that exists to Know Jesus & Make Jesus Known.

Visit this Sunday at 9am & 11am (266 Ballarat Rd, West Footscray).

Find a Loving Community

Go Deeper
in Faith

Follow the
Way of Jesus

Surely there’s more than this?

At some point in our lives, many of us wonder if there is a more meaningful way to live.

You might find yourself going through the motions. Stuck in the daily grind. A spectator in your own life. Left wanting so much more.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Maybe you’re filled with big questions and don’t know where to turn. Perhaps you are curious about Jesus, want to reconnect with him, or know Him more completely.

Could learning about Jesus in community be exactly what you’ve been looking for?

Deepen your understanding of Jesus.

At City on a Hill: Melbourne West we believe truth, purpose and wisdom is found in Jesus.

We invite you to join us and explore authentic and life-changing faith in a loving community.

No matter your opinions, questions, experiences or background – you are welcome here.

I love Melbourne’s west, and I’m honoured to lead a church here. We’d love you to join us, as we learn about God, discover his grace, and become more like Jesus.

Luke Nelson

Lead Pastor – City on a Hill: Melbourne West

What it’s like to be part of our community

“I love how City on a Hill has sparked my enthusiasm to study God’s word and grow my faith in Jesus.”

“I love City on a Hill Melbourne West’s commitment to sharing Gods truth without compromise, in a world where the culture is trying to constantly push God out. Nothing else is more important.”

Three ways to get involved in our community

1. Visit this Sunday

All are welcome! You’ll encounter Bible teaching, engaging worship, a kids program at both our services, and a friendly, diverse community.

2. Become a Disciple of Jesus

Learn more about following Jesus by joining a mid-week Gospel Community, a small group gathering where you engage with the Bible and build deeper connections with people. We’d also be happy to meet with you 1-to-1 to talk through questions you have and explore faith more deeply.

3. Live a Meaningful Life

Discover your identity, confidence and joy by knowing Jesus and making Jesus known alongside others.

Attend an event

Listen to a sermon

Listen on your favourite podcast app

Serve on the mission

Jesus invites us to be used by him in building his church. Whatever your background or skill set, there is a place for you to contribute by using your gifts to serve.

Give to the mission

God invites us to worship him in all areas of our lives, including the way we spend our money. Your generous giving fuels the health and growth of City on a Hill Melbourne West.

Get to know your team

Luke Nelson

Lead Pastor

Luke Nelson

Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead a new church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God’s word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne.

Carmen Milic

Pastoral Care & Mercy Coordinator

Carmen Milic

Carmen serves as the Pastoral Care & Mercy Coordinator at Melbourne West. Born and bred in Sydney, Carmen moved down to Melbourne in 2010 and encountered Jesus in a personal and powerful way a couple of years later. She has a heart for seeing people redeemed by the grace of God and finds great joy in witnessing others flourish in their spiritual gifts as they serve in the church. Carmen is also an artist and art therapist. In her creative and therapeutic practice, she enjoys exploring how the gospel offers meaning, hope and redemption in the realities of a broken world.

Daniel Hernandez

Music Coordinator

Daniel Hernandez

Dan is the Music Coordinator at Melbourne West, supporting the music teams as they aid our community in song and praise. He has been playing music in churches for over a decade and has a deep joy in building God-focused cultures within ministry. Dan and his wife Kat moved to City on a Hill in 2018 and were delighted to find a community after God’s heart in the west.

Dan has an Honours degree in Composition from VCA and is regularly involved in productions around Melbourne and beyond.

Khoi Phuong

Associate Pastor

Khoi Phuong

Khoi is the Associate Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He has a deep heart for communities of life, love and mission, as he passionately wants to see the gospel of Jesus make an impact in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Khoi’s favourite community, of course, is at home with his wife and two boys. He is an avid sports fan who supports mostly losing teams – which keeps him pretty humble (and sad).

Michelle Deroon

City Kids Coordinator

Michelle Deroon

Michelle serves as the City Kids Coordinator at City on a Hill Melbourne West. Michelle previously worked in health care but has loved the switch to spiritual care. She loves Jesus and is passionate to share that love with those around her. Michelle loves sharing the gospel with the kids, showing them how every part of the Bible points to Jesus, and how we need Jesus. Married to Paul, they have 3 mini Deroons running around at home: Elijah, Zachariah and Kaley. They are a homeschooling and home renovating family. She unwinds by listening to sermons and playing match 3 games or trying to play the piano. Not your typical coffee snob, she likes her coffee decaffeinated, half strength and lactose free.

We’re part of a larger movement

One Movement,
Many Churches

Currently City on a Hill exists across 10 local churches, in 6 cities, and 3 states. Our vision is to reach 10 cities by planting 50 churches.

Know Jesus and
Make Jesus known

Our churches are united around this mission. We want many to experience the life-changing joy of knowing him.

10 Cities

City on a Hill’s vision is to reach 10 cities with the beauty, truth and relevance of Jesus, by planting 50 churches.

Visit this Sunday

We meet at 9am and 11am at 266 Ballarat Rd, West Footscray.

Come along to one of our friendly and diverse gatherings. Every Sunday we meet to hear God’s word, sing, pray and spend time together. Both our services have a kid’s program catering from 3 years old to the end of grade 6.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I expect on Sunday?
On Sundays we gather together to be built up in the good news of Jesus. We learn about him from the Bible, we sing, pray, and forge friendships with one another. We have a City Kids program (Preschool to Year 6) at our 9am and 11am services. Everyone is welcome!
Is there a kids program?
Yes, at both our 9am and 11am services. Jesus welcomed little children and, like him, we want to build them up by teaching the Bible and helping them make new friends.
What should I wear?
Whatever you like! We dress pretty informally, kind of like what you would wear to catch up with your friends.
Can I just show up on a Sunday?
You sure can! You’re free to join us any Sunday, but we’d love to know if you’re coming so we can welcome you on your visit.
What denomination of Christianity are you?
City on Hill: Melbourne West is part of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.
What is your vision?
City on Hill’s vision is to reach 10 cities with the beauty, truth and relevance of Jesus by planting 50 churches. Our vision at City on a Hill: Melbourne West is that we will be a “city on a hill” (Matthew 5:14) where people encounter the real Jesus and join in the work of building our church.
Why plant new churches?
Church planting is one of the most effective ways to build new disciples of Jesus. New churches are new communities, and therefore new opportunities for people to connect or reconnect with the good news of Jesus in community. New churches also stretch Christians to depend on God and live on mission, sharing the good news of Jesus with others.
Can I invite others?
Absolutely! The more the merrier.
What is the gospel?
The gospel is the good news of Jesus’ perfect life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection. God created us and our world and it was very good, but all of us, by nature and choice, have turned from our Maker, living life our own way. In response, God sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life in our place, and die a sacrificial death, paying the penalty we deserve for our turning away. Jesus rose again, physically in history, assuring us of His grace, forgiveness and defeat of death. By trusting in Jesus, we receive his perfect life and are adopted into God’s family. Those in Jesus are heading toward an eternity with Him, as God redeems all things in a new heavens and new earth.
What do you believe about the Bible?
The Bible is God’s revelation to us. The words of the Bible are divinely inspired and without error. The Bible is sufficient for knowing God and equips us to live like we were made, reconciled to God and walking with Him.
What’s my best next step?
The best thing to do to find out more about City on a Hill: Melbourne West is to come along on Sunday and get to know our community. We host regular Newcomer Nights where we can unpack with you the history, vision and mission of our church, as well as ways to get more connected. We would love to have you help us build our church and together, know Jesus and make Jesus known.

Find what you’re searching for.

Visit this Sunday, we’d love to see you.