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Mark is one of our main session speakers and will be taking us into the book of Jonah.

Mark grew up in Toronto and moved to Vancouver in 2004 to attend Regent College, where he received a Master of New Testament Studies. Following over ten years of ministry, Mark, along with his wife Erin and an amazing team of people, planted Village Church in January 2010, which has grown to a vibrant multi-site church in the Greater Vancouver Area.

He is passionate about contextualising the gospel, teaching the Bible, seeing people transformed by Jesus, planting churches, and seeing the gospel advance. He is the author of several books including his most recent and critically acclaimed, “The Problem of God”. Mark is married to Erin and has three daughters. He loves reading, movies, golf and spending time with loving people who are passionate about life.


Guy is one of our main session speakers and will be taking us into the book of Jonah.

Guy is the founding and Lead Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today the church gathers across five locations, in three cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known.

Guy is a passionate communicator who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth and relevance of Jesus. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.


Andrew is one of our main session speakers and will be taking us into the book of Jonah.

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He is a gifted preacher and evangelist who once served in the Australian Army as a chaplain and witnessed a great surge of new recruits coming to faith in Jesus.

Andrew is married to Danna and has 5 children. He loves travel, the outdoors, military history and attending the innumerable sporting activities of his children. He is an Acts 29 member, ordained Anglican Minister, and holds several degrees including a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from Oxford University.


Stephanie will be teaching in our City Women Session on Friday afternoon.

Stephanie is the Women’s Ministry Director at City on a Hill. She is passionate about excellent teaching and preaching of the Word and seeing women and men delight in Christ and live courageously for Him. Stephanie also preaches regularly at various conferences, events, and is a writer for The Gospel Coalition, Australia. She is married to Andrew and together they have a dramatic and driven two year old boy and are looking forward to welcoming their baby girl in a couple of weeks time.




Aaron Ivey is the Worship Pastor at The Austin Stone in Austin, Texas where he pastors a church he absolutely loves in the heart of the city he absolutely loves. He is a songwriter, shepherd, artist, author, elder, father, husband, and mentor and has a deep love for his family and community.

He leads Austin Stone Worship, who are a family of musicians dedicated to proclaiming the beautiful gospel of Christ in their city and the world. The worship collective have released six albums, four of which have charted on the Billboard magazine charts.



5:30-7PM Rego Open
Doors Open
7-9PM Main Session #1


8:30-9AM Doors Open
9-4PM Main Session #2
Main Session #3
4-7PM Community Time
7-9PM Main Session #4


8:30-9AM Doors Open
9-1PM Main Session #5
Main Session #6
Full kids program during day sessions for ages 10 months to 12 years.
This is a projected schedule and subject to change.




God paints a vision for men in the Bible of grandeur and gravity. He calls us to the courageous and challenging responsibility of leading and loving others while looking to Jesus. Nick Coombs, Lead Pastor for City on a Hill: Melbourne East, will help the men of City on a Hill know their identity in Christ and live lives that point to Him.



God has gifted and empowered women to be his mouthpiece and his hands and feet. To live gospel shaped lives that declare the better hope found only in Jesus. Our Womens Ministry Director Stephanie Judd and her team are planning an amazing session designed to encourage, challenge and equip our women to be influencers in the world. Stephanie will be opening God's word and leading the conversation around being a city on a hill as daughters of our heavenly father.


Aaron Ivey from Austin Stone Worship

Jesus is worthy of worship. It’s right and fitting that we’re called to live our whole lives in worship to Him. However, we often limit our view of worship to the 20 minutes allocated during a Sunday church service. In this breakout, Aaron Ivey will equip you with the tools to connect your Sunday worship with the worship across the rest of your life.


Mark Clark

We want to be a city on a hill, shining our light and love to a world who desperately needs the good news and gospel hope of Jesus. Yet it seems that the ground is getting harder around us and belief becoming less and less common. How can we remain faithful witnesses to Jesus in an ever increasingly skeptical age? In this breakout, Mark Clark will teach from his book ‘The Problem of God’ which answers common challenges to Christianity.


Luke Nelson with Faith & Work panel

The majority of our weeks are spent in the workplace, rubbing shoulders with people who don’t share our beliefs, and yet they share our need for Jesus. Led by Luke Nelson, this breakout will involve a panel of various faithful Christian employees who are seeking to be salt and light in their workplace and exhibit their faith in their work. There will be opportunity to ask questions and learn from the shared wisdom of fellow Christian brothers and sisters.


Dave Miers

All of us have been placed in relationships for the purpose of shining the light and love of Jesus. But for the average Australian conversations about serious matters, let alone matters concerning Jesus and salvation, can be incredibly rare, difficult and awkward. Join Dave Miers, a gifted personal evangelist, as he unpacks some tools to help you in your search for opportunities and the conversations that follow.


Scott Lindsey

The bible is a rich, powerful and at times complex book. Our culture tells us that it has become irrelevant and yet we know that God’s word is still true and relevant. For 22 years, Scott has been traveling the globe teaching thousands how to more effectively and efficiently study the Bible. He has personally trained and works with the ministries of Ravi Zacharias, Christine Caine, Tim Keller, John Piper, Priscilla Shirer, Matt Chandler, and many more. Logos is an amazing tool to help you with studying the scriptures. Come and learn how to make the most of the software as you seek to know Jesus and make Jesus known.


The City on a Hill Conference is all about the beauty, truth and relevance of Jesus.

Starting Thursday October 24 at the iconic Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, the three-day conference will be a unique and inspiring moment for you to connect with men and women of faith, hear world-class gospel teaching from the book of Jonah, engage with passionate praise and prayer, and - above all else - see the name of Jesus lifted high.

City Kids (Creche-Primary) free with adult ticket.
City Youth (Grades 7-12) $50.

$390 - COUPLE

Concession applies to any full time students and/or health care concession cardholders.

If you are eligible for the concession rate but purchased the early bird ticket, please contact us at to receive the $20 discount.




Who is the City on a Hill Conference for?

The City on a Hill Conference is a key moment to gather people from across all city on a hill churches and beyond. It’s a chance to have your faith ignited, gather with brothers and sisters from across the country and be empowered for what God has next for you. If you’re keen for world class bible teaching and a few days of lifting the name of Jesus then conference is for you.

What is the theme for the conference?

The conference theme is ‘Arise’, it is a call to go out into the world and call people to repent and find forgiveness, life and hope in a merciful God. We will be journeying through the book of Jonah in our main sessions.

When will the City Kids program run? What will the program involve?

Our City Kids program will be available on Friday from 8.30am - 4pm, and on Saturday from 8.30am - 1pm. The City Kids Creche will be available for children aged 10 months to < 3 years. The City Kids Kinder & Primary programs will be available for children aged > 3 years old to grade 6 at school. All volunteers hold current Working with Children Checks. The specifics of the program will be communicated to parents closer to conference, however the primary aged children will look through the story of Jonah and how God reveals himself in that story.

Will any meals be provided?

We will provide morning tea on both Friday and Saturday morning. You will be able to purchase your own lunch and dinner at one of many cafes, restaurants or fast food places close to the venue.


Is there a half day / day pass ticket available if I can’t make it to the whole conference?

We believe people will get the most out of conference by being part of the whole weekend, so we would encourage you to make yourself available for all three days.

What is included in the ticket price?

Your ticket to the City on a Hill Conference gives you access to 3 days of life changing bible teaching, amazing community, Jesus exalting worship and world class breakouts equipping you to arise and go into the world with the message of Jesus. With your ticket you get access all main sessions of the conference plus breakout sessions on the Friday.
Meals are not included in the ticket price, we encourage you to explore the wonderful culinary culture of Melbourne! Closer to the conference, we will provide a list of recommended cafés and restaurants to visit.

Is there financial assistance for those that cannot afford to pay?

If you are unable to afford the cost of the ticket for the conference, we do not want you to miss out! Please email us at if you require this kind of assistance.


My question isn’t listed here, who can I contact?

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