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About us

The Upwey Baptist Community Church is a group of people who meet together to connect with God, each other and the community.

The church has a history which spans over a century. Beginning in 1904 as a non-denominational church - around the time the Puffing Billy Railway line was built to help transport the produce of potato growers in Gembrook - the church has changed and grown as a part of the Upwey community.

Each week people meet together on a Sunday morning and other activities during the week. The church building is used by a range of groups from the community, we are pleased to provide a place for people to meet and learn.

our Team:
Rev Dr Ted Woods
Rev Dr Ted Woods

Senior Pastor

Ted Woods is one of Australia’s preeminent Old Testament Scholars. He trained at the Baptist Theological College of New South Wales, and then pursued post-graduate studies at Bristol University and Oxford University in the UK. Ted was then involved in the pastoral ministry in NSW and missionary service in Zambia (with the Australian Baptist Missionary Society (ABMS), principally as a lecturer in Old Testament at the Theological College of Central Africa.

In March 1990, Ted received his doctorate in Biblical Studies from the University of South Africa. In his busy schedule he finds time for sporting interests, reading, commentary writing, and preaching. He wrote the most recent commentary on Deuteronomy for the Tyndale Old Testament commentary series. Ted is married to Jenny and they have three daughters and three grandchildren.

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Josiah Hilbig

Youth Pastor

Josiah Hilbig has completed a Bachelor of Theology at MST. Josiah’s many talents find expression in the arts. He enjoys writing, acting, and directing stage plays, as well as playing the piano and singing. His hope for the future is to be a full-time minister.

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