About Surfers Paradise Anglican Church Gold Coast

Bringing Jesus To Our Community

Surfers Anglican Church on the Gold Coast holding a special service on the beach in Surfers Paradise

Our Church Feel

Surfers Paradise is well known for its diverse population, relaxed atmosphere, its beach, and its regular formal and informal events. We strive to make our church a reflection of the community we serve.


We are geographically diverse - people come from all over the Gold Coast (and Brisbane) to meet together as God's people.  We are relaxed in our church gatherings - whilst we are an Anglican Church, we believe in providing a casual, fun worship environment.  We emphasise being community as church and church as community.


The uniqueness of Christ, the importance of the Bible and the call for repentance and trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour are the mainstays of our message.  We do not shy away from this central message as we bring Jesus to our community.

Special church service for child being help at Surfers Paradise Anglican Church on the Gold Coast

Be Part of Our Church

Anyone is welcome at Surfers Paradise Anglican Church.  If you trust Jesus as Lord and Saviour or you are interested in finding out more about what that means, then we would love to have you join us.

There are many ways in which you can be part of the church including:

  • regular weekday or weekend services
  • weekly Bible studies
  • serving our community through St John's Crisis Care
  • welcoming parents and children to our Play Group or Mainly Music group or our Pure Dance school (ballet, jazz and tap)
  • being part of our weekly Craft group
  • attending a video presentation and discussion about Jesus and the Christian faith (based on the Alpha program)
  • learning more about and being in contact with Christian missionaries in Australia and overseas

Use the 'Contact Us' section to inquire about any of these things.

Our Team

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Rev’d Jim Raistrick


Jim is our Priest-in-charge since March 2022, and is married to Leanne.  They have four children and two grandchildren.  Jim has a varied background including serving as a Commando with the Australian Army, working in Real Estate for 13 years in Victoria, and involvement with Christian media for over 8 years.  He became Christian in 2010 and has a Bachelor of Ministry (MST), Graduate Certificate in Divinity (Ridley), and a Master of Theological Studies (Ridley).

Dee Dodd

Office Manager


Parish Councillors 2023

Pauline Millican

Pauline Millican Warden, Parish Nominator

Kay Lauchlan

Kay Lauchlan Parish Councillor, Parish Nominator

Keith King

Keith King Parish Councillor, Treasurer

Trevor Drescher

Trevor Drescher Parish Councillor, Buildings and Grounds Coordinator

Suze Ross

Suze Ross Parish Councillor, OH&S Coordinator

Jenny Hobart

Jenny Hobart Parish Councillor, Parish Nominator

Richard Frappel

Richard Frappel Parish Councillor

Phil Brown

Phil Brown Parish Councillor, Parish Nominator

Barry Doyle

Barry Doyle Parish Councillor, Evangelism Coordinator

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Warden, Building Development Coordinator

Judy Bennett

Jude Bennett Sacristan, Priest's Warden, Parish Councillor