Meet the Team
Duncan Barlow - Pastor
Duncan with his wife Alison and their two daughters moved to Laidley in October 2018 to serve as the pastor of Laidley and Hatton Vale Uniting Churches. Duncan and Alison grew up in Brisbane but have worked in a variety of locations including Sydney and Indonesia.
Duncan regards it as a great privilege to share God's word and help people to understand and apply it to their lives. Duncan also enjoys connecting with people, walking beside them in their life journey ... It's amazing how often this connecting with people also includes a cup of coffee and a biscuit.
"Our emphasis in the Church is to make it a place of welcome for all and to be a people filled with love and grace."The Church's Mission Statement is: 'We are called to be evidence of God's love breaking into the world.'
Alison Barlow - Children’s Ministry
I’ve been married to Duncan for almost half of my life and I’ve learned to roll with all the jokes and puns he comes out with on a regular basis. My two daughters and I have been on a homeschooling journey together over the past six years. I think I’ve learned as much from them as they have from me.
I came to know Jesus when I was 13 years old and He has changed my life in so many amazing ways. I love to share with others about who Jesus is, what He’s done for us, and the love, peace, joy and freedom we can have knowing Him.
As a Uniting Church, Hatton Vale Community Church holds to a reformed, evangelical and historically orthodox view of the Christian faith. The confessional substance of our beliefs can be found in the Basis of Union.
Most importantly, we believe that:
God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, known in three persons, and is defined by the dynamic and loving interaction between those three persons. God is Love. (1 John 4:8)
The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God.
On the Cross Jesus made an all-sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the world, and that when we confess him as Lord and believe God raised him from the dead, we are saved from eternal judgement and receive the promise of eternal life (new life) in him. (Romans 10:9)
The church is the Priesthood of all believers, where every member of the church has gifts given by the Holy Spirit and for which there is a corresponding service.
The church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, has an Acts 1:8 mandate and a Matthew 28 commission to witness to Jesus and go and make disciples of all the world.
Vision & Values
Consistent with our Acts 1:8 mandate and Matthew 28 commission, we believe our world is changed one life transformed by Jesus at a time.
Our mission is to “Make Jesus Known”
The eight, embedded values that underpin this mission are: