We exist to see Gawler transformed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ


We believe God has called us to live out faith through five core values:

Authentic Community

Radical Generosity

Relational Evangelism

Fervent Prayer

Welcoming Hospitality


Basis of Union
Gawler Uniting Church is a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia.


What We Believe
Gawler Uniting Church holds to an orthodox understanding of faith. We believe the bible is the true and accurate word of God, we believe that Jesus who came as a human, died for our sins and on the third day rose again. We believe that through his life, death and resurrection we can have new life. We believe that the Holy Spirit speaks and guides us today.

We believe that God calls all to have a personal relationship with him and that we are equipped to serve the world. We understand that the church and all the members of the church have a God-given role to play in the community.

We believe that worship is important and that God speaks to us through our worship experiences. We value real relationships with each other and while this is hard in larger gatherings we place a strong emphasis on Life Groups.

As a church we believe that we are to invite and welcome people into our church community. That we are to connect those who come and nurture all in faith. We believe that we are to equip and disciple our members and then for them to be sent and to serve the wider world.


Gawler Uniting Church has a rich history spanning more than 170 years. Having been established long before the Union of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, it carries tradition from across the Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian churches throughout the Gawler District. The church is situated on Tod Street, which was built in 1869 as Gawler (Tod St) Methodist Church. Yet the current worshipping community has members and a heritage of worship, witness and service from Gawler West, Willaston, Gawler River and Virginia Methodist Churches.


Lead Pastor
Rev Joshua and Eloise Scherer began ministry at Gawler Uniting in August 2017. Rev Josh has a passion to see our community transformed with the gospel. He was ordained in 2017, after completing studies through Uniting College for Leadership and Theology. As a former Police Officer, he brings a keen perspective about the way the gospel has the power to speak into the real places of everyday life. Josh and Eloise were married in 2008 and have two daughters, Mackenzie and Phoebe. Josh also continues as a volunteer chaplain at Elizabeth Police Station.

Family Connections Worker
Kaitlyn is passionate about seeing children and families discover discover Jesus and grow in their faith. Her role is centered upon helping the next generations connect well into the life of the church. Kaitlyn has a background in children’s disability education and is excited about creating accessible pathways to faith for very young person in our community.
She is married to Chris, and they have a daughter Emily.

Church Council Eldership
Gawler Uniting Church is governed by a board of Elders called the Church Council. Each of them are elected from within our congregation, and affirmed for their leadership, wisdom and discernment.

Taylor McClymont – Chairperson

Glennys Clothier – Secretary

David Schwartz – Treasurer

Chris Haskard

Anne Davenport

Angus Green

Glenys Bryant

Rev Joshua Scherer

Kaitlyn Phillips