Having moved to Port Macquarie recently from Silverwater in Sydney, Hartley and Natalie Taylor are the new lead pastors at our local C3 Church. They and their three children are enjoying everything our area has to offer … and they hope to meet you soon at one of their services!
Hi Hartley and Natalie. Please share a little about yourselves, and introduce us to your gorgeous family …
I’m (Hartley) one of six children and born and raised in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Natalie is one of three daughters and grew up in the Barossa Valley, in regional South Australia. We met and married within one year, in Sydney. We sensed we were heading in the same direction, had harmony, and have now been married 18 years.
Prior to church leadership, I had a background in marketing and sales and spent 15 years with an IT company as a National Sales Manager. Natalie’s background is in dance and Pilates. I love to surf, fish, play golf, drink a strong flat white and spend time with family, and Natalie loves the arts, an engaging conversation, a weak flat white and is passionate about leadership.
Together we have three gorgeous kids Sienna (12), Jesse (9) and Cleo (6). Sienna enjoys dance, singing, reading a good book and is a born leader, 12 going on 21 – she is leading us, as much as we are raising her. Jesse is clever and kind, a reflective thinker and keen for all things LEGO/Minecraft/Nerf wars. Cleo is empathetic and creative; she has a beautiful imagination and a keen eye for detail.
What brought you all to Port Macquarie from Silverwater in Sydney?
We have come to lead C3 Church Port Macquarie. We are grateful for the sea change and are looking forward to being a part of your beautiful community.
How do you feel you’ve settled into the community so far – and what are some of the things you’re enjoying most about being Port Mac locals?
We love Port Macquarie! Lighthouse Beach is our local, and I have been surfing twice a day. I’ve loved giving Sienna and Jesse regular surf lessons, normally just an annual event on a summer beach holiday. I’ve had a few great fishing sessions chasing Flathead on soft plastic lures; Lake Cathie has been fruitful, and I’m on the hunt for good spots within the Hastings River.
We love the relaxed culture; we have found the community warm and welcoming. The kids have spotted a few koalas in the school playground, which is a novelty for them.
What led to you both becoming pastors?
Natalie understood her call clearly from a young age, which is why she moved to Sydney as a teenager to complete Bible College studies at C3 College.
I’ve always enjoyed helping out in various roles in the church; one of my earliest leadership roles was running a surf camp for fifty youth a few years out of high school. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with people, and my marketplace role as a sales manager revealed this to me. As time went on, I discovered being a pastor was a direction my life was leading.
We served together for seven years in youth ministry of the church, which evolved into leading in the church at Silverwater in Western Sydney for 12 years.
I’m also a graduate of C3 College and I’m currently furthering my studies, a Masters in Theology and Leadership with the Australian College of Christian Studies.
As the new lead pastors for C3 Church in Port Macquarie, what will your roles involve?
We will be building community within the church. Empowering people to live their best life. Identifying and raising leaders to run in their lane, both within the church and the marketplace, with a heart to reach and refresh our wider community.
I will also be involved in conducting weddings.
What can you tell us about C3 Church – its relationships worldwide and its mission?
C3 Church was founded by Phil and Chris Pringle in 1980 on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, starting originally with 12 people – their vision being to have a church that was contemporary, relevant and faith filled. It is currently 540 churches worldwide (comprising 100 in Australia) with a footprint in 64 countries.
The mission of C3 Church is to reach, disciple and empower people, presenting with a culture that is bright, relevant and powerful. All weekend C3 church services have a message of faith, hope and love.
What are you most looking forward to throughout 2019?
Building friendships within the church and into the community. Enjoying the picturesque Port Macquarie and discovering great cafés and restaurants in the area; “Bandwagon” on William Street is our current fave for breakfast and great coffee.
We are keen to discover some of the National Parks in the area, and I’m looking forward to playing the local golf courses.
Sienna and Cleo are looking forward to joining a dance class, and Jesse is keen to find a Rugby Union and cricket team.
When/where can we meet you/attend one of your services?
We meet 10am every Sunday at Acacia Ave in the industrial area behind Bunnings. We have a kids’ program that runs within the service and great coffee after the service. Our services are approx. one hour and fifteen minutes and are intended to equip you for your week and leave you feeling buoyant and refreshed. Everyone is welcome!
Thanks Hartley and Natalie.
Interview: Jo Robinson.