About 2017-09-12T19:51:27+00:00



What we value

Our Statement of Faith
H elp and support those with physical and spiritual needs
O utreach to spread Christ’s message of salvation
P artner with other organisations
E quip and empower people for life and ministry

What we do

Sunday Church Service
Every Sunday @ 10 am

Come and join us every Sunday at our powerful and inspiring worship services. We are committed to building a community of devoted disciples, who faithfully study and apply the Word of God and move in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring about godly transformation of the world through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sunday Nights
Every Sunday @ 6 pm

We encourage you to come along, invite your family and friends to our dynamic evening service – “Sunday Nights!” Hear how God can change, inspire and encourage your life.

Prayer Meeting
Every Wednesday @ 7:30 pm

Come and join us every Wednesday night for a time of corporate worship and prayer as we delve deeper into the Word of God and into His presence. Be uplifted and refreshed, and find support and strength in praying with others as you continue on your walk with God.

The Discipling Others for The Great Commission (DotCom) Program is focussed on building passionate disciples of Jesus Christ through systematic small group Bible study, mentorship, guidance and accountability.

Every fortnight, Bible study groups meet together to delve deeper into the Word of God and fellowship with other believers. It is a great place to build your relationship with God and to develop positive friendships with others.

The current Homecell locations are:

Sydney, Australia

  • Rosehill
  • Oatlands
  • Lalor Park
  • The Ponds
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Rydalmere

We also have Homecells in Singapore and Malaysia.

Youthopea is a Christian youth group stemming from Hope Mission Centre which began in January of the year 2000. Youthopea’s focus revolves around Jesus as it endeavours to help youth: discover Jesus and their potential, disciple and be discipled in the ways of Jesus, and fulfil their God given destiny.

It is dedicated to:
Salvation: Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
Environment: Providing an environment of worship, fun and fellowship.
Equipping: Training and equipping youth to fulfil their destiny.
Discipleship: Discipling Christians to be like Jesus in all they do.

HopeKids is our children’s ministry providing Bible-based learning activities and opportunities for service and outreach for children up to Grade 6. Every Sunday, children come together to learn the Word of God through engaging Bible Stories, games, craft, and creative arts. Throughout the year, they participate in outreach and community events.
Men of Hope is an outreach opportunity where men gather to participate in activities and events to build friendships and to encourage one another.
Women of Hope is an opportunity for women to come together to support, encourage and inspire one another through regular social activities and events.
Enlivening Caregivers (EnCa) is a HMC community program that provides support services for family caregivers of people living with chronic kidney disease. EnCa promotes the emotional and social well being of caregivers and organises events and activities that help to relieve their anxiety and sense of isolation.
The Migrant Support Network exists to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of migrants in Australia by providing both personal and professional services. We are committed to helping migrants establish themselves in the Australian community by providing practical assistance and social support.
UpBeat is a school holiday program for children to participate in fun-filled recreation and learning activities. At UpBeat, children build friendships with others as all as make new friends.

The History of Hope


In 1997, Rev Samuel Gunawan and Rev Dr Aileen Gunawan were called by God to start a ministry in Parramatta – located at the very centre of Sydney. Driven by a deep passion to see lives transformed by the power of hope, they set their hands to the plough and began laying the foundations of the organisation.

Two years later, on the 8th of August 1999, Hope Mission Centre was officially inaugurated. It all began in their suburban home where young people would arrive at their doorstep for music and youth leadership training. The church began with a congregation of 11 people, gathered each Sunday in a small band hall in Parramatta.

Over time, the organisation has grown to become a multi-faceted, vibrant organisation with over 100 volunteers united in a mission to serve the community. In 2010, Hope Mission Centre expanded beyond Australia and now provides extension services in Singapore and Malaysia.

More recently in 2013, Hope Mission Centre purchased a new building on the most prominent street in Parramatta – Church Street.

To take God’s vision forward, Hope Mission Centre continues to move onward and upward to bring the hope of Christ into the local community and to all corners of the world.

Meet the Pastors

Rev Samuel Gunawan
Rev Samuel GunawanFounder, Executive Director and Senior Pastor
Since Hope Mission Centre began in 1999, Rev Samuel Gunawan has provided steadfast direction and bold vision for the organisation, and ministers to people through teaching and prayer.

Rev Samuel Gunawan has planted 25 churches in Indonesia since 1966, and has ministered to people throughout South-East Asia and Europe. He carries a strong anointing in training, equipping and releasing the power of God upon people, and has committed himself to raising leaders. He is also anointed in the apostolic and prophetic office as well as in the healing ministry and has seen the blind receive sight, the lame begin to walk, and sick receiving miraculous health. Rev Gunawan continues to lead regular overseas missions trips with the aim to empower and equip churches and leaders abroad.

Before commencing full-time ministry, Rev Samuel Gunawan worked as a Production Manager and Marketing Manager for reputable companies in Indonesia; and has owned several successful business ventures.

Rev Dr Aileen Gunawan
Rev Dr Aileen GunawanFounder, Executive Director and Senior Pastor
Rev Dr Aileen Gunawan established Hope Mission Centre with Rev Samuel Gunawan and turned the vision of bringing God’s love and hope to people into reality. Since 1982, Rev Dr Aileen Gunawan has ministered to children, young people, adults and women; and for 16 years, she was the Director for Children and Youth at Wesley Mission. She is especially anointed in the areas of teaching the Word of God and is regularly invited to speak at national and international events. Rev Aileen Gunawan provides wisdom, guidance and expertise to all ministries in Hope Mission Centre. Her ongoing commitment to helping, empowering, and equipping individuals in community has been recognised and was recently awarded the NSW Premier Award for Community service and the University of Western Sydney (UWS) Community Award in 2013.

Prior to full-time ministry, Rev Dr Gunawan managed large, reputable companies in Singapore and Indonesia. In Australia, she owned and operated several successful businesses with her husband Rev Samuel Gunawan.

Dr David Gunawan
Dr David GunawanGeneral Manager and Senior Pastor
Dr David Gunawan’s courageous vision, dynamic leadership, and innovation have been instrumental to the growth of Hope Mission Centre. At just 20 years of age, Dr Gunawan was ordained as a Pastor and 14 years later was ordained Senior Pastor of Hope Mission Centre. He has faithfully used his gifts in preaching and teaching to lead others to the knowledge of Christ and a deeper relationship with God. Dr David Gunawan has used his gifting in music, not only to record worship albums including Hillsong United’s Everyday and The Hope Project EP, but also to raise up a new generation of talented and passionate musicians who are actively serving in the worship ministry at Hope Mission Centre.

In 2009, Dr Gunawan was awarded a PhD through the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He has received various awards and scholarships through the university. Currently, Dr David Gunawan is a Senior Staff Researcher at Dolby Laboratories. He leads a research team in developing state-of-the-art communication technologies that are deployed globally. Also, he publishes in prominent engineering journals, presents at international conferences, and has filed over 10 patents.

Ps Jonathan Gunawan
Ps Jonathan GunawanPastor and Evangelist
For over eight years as the Youth Director, Ps Jonathan Gunawan established and directed “Youthopea” – the innovative youth program, which has transformed the lives of many young people in the community. He also provides vision and direction for all aspects of media production in Hope Mission Centre; and leads the HMC Sunday Nights Service.

Ps Jonathan Gunawan is passionate about design and creativity, and has a wealth of industry experience. In 2005, he completed a Masters of Design Science (Digital Media) at The University of Sydney. He is a lecturer in Digital Media and has taught Animation Design for the postgraduate course at the University of Technology Sydney, and 3D Design and Animation at Billy Blue Design College – Australia’s premier college for design. Ps Jonathan Gunawan’s industry experience spans numerous professional production houses. He was the Digital Media Producer for MTV Networks Australia; Multimedia Director for Laservision Mega Media, and the Senior Broadcast Designer/Graphic Supervisor at the Nine Networks Australia. His extensive experience in video production, motion graphics, photography and design has led to the growth of his own production company ‘jonogee’ (jonogee.com).