Brisbane’s New Way Community Chapel Mourns Death Of Founder


Brisbane’s New Way Community Chapel is mourning the loss of its founder, Pastor David Hendry.

Last September the Spring Hill church celebrated its 22nd anniversary, and over the past two decades it had become known for its LGBTI inclusive services and is proud to accept all people of faith.

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Pastor David Hendry (pictured), who founded the church and retired last year, passed away on February 23, New Way’s current Pastor Rob Spiers said.

“David was brought up a Salvo in and around Paddington and was raised essentially by his mother. He was an only child. He attended the local public schools and worked most of his adult life for the Brisbane City Buses in administration,” he wrote in a obituary.

“A faithful person who would’ve normally joined the officer corps with the Salvos, he felt his sexuality was a bar to his calling.

“In later life, he took over the urban mission started in Milton by a Congregational Lay Minister Byron Hines, who had started a chapel called ‘Crosslink’.

“Following Byron’s sudden death, David reformed the group under a new banner and called it New Way Community Chapel. God rest in peace, dear friend.”

David will be buried in a family plot at Toowong Cemetery next to his mother, and is survived by his loving partner Jack.

The New Way Community Chapel meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6.30pm at 351 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill (entry via Lilley Street). For more information, visit New Way Community Chapel on QGroups.com.au.