Chelsea, Victoria  -  Call us on: 0481 608 777

a new way to live

Our History


The Story of Freeway.

David Mitchelmore

1996 - The start

In 1996 a number of families from the Chelsea and surrounding area responded to God’s call to birth a new Church in the Chelsea area. After praying, searching,  planning and seeing Gods provision, Freeway Christian Life Centre (FreewayCLC) was birthed.
The first service was held on the 4th August 1996 at St Leonards College Gym, Riverend Rd, Bangholme. Rev David Mitchelmore was the first Pastor
The Church became an incorporated body on the 15th October 1997 and in 2000 was accepted into the Baptist Union of Victoria.
 Baptist Union of Victoria

2008 - The Move!

Freeway Christian Life Centre, Chelsea Victoria
As the Church grew, it sought a more permanent facility which would provide opportunity to expand. On the 20th January 2008, after much searching, the Church moved to its current premises at the Chelsea Market Building, (Rear, Level 1/450 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea)
Over all these years, Freeway has continued to share the Gospel message to its community in a contemporary and vibrant way both within the Church and also through Community events, music and outreach.

2013 - We welcome Mason!

Many people have shared this journey and in 2013 we Inducted Mason Taylor as Associate Pastor (14th April 2013). In that same year we fondly fare welled our Senior Pastor David Mitchelmore after 17 years of ministry (15th December 2013). Rev Mason Taylor was inducted as Senior Pastor on the 18th May 2014.

2015 - Our new name

The church changed its name to Freeway Baptist Church on the 8th November 2015.

2016 - Re-launch within the community

On 3rd July 2016 Freeway Baptist Church relaunched its name in the community of Chelsea Victoria, with new logo, signage and website.
Freeway continues to seek to be authentic followers of Jesus in our local community bringing the wonderful message of hope and salvation found in God alone.

2020 - COVID-19

With the onset of COVID, we had to scramble quickly to adjust, but managed to "Live Stream" our serves without missing a Sunday.

Our YouTube channel holds all services since then.

We continued to provide messages via our Podcast Facility.

2021 - Connecting better via "Church Connect"

As the digital world become a bigger part of our lives, Freeway enhanced connections with those in the Freeway family via "Church Connect", a mobile device friendly App allowing better 2-way communication with attendees and visitors.

This proved to be a more effective way of distributing news and updates than our traditional newsletter.




2023 - Platform Lift installed in Stairwell

In July a Platform lift (made by the SAVARIA company) was installed in our stairwell, making our first floor location accessible to those in a wheel chair or who had difficulty negotiating the stairs.