Who We Are

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES is a movement of Pentecostal Churches in voluntary cooperation. Each individual church is self-governing, but commits itself to work together with other churches in the movement for the purpose of mutual support and the spread of the gospel in Australia and the world. The Assemblies of God in Australia was formed in 1937 and has experienced consistent growth. It adopted a new name of Australian Christian Churches in 2007 and currently consists of over 1,000 churches with over 384,000 constituents, making it the largest Pentecostal movement in Australia. In our churches you’ll find vibrant, contemporary Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ and express that love in lively praise and worship and in caring relationships. Australian Christian Churches are Bible-loving, evangelical and Pentecostal, and are about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

Our History

THE AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (formerly called Assemblies of God in Australia) was formed in 1937, and is unique among Christian movements in the world in that we are unable to trace our origins to any human leader. Australian Pentecostalism in the early decades of the 20th century was greatly influenced by such figures as Mrs. Janet Lancaster, AC Valdez, Smith Wigglesworth, C L Greenwood and P B Duncan but none of these were individually responsible for the formation of the Assemblies of God in Australia.

The Assemblies of God in Australia formed out of a conference of the Assemblies of God – Queensland and the Pentecostal Church of Australia in Sydney, Easter 1937. It was recognised by the leaders of both movements that a more harmonious, co-operative and unified relationship was needed. C.L Greenwood was elected the first Chairman of the Assemblies of God in Australia and every state was granted autonomy in its own affairs as was each registered assembly. In the early years of the movement growth was very slow but firm foundations were set in place.

In 1948 the Commonwealth Bible College was established in order to train men and women for ministry. Various leaders also arose to bring leadership and direction to the movement such as Henry Wiggins, Philip Duncan, Edward Irish, James Wallace, Alec Davidson and Ralph Read. In 1977, when Pastor Andrew Evans became the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Australia, the movement experienced great growth, multiplying by over 13 times in the number of members and adherents and planting over 700 churches.

In May 1997 Pastor Brian Houston was elected the new National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia, and under his leadership, the movement continued to grow and expand its influence into the 21st century. It was renamed the Australian Christian Churches in April 2007.

Pastor Wayne Alcorn was elected the new National President by the National Conference in April 2009. Today, the ACC represents over 1,000 churches and more than 385,000 believers across Australia.

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Our Leadership

The nine members of the National Executive of the Australian Christian Churches are elected at the biennial National Conference by the voting members of the movement. The Executive includes the offices of National President, Vice President and National Secretary.

Wayne Alcorn
Wayne Alcorn
National President

Pastor Wayne Alcorn has been a credentialed pastor for over 35 years, and has held a number of key leadership roles in the ACC movement, including National Director for Youth Alive and Queensland / Northern Territory State President for 12 years. He was elected National President of the ACC in 2009.
Together with his wife Lyn, Wayne pastors the growing multi-campus Hope Centre in the South East corner of Queensland. They have two married sons, and four grandsons.

John Hunt
John Hunt
Vice President

Pastor John Hunt believes strongly in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, and has an extraordinary handle on the Word and character of God. He served as the Senior Pastor of Centro Church for 26 years, the Brisbane West Regional Leader for 15 years and on the Queensland/Northern Territory State Executive for 18 years, serving the last 10 years as the State President.
John is a National Executive member and has recently been appointed to the Directorship of ACC International. He has been happily married to Francine for 38 years, and in that time now has three married children and five grandchildren.

Sean Stanton
Sean Stanton
National Secretary/Treasurer

Pastor Sean Stanton has been involved with the ACC movement for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles and on ACC Executive boards. He was elected to the ACC National Executive in 2011 in the position of National Secretary/Treasuer. Sean and his wife Lynda are the Senior Pastors of Life Unlimited Church in the ACT.

Brad Bonhomme
Brad Bonhomme
Executive Member

Pastor Brad Bonhomme and his wife Alison are the Senior Pastors of Horizon Church in Sydney, a vibrant multi-site, multi-generational church. Brad has been in ministry for over 25 years, serving in some of Australia’s largest churches, and he has held numerous leadership roles in the ACC.
Brad was elected to the ACC National Executive in 2019, and has served on the State Executive in South Australia, and currently serves as a member of the NSW+ACT State Executive.
He has a rich love for the local Church, the Word of God and to the leadings of the Holy Spirit. His ministry has a strong prophetic edge and he is deeply committed to building young leaders and releasing people.
He and Alison and their two children live in Sydney.

Ally Cawthorn
Ally Cawthorn
Executive Member

Pastor Ally Cawthorn and her husband Steve, are the Senior Pastors of Urban Church in Mosman Park, Western Australia, which they planted in 2013 after 13 years serving in various leadership roles at Perth Christian Life Centre. She is the Founder and Director of ‘The Immersion Academy’ and regularly teaches and ministers at conferences, churches and bible colleges, and also has the great privilege of training church planters in Europe through the 700 Miast project in Poland.
Ally is currently the Vice President of ACCWA and has been a member of the State Executive in Western Australia since 2018 and an ex-officio member since 2016. She completed her Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Seminary in California in 2020, and holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies through Southern Cross College (now Alphacrucis).

Joel Chelliah
Joel Chelliah
Executive Member

Pastor Joel Chelliah is the founder and Senior Pastor of Centrepoint, a multi-site church in Perth, together with his wife Sharon. In 2012, Joel was elected as the ACC State President of Western Australia and over the last eight years has brought fresh vision and seen significant growth and health in the State.
With over 20 years of ministry experience, Joel is a gifted leader, communicator and author, whose first book ‘The Chat’ equips fathers to talk to their sons about sex. He is passionate about championing church planters and was appointed the new director of Harvestnet (a church planting movement) in 2018.

Matt Heins
Matt Heins
Executive Member

Pastor Matt Heins and his wife Franca are the Senior Pastors of Faith Christian Church, a thriving multi-site church in Melbourne. Matt has close to 30 years of ministry experience, having been in senior leadership at Influencers Church, before moving to Melbourne in 2010.
Matt is known for his prophetic ministry and his passion for global missions and has served on the board of ACCI for seven years. He and Franca have continued to build a multi-cultural and multi-generational church that is significantly impacting the global community.
Matt has served on the ACC State Executive for four years and the National Executive for the past two years. In 2020 he was elected State President for ACC Victoria.

Corey Turner
Corey Turner
Executive Member

Pastor Corey Turner is the Senior Pastor of Neuma Church, which has a global footprint in seven locations across two countries, Australia and Thailand.
He is a recognised prophetic voice across the Body of Christ and has authored several books on a variety of topics to help equip and empower the believer and non believer in their walk with God. His ministry is marked by revelation, faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Corey has been married to Simone for 20 years and they reside in Melbourne with their three children.

Mark Varughese
Mark Varughese
Executive Member

Pastor Mark Varughese is the founder and senior leader of Kingdomcity —a growing, vibrant church of more than 30,000 people in 26 locations across 12 countries around the world. Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia until the age of nine, Mark spent the next 21 years living in Perth, Western Australia.
After completing his commerce and law degrees, Mark worked as a lawyer for five years before joining full-time ministry. In September 2005, Mark had a profound ‘burning bush experience’ which led to him returning to Malaysia to plant what is now Kingdomcity in April 2006. His wife Jemima and their two sons now reside predominantly in Perth.

Our Beliefs


We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues which is the initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit. We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively. We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.