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 375,000 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.
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.
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.
Pastor Wayne Alcorn has been a credentialed pastor for over 35 years, and has held a number of key leadership roles in the movement, including Queensland State President for 12 years and National Director for Youth Alive. He was elected National President of the ACC in 2009. Together with his wife Lyn, he pastors the growing multi-campus Hope Centre in the South East corner of Queensland.
Pastor Alun Davies has over 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry and leadership, including 30 years as the Senior Minister of the thriving Faith! Christian Church in the Dandenong region of Melbourne. He was the State President of Victoria for over 12 years and currently is the Director of ACC International where he leads over 185 missionaries who are engaged in significant community development projects and disaster relief in Australia and overseas.
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.
Joel A’Bell has been the Lead Pastor Hillsong Church Australia for nearly 20 years and in February 2019, with his wife, Julia, has just planted a brand new ACC church in the heart of Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, called Revitalise. He has been a member of the ACC National Executive since 2015 and is passionate about building and growing the local church. His fresh leadership ideas and style have helped shape Hillsong’s flourishing multi-campus church.
Pastor Shane Baxter is the ACC State President of Victoria, and is committed to raising up churches and emerging leaders. Together with his wife, Georgie, he pastors the multi-campus Enjoy Church in Melbourne.
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 seven 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.
Pastor John Hunt is the ACC State President for Queensland/Northern Territory and he has served the movement in various roles over the past two decades. He and his wife Francine have been the pastors of Centro Church in Ipswich, Qld, since 1995.
Pastor Brad Bonhomme and his wife Alison have been the Senior Pastors of Horizon Church in Sydney (formerly Shirelive) since 2013. He has been in ministry for 25 years, starting as Youth/YoungAdults Pastor at Perth CLC, then serving at Influencers Church in Adelaide in Youth & Young Adults, then Executive Pastor and finally as Lead Pastor. Brad has served on the ACC State Executive in South Australia and currently on the NSW State Executive. He is passionate about Spirit-led ministry and the releasing of leaders.
Pastor Matt Heins and his wife Franca are the Senior Pastors of Faith Christian Church, a thriving church across Melbourne’s South East suburbs. Under his leadership, FaithCC has grown to over 4,000 people across six campuses as a multi-cultural and multi-generational church that is significantly impacting the local and global communities.Matt has been in ministry for over 20 years and served at Influencers Church as part of the senior leadership team before leading Faith CC. Matt currently serves on the ACCI Missions Council, ACC Vic State Executive and is a board member for Youth Alive Victoria.