ABOUT US

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 350,000 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 350,000 believers across Australia.

Our Leadership

Josh Brett

Josh Brett

State President

Josh Brett is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church. Josh is married to Sharon and in 2008 they planted a church that today reaches over 500 people through local church gatherings and community engagement initiatives. Josh believes in the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. He therefore has a passion to support the raising up and development of pastors and leaders, and to see people embrace their God-given destiny.
Rob Santostefano

Rob Santostefano

Vice President

Rob is the Senior Pastor at One Heart Church and also the ACC West Coast Regional Leader.  Rob loves the Word of God and is a gifted preacher, inspiring people to live out biblical principles. He is passionate about empowering others to serve in the local church with a proven ability to build teams.

John Griffiths

John Griffiths

State Secretary/Treasurer

John is one of the pastors at Lifepoint Church, a dynamic and growing church in the North East of Adelaide. He is passionate about the ACC movement and desires to see each local church thrive. He is married to Nicole and they have four children Zachary, Isabella, Micah and Emily. Over the years John and Nicole have served in a variety of roles, including Youth Pastors, Church Planters and Senior Pastors.

Darren Braund

Darren Braund

Executive Member

Darren has been serving God in South Australia for over 30 years and is the Pastor of Edithburgh Community Church. He is married to Kerry and they have three sons. Darren has a strong emphasis on community engagement and is also Mayor of the Yorke Peninsula Council.

Josh Greenwood

Josh Greenwood

Executive Member

Josh Greenwood has fulfilled multiple ministry roles over the years, including youth pastor, young adult pastor and South Australian Youth Alive Director.  He is the Senior Associate Pastor at Influencers Church, with his wife Sjhana oversees and directs six Australian Campuses. He also serves on the ACC National Students for Christ Board.

 David Hall

David Hall

Executive Member

David Hall, along with his wife Donna, is the senior pastor of Lifepoint Church; a dynamic and growing church in Adelaide’s North East. His passion for the supernatural power of God is so infectious that he travels the world holding meetings with people being changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, youth events and as well Lifepoint Church. They have two boys, James and Samuel.
Greg Johnston

Greg Johnston

Executive Member

Greg has been a member of the pastoral staff at Influencers church since 1980 and has served as the Principal of Influencers Leadership College for over 15 years.  He is married to Michelle, has two children and has a passion to see people discover their identity in Christ through teaching and preaching the word of God.

What We Believe

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.

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