Who We Are

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.

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 Leadership

John Hunt
John Hunt
State President

John and Francine are the Senior Pastors of Centro Church (Ipswich) where they have served for over 25 years. They have
3 children - Aleesha (married to Tom Price); Laryssa (married to James Schleusener); Melanie (married to Matthew Cliff) - and
now 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. John has previously served as the ACC QLD Brisbane West Regional Leader for 15
years and has served on the State Executive for 18 years - 10 years serving as the State President. He believes strongly in
equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, and has an extraordinary handle on the Word and character of God.


Ben Naitoko
Ben Naitoko
State Vice President

Ben and Trish Naitoko are the Senior Pastors of King's Church, which is both a multi-site church and a multi-site Christian School. Ben has been an ACC Pastor for over 20 years - as a Youth Pastor in Mackay, founding Principal of Planetshakers College (now iSEE College) in Brisbane and also a prolific itinerant speaker for 6 years. Ben has previously served on the Brisbane West Regional Executive and is a current board member of Youth Alive Queensland. Ben has been an ACC Queensland State Executive member for the last 2 years. Ben and Trish are the parents of 3 school aged sons and are passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God advance and seeing people encounter the power and presence of God.


Chris Mulhare
Chris Mulhare
Secretary

Chris Mulhare, together with his wonderful wife Sue, pastor New Hope Church Toowoomba, a multi-site church with a strong focus on multiplying leaders through simple, relational discipleship. Missions is also a major focus, from bush chaplaincy in Far West Queensland to church planting in a number of nations. Chris served as the South-West Regional Leader for a period of 9 years before his appointment as State Secretary. Chris and Sue have 3 grown children and recently welcomed the first of many, many, many grandchildren.


Craig Tomkinson
Craig Tomkinson
Treasurer

Craig & Tuppy Tomkinson are Senior Pastors of New Life Church, with congregations in Mackay, Sarina & Chiang Rai. With big hearts for Mission & Church planting, they are championing the cause of Christ both locally and abroad, with a passion for His presence & seeing lives transformed. Craig serves as the Regional Leader for Whitsundays and has been an ACCQLD/NT State Executive Member for 9 years, the QLD Church Planting Coordinator and State Treasurer. Craig & Tuppy have 3 adult children.


Lee Dallmann
Lee Dallmann
Member

Lee & Carly Dallmann are the Senior Pastors of Country Hope Church. Country Hope is based in Chinchilla with locations in Gayndah, Jandowae & Meandarra. Lee has been pastoring in country towns for 25 years and loves regional Queensland! He is passionate about the church serving their wider community in practical and relational ways - living out the gospel. This approach has seen exciting growth in Chinchilla leading to multiple services and an expansion of facilities. His goal is to see churches in other out-of-the-way places flourish & make a difference in their community. Lee & Carly have 3 almost adult kids plus a few semi-adopted ones.


Ben Teefy
Ben Teefy
Member

Ben & his wife, Danielle, live with their 3 daughters in Alice Springs where they serve as Lead Pastors of Desert Life Church. During this time, DLC has enjoyed exciting growth; outreach into the Alice community; ministry to Indigenous locals and other residents who come from all over the world. They’ve seen numerous media pieces on their work in the region and hundreds of people impacted by a new found faith. Ben is passionate about the nation and seeing local Aussie churches influence their regions by shining light ‘down the road and around the world’. The Teefys get to walk this out with hundreds of people from all walks of life in the heart of the nation and are having an absolute blast! They are thrilled to have served the movement as part of the QLD/NT State Executive for the last 4 years.


Deborah van Bennekom
Deborah van Bennekom
Member

Deb assisted in pioneering Springfield Christian Family 24 years ago, joining the SCF pastoral team in 2005. She led Brisbane West Women for 11 years and served as a team member of the Brisbane West Region for 8 years, before taking up the leadership of the BWR in 2016. Deb is passionate about God’s Word & Spirit, missions and developing people. For the last 6 years she has presented the Leadership strand of the Arise Conference for Women of Central Asia & Beyond held in Turkey. Deb brings to the State 22 years teaching experience, 16 years pastoring, visionary leadership and strategic planning, along with her passion for growing and mobilizing leaders and pastors at the local, regional, and global level.