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.
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), and Melanie, 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 16 years, now 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.
Steve believes his primary role as Vice-President is to support the State President in his function and represent the State President to the QLD/NT Conference, (i.e. all of its members), and represent the Conference to the State President. Steve has served in this role alongside the current State President for the past 8 years. Steve was born in Queensland and has been pastoring here for more than 35 years. Steve is married to Susie (1979) and they have 4 adult children (all married), and 5 fantastic grandkids and hoping for more, more, and more.....WOW!! Steve and Susie are Senior Pastors of Champions Church on Brisbane's beautiful bayside.
Chris Mulhare together with his wonderful wife, Sue, pastors New Hope Church Toowoomba, a multi-site church with a strong focus on multiplying leaders through simple 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 nine years before his appointment as State Secretary. He is married to Sue and they have three children, Levi (24) is married to Talitha. Together they are lead pastors of Lifehouse Taipei. Beautiful Bethany (22) is currently studying at Hillsong College in Sydney, and Reuben (18) who is very busy being all kinds of awesome!
Craig and Tuppy Tomkinson are the Senior Pastors of New Life Church, which has congregations in Mackay, Sarina, & Chiang Rai. With a big heart for missions and church planting, Craig is championing the cause of Christ both in and beyond the local church, and has a passionate desire to see His power and presence change people’s lives. Craig serves as the Regional Leader of the ACC QLD Whitsunday Region and has been a ACCQLD/NT State Executive Member for 7 years as the Church Planting Co-ordinator. Together with his wife, Tuppy, he is blessed with three awesome children, Joel 24, Jaden 22 and Clara 19.
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 on the Gold Coast. Ben has been an ACC Pastor for nearly 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 ACC Executive and is a current board member of Youth Alive Queensland. Ben and Trish also have 3 sons who are the most incredibly behaved and demure children you’re ever likely to meet.
Ben Teefy & his wife Danielle, live with their three daughters in Alice Springs. 3 years ago they traded their maroon convertible for a Toyota Hilux and headed for the bush 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 Exec for the last two years.
John and Deb, were one of the pioneer families that founded Springfield Christian Family 23 years ago. In 2005 Deb joined the SCF pastoral team. Deb led Bris West Women for 11 years, served as a team member of the Bris West Region for 8 years, before taking up the leadership of the Region in 2016. She has been engaged in short term missionary work for the past 12 years, leading multiple missions to Ukraine and other nations. Currently, Deb presents the leadership strand of the Arise Conference for Women of Central Asia & beyond. Deb brings to the State, 22 years teaching experience, 14 years pastoring, visionary leadership and strategic planning, along with her passion for growing and mobilizing leaders at a local, regional, and global level