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

Ben Naitoko
Ben Naitoko
State President

Ben and Trish Naitoko are the Senior Pastors of King's Church Australia, which is both a thriving multi-site church and 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, founding campus director of the Alphacrucis College Brisbane Campus and also a prolific itinerant speaker for many years. Ben is currently the Gold Coast Regional leader, the current board chairman of Youth Alive Queensland and has previously served on the Brisbane West Regional Executive. Ben has been an ACC Queensland State Executive member for the last 4 years and is the current State Vice-President. Ben and Trish are the parents of 3 sons and are passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God advance and seeing people encounter the power and presence of God.


Craig Tomkinson
Craig Tomkinson
State Vice President

Craig and Tuppy Tomkinson are the Senior Pastors of New Life Church, with congregations in Mackay, Sarina Whitsundays and Chiang Rai. With big hearts for Mission and Church planting, they are championing the cause of Christ both locally and abroad with a passion for His presence and seeing lives transformed. Craig has been an ACC QLD/NT State Executive Member for 11 years, serving in areas such as QLD Church Planting and State Treasurer. Craig and Tuppy have 3 adult children.


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, with leadership development and church-planting the major emphasis. 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 2 small grandchildren. He loves bouncing his grandchildren on his knee, and enjoys driving his 1970 XU-1 Torana.


Ben Teefy
Ben Teefy
Treasurer

Ben and his wife, Danielle, live with 2 of their daughters in Alice Springs where they serve as Lead Pastors of Desert Life Church. DLC has enjoyed an exciting season of expansion with outreach into the Alice community, ministry to Indigenous locals and other residents who come from all over the world, beginning a Church plant in the Darwin CBD, and a missional beachhead in Timor Leste. They have 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 6 years.


Dustan Bell
Dustan Bell
Member

Dustan Bell is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Church, an international multi-site church, with campuses in eight locations across Queensland and South Africa. The Calvary group also encompasses a private school of over 1,000 students in Townsville, provides ministry and leadership training through Calvary Leadership College, and practical help to people in need through Calvary Care. Having lived and led in North Queensland and South Africa, Dustan and his wife Sarah now live on the Sunshine Coast with their 4 children.


Lee Dallmann
Lee Dallmann
Member

Lee and Carly Dallmann are the Senior Pastors of Country Hope Church. Country Hope is based in Chinchilla with locations in Gayndah, Jandowae and 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. His goal is to see churches in other out-of-the-way places flourish and make a difference in their world. Lee and Carly have 3 adult kids plus a few semi-adopted ones.


Deborah van Bennekom
Deborah van Bennekom
Member

Deb assisted pioneering Springfield Christian Family 26 years ago, where she currently pastors. She led Brisbane West Women for 11 years and then Brisbane West region for 8 years. Deb pioneered the new portfolio of “Pastor’s Health & Wellbeing” last year. Deb is passionate about God's Word and Spirit, missions, and developing people. She presents the leadership strand for Arise Conference for Women of Central Asia & Beyond since 2015, alongside ongoing mission work in Ukraine since 2004. Deb is QLD's mission representative for ACCI. Mother to 5 and “Nanady” to 3, Deb has been happily married to John for 39 Years. Deb brings to the State 22 years teaching experience, 18 years pastoring, visionary leadership, strategic planning, along with growing and mobilising leaders and pastors locally, in our State and globally.