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Media fails to report on murder trial of doctor who ran abortion clinics in US
· April 15, 2013 10:00 AM
Dr Kermit Gosnell (left) ran two multi-million dollar abortion clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was arrested in 2011 charged with eight counts of murder. Prosecutors allege he was responsible for the death of a woman and that he killed seven babies who were born alive. He could face the death penalty should he be found guilty.
His trial began in the United States last month, with several former employees testifying against him. One claims that they saw 100 babies' spinal cords being snipped with scissors. Many babies were allegedly older than the 24-week limit for abortions in the state.
Denison Forum, a Christian ministry in the US, has raised concerns about the failure of the media to report on trials with such enormous implications for human rights, particularly the rights of the unborn. They note Kristen Powers in
explaining that none of the news shows on the three major national television networks have mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. She says "this should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attached Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria…Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed - a major human rights story if there ever was one - doesn't make the cut…The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace."
Abortion continues to be a major issue in Australian politics. The introduction of a private member’s bill by Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne's
Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill
into the state parliament recently has attracted widespread criticism from people all over the country.
The community has raised concern about the extreme nature of the abortion bill, originally allowing abortion on demand for up to 24 weeks but recently changed to 16 weeks. This removes protection of the most vulnerable in society and diminishes the rights of unborn children.
The Church in Tasmania has expressed their disagreement with the proposed legislation. Last week saw each of Tasmania's major heads of Churches and Christian networks launch a joint statement presented to parliament affirming that all human life is sacred. You can support this initiative by signing the Salamanca Declaration at
ACL made its own submission to the inquiry on the bill and launched a
'Make a Stand' campaign
encouraging Tasmanians to lobby their politicians against the proposed legislation.
Towards Belief': Pre-order the series today!
· March 19, 2013 11:00 AM
will be available on DVD in May 2013. Pre-order your copy today and receive a special discount!
is a 10 part series bringing together respected academics, apologists and Christian leaders to respond to the top belief blockers of our time.
The series is hosted by pastor and CEO of Olive Tree Media, Karl Faase, who travels to America, the United Kingdom and Australia to interview leading Christian thinkers including:
Professor John Lennox
, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA)
Professor Richard Swinburne
, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford
, author and social critic, and a previous reporter for the BBC
, Director of Programmes for OCCA and the UK Director for RZIM Zacharias Trust
Dr John Dickson
, Co-Founder of the Centre for Public Christianity
, Lead Pastor of Hillsong Australia
and many more.
is a product of research conducted in 2011 into the religious and spiritual beliefs of modern Australians, and specifically what issues turned them off Christian faith and the Church. The series gives reasoned answers to those exploring these questions, as well as helping equip Christians to give an answer for their faith.
Topics addressed in the series include:
What about church abuse?
Doesn't science disprove God?
How can a good God allow suffering?
How can Christianity claim an exclusive way to God?
Catch a glimpse of the series by watching the trailer above.
We encourage you to purchase a copy to use as a resource for those exploring the Christian faith, or for those who want to better equip themselves to share their faith.
DVDs will be available in May 2013, but if you pre-order today, you'll receive a special discount. To find out more information and to pre-order a copy of the series, visit
ACT Director Letter to Supporters - February 2013
· February 11, 2013 11:00 AM
The ACL’s Director for ACT Richard Thackway’s letter to supporters in the territory is now available online.
This year is shaping up to be a big one for the ACT. Already, we have seen a significant difference between those in our community who share a faith position, and those who refrain from one. This is not surprising when we consider the history of secularism in the Assembly, which has produced a spirit of separation rather than cooperation and unity.
The recently appointed Speaker for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Mrs Vicki Dunne, has sort to redress this issue by reaching out to the faith community in the ACT with a plan to begin the new Assembly year with an ecumenical service on Monday 11 February 2013.
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MR: Royal Commission a chance to purge child abuse from community
· November 13, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia.
Managing Director Jim Wallace said child abuse in the church and the community was an unacceptable evil and the inquiry was warranted.
“It is to our shame as Christians that much abuse has been in the church. Jesus, who founded the church, warned that any adult who caused a child to stumble was worthy of severe punishment."
While not excusing the church, Mr Wallace said it was right that the Royal Commission focussed on all institutions.
“Let’s hope and pray that this process provides an opportunity to purge our society of the evil of child sex abuse once and for all.”
Tolerance, private education and The Greens
· November 12, 2012 11:00 AM
Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne made some interesting comments this week on the Greens' policies regarding private education.
He said that the Greens "maintained a bias against private education" and that "the idea of churches and charities educating children offends them. They want them educated by the state so they can control what they are taught."
To read The Australian's article on this issue, click
Also, The Spectator last month published an article by Rod Liddle, which examined the intolerance and hypocrisy shown by The Green Party in the UK.
He outlined the situation with Greens councillor Christina Summers, who was expelled by her party "because she could not bring herself, as a Christian, to support a motion demanding that the government change the marriage laws so that gay people could get married..."
to read Mr Liddle's article.
ACL's Jim Wallace writes in Sight Magazine
· October 29, 2012 11:00 AM
ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace has had an opinion piece published in Sight Magazine entitled
Religious Freedom - Why We Must Defend It.
See below for a copy of Mr Wallace’s opinion piece.
In this fast paced world in which we live many of our wives will expect their men to be at risk of dying from heart attack. Mine has a different fear.
Beside our bed is a pile of my bedside reading. A dangerously tottering pile of, at last count, up to 96 partially read books, that she is sure will fall and kill me before the year is out. But my great disappointment is that I fear her concern is more the likelihood of suffering collateral damage in what seems I must admit, my inevitable end.
But one of the books is of Historic Speeches – which I hasten to add I was not plagiarising for this piece. And I was struck to see that the very first speech in the book was by Moses, as he returned from Mount Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments to the Hebrews.
But even more striking is what the secular author of the book said in his foreword to it.
“At Mount Sinai he revealed the Ten Commandments, an extraordinary code of conduct distinctively different from anything then known in the ancient world. The Mosaic Law emphasised humility, sympathy for the poor, the widowed and the oppressed, considerations that were low in the priorities of other nations;...”
I suppose a better student of history wouldn’t have thought twice about this, but I did, and decided to look at what those other societies were like. It’s difficult to find information on issues such as treatment of the poor, but the better reported attitude to human sacrifice gives a pretty good idea of the nature of them.
Human sacrifice was practiced widely in the ancient world by the Ethiopians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, the Canaanites, the Scythians, the Egyptians, and of course by the Africans and peoples of the then undiscovered Americas and the Britons.
We know from the book of Kings that when the King of Moab saw the battle going badly for him, he called forth his eldest son, the crown prince, and had him sacrificed by burning alive on the parapets of the city to usage the gods. Sacrifice of the first born was also prevalent.
But now nearly three and a half thousand years later, after these God given rules first started to transform societies and even more of course with the death and resurrection of Christ, there are people who not only want to constrain their moderating effect on human nature, but eliminate it.
If they’re bent on evil they have good reason for it of course, because there is plenty out there that needs to be moderated by Godly influence and values.
For instance we may not sacrifice children on altars – but we leave them to die – as many as 50 after failed abortions annually in Victoria alone. And certainly we kill up to a 100,000 per year by successful abortions, and we have just given our highest national honour to a man in Peter Singer who believes we should be able to kill them as late as two years old. When they’re at an age that we can be sure they won’t be a burden to parents through some unwanted or inconvenient disease or disorder – a distraction always difficult to accommodate in our busy modern life.
Who is going to represent the case of the voiceless babies in this increasingly utilitarian world if freedom of religion is not protected? Because speaking on this does offend a lot of people when we have so many abortions in Australia each year, and you’re not allowed to offend.
On what basis will the situations of those doctors be represented, who by legislation are currently forced to refer patients to abortionists in Vic for instance; or even worse still participate in abortions, if freedom of religion and conscience are not protected as a legitimate basis for their objection.
Then again, if we are likely to be heading to the economic hardships of Greece in the long term as David Murray has said recently, who will represent the case for continued generosity to the world’s most vulnerable, if the only voice allowed into the debate is that of self interest.
Perhaps when even more of the community has a self interest in not giving aid there will be even more momentum to silence religious freedom and conscience than in the current debate on same sex marriage, which has a very small active constituency.
Our social licence to speak into society is values based, not science or reason based. It’s foundation in our faith gives consistency and humanity in a domain that will otherwise quickly default to self interest, convenience and utility.
We see this clearly already in debates about abortion, euthanasia, eugenics and many more – they become arguments about convenience and utility without a faith input.
If today we are supposed to see freedom of religion and conscience constrained or at worst removed because the incompatibility of a faith perspective with the homosexual or atheists’ agenda – what agenda will find its restriction equally attractive tomorrow and to what end. To what end for what evil?
Surely we have seen clearly enough in even recent history that the suppression of religious freedom is the first step in the reduction of humanity.
Some commentators put the deaths under atheist communism as high as a hundred million people including 65m in China and 20m in the Soviet Union.
Our concern for religious freedom and freedom of conscience today should not be for their effect on us, or the church – but the effect on humanity when the light of the Gospel in all its forms through churches, in education, and through advocacy is limited by law. The effect on humanity
is what we must be concerned for.
I must admit that we, the Church have I think been slow to respond to this issue and perhaps to our great discredit, then only when it knocks on our own front door.
For millions of Christians and indeed other mainly minorities this is a daily reality. Our brothers and sisters in Christ have been persecuted to a degree that lead Bishop Anthony Fisher to say recently and I am sure rightly, that this current era of history supersedes all others for its persecution of Christians.
Indeed in ACL we have been attempting to intervene for nearly a year now in the case of an Afghan Christian, a pastor, who is literally being hunted across north India by Muslims who are determined to kill him for not just his own conversion, but his pastoring of other converts.
Recently we were advised that website’s now carry a reward of R1m for his death. We still can get no action on the case out of UNHCR. The reaction – it’s just another case. Death for your beliefs is so common place overseas, that its imminent reality can’t galvanise the UNHCR into action.
We need as a Church to get more active on the atrocious abuses being occasioned against vulnerable Christians overseas. But the reality is that we must also deal with the problem of religious freedom at home, in this secular society
I do want to make clear though that for me, this is not an issue of restricting others’ rights to freedom of faith and conscience. I do not sit here insecure in my beliefs, doubting of my God, to the degree that I’m seeking other faiths the be restricted.
Certainly they must be limited by the normal strictures of the law. In this regard the laws interest in the riots in Sydney recently was whether anyone had in the first instance a permit to demonstrate and then whether they committed violence of affray or incited others to. Not that it had a religious purpose.
Freedom of religion and conscience has to be available fully to all people of faith.
But it must guarantee that equally, and equally with other beliefs not always declared as religious beliefs.
In the last two weeks I have been made aware of two cases of people being called into work as the result of complaints made by outside callers about their views.
One is a young man who is a frequent author on a popular web based opinion site. He writes on many different topics, but did an article on same sex marriage – disagreeing with it.
Someone tracked him down by googling his name to his place of work and reported him, citing the company’s diversity policy.
In another unrelated case, a woman who is an employee of a major bank had her appointment title listed on a Christian Business Persons’ website of which she was a member. Someone obviously objected to the fact that somewhere on this website there was an endorsement of traditional marriage.
Again I guess we call them a “troll” contacted the bank, claimed again the fact that the bank had a diversity policy and the person was called in.
Now I really am sorry that each of these cases is pursuit by a homosexual activist it would seem – but I’m only telling the story.
These examples are the start of what we already know happens with even more frightening effect overseas – and remember we are talking about people being harassed in this case for holding a view that reflects the law of the land on marriage!
We have seen the chaplaincy providers harassed all the way to the High Court because a single atheist objected to the presence of chaplains in schools which well over 90% of their principals had rated as extremely valuable.
We now have the Greens and gay activists announcing in Tasmania that children are to be taught on the homosexual life style throughout the primary school curriculum.
Now last time I looked Freedom of Religion included the right for parents to determine that their children will be educated in their faith and its values. But I will be interested to see if the parents of Christian children are allowed to remove their children from this part of the curriculum – certainly they are not in Massachusetts. This is because gay marriage is enshrined as equal to marriage in law, making it discriminatory to remove even a kindergarten equivalent child from the reading of the
King and King
– a story of two princes who meet, fall in love and live happily ever after.
We have even had cases overseas of it being proven unlawful to pray for people either publicly or privately without their permission.
My concern is that we are beginning to create in our laws, vulnerabilities for churches, church organisations and people of faith without considering the effect on freedom of religion and conscience, when it is very plainly there to be seen around the world.
There are abundant examples around the world of this unreasonable militant atheism or gay activism and their clear intent to pursue the Church and people of faith – and yet we continue to pass laws that create vulnerabilities – and this despite religious freedom and freedom of conscience actually
fundamental human rights.
This is a hugely important subject and one on which the church cannot afford, for the sake of the Gospel, to be caught napping at the altar.
ACL's Jim Wallace writes in Eternity Newspaper
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace has had an opinion piece published in Eternity Newspaper entitled
Church must decide on whether it can remain silent.
See below for a copy of Mr Wallace's opinion piece.
The successful defence of marriage in the Federal Parliament has been blamed by same-sex activists on a host of reasons with no more substance than their arguments for marriage.
Of course the fact that the Coalition didn’t allow a conscience vote is prime among these, when even in a free vote it would have failed in the Lower House. But the hypocrisy of this claim runs much deeper.
Less than a year ago both major parties were committed to the biological reality that marriage is between a man and a woman. And it was only the very lack of a conscience vote for left union delegates at the Labor National Conference that put this truth under threat.
It is to Labor’s shame that it would be as hypocritical as to hound Abbott for the lack of a conscience vote in the Coalition, when the majority of the Australian Labor National Conference were not given free votes on it themselves.
It was here too that the tactics of demonisation so evident in this campaign, first surfaced. Highly respected Labor figures like Joe de Bryun were heckled and mocked with the skilful orchestration of Rainbow Labor. A tactic same sex activists have repeated to empty the public space of alternate voices here, just as they have overseas.
With a deftness that can only come from well resourced intent, it successfully labelled any opponents with the hate language of “homophobe”, “bigot”, “gay haters” and “propagators of hate”, when all the time they were the only ones in the debate using such language.
It simply defies reason and any sense of impartiality in the media at large, that the church, which comes to its position on marriage from a love of children and the desire to see them grow and flourish in the biological identity which by God’s grace they are created, should be accused of any motivation but love. Certainly at ACL that is our sole motivation, we would not by our very motivation in Christ, use the language of which we have been accused.
But this tactic has worked well for these activists overseas of course. Amsterdam’s Chief Rabbi was sacked and a Spanish Catholic Bishop threatened to be charged with hate speech for simply exercising both their freedom of religion and conscience by voicing their faiths’ positions that marriage is between a man and woman – something that should not surprise a church which knows that the world rejects truth.
However it is the effect on individuals of this tactic which is most shameful, with gay activism increasingly prepared to pursue dissenting voices to their professional and personal ruin.
A Canadian sports commentator was recently fired for tweeting “I believe in the TRUE meaning of marriage”. And in one of the saddest cases, America’s most successful Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar was stripped of the honour of being chef de mission for the 2012 Olympics team by gay activists vitriol at his prominent support of marriage.
The next round of this debate must be conducted in a way that the merits of opposing views can be put forward without fear of public demonisation.
We must also ask ourselves whether the automatic default to conscience votes on difficult issues is really appropriate. The conscience vote has traditionally been for life issues, but should its use be so generally applied that in the end parties won’t have to tell us where they stand on any moral issues at elections, as if morality is a private matter with no public consequences.
It is the immorality of our legalised prostitution which drives the demand that causes some 800,000 women and girls to be trafficked across borders every year in a tragic trade netting criminals thirty two billion dollars annually. And the greed Christ taught as immoral, that drives an unfunded future debt in the West that has it caught in a spiral of immediate excessive gratification that will not only effect its own future generations, but will increase its blindness to the inexcusable inequality in a world in which those God loves die daily of starvation and preventable illness.
A conscience vote also exposes individual parliamentarians to the direct lobbying of individuals. This would be attractive if the process hadn’t been poisoned by gay activism to mean isolation by fear of public demonisation. This is a combination not helpful to democracy, but toxic for it.
But perhaps the biggest question to come out of this whole debate on marriage is for the church itself.
It must decide whether in a world replete with examples of this unreasonable gay activism using same sex marriage to relentlessly pursue the church and its very freedom to preach the Gospel it can remain silent and cowered. But more importantly, do we have the freedom to deny God’s very purpose for marriage, and if we do, what of Christ do we deny next?
Persecution of Christians: Dr Patrick Sookhdeo speaking at Barnabas Fund event in Sydney
· September 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Barnabas Fund warmly invites you to attend special 'Proclaim Freedom' events in Bankstown and Parramatta, where its International Director, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo will tackle the question:
"How can we remain silent while Christians are being persecuted?"
Barnabas Fund exists to provide practical aid for the Church where Christians face persecution, discrimination or disadvantage in various countries around the world.
We encourage you to support the work of the Fund by attending this event in light of the persecution Christians face daily around the world.
Details for the events are below.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
Revesby Presbyterian Church
55 Tower Street, Revesby NSW
Wednesday 17 October 2012
St. John's Cathedral Hall
195 Church Street, Parramatta NSW
MR: Christian leaders urge Parliament to protect the definition of marriage
· September 10, 2012 10:00 AM
Sunday 9 September 2012
With Parliamentary debate on marriage beginning again tomorrow in Canberra, 19 of Australia’s denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders have urged the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act.
The leaders have signed a joint statement calling for the Act to remain unchanged.
There are four bills to change the definition of marriage before the Parliament, two of which are expected to be voted on in coming weeks.
“Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children,”
The statement says.
Joint Statement on the Significance of Marriage
Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children.
As Christian leaders representing different denominations or churches, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage. We honour the unique love between husbands and wives; the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children; and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and mother.
Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society, as it has done for thousands of years. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is therefore not a special or limited interest, but serves the common good, particularly the good of children.
We call on Parliament to:
protect this definition of marriage in Australian law, and
not change the meaning of marriage by adding to it different kinds of relationships.
MEDIA INQUIRIES TO SIGNATORIES
Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
The Most Reverend Peter Jensen, Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney, ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Tim Jack, National Leader, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastor David McDonald, National Chairman, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE AUSTRALIA
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC, Archbishop of Sydney, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
Pastor Mark Connor, Senior Minister, CITYLIFE CHURCH
Reverend Dr Margaret Court, Senior Pastor, VICTORY LIFE CENTRE INCORPORATED
Very Rev Dr Michael Protopopov OAM, Australian & New Zealand Diocese, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
Pastor Bill Vasilakis, National Chairman, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
The Right Reverend David Jones, Moderator General, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
His Grace Bishop Suriel, Diocese of Melbourne & Affiliated Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros El-Bakhoumi, Diocese of Sydney & Affiliation Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Commissioner James Condon, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY EASTERN TERRITORY
Commissioner Raymond Finger, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY
Pastor Ken Vogel, General Secretary, Australian Union Conference, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Pastor Graham Nelson, Senior Minister, LIFE MINISTRY CENTRE
The Most Reverend Denis Hart, President, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
Reverend Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, AUSTRALIAN BAPTIST MINISTRIES, BAPTIST UNION OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Father Abram Abdelmalek, Parish Priest, HEAD OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WA
Pastor Gloria J Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Senior Elder Barry K Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Allinson, Associate Pastor, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Faamanuia Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor Ruta Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor David Alston, LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, A FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH
Pastor Craig Anderson, Senior Pastor, PLENTY VALLEY CHURCH
Reverend Matthew Anstey, GOLD COAST CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Keith Applegate, KENMORE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Appleton, LOGAN CITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Father Matthew Attia, ST GEORGE CHURCH KENSINGTON, NSW
Pastor Ray Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Anne Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Reverend Father Paula Elkomos Balamon, POPE SHENOUDA COPTIC CENTRE, LONG POINT NSW
Reverend Peter Barber, ST ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TOWNSVILLE (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIAN IN QLD)
Pastor Russell Barker, ROCKY CAPE FAMILY CHURCH, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastors John and Jenny Barnes, HOUSE OF THE ROCK CHURCH, GISBORNE
Reverend Father Arsanious Barsoum, THE APOSTLE & ST ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Youhanna Bastawrous, ST MARY & ST MERCURIOUS CHURCH, RHODES NSW
Reverend Jay Beatty, CHUWAR BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Benz, GATTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Brian and Annette Bernays, C3 CHURCH TAMWORTH
Pastor Lorenzo Berry, HERVEY BAY & MARYBOROUGH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
Reverend Stuart Bonnington, SCOTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FREMANTLE
Pastors Paul and Trischa Botha, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Noel Bowditch, Rector, THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF BURNIE
Pastors Mark and Rina Bowhay, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Father Anastasios Bozikis, GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF ST GEORGE, BRISBANE
Pastor B.E. Bramblet, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH QLD
Reverend Andrew J Bray, Immediate Past Moderator PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA & Interim Moderator, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GEELONG
Captain Dale Brooks, Corps Officer, Northside Corps, THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY
Pastors Roger and Linda Brown, MORNING STAR MINISTRIES, QLD
Pastor Philip Brown, PORT CITY CHURCH
Elder Ken Bruce, COC BASSENDEAN
Reverend Tony Burgum, FERNTREE GULLY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Philip Burns, BENDIGO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Gordon Busse, CALOUNDRA CITYLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Cameron Butcher, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BALLARAT
Reverend David Butterfield, JIMBOOMBA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Murray Campbell, Lead Pastor, MENTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Mike Cardy, LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH, LANCELIN
Reverend Greg Carle, KANGAROO FLAT BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Bruce Chant, Executive Pastor, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Geoff Charles, SPRINGWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Charmayne and Steven Chinnery, SIGNS MINISTRIES
Pastor Steve Christian, TOOWOOMBA NORTH CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Malcolm Clard, MERREDIN CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Josh Cocks, BEAUDESERT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Greg Coleman, Associate Pastor, DESTINY CHURCH, CABOOLTURE
Pastor Dean Comeford, GYMPIE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Kerry Connell, Executive Pastor, SOUTH BANK BAPTIS CHURCH
Pastor Peter Constantine, RIVERCITY FAMILY CHURCH
Pastor Ken Conwell, BEENLEIGH & DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Tim Cooper, LIFEHOUSE CHURCH, MAITLAND
Pastor Andrew Corbett, LAGANA CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Pastor Dermot Cottuli, Tasmanian State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC)
Reverend Warren Crank, NORTHREACH BAPTIST CHURCH, TOWNSVILLE
Pastor Mike Cronin, Australian Missions Director, CRC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
Pastor Daron Crothers, C2C Minister, LIFESTREAMS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOUTH PERTH
Pastor Greg Cumming, KING'S CHRISTIAN CENTRE, GOLD COAST
Pastor Shayne Cunningham, COASTWIDE CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Millin Curtis, CONNECT CHURCH CABOOLTURE, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Pastors Nigel and Margaret Darch, THE LIFE CENTRE CHURCH, BROADBEACH, GOLD COAST, QLD
Pastor Paul Dare, MUNDUBBERA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Michael Dasey, GUNGAHLIN ANGLICAN CHURCH
Thomas Davenport, National Leader, DADS IN FAMILIES FOUNDATION
Reverend Dr Max Davidson, MALYON COLLEGE
Pastor Fred Davis, ACACIA RIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Kevan Denny, SUNNYBANK CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Father Mina Diskoros, ST. ABRAM CHURCH MACQUARIE FIELDS, NSW
Reverend Bruce Docker, ANNERLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Chris Downes SILVERDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Jonathan Downs, Assistant Pastor, CALVARY CHAPEL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, CANBERRA ACT
Pastor John W Downs, General Superintendent, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Dr Mark Durie, Vicar, ST MARY'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAULFIELD VIC
Reverend Tim Dyer, KILSYTH SOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Bill Eckersley, DALBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Edwards, LONGREACH BAPTIST CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Augustinos El-Antony, ST. ABU NOFER CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Misael El-Antony, ST. MARY & ST. SIDHOM BESHAY CHURCH, DURAL NSW
Reverend Father Stephanos El-Antony, ST. MOSES THE MIGHTY & ST'S MAXIMOUS & DOMADIOS CHURCH, GOULBURN NSW
Reverend Father Moussa El-Antony, ST. MINA & ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, COOPERPLAINS QLD
Reverend Rowan Evans, Associate Pastor, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Karl Faase, GYMEA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Christian Fandrich, REDEEMER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor George Ferguson, WATER OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, MOUNT ISA QLD
Reverend Geoff Findlay, WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BELCONNEN
Pastor Dom Fiocco, WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
Reverend Peter Francis, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Peter Frogley, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastors Steve and Grace Fuhrmann, GOOD NEWS CHURCH, BUNBURY
Reverend Father Hanna Gad, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANSIOS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Reverend Father Basilios Gad, ST. PAUL & ST. REWAIS CHURCH, COLAROY NSW
Reverend Dr Chris Ganter, ROCKHAMPTON BAPTIST TABERNACLE
Pastor Steven Gellatly, MURGON DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Larry Gibb, CHURCH OF CHRIST, KALGOORLIE WA
Pastors Paul and Robyn Glazbrook, COVENANT FAMILY CHURCH, SA
Pastor Garth Grant, MONTMORENCY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Father Abdelmessieh Guirgis, ST. MARY & ST. BAKHOMIOS CHURCH, KIRRAWEE NSW
Reverend Geoff Haase, CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE
Very Reverend Father Pavlos Hanna, ST. ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Pastor David Helyar, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN SA
Pastor Barry Henderson, TOWNSVILLE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INC.
Pastor Damien Heres, DREAMBUILDERS CHURCH, SMITHTON
Pastor V.L. Hinds, TAMAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Reverend Paul Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Tracy Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Patrick Humberston, CORNERSTONE CHURCH
Reverend Matt Hunt, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor John Hunt, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, QLD/NT
Reverend Father Athanasios Ibrahim, ST. MARY & ST. COSMAN & DEMIAN CHURCH, HARRIS PARK NSW
Pastor Adrian Iles, AGNES WATER BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Paul Inglis, UNITING CHURCH COMMUNITY MINISTER, QLD
Reverend Rob Isaachsen, Founder, TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE
Reverend Father Jonathan Ishak, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Very Reverend Father Rafael Iskander, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Pastor Paul Jackson, PARK RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Lance Jackson JP, GLEN INNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Debra Jenkins, APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL FAITH CHURCH
Pastor Royree Jensen, RIVER OF LIFE CITY CHURCH
Pastor Stephen Jobe, M CITY CHURCH, MARYBOROUGH QLD
Pastor Roy John Johnston, NCCC
Reverend Kim L Jones, LIBERTY FAMILY CHURCH, GOSFORD NSW
Elder Norman Kalagayan, JESUS IS LORD CHURCH, CANBERRA
Reverend Charles Kennedy, ULVERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Peter Kentley, Convenor, RIVER OF LIFE CONFERENCE
Very Reverend Father Macros Khela, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Rueben Kositsin, SLAVIC EVANGELICAL FULL GOSPEL CHURCH OF TASMANIA
Pastor Candance Lahr, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Grant Lawry, CANTERBURY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Clinton Le Page, DONVALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Murray Lean, CITY NORTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Morris Lee, GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Gary Lockyer, KNOX COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Loder, General Superintendent, QUEENSLAND BAPTISTS
Reverend Albert Loder, BUNDABERG BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Logan, ARMIDALE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Wayne Lyons, HIGH STREET CHURCH, QUEANBEYAN
The Ven Peter MacPherson, Archdeacon of Box Hill, Senior Minister, ST. ALFRED'S BLACKBURN NORTH
Very Reverend Father Yacoub Magdy, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father David Mahrous, VIRGIN MARY CHURCH, CALAMVALE QLD
Pastor Slawomir Malarek, EDENS LANDING SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Reverend Allan Male, CHURCH OF CHRIST, BOONDALL QLD
Very Reverend Father Luke Malik, ST. MARY & ST. MARINA CHURCH, PENRITH NSW
Reverend Father Shenouda Mansour, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILDFORD NSW
Pastor Eric Marquez, JESUS IS LORD, CANBERRA
Pastor Ed Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Jenny Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell Matthews, Associa e Pastor, WINDSOR ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
Colonel Wayne Maxwell, Chief Secretary, THE SALVATION ARMY, AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TERRITORY
Reverend Dr Edgar Mayer, LIVING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor David McAllan, ECHUCA COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Stuart McClelland, President, FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Garry McDonald, METRO CHURCH
Reverend Ian McIver, CALOUNDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor John McMartin, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN NSW
Lewis C McMaster, Director, EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS & MINISTRIES INC.
Pastor Tim McMenamin, SANCTUARY PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST, NAMBOUR
Pastor Sandy McMillan, ST. AIDAN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA
Reverend Frank Meijer, FAITHPOINT, SHELLHARBOUR NSW
Very Reverend Father Michael Michael, ST. MARY & ST. MINA CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Pastors Gary and Gloria Middleton, HOLYROUND MINISTRIES, WA
Alexander Minchenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, SYNDEY NSW
Pastor Don Modarelli, NORTHERN BEACHES PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEACON HILL NSW
Pastor Duncan Moody, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Rod Morris, ST. STEPHEN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, GREYTHORN NORTH BALWYN
Reverend Vivian Morse, WYNYARD BAPTIST CHURCH, TASMANIA
Pastor Lyall Muller, GLADSTONE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Gary Mulquiney, KAMBAH ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Father Augustinos Nada, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father George Nakhil, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANASIOUS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Leonid Nehoroshev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, GOLD COAST QLD
Dr Haydn Nelson, RIVERVIEW CHURCH, PERTH
Pastor Larry Nelson, GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH, WANNEROO WA
Reverend Doug Newman, ST. PAUL'S, SPENCE ACT
Pastor Wayne Nichols, HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTRE & GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jenny Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Steve Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Rob Nyhuis, SOUTH EASTERN CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jonathan Oastler, CITILIFE CHURCH TOOWOOMBA (CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE)
Reverend David O'Brien, WAVERLEY BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Maurie O'Connell, HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH, JERRABOMBERRA
Pastor Eddie Olsen, TUMUT VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Pastors Tim and Sharon O'Neill, Senior Leaders, NEW DIRECTIONS, LAUNCESTON TAS
Pastor Mark Oommen, VICTORY LIFE CHURCH, BROOME
Pastor Phil Oster, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastor David Palmer, BELIEVE CHURCH, QLD
Reverend Neil Pattemore, FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Ruth Peckman, TOOWOOMBA COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Minister Greg Peisley, PITT TOWN ANGLICAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Geoff Pengilly, NORTH BELCONNEN BAPTIST
Pastor Randy Perkins, NORTHPOINTE BAPTIST CHURCH, GUNGAHLIN ACT
Reverend Stewart Pieper, GLADSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Peter Pilt, Senior Pastor, COC, NOWRA NSW
Pastor Andy Pitt, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Matt Prater, NEW HOPE BRISBANE
Pastor Stuart Quarterman, Campus Pastor, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Father Peter B Quin, ST. IGNATIUS PARISH, TOOWONG
Very Reverend Father Georgious Ramandious, ST. GORGE & PRINCE TADROS CHURCH, LIVERPOOL NSW
Reverend Dr Andrew Reid, Lead Pastor, HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH, VIC
Reverend Steve Roberts, ALBION PARK ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Brian Robertson, CORAL COAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, A BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY
Reverend David Rock, CHURCH BY THE BAY, PORTARLINGTON
Pastor Steve Rodda, HORNSBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Bob Rogers, STAFFORD HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Len Rossow, GENESIS CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Pastor Moa Sailor, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEULAH CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros Samaan, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILFORD NSW
Reverend Ashley Saunders, IPSWICH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Richard Schoenmaker, MT EVELYN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Pastor Darryl Schwarz, SPIRIT SONG CHURCH, HORSHAM VIC
Reverend Father James Sculy, THE FOUR INCORPOREAL CREATURES CHURCH, NINGI QLD
Reverend Craig Semple, PHILLIP ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Graeme R Semple, MOOLAP BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ian Shelton, TOOWOOMBA CITY CHURCH
Pastor Malcolm Shooter, DUBBO CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE & GILGANDRA CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Reverend Ian Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Diane Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Gifford Smith, WITHCOTT CHURCH OF CHRIST
Very Reverend Father Moussa Soliman, ST. ABRAM CHURCH, PEAKHURST NSW
Pastor Victor Soo, REACH COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Treverendor Springate, CHRISTIAN VICTORY CENTRE, WARWICK QLD
Pastor Jenny Spyve, RIVERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Sean Stanton, CANBERRA CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE, ACT
Pastor Dale Stephenson, CROSSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Keith Stevenson, HERVEY BAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Don Stewart, BUNDAMBA & SPRINGFIELD OASIS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Ron Stocks, CALOUNDRA CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Peter Sweetman, BRIDGEMAN BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
Gregory Tarasenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ORANGE NSW
Pastor Carneliu Telegaru, RISING SUN INTERNATIONAL, CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN QLD
Reverend Stephen Thomas, STANLEY RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Peter M Thompson, VISION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Church Elder Bruce Thomson, TUGGERANONG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ACT
Reverend Peter Tuchyna, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA INC. IN ACT
Pastor Richard Utber, NOWRA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell van Delden, ARUNDEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Nico Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Marcel Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Ivan Vinaev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ADELAIDE SA
Pastor Trevor B Vinnell, SOUTHLAKES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INC.
Pastor Glen Vonhoff, CHURCH OF CHRIST, MURGON
Very Reverend Father Samuel Wadie, ST. MARY CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Reverend Father Mattaous Wahba, ST. MINA & ST. ANTHONY CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor Myles Waldron, MACKAY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Neil Walthew, Rector, ST. PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, WANNEROO
Pastor Simon Ward, ARANA HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Keith Ware, BYFORD BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Neil Warner, THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, BURLEIGH HEADS, GOLD COAST QLD
Pastor John Warwick, WA ACC STATE PRESIDENT
Reverend Father Yastos Wasef, ST. MARY & ST. JOHN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Martin Weatherston, Authorised Marriage Celebrant, ZEBULUN HOME FELLOWSHIPS, WA
Reverend John Westendrop, Moderator, CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Geoff Westlake, CHEERS NEIGHBOURS NETWORK
Pastor Graham Wheat, COOMERA CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Pastor Rodney Whitford, WESTERN PORT CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH, TYABB VIC
Pastor Bruce Wilding, WONDAI BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Nathanael Wood, SEAVIEW CHURCH
Pastor Anthony Woodward, CANNON HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Martin Woodward, SOUTHERNLIFE CHURCH INC. NSW
David Worboys, Warden, ST. MARTIN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, NSW
Pastor David Wright, CAIRNS FAMILY CHURCH, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
Hank Wurtz, HUTTERITE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, DETENTION RIVER TAS
Very Reverend Father Bishoy Yassa, ST. MARY & ST. ABU SEFEIN CHURCH, CONCORD NSW
Reverend Father Gabriel Yassa, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL CHURCH, MT. DRUITT NSW
Pastor Li Fang Zhou, CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH IN CANBERRA
Managing Director Jim Wallace attends Governor's Prayer Breakfast
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace attended the governor's prayer breakfast in Western Australia on Thursday.
The breakfast was a celebration of 20 years of the event. It is a time where Western Australia's leaders and the community get together for fellowship, to display unity across Christian denominations, and to express the needs and aspirations of the community.
This year's guest speaker was the Hon John Anderson AO, National party leader and later Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. You can listen to the audio of his speech
Speakers at the event over the last 20 years - of which Mr Wallace is one - were invited to dine with the governor the evening before the breakfast (please see attached image of attendees).
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