We see a large, influential church, meeting in multiple locations around the world, helping people to know Jesus, find freedom, discover their purpose and make a difference.
Calvary Christian Church was founded in 1924 when Charles Enticknap preached to a small group of people at a house in South Townsville, Australia. The first convert, Mrs Howell, gave the equivalent of $5,000 she had invested so that a tent could be purchased for church meetings.
Now, Calvary meets in eight locations across Australia and South Africa, has an independent P-12 school, Calvary Christian College, and develops leaders through Calvary Leadership College. We are committed to making a difference in our cities through Calvary Care and around the globe through Calvary Worldwide.
Calvary Christian Church is led by Senior Pastors, Dustan & Sarah Bell.
Team members in Calvary since 2006, Dustan & Sarah pioneered Calvary in the nation of South Africa in 2018 before returning to Australia in 2019 to lead Calvary’s team of pastors and leaders.
Calvary’s leadership is made up of three key groups:
Calvary is guided by Pastors from across our campuses who oversee the day-to-day ministry and growth of the church in all of our locations. Pastors provide spiritual guidance within Calvary.
Calvary is protected by our Board who provide fiscal and legal guidance within Calvary. Calvary has two Boards – one in Australia comprising 8 members, and one in South Africa comprising 5 members.
Calvary is strengthened by Apostolic Oversight who provide counsel to the Senior Pastors and Board. This small group of external advisors understand Calvary’s history, vision and context and have relationship with Calvary’s leadership. The Apostolic Oversight group comprises of Pastor Mark & Jemima Varughese (Kingdomcity Church) and Pastor André & Wilma Olivier (Rivers Church).
In addition to these levels of governance, Calvary is a member of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC), a movement of more than 1,000 Pentecostal churches across Australia
In Matthew 25, Jesus commended the good steward: “Well done good faithful servant.” This five-word commendation describes Kingdom culture and the values we prize in Calvary.
Well = Excellence
We will do the best we can with faith.
Done = Persistence.
We will do whatever it takes to get done that which God has asked of us.
Good = Humility.
We commit to keeping a right spirit at all times.
Faithful = Faith.
We will stay full of faith, no matter the circumstances.
Servant = Generosity.
We insist that we are called to serve and to refresh others.
What We Believe
Calvary Christian Church is comprised of people from many backgrounds and of various ages and ethnicities. Some people have a previous church background while many people have never been part of a church prior to joining Calvary.
Most people at Calvary have already made a decision to follow Jesus Christ but a number of people are still on a journey of discovery, having not yet made a personal commitment. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve been or what you’ve done, we are thrilled to have you join with us as, together, we understand more of God’s plan through Jesus for each one of us.
Following is a simple summary of the key things we believe as a church.
We believe 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 sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
We believe Jesus Christ 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 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.
We believe God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
We believe 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 is determined by our response to Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.