Assemblies Of God In Australia – The Toowoomba Church is the largest and oldest Pentecostal church in the Darling Downs of South West Queensland.
Many who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in their ministry were the fruit of the first Pentecostal church in Toowoomba.
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In 1927, Frederick Van Eyk held a very successful conference in Toowoomba.
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It has the power of evangelism that attracts large crowds and good and bad publicity in the city.
Based on his ministry and seeds from Florrie Mortomore, the first meetings were started in Toowoomba in 1927 under the banner “Apostolic Faith Mission.”
After that, the group split up and some changed their affiliation to the New Assembly of God of Queensland.
Mr. J. Larsen was the first pastor. A year later, C.B. was called. Swenson became the Senior Pastor in 1928.
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Many years ago, the Fellowship Hall had the colorful, inspiring, visionary and famous Senior Pastor W.H. Akehurst, Henry E. Wiggins, E. M. (Ted) Irish, A.T. Davidson, Tom W, Whiting, J.D. (Bill) Wilkinson, Aaron Morgan, Bryn Barrett, Jeremy Griffiths, Fred Evans and Ted Evans.
In the early days of the Church, there was a lot of opposition and criticism from the mainstream church when the young Pentecostal church started.
He was a true man of God, and until his death in 1982, he worked hard for the Lord in Toowoomba and on the Darling Downs.
In this first year, many people were baptized in the Holy Spirit and the church was firmly rooted in the Word.
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Pastors, Doug Clark, Alec Thompson, John Kelly, David Parker, David Bonsor, Ken Herschell, Paul Allen, Victor Dos & Russell Harper also served.
During Pastor Bryn Barrett’s 12 years of work since 1974 the biggest change was the purchase of five acres of land on Spring Road, and the construction and opening of the 300 restaurant.
This big move to the south of Toowoomba is a place of faith and creativity, encouraging community growth beyond what can be achieved in the city.
In January 1987, Ps Jeremy Griffiths was appointed as the head of the church and another chapter of growth began.
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The church’s interior was renovated to accommodate 600+ people and the church’s vision began to build a vacation village called Yukana.
They come from a background of many years of work in Queensland and South Australia’s largest church, Paradise of God.
During their tenure, the Yukana Retirement Village project was completed and six acres of land adjacent to the church and Yukana Village were purchased.
This work was done without debt, in part because of a local bank owned by church members called MAGI (Associates of God Incorporated) that provided loans. down to the Church.
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No money has to be borrowed from financial institutions thus saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in higher demand.
Below is a story about the growth of Toowoomba Churches from 1993 – 2004 as told by Pastor Fred Evans.
It is a conservative church but faithful to its pentecostal heritage and supports the cause of Christ in the world work.
Although my wife and I have a long history in the Church of God and were the first missionaries of the AOG, the church immediately embraced us and followed our leaders.
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The Toowoomba church has benefited from its local savings in years of prosperity in the city.
Steady leadership and financial planning by the Board of Directors, the church was able to build a large shrine for him today and build a large rest village, in the name “YUKANA” which means “Open” in the aboriginal vernacular.
For about three years, I gradually introduced the new law that was approved by the state assembly.
The new law gave new power to the senior pastor and the board to manage the church’s activities effectively as it grew.
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When I was appointed Project Manager in 1993, the retirement village was built and it was my responsibility to oversee the project to completion.
Church treasurer Murray Kuskopf was the visionary behind the project and was appointed as the first director of Yukana Retirement Village.
Under his leadership, with the support of the Board & Management, he completed the construction of the Yukana Retirement Village.
Murray Kuskopf always encouraged me to look into the future and buy land for the church, which we did.
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Four acres were acquired in a convenient location next to the Retirement Village and then two more acres were acquired with the building next to the mansion.
I am indebted to Murray for his leadership and his integrity in serving the church business and property.
He retired after a successful and healthy career banking for the continued development of Yukana Retirement Village. I respect him!
Another person I would like to pay tribute to is Victor Dos who worked tirelessly for the church in Toowoomba.
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“Pastor Vic” as he is affectionately known, is a professional preacher who has served many churches in Australia as a Senior Pastor, before coming to Toowoomba.
For many years he and his wife Maria faithfully work in this capacity to visit and teach church members in need of spiritual help.
He was well-regarded for his dedication to serving the elderly at Yukana Retirement Village and served as chairman of the Yukana Board of Directors until his retirement.
Ps Vic & Maria are the best team and always seek to follow the vision of the church.
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He became a favorite wedding celebrant in the shepherd club which took a lot of weight off my shoulders.
From a senior pastor’s perspective I would like to acknowledge the service provided to the church by the business secretary Mrs Pamela Smith.
He is an honest and trustworthy person and organizes the events of the church as needed and takes care of the pastor’s work.
Another leader who served me well during my years in Toowoomba was Ps Russell Harper who I inherited from Ps Jeremy Griffiths.
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He and his wife Nicky are respected youth leaders and youth workers in the church.
After leaving the Spring Trail, Russell went on to pastor several churches including the General Assembly in Bendigo, Victoria.
Today he and his wife, Nicole, are Senior Pastors at ACC Church in Chermside in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
The gift of tongues and the “interpretation of tongues” and prophecy were revealed and seen in the life of the church during the conference.
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I can remember the spiritual energy that flowed through my body and soul as I walked every morning from my house near the church.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit is in the church and because of that, people want to worship.
It is the mission of the mission of the church that has supported for many years the foundation of the Church of God’s World Mission.
The Sander family has been able to support the Lord’s work until today.
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I am happy to be their Pastor and I have been given the responsibility of leading God’s Temple.
Churches in the city of Toowoomba have also been united as we regularly meet for prayer and fellowship every Friday morning.
Pastor Ian Shelton of Toowoomba Church is strong and passionate about leading us as a City Church.
I also feel the need to find unity with my brothers and see clearly the prayer in John 17:21.
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The spirit of church unity continued and began to have an impact in Toowoomba, especially among the youth.
Ps Simon Tinkler and Ps Shane Brigg have proved to be excellent student leaders and Ps Simon Tinkler has been working full time. I appreciate them.
Youth leaders Ted Evans and Lyall Shelton of Toowoomba City Church, have formed a partnership to bring the city’s youth together in a powerful way.
They met in downtown Toowoomba every week in an old Billiard store called “The Corner Pocket”.
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Ted and Lyle work together as a team and model for the wider church where leaders can work together without fear of failure.
At that time, the unity of the church of Toowoomba was strong but the young people of the city were brought to work.
Spring Street Church is blessed to have Ted Evans who not only serves as Pastor but also serves as a worship leader and musician.
His special gift was used by God to bring the Church into the land of praise and worship.
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The congregation’s participation in spiritual worship is an important part of the Sunday service, which often includes the gifts of the Spirit, 1 Corinthians.