The Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre (APSC) was officially launched, on 6th July 2015, by Rev Dr Andrew Evans, former General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Australia and former Member of the Legislative Council in South Australia. The APS Centre recently received a Community Heritage Grant funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia in recognition of the national significance of the collection. This grant included a one-day Heritage Workshop and two-day Significance Assessment of the APS Centre collection by Dr Roslyn Russell.
We were honoured to have with at the launch many special guests, including: Dr Geoffrey Lee, State Member for Parramatta; Councilor Andrew Wilson, Parramatta City Council; Dr Mark Robinson, State Member for Cleveland in Queensland and Rev Dr Harold Hunter, Director of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Archives and Research Center in Oklahoma.
Heritage Training Workshop (6th July 2015: 10am-5pm)
It was great to have 43 people in attendance at the one-day Heritage Training Workshop, including AC staff, students, alumni, community group representatives and others from our church constituency. Dr Russell provided a fascinating day of training which covered:
- Session 1: Explaining the Significance criteria and methodology
- Session 2: Using the Significance criteria and methodology
- Session 3: Case study: Three versions of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress; Assessing items from the APSC collection
- Session 4: Assessing items from the APSC collection; summary
It was particularly touching to see some of the attendees were able to provide further providence information regarding some of the items in the collection.
APSC Official Launch (6th July 2015: 5.30pm-7pm)
While the Pentecostal Heritage Centre originally commenced in 2001 at Chester Hill, the renamed APSC was officially launched at its Parramatta location in a room which was built to museum expert specifications. It was wonderful to see around 150 people gather for this event. The launch program featured:
- Australian Indigenous Acknowledgement of Country – Ps David Armstrong
- Greeting – Dr Geoffrey Lee, State Member for Parramatta
- Greeting – Councillor Andrew Wilson, Parramatta City Council
- University Vision – Assoc Prof Stephen Fogarty, AC CEO
- Thesis presentation and tribute to David Cartledge – Dr Mark Robinson
- Preserving Pentecostal history – Rev Dr Harold Hunter
- Official opening of APS Centre – Rev Dr Andrew Evans
Significance Assessment (7th and 8th July 2015: 9am-5pm)
Dr Russell then conducted a two-day significance assessment of the APSC collection. This was a vital step in progressing the vision of the APSC as she was able to provide us with detailed information about the significance of the collection and how best to proceed in the future. This was also an incredibly valuable experience to have one-on-one time with an expert in the field to ask questions, seek advice and gain insights regarding archival collection and preservation.
Besides preservation, the goal of the APSC is also to encourage inter-institutional research projects in Pentecostal scholarship which will benefit the wider community locally, nationally and internationally. We welcome donations of church archives, sermons, artefacts, denominational magazines, photographs and any other memorabilia. Let’s join together in preserving our Pentecostal and charismatic history!
Rev Assoc Prof Denise Austin
Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre Director