On Saturday 18th June 2016, the historic Gateway Church celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility. This church was planted, in 1951, through the efforts of staff and students at Commonwealth Bible College (now Alphacrucis College). Under the leadership of Chris and Beverley Aiton (2002-current) it has grown to become one of the leading Pentecostal churches in Brisbane. In honour of the official dedication of the new complex, Denis and Gwen Smith have written a detailed history of the founding and development of Gateway Church.History of Gateway Church – Denis and Gwen Smith
God’s lead up to Christ’s return: A Biblical – Theological understanding of the covenants by Don Badham
After he converted to Christianity, Don Badham grew increasingly dissatisfied with his profession as an accountant, having been impacted by the preaching of James Wallace and Leo Leo at Glad Tidings Tabernacle, as well as Reg Klimionok’s Saturday door-knocking training and Commonwealth Bible College (CBC) treks to Toowoomba. Don decided to enter CBC (now Alphacrucis College – AC) in 1960, and subsequently became college treasurer and head student, as well as running the student canteen, assisting in the Stafford Assembly of God then pastoring at Sandgate Assembly of God. Although Badham had not even considered missionary service, after graduation in 1963, the Assemblies of God in Australia missions council asked him to become a temporary field accountant in New Guinea, until they could find a permanent replacement. Once there, he began assisting Tommy Evans in Maprik Bible School, becoming principal in 1966. He and his wife Pearl served in New Guinea for the next 24 years, training many of those who would later lead the independent Assemblies of God Papua New Guinea. In 1987, David Cartledge invited Don to become principal of Rhema Bible College which ultimately placed over 100 Assemblies of God pastors in Queensland. He served there for 11 years, developing a very successful Bible College Extension Course, with enrollments of over 400 students at any one time throughout Australia. At that time, the College was the only major distance provider of external courses within the Assemblies of God. Don has a Bachelor of Theology with I.C.I., a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Seminary, has written numerous subject materials, papers, study guides and courses, and has extensive experience as a Bible teacher. He also has considerable experience as a church pastor, board member, accountant, administrator, and committee member. Attached here is one of his most recent studies: BADHAM, Don – GOD’s Lead-up to Christ’s Coming Limited Edition
 Denise Austin, Our College: A History of the National Training College of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia) (Sydney: Australasian Pentecostal Studies Supplementary Series, Volume 5, 2013), 82, 147.
 Don and Pearl Badham, Personal Interview with the Author (Redland Bay QLD: 16 September 2011).
The Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre (APSC) Significance Assessment Report has now been received from Dr Roslyn Russell of Museum Services. AC is very proud to house such a prestigious and valuable collection. Dr Russell notes that the APSC:
“…is of considerable historical significance for its capacity to trace the development of Pentecostal spirituality in Australia from the revivals and street meetings of the early twentieth century to massive churches such as Hillsong. Pentecostal Christianity has, over a century, moved from the periphery to the mainstream of Christian life in Australia and now wields considerable social and political influence. The APSC collection documents this trajectory in publications, photographs, audiovisual and multimedia documents…These items, and the collection as a whole, can be demonstrated as having social significance for those who remember the personalities and the situations it illustrates. Much of the collection is modern, with extensive holdings of oral histories and videos, and this means that the connections it makes to the current Pentecostal community are powerful.”
Please continue to promote the APSC as a safe and worthwhile place for people to donate their archives, as well as a valuable research resource. The full report can be viewed at:
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