In August this year, we were privileged to have professional conservator, Kay Söderlund, run a one-day Care of Collections workshop for the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre (APSC) on behalf of a Community Heritage Grant awarded to Rev Assoc Prof Denise Austin funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia. Over fifty people attended, including Alphacrucis College (AC) alumni, faculty and students. Some special guests included: Ps Fred and Betty Evans (AC alumni, and long-term missionary pastors); Ps Glenys Hovey (long-term missionary to Papua New Guinea, AC alumni and volunteer in the APSC); Ps Brian Banton (AC alumni and long-term ACC pastor); and Michelle Goodman from the Parramatta Heritage Centre.
Kay’s expertise in preventative conservation made for an engaging, comprehensive and insightful workshop. The knowledge gained will now guide the day-to-day collection handling and storage practices in the APSC. For attendees, the sessions provided insight for the appropriate handling and storage of personal collections, which, in many cases will hopefully one-day become part of the College’s heritage collection through donation or bequests.
A great highlight of the day was to have Ps Brian Banton donate Rev Fred Van Eyk’s loose leaf preaching Bible, on the day of the workshop. Van Eyk, a South African evangelist who migrated to Australia in 1926, played a central role in the founding of the Apostolic Faith Mission of Australasia. Along with Bert Banton (Brian’s father), Van Eyk also established the Foursquare Church in Australia in 1929. Considering the significance of the donation, and the theme of the workshop, the occasion for acquiring Van Eyk’s personal preaching Bible couldn’t have been more appropriate!
Denise Austin also won a second Community Heritage Grant for a two-day Preservation Needs Assessment, undertaken by Kay. This involved an examination of the archive collection in order to provide expert advice regarding measures for further preservation of the collection. Kay had undertaken a preservation survey for the APSC in 2004, so was extremely impressed with the advancement of the centre since that time – both in terms of expanded size of the collection, as well as its storage in the new purpose-built APSC archives and museum. Ps Fred and Betty Evans were also the special guest speakers at the AC chapel service that week, so the APSC was featured and promoted to over 100 staff and students in attended.
We thank Kay for her invaluable contribution and also thank all of those who attended the workshop. These two events have further inspired us toward the goal of preserving Australasian Pentecostal history. We know that all those involved have gained a deeper appreciation of the wonderful collection housed in the APSC collection.
Anyone working in the History of Australian Christianity knows the work by Stephen Judd and Ken Cable on Sydney Anglicans. Judd’s work there, and at Hammondcare, have made significant contributions to the understanding evangelical Christianity in the country, and so retaining the sources which underpin such a work is valuable both in itself and as a contribution to future histories yet to be written. It is therefore with great pleasure that Alphacrucis College has taken receipt of over 40 volumes from the “Judd Collection”, which will combine with the Piggin Collection to provide a wider view of the thought and action of evangelical Christians in Australia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The oldest piece in Collection is W.G. Broughton’s The Church in the Colonies: Dioceses of Australia and New Zealand (vol. II), (London 1846), an extremely rare volume complete in itself given (as the inscription in the front of the book notes) by James Beck to Henry F. Cowper as a gift in 1847. The volume includes “Two Journals of Visitation by the Lord Bishop of Australia 1843” and “Letters from the Bishop to SPG in visitations to NZ 1842 and 1843”. The volume is a real contribution to the “rare books” collection of the Centre, and assists, as with the other books in the Judd Collection (such as Autobiography and Reminiscences by the first Australian-born Anglican Clergyman, William Macquarie Cowper, a very suitable addition to a collection based on “Cowper Street”, Parramatta!), in filling out the growing reference collection illustrating the history of Christianity in Australia. Our warm thanks go to Stephen Judd and his family, not only for the gift the collection, but for their significant contributions to the great heritage of the gospel in Australia.
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:
Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre Significance Assessment – Dr Roslyn Russell