A brief history of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Australia

Western Australia

In 1949 Mary Jones, the daughter of an evangelical Presbyterian Pastor, went to minister to the Aboriginal people of Western Australia. As the work grew Mary sought help from the World Presbyterian Mission, USA. In response they sent David and Barbara Cross to work in Brookton, Western Australia in1970. With most Presbyterian Churches in Western Australia becoming Uniting, a number of strong Bible believing Presbyterians were left without a reformed spiritual home. This resulted in the desire to start a Bible teaching programme in Perth that lead to the formation of the first Westminster Presbyterian Church in Perth WA.

This early church began with bible studies led by David Cross which developed into the first congregation commencing in Caversham, Perth. They now worship in Maida Vale. From 1972 to 1976 David was responsible for the founding of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Brookton, 1972; Kingsley, 1974; and Bullcreek 1976. Each of these congregations are still ministering today.


In 1981 two teachers from Goodna Christian School (now Westside Christian College) saw a need for the same Presbyterian style Church that had been planted by David Cross in the west. They were able to acquire a parcel of land that had an old church building in Redbank Plains. They sought the assistance from WPC and were able to get Oliver Claassen from Presbyterian World Mission to come from America and work as the first church planter. This is the congregation now known as Grace Christian Church.

In 1983 Redbank Plains branched out to the north to begin the work at Buderim (now Grace Christian Church, Buderim)with Sam Larsen. WPC Indooroopilly (now Metro West Community Church Mount Ommaney) began in 1989 under the ministry of Dave Kiewiet.

Christian Community Church is the latest WPC church plant commencing services on June the 18th, 2006 with a group of committed Christians from the Grace Christian Church Buderim. Services are now held in the local school at Pacific Paradise, on the Sunshine Coast.

New South Wales and ACT

Various Churches have functioned in western Sydney, but at this stage the work has ceased.

In 1988 work began at Belconnen ACT with Steve Schoof.

Organizationally, therefore, WPC is very young; but in what it believes and teaches it is quite old, for it holds to the old truths of the Bible. No matter how rapidly and radically modern technology changes our society and our daily routine, it cannot change our hearts. It cannot point us to God. It cannot tell us of the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: but the Bible can, and does.