Ashfield Baptist Church Historical Timeline: 1884 – 2017

 26 April 1884  First Baptist Service conducted in Ashfield School of Arts by Rev. Frederick Hibberd
7 December 1884 Ashfield Baptist Church formed by Rev. Hibberd, Mr. E.D.W. Palmer and fifteen foundation members
1886 First Ashfield Baptist Church building opened at 25 Holden Street, Ashfield – Master-carved pulpit  created and installed by James Cunningham (d.1903)
31 December 1906 Under Rev. W.M. Cartwright, church moved to second building (ex-School of Arts) now to become known as Ashfield Baptist Tabernacle on corner of Liverpool Road and Holden Street, Ashfield
Between 1906 and 1913 Master-carved pulpit  and pipe organ (1913) installed in Tabernacle, Still in present church building today
1936/1937 Tabernacle sold amid controversy and opposition of some members who split off to form Hurlstone Park church. Third (present) church building opened on corner of Holden and Norton Streets. Church hall added in 1941 and named after late Rev. Robert Goodman (Pastor 1935-39). Still known as the Goodman Hall by today’s congregation.
1940s/1950s Strong links formed with Baptist Theological College, then in Ashfield. Principal G. H. Morling (after whom Morling College is named) was the son of church members who were local Ashfield residents.
1946 to 1965 Pastorate of Rev. A.H. (Harry) Orr. Highlights:

·       Baptist Mission development in Papua New Guinea

·       Opening of Bethel Nursing Home ministry

·       Pioneering all-age Sunday School

·       Christian Education Centre

·       1959 Billy Graham Crusade

·       Development of Asian Fellowship ministry

1979 – 1987 Pastorate of Rev. Ron Bottomley. Highlights:

·       Introduction of contemporary worship and music

·       Congregational input to worship services

·       New constitution with Elders and Deacons

·       New structure for Ashfield Baptist Homes (Bethel)

·       Ministry in local schools developed

 

1989 – 1992

 

Pastorate of Rev. Graham Nicholls. Highlights:

·       Focus on multi-cultural Ashfield

·       Short-term mission to PNG

·       Encouraging use of congregation’s gifts

·       Goal set to rebuild Bethel by 2000

1993 – 2014 Pastorate of Rev. John Morrison. Highlights:

·       Chinese, Spanish and Ethiopian congregations

·       New nursing home (1996) and hostel (2006) for Ashfield Baptist Homes Ltd

·       Childcare Centre opened (2004)

·       Group Home live-in accommodation for singles opened

·       Associate Pastors, Student Associates and Mission Intern appointed as part of pastoral leadership team development along with Elders and Deacons

·       Worship rosters with multiple preachers, leaders and musicians taking part

·       The Ng bequest facilitating ministries

14 December 2014 Retirement of Rev John Morrison after 21.5 years
15 March 2015 Church appoints Pastoral Selection Committee
21 March 2015 Church Family Day and Conference to review directions and set goals
July 2015 – Aug 2016 Interim Pastors:  Rev Ian Docker, Rev David Hames
4 September 2016 Rev Danelle McLeay starts as Lead Pastor in Team Ministry
5 October 2016 Hayley commences as Mission Intern
2 July 2017 Paul Bottrill-Chau joins team as Pastor in Team Ministry