First Baptist Service

April 26, 1884

First Baptist Service

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.

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1886

January 1, 1886

1886

First Ashfield Baptist Church building opened at 25 Holden Street, Ashfield – Master-carved pulpit  created and installed by James Cunningham (d.1903).

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1906

December 31, 1906

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.

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Between 1906 to 1913

January 1, 1913

Between 1906 to 1913

Master-carved pulpit  and pipe organ (1913) installed in Tabernacle.  Still in present church building today.

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Between 1936 to 1941

December 1, 1936

Between 1936 to 1941

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…

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1940’s to 1960’s

December 1, 1950

1940’s to 1960’s

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. 19460-1965 – Under the leadership of Revered A.H Harry Orr Ashfield Baptist Church moved towards: a Baptist Mission development in Papua New Guinea; the opening of Bethel Nursing Home Ministry; pioneering an all- age Sunday School; opened a Christian Education Centre; took part in the Billy Graham Crusade (1959) and started the Asian Fellowship Ministry  

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1979 – 1987

December 1, 1979

1979 – 1987

Under the leadership of Rev. Ron Bottomley Ashfield Baptist church was able to: introduce contemporary worship and music; welcomed congregational input to worship services; a new constitution with Elders and Deacons was formed; create a new structure for Ashfield Baptist Homes (Bethel); and ministry in local schools was developed.

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1988 – 1992

January 1, 1988

1988 – 1992

Under the leadership of  Rev. Graham Nicholls, Ashfield Baptist Church: focused on Ashfield’s growing multicultural culture; took part on a short-term mission to PNG; opening of the OpShop; encouraged the use of congregation’s gifts; and set a goal to rebuild Bethel by 2000.

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1993-2014

January 1, 1993

1993-2014

Under the leadership of Rev. John Morrison, Ashfield Baptist Church moved towards: establishing a Chinese, Spanish and Ethiopian congregations; a new nursing home (1996) and hostel (2006) for Ashfield Baptist Homes Ltd; the Childcare Centre opened (2004); the 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; and after 21.5 years of faithful service Rev John Morrison retires (14/12/2014).

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2015 – 2020

January 1, 2015

2015 – 2020

The last five years has seen a lot of change in Ashfield Baptist: 2015 – Church appoints Pastoral Selection Committee; Church Family Day and Conference to review directions and set goals; July 2015 – August 2016 – Interim Pastors:  Rev Ian Docker, Rev David Hames; 4th September 2016 – Reverend Danelle McLeay starts as Lead…

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