Who We Are

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES is a movement of Pentecostal Churches in voluntary cooperation. Each individual church is self-governing, but commits itself to work together with other churches in the movement for the purpose of mutual support and the spread of the gospel in Australia and the world.

In our churches you’ll find vibrant, contemporary Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ and express that love in lively praise and worship and in caring relationships. Australian Christian Churches are Bible-loving, evangelical and Pentecostal, and are about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

Our Leadership

Paul Bartlett
Paul Bartlett
State President

Paul Bartlett is the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse, a church that Paul and Annette have led for 18 years. Under Paul and Annette’s leadership the church has grown significantly, not only within the church itself, but has become a church of influence on a national and global scale.

Paul is one of the nation’s leading voices, influencing the way that the local church views its role in effectively transforming its community. A sought after speaker, leader, author, and coach, Paul draws on his 40 years of leadership experience to develop pastors at the three locations of Lighthouse in the Illawarra, as well as churches throughout NSW/ACT, nationally and internationally.

Although Paul is a visionary and innovative thinker he is passionate about serving a vision greater than his own. As an ACC State Executive Member for the past 12 years he has led the church planting, community engagement, and most recently Church and Pastor Health strategies, implementing the training of a team of mentors. Paul is committed to advancing the movement, serving churches through his State Role, his National Portfolio in Community Engagement, hosting conferences and training community leaders at Alphacrucis College.
Paul’s vast experience as the leader of his local church, and the variety of programs that meet the needs of people in the region has led to Lighthouse being a well-known and trusted church. Whether it be through Sunday Services, a weekly pop up restaurant for those in need, chaplaincy with the Illawarra Hawks, homeless youth housing, or the church’s school (Cedars Christian College) and its 650 students, the vision of Lighthouse and ACC is being felt through the region under his leadership.

Paul and Annette have raised their family in the local church and their children Jordan, Caleb and Sophie all continue to lead and serve. In his spare time you might find him fishing on his Kayak, but more recently any spare moment is spent Facetiming his brand new grandson Teddy in Condobolin.


Darren Bonnell
Darren Bonnell
Vice President

Darren, together with his wife Bronwyn are the Senior Pastors of Northwest Church (Tamworth, Gunnedah, Guyra). Darren has a passion for people thriving and for raising churches. He is especially interested and invested in what our churches can look like in the future. His love is his wife, the gorgeous Bron and their three children, who are all blessed with their mother’s good looks and sharp mind. Darren is known for his authenticity, and obsession with sports. Darren has served on the state executive for 4 years and overseen church planting during that period.


Chris Smith
Chris Smith
Secretary

Chris has been on the State Executive as the Secretary/Treasurer since 2012 and the full time State Ministry Director with the NSW/ACT ACC since 2015.
Many have said he has a dream job connecting with and encouraging pastors and churches all over NSW/ACT …Chris would agree. He loves it!!! Chris is passionate about making sure that every Pastor knows they are loved, appreciated and important…and doesn’t give up!
Chris has now been married for 20 years to Sharlene, and has three boys who are his greatest gift from God - Ethan, Huddo and Declan.


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Brad Bonhomme
Brad Bonhomme
Executive Member

Brad and Alison are the Senior Pastors of Horizon Church in Sydney. Passionate about the local church, Brad and Alison have been leading, pastoring and church planting across Perth, Adelaide and Sydney for over 20 years. Brad has a depth of experience across church life from building large and dynamic Youth and Young Adult ministries to serving as Lead Pastor in one of Australia’s largest multisite churches.

Brad and Alison reside in the Shire with their two bright, fun-loving children Tori and Wade.


Bruce Robertson
Bruce Robertson
Executive Member

Bruce is very happily married (34 years) to Kate, and has 5 great kids. 4 daughters, Beth (married to Chris Gleeson), Shelley (married to Sam Johnson), Laura, Millie, and 1 son, Nathan.

For the last 19 years Bruce and Kate have been Senior Pastors of Globe Church – Newcastle.

This year the church became part of the Hope UC family of churches, and Bruce and Kate’s role became members of the Executive Leadership team alongside Mark and Darlene Zschech. Over the years Bruce has held various portfolios within the ACC movement. Bruce is a mad sporting coach in Netball, Cricket, Rugby and NRL and is currently the President of Belmont Cricket Club (and still playing).


Ken Fischer
Ken Fischer
Executive Member

Ken and his wife Mandy are the senior pastors of Embassy Church in Belmore, Sydney and have more than 30 years leadership and ministry experience. Ken is an accredited chaplain and leads the ACC Sydney Central Region. He has a Master of Arts (Leadership) at Alphacrucis College, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Ken has served in ACC churches since 1984. He is bi-vocational and in addition to his role as Senior Pastor, he works as a celebrant/minister in the funeral industry. He loves the local church and believes in its potential to build genuine community and disciple and equip followers of Jesus. He enjoys supporting pastors and leaders and his grey hair and training give him valuable tools to share.

Ken and Mandy have been happily married since 1986 and they have two adult sons, Aaron & Jesse.


Roz Zaia
Roz Zaia
Executive Member

Roz has been married to Mark for 34 years. They have raised three children who are now adults.
Roz grew up in Sydney, surrendered her life to Christ in her 20’s, and was called from school teaching into the ministry.
For the past 27 years Roz, alongside her husband, has been the Co-Senior Pastor of Macquarie Life Church in Newcastle. Macquarie Life Church has a strong emphasis on church planting, sending out pastors and chaplains.
Roz is passionate about connecting the local church to its community and demonstrating, teaching and raising authentic leaders.
Roz was elected onto the NSW State Executive in 2016.
Roz and Mark have a long standing involvement and influence within NSW and the ACC movement.


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