Since its inception, in 1948, Alphacrucis College (AC – formerly Commonwealth Bible College then Southern Cross College), has had a strong emphasis on onshore and offshore missions work. AC works closely with Australian Christian Churches International (ACCI) to support the work of missions. AC Missions also hosts Missions Conferences at the Parramatta campus e.g. April 29, 2015 a “One Day” missions event was held with guest speakers, ACCI Director Alun Davies, along with David and Robyn Claydon.
AC has also been involved in SOS, Sounds Of Silence, a student led initiative that centres on raising awareness and finances for the prevention of human trafficking, in Cambodia specifically. Over the past few years, AC has partnered with World Vision to donate several thousands of dollars each year toward the work in Cambodia. In 2013, Ruth Lesmana (AC graduate) and Peter Archer from World Vision spoke at the AC Parramatta chapel service.
AC also encourages global engagement in the AC Partner Colleges. During 2017, three of AC’s Partner Colleges travelled together to Papua New Guinea for two weeks for a field study. They combined evangelism with development by engaging with schools, prisons, hospitals, government and churches. The three colleges are Planetshakers VIC, iSEE College QLD and Royals College QLD. This was an exciting opportunity to further the AC vision through our partners to transform nations and communities. It was also very encouraging to see our differing colleges working so closely together.
Through AC Missions fundraising and weekly chapel offerings, AC also supports AC graduates who are serving in various capacities overseas. Some examples include:
Lesmana (class of 2008) – Thai Burma Border, Project Officer, Global
Arms Inc. Ruth is involved in prevention, protection and employment of
abused women and children.
- Ben and Theeda Prevost (graduates
of World Harvest Institute) – Cambodia, ACCI missionaries to Cambodia.
The Prevost family are involved in various projects in Phnom Penh.
- Marlo Phillip (class of 1998) – Dehli, India is Principal of Bethesda Bible College and assistant pastor.
Armstrong (class of 1999) – Indigenous Sydney outreach and Blacktown
church pioneer. David also lectures at AC and is involved in a
children's indigenous Bibles campaign.
- Other AC alumni
supported by the College are working in many countries around the world,
including: Japan, China, North Asia, Vietnam and Thailand.
This missions vision is also outworked through the annual AC Student Treks and Student Missions Trips. This is a great opportunity for students and staff to experience a different culture and engage with a people from the global Christian community.
Ps Jeremy Hodson
AC Campus Pastor
In keeping with AC’s plans to continue organising ministry treks in country and rural settings across Australia, in June 2018, a team of staff and students travelled 3 hours north of Brisbane to Kingaroy, QLD, for AC’s second ministry tour at Highway Christian Church. The entire team represented the College, themselves and God brilliantly. Lead Pastors and AC graduates, Ps Tony and Jo Mould, welcomed the team as they led the Friday evening youth service, and the worship, music, testimonies, communion and preaching at the Sunday services.
This trip, led by Ps Jeremy Hodson, involved collaborative ministry at five sessions of the Cross Central Church camp, hosted by pastors, Tepa and Jo Faletoese. The tour was a very rewarding time of connection and ministry. One of the key outcomes of this trip was the growing interest in further partnership with AC, including participation in AC’s 2019 Missions trip to India.
"If this is the quality of students from AC,
then I am glad the College is in my church.” - Josh Brett, ACC State President, SA
In May 2018, AC students and staff participated in a ministry tour to South Australia, involving four key churches, Influences Church; Hope Church; My Church; and Lifepoint Church. Activities included both leading and assisting in worship, preaching, youth services, and communion.
The team were hosted at Redemption Farm by Influences Church pastors, Ted and Kylie Evans. It was a richly rewarding time of ministry and fun on the farm. The team had a time of ministry input from the senior pastors on the Saturday night around a bonfire, and were involved in preaching and communion at Influences’ Sunday service.
The team were warmly welcomed at Hope Church, pastored by ACC
State President, Josh Brett and his wife, Sharon. AC students led the worship and preached
at the church's evening service. At Lifepoint Church, the team were involved in the opening
night of a Holy Spirit Conference, and at My Church, the team led the Sunday
morning service, the worship, communion and preaching.
This tour was a rewarding opportunity for staff and students. The feedback from the pastors was glowing and further enhanced the belief that AC has outstanding students and that the future is bright.
Student ministry tours are a great opportunity to experience to build relationships with other students while practically applying the skills and knowledge from AC courses. In April 2018, this ministry tour travelled to Lifegate Church in Cooma, NSW. Activities included youth ministry, Sunday services and contribution to the Church’s working-bee. AC received excellent feedback from Pastors David & Tara Reading, who welcome an AC team back anytime. AC Bachelor of Business/Ministry student, Connor O’Neill, led this successful ministry tour.
AC students, alumni and staff participated in a missions trip to
Delhi, India, to support the work of AC graduate, Dr Marlo and Sheril
Phillip. Activities included assisting in: church planting outreaches;
Sunday services; women’s projects; slums and city projects; village
ministry; mobile school bus projects; Bible College teaching; and
pastors and leaders development seminars. The trip was led by AC Campus
Pastor, Ps Jeremy Hodson.
AC Ministry Treks are specifically designed to create opportunities
for students to exercise their gifting’s in settings and cultures beyond
their own churches. Students have the opportunity to develop
friendships and create life long memories of their time at college. We
travel to rural churches that are pastored by AC graduates which gives
the students opportunity over four days to bond. These treks are
budgeted for and incur no expense for the students or the churches.
The team consisted of Ps Jeremy Hodson; Matt Sharma- BTh, Parramatta campus; Kristen Nocelli, MTeach, Parramatta campus, Distance Student; Conner O’Neill, BMin, Parramatta campus; Ashleigh, Arraiza- DipMus, Parramatta campus; and Josh Clover, BTh, Parramatta campus.
The team worked with Kingaroy Assemblies of God, pastored by AC graduates Tony and Jo Mould. The team served in the Friday night youth meeting, and Sunday services, leading worship, providing the music, testimonies, communion, preaching. There was a meeting with the pastors as they shared ministry keys from their experiences. The entire team represented the college, themselves and God brilliantly. The feedback from the pastors was a glowing report and further enhanced the belief that AC has outstanding students and that the future is bright. AC plans to continue organising ministry treks in country/rural settings across Australia.
In 2013, the team of 14 (5 AC staff, 9 students) travelled to Alice
Springs as part of AC’s annual Missions Trip program. Ministry included
church services on the weekend and work in Australian Indigenous
communities during the week. This trip was designed to support our
graduates and give students the opportunity to experience another
culture. Students had the opportunity to share stories and testimonies
every day. The main ministry on this trip consisted of relational
building, running a children’s program and teaching in Australian
Indigenous communities. The team ministered in church services on the
weekend, including kid’s ministry, testimonies and communion messages.
The vision of AC Missions is to “model best practice missions” and to support AC graduates that have gone on to lead and minister in cross cultural contexts partnering with AC alumni, Pastors Keith and Sue Ainge of Desert Life Church, Peter Imms, church pastor in Alice. The team had the opportunity to experience Indigenous culture in an outback context and to develop their ministry skills.
AC Campus Pastor, Ps Jeremy Hodson, led the team and says, “A highlight of the trip was learning about the Indigenous way of life in that area which developed a greater appreciation of the culture. Seeing team member’s minister with gifts that they had not previously engaged in was inspiring.”
Assisted by Ps David Armstrong of Blacktown, the team learned to develop their cross cultural understanding of how to minister to Indigenous Australians in a way that is honouring and fruitful. Melissa Giorgini, a Cert IV in Ministry student and AC’s Missions Student Director says, “We went to the Indigenous night service and we had the opportunity to sing together in their language. There was great diversity in the culture at the service and I absolutely loved it. I go to a multicultural church so to go to the Indigenous church – I felt like I was at home.”
Camping under the stars at an outback station in Papunya, the team cooked and ate kangaroo tail, and shared in times of worship and prayer. Melissa says, “I really appreciated God’s creation – I was sitting in my swag looking up at the stars and the amount that there were – it’s unfathomable – I was playing dot to dot with them. You really appreciate how small you are – yet how big God is!”
Led by the AC Campus Pastor, Ps Jeremy Hodson, AC partnered with one
of our graduates Pastor Marlo Philip in Delhi India, and Pastor Dayanda
in Hyderabad for a 14 day Missions trip. Ministry included: teaching in
Bethesda Bible College, Delhi; preaching in several Churches in Delhi
and Hyderabad; Youth and Kids ministry; village ministry, visiting a
leper colony; Pastor’s Leadership seminar; setting up a computer Lab in
the Bethesda Bible College.
Student ministry treks are a great opportunity to experience another
culture and to build relationships with other students. The Australian
Indigenous trek to Canberra was an excellent opportunity to engage in
Aboriginal outreach. Ministry included music, games, BBQ, preaching and
prayer. AC partnered with Ps David Armstrong, an AC Graduate. The Trek
Team Coordinator was Jack Ives, also an AC alumnus.