In 1 Chronicles 22 vs 5 we read the story of David making extensive preparations for building the Temple of God before his death. He knew it was his son, Solomon, who would build the Temple and not himself. However, David showed wisdom in leaving a bequest so that the next generation would have the necessary funds to fulfill the vision.
To be a world renowned Christian university, Alphacrucis, will require significant funds to support its ongoing expansion and future development. That is accomplished through the establishment of Endowment Funds. Most endowment funds are built over time through the generosity of people who leave a portion of their Estate in their Will to the university.
In 2016, AC launched its Bequest Society and a number of people have already become members. Members are those who have chosen to support the college's future vision by including a bequest to the College in their Will. The foundational members of the AC Bequest Society are Kevin and Glenys Hovey from Sydney.
A Word from Dr Andrew Evans AOM, Chairman of the AC Bequest Society Committee
AC's Bequest Society Committee
Front Row: Pastor John Iuliano, Dr Andrew Evans (AOM) (Chairperson), Pastor Phil Hills, Pastor John Lewis, Pastor Glenys Hovey.
Back Row: Prof. Stephen Fogarty (President: AC) and Pastor Neil Scott (Advancement Director: AC).
I believe in Alphacrucis. During my time as General Superintendent of the AOG (now ACC) I witnessed firsthand the vital part Alphacrucis played in equipping leaders that facilitated the massive growth of the ACC in the 70's, 80's and 90's. This proven record of Alphacrucis gives me confidence that, in expanding their scope into business and education to raise up Christian leaders for the marketplace, they will achieve their vision to transform neighbourhoods and nations. I would encourage you to consider adding Alphacrucis to your Will.
Dr Andrew Evans
Chairman of Alphacrucis Bequest Society
I believe in the next generation. Their commitment to continuing the expansion of the Kingdom of God within society is very evident to me. Alphacrucis shares this same vision and Val and I believe that a gift to Alphacrucis in your Will is an investment in training the next generation resulting in the future expansion of the Kingdom of God.
Ps John Lewis
I believe in the vision of Alphacrucis becoming a Christian University. As a former Senior Pastor of Richmond Temple I am very aware of the College's history it having started in those facilities in Melbourne in 1948. From such small beginnings the College has grown to be a significant training institution producing Christian leaders for all walks of life. Leaving a Bequest to Alphacrucis is investing in our collective vision of seeing a Christian university in Australia.
Ps Phil Hills
I believe in leaving a legacy that lasts for generations to come. As we progress in life one's focus grows into how we can remain an influence beyond our time here on Earth. Kevin and I have laboured for Christ to build His Kingdom and we have made a decision to leave a Bequest to Alphacrucis because we believe in doing so our witness will continue through them in the leaders that they equip to be future labourers.
Ps Glenys Hovey
I believe in the need for the church to be active in the marketplace. As College President and Chairman of the Board of Alphacrucis College from 2003 to 2013, I have observed first-hand the College developing quality curriculum that trained Christian men and women to be effective in their calling. Now in their Education and Business Faculty, and with a vision to expand into other areas like law/politics/social science/nursing, we see this quality extend into the marketplace like never before. But, I know, the cost involved is far beyond what is generated by student fees. Leaving a Bequest to AC helps build the resources needed to move into these new areas and to see great Christian marketplace leaders emerge.
Ps John Iuliano
Senior Pastor of LifeSource Christian Church, Chatswood.
MELBOURNE EVENT - 4th April 2019
The Victorian Chapter of the Alphacrucis Bequest Society met on the 4th of April 2019 for lunch at the Beau Monde International in Doncaster East. In attendance were 39 Emeritus pastors, current pastors and business people and we were surprised by the distance some travelled to be there. Gary Durston, the senior pastor of our ACC church in Orbost, made the 10 hour round trip by car to attend and also Pastor Stella Johns from Bendigo travelled, via train and bus, to be there. She left at 6:30am in the morning to come!
All the speakers were great with Ps Phil Hills setting the bar high at the beginning and creating a positive tone. By the time the meeting finished the atmosphere was electric. One of the sponsors at the end decided not to talk about their business and what they could do for the people present but instead passionately shared their commitment to the vision of AC being a University and encouraged all to get behind it.
We are very thankful for our three sponsors for the event; Bethel Funerals, Khor+Burr Legals and Hillross Doncaster who believe in our vision. We look forward to our next Melbourne event in 2020.
The photo is of Ps Tony Ojamerin, Prof Stephen Fogarty, Ps Neil Scott and Ps Phil Hills (L-R). Tony and Regina are our most recent members of the Bequest Society (Victorian Chapter) and were welcomed into membership at the meeting.
If you would like to be a sponsor of one of these future events please email Neil Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold Coast Bequest Society Lunch - 28th November 2019
Our newest Bequest Society Chapter, Gold Coast, is growing in numbers with 22 meeting at the Mantra at Sharks in Southport to hear Dr Andrew Evans, the Chairperson of the AC Bequest Society. Pastor Andrew spoke about the need in Australia for a Christian University to staunch the moral decline in the decision makers in our society. Governments and Business alike have a responsibility to set the climate and a Christian University can supply those leaders with a Christian mindset to solving problems. Prof. Stephen Fogarty updated those gathered with AC’s progress and the future needs of the college. Pastor Neil Scott then spoke on the pathways to how those needs can be met.
We thank Bethel Funerals, Neumann & Turnour Lawyers and Peter Mitchell from Harcourts Nexus for their support by sponsoring this event.
Brisbane Bequest Society Lunch - 5th August 2019
Our recent Bequest Society Lunch in Brisbane at the Brisbane Airport Novotel was a great time of catch-up: with old friends, be updated on College activities and informed about our progress to become a University. Our special speaker for the event was Professor Mark Hutchinson who spoke on ‘Australian Pentecostalism: not born in the USA’.
The Alphacrucis Bequest Society continues to grow nationally with new members being added each year as many see the potential of leaving a legacy through the inclusion of a bequest to the College in their will. These bequests will allow our Pentecostal ethos to permeate all areas of the College and see a truly Spirit-filled curriculum raise a “standard” in our very secular Higher Education sector.
Once again we are very thankful for our sponsors: Neumann & Turnour Lawyers, Bethel Funerals, Harcourts Nexus and Delport & Anderson for making this event possible.
The launching of the Alphacrucis Bequest Society was made possible by the generosity of the following Christian organisations specialising in Funerals, Will preparation, Insurance for seniors, Financial Planning and other life related products. If you would like to be a sponsor of one of these future events please email Neil Scott at email@example.com.
Neumann and Turnour Lawyers
Call 07 3837 3600
Trevor Lee and Son Pty Ltd
Call 02 9746 2949
Residential Lift Company
Call 1300 303 522
Lighthouse Law Group
Call 02 9744 9236
Ivan Butler Funerals
Call 08 8261 8211
Call 03 8787 7255
Call Mark Bezemer 03 9840 2000
Call 08 9370 5315
Delport and Anderson Pty Ltd
Call 07 3290 2260
Call 08 8231 6100