Our Story 2017-02-26T10:04:56+00:00

Calvary is one church meeting in multiple locations. Under the leadership of Senior Pastors James and Samantha Macpherson, Calvary has grown to become a key church of influence across Australia and internationally.

The origins of Calvary go back to 1924 when Charles Enticknap preached to a small group of people at a house in South Townsville. The first convert, Mrs Howell, gave the equivalent of $5000 she had invested so that a tent could be purchased for church meetings.

They met in varied locations until, in the mid 1970s, Pastors David and Marie Cartledge led the church to purchase a significant parcel of land in Mount Louisa. A church auditorium was built to house the growing congregation and, on the same property, Australia’s second ever independent P-12 Christian school, Calvary Christian College, was begun.

James and Samantha took on leadership of the church in October 2007, overseeing the growth of the Townsville congregation as well as expansion into other cities.

The first expansion was to the Sunshine Coast where James and Samantha were invited to take on leadership of what had been known as Kings Christian Church. Kings, which under the leadership of Pastors Steve and Marion Penny had purchased 16 acres of land and built a wonderful facility, was rebranded as Calvary Christian Church, Sunshine Coast.

A third campus was added in 2013 when Calvary began public meetings in the tropical city of Cairns in Far North Queensland. The two couples who relocated there quickly grew to hundreds and Calvary Cairns is today a vibrant, growing congregation.

Calvary’s fourth campus began in February 2015 when James and Samantha were invited to take on leadership of what had been Harvest Life Christian Church in Emerald. For many years, under the leadership of Pastors Ron and Mary Anning, Harvest Life had been the key ACC church in central Queensland. The church has been rebranded as Calvary Emerald and is going from strength to strength.

A fifth campus began in the coastal town of Yeppoon in May 2015. Pastors Ernie and Cheryl Peters had ministered faithfully in Yeppoon for more than 20 years before offering Calvary the opportunity to replant what had been Yeppoon Christian Family Church as a Calvary campus.

Calvary’s sixth campus commenced public meetings in Rockhampton on Sunday 6th March 2016 and has already grown to hundreds calling Calvary Rockhampton home.


Calvary exists to help increasing numbers of people to love God, care for one another and serve their world.

We outwork this vision through four key purposes:

  • Loving God – which results in growing FAITH
  • Caring for Others – which results in growing RELATIONSHIPS
  • Serving the World – which results in growing INVOLVEMENT
  • Encouraging others to do the same – which results in growing INFLUENCE

It’s real. It’s simple.