Calvary Worldwide 2018-02-19T12:08:20+00:00

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Jesus

FAITH in Jesus expands our horizons; it never shrinks them.

Standing before a group of men who’d barely travelled more than 100 kilometres from their hometown, Jesus urges them to let their dreams run far and wide!

The Church, Jesus promised, would be empowered to expand from Jerusalem, through Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth – literally, here, there
and everywhere!

In 10 years Calvary Christian Church has expanded from a single-site local church in Townsville, to a multi-campus church spanning seven cities across the state of Queensland.

In mid 2016 we felt personally challenged to believe God to extend our borders. We began to pray and imagine the possibility of reaching other nations.
Four weeks later we were invited to take on leadership of City Life Church, located in the coastal South African city of East London.

In late 2017, Dustan and Sarah Bell, along with a team from Calvary campuses across Queensland, will relocate to East London to pioneer a new chapter in the history of our church… Calvary South Africa!

We believe East London will be the first of many Calvary campuses across South Africa and, by God’s grace, the continent of Africa.

Calvary exists because every person needs to know how much Jesus loves them – people here, there and everywhere! I love a church where we continue to expand our horizons and take new steps of faith together.

Pastor James & Sam Macpherson

For many years Calvary has partnered financially with various ministries around the world through Calvary Worldwide. Pioneering Calvary South Africa is uniquely significant – our connection with South Africa is much more personal.

Dustan & Sarah Bell have served as Campus Pastors in our Townsville campus since 2013. With their two children Hugo and Lucca, Dustan and Sarah will be Lead Pastors of Calvary South Africa, establishing our East London campus and spearheading future Calvary initiatives across Africa.

Ray & Jess Bartram were born and raised in our Townsville campus where they played a key role on team before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2015 to lead our Creative ministry. Ray & Jess with their son Matthew will move to East London and play a vital role in creating Calvary worship experiences in our newest campus.

Adam & Lauren Kevu have for years carried a passion to serve Jesus in Africa. Having joined Calvary five years ago, Adam and Lauren have served in various capacities in our Townsville campus, as Kids Pastors, Service Pastors, Host Team leaders and within our Girl Time ministry. With their two boys Joshua and Ezekiel, their breadth of experience will be utilised to train local teams and establish vital ministries in East London.

Tehillah Ross was six years old when, in a children’s ministry program, she felt God speak to her about a future in Africa. Now 25, Tehillah has been leading Calvary Young Adults and Red Frogs ministries on the Sunshine Coast, and will in 2018 see her passion and experience coalesce as she pioneers these initiatives in East London.


East London is located on the south-eastern coast of South Africa, about 1,000km east of Cape Town. The city is home to 400,000 people (the wider metropolitan area has a population of 1.4m) making East London the second largest city in the province of the Eastern Cape.
With its pleasant climate, pristine beaches, surf destinations, and access to world-class game reserves, East London has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in South Africa.
East London is home to South Africa’s only river port and boasts a diverse economic base, with motor vehicle manufacturing, industrial and agricultural activity.



Under the leadership of Pastor Dave & Bev Gernetzky, City Life Church has grown from a few dozen people meeting in a small facility, to a church of around 1000 people meeting in debt-free, multi-level auditorium with seating capacity for more than 1,200 people. The congregation is racially mixed and draws people from across the wider region.

The challenges within South Africa are often and widely publicised. But we believe the potential far outweighs the problems. Jesus has a great plan for South Africa and we have incredible opportunities before us, including:

  • A starting base of 1,000+ people and a large facility, providing an amazing platform from which to launch our first overseas campus.
  • Proximity to university students. Fort Hare University hosts more than 5,000 students and is located less than two kilometres from the Calvary East London campus.
  • Strategic community connections through Red Frogs ministry. After Australia, Red Frogs’ second largest nation of influence is South Africa.
  • A debt-free facility able to facilitate multiple Sunday services, located just minutes from schools, residential suburbs and main transport routes.
  • A training strategy to prepare future leaders to spearhead Calvary campuses across South Africa. Calvary Leadership College will launch in February 2018, preparing men and women to be the next generation of church and civic leaders.
  • A proven method of multi-campus church and video-link technology, enabling us to have one church in many locations, even on the other side
    of the planet.
  • A pool of willing young adults in Australia who are eager to experience cross-cultural missions work. Through Internship and Mission Trip opportunities, team from Calvary Australia can train locals in East London, while also having the adventure of a lifetime!

The East London Internship

The internship is a 3-month program in which young adults from Australia work full-time on our Calvary East London team, playing a key role in the establishment of our first international campus.

The internship package includes secure accommodation, flights, transport, internet, medical and travel insurance. On top of this, interns will enjoy downtime to visit Cape Town and see the sites of South Africa.

For students enrolled at Calvary Leadership College, as part of your internship you can study abroad by completing one term of classes with our CLC South Africa cohort. This means your study at Bible College won’t skip a beat and you’ll make lifelong friends with classmates in Africa.

The East London Mission Trip

In July 2018 join Pastor Dan & Elise Pappas and the team from Calvary Australia for two weeks of cross-cultural ministry, mission and fun in South Africa.

Experience two Sundays at Calvary East London, and mid-week get involved in local ministry via community outreach projects and on campus initiatives at Fort Hare University. When the work is done, our team will travel home via Cape Town for a few days of sight-seeing, shopping and relaxation.

For more information and to express your interest in the Internship or Mission Trip visit calvarycc.org.au/eastlondon

The Borneo Mission Trip

Living Waters Village in Borneo is one of the key ministries we support through Calvary Worldwide.

Founded by Ronny & Kay Heyboer from Calvary Townsville, Living Waters provides accommodation, education, health care and skills training to the disadvantaged, displaced, abused and abandoned children of Borneo.

Our support helps Living Waters Village minister holistically to the needs of over 600 children who call Living Waters Village ‘home.’

Bi-annually Calvary offers a mission trip experience to Living Waters Village in Borneo. Our next Borneo experience will be held from July 6th to 23rd, 2018. The sixteen-day trip visits the Living Waters Village in Borneo, followed by 3 days in Kuala Lumpur for shopping and sight-seeing on the journey home.

For more information on the 2018 Borneo Mission Trip, click here to register your expression of interest.

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