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WPCBC History

In 1949, Mary Jones, daughter of an evangelical Presbyterian minister went to minister to the aboriginal people in the country district of Brookton, 180km east of Perth.

After calls for assistance from the World Presbyterian Missions, Barbara and David Cross were sent to WA in 1970 to work in Brookton. They also started a Bible study in Perth which eventually resulted in the first WPC congregation at Caversham. The congregation later moved to Koongamia and was pastored by Warren Myers. In 1978 the church moved to Maida Vale under the pastoral care of Derek Jones. The Brookton church then became known as the Calvary Presbyterian Church.

In 1976 WPC Bull Creek (“Bull Creek”) was started by Barbara and David Cross on Sunday 1st February. The Lord blessed their work abundantly with a rapidly growing church. In 1982 Ron Nugent was called and ordained as teaching elder at our church. The Crosses left to return to the United States. Ron faithfully served at Bull Creek until 1993.

You can read an interesting document called “Westminster Presbyterian Church – 25 Years On – 1970 – 1995” compiled by Mark Mayhill. Click here to download it (19 Mb, PDF format).

In 1987 Derek Jones started as a part-time evangelistic pastor. Then in 1988 Derek, Barry Swann and Clem White started the Mandurah ministry. Derek served as a fulltime pastor at Bull Creek until 1996. In 1994 Gary Goeschl and his family came from the USA to Bull Creek and was ordained as teaching elder. We are thankful to the Lord for our two years with the Goeschel family. In 1996 Gary resigned and returned to the USA with his Family.

On the 11th October 1992, Indonesian worship services commenced at Bull Creek. The Word of God was preached, often in English and translated until Paulus Surya commenced as pastor for the WPC Indonesian congregation in 1995. We praise God for the Indonesian congregation and for Paulus’ ministry amongst them to this day.

In 1996 Steve Schoof and his wife Beth were called and in November 1996 Steve was installed as teaching elder at Bull Creek. We were abundantly blessed and are thankful to the Lord for Steve and Beth’s ministry until November 2012.

In 2002 Mark Vivian was called by Bull Creek as an associate pastor. Mark, Shelly and family arrived from the USA in January 2003. On the 18th May 2003 at 4:30pm, Mark was ordained as a teaching elder. David Cross (Shelly’s father) preached the sermon. Both Mark and Shelly are a wonderful blessing and we thank God for their ministry among us.

In 2007, Matt Waldron was ordained by Bull Creek as a teaching elder, responsible for the youth and also for church planting at Murdoch. The Three Crosses Church was established in 2008.

In 2007 Erick Kartawijaya started part time work at Bull Creek with Paulus for the Indonesian congregation while studying at Trinity Theological College. In 2010, after Erick graduated, he started working full time and on the 28th of October 2012 was ordained as  a teaching elder.  We thank the Lord for Erick’s continued service.

In 2008 Craig Newill was called as a teaching elder at Bull Creek coming from the Church of England in South Africa with his wife Kerry and children. We thank the Lord for their continued service in ministry. In December 2012 Craig was voted in as lead pastor of Bull Creek.

In 2012 a building extension was approved by church vote and building commenced mid September.  The building dedication and celebration took place on the 28th of June 2013 with representatives from the construction company and architects present.  We thank the Lord that we are able to use this building for His glory. 1 Peter 2: 4-5.