The Full Gospel Churches of Australia was formed in 1963 by Ian Munro to provide fellowship and support for the ‘little man’ in ministry while allowing the local church that was established to retain its autonomy.
Ian Munro was strongly motivated to see people with a calling of God on their lives released into their ministries and recognised. Many pastors were attracted by Munro's emphasis for the local assembly to retain its autonomy while providing the local minister with federal recognition as a marriage celebrant. Numerous successful ministries with the Australian Pentecostal movement had their beginnings with Full Gospel.
Ian Munro served as the President of the Full Gospel Churches of Australia until his retirement in 1989 when Bert Westbrook became President. Subsequent Presidents have included Hank Vandersteen and the current President, Stuart McClelland.
President – Stuart McClelland
Raised in a farming community in the western Canadian province of Alberta, Stuart settled in Australia in 1975. Later that year Stuart was converted to Christ through the ministry of his future wife Sarah. Stuart soon settled into a house fellowship that later evolved into the Caboolture Full Gospel Church, where he has served as their pastor since 1988 till 2016. Stuart was appointed as the Vice-President of the Full Gospel Churches of Australia in 1989 and since 1999 has served as the President. Stuart and Sarah have two adult children, Rebecca and Steven.
Vice-President & National Secretary – Gerard Garthe
While completing University in Brisbane in 1981, Gerard was converted to the Lord under the ministry of Steve Ryder. Later that year he joined the Caboolture Full Gospel Church (now HopePointe Church) where he presently serves on the leadership team as the senior pastor. A graduate of Tabor College, Gerard was appointed as the Vice-President of the Full Gospel Churches in 1999. Gerard and Debbie have two adult children, James and Christopher.
National Coordinator – Hank Vandersteen.
Born in the Netherlands, Hank migrated to Australia in 1959. Raised in a reformed tradition Hank was born again in 1967, Serving as a pastor for many years with Christian Life Centre in Brisbane , Hank was also a missionary in Papua New Guinea for seven years. Hank joined the Full Gospel Churches in 1989 and has served as their National Secretary as well as President. Hank is presently the National Coordinator and together with his wife Lenie they provide pastoral care and support for our Full Gospel pastors.
Executive Member - Ron Simms
Ron placed his faith in Christ in 1972. He joined the local Methodist church and later a Pentecostal church. Ron joined Full Gospel in 1989 as the pastor of a local fellowship. He currently serves with his wife, Justine providing support and member care for pastors. Ron is also on the pastoral staff of WorshipCentre Christian Church, Brisbane and facilitates WorshipCentre's Pentecost College Ministry Leadership School. Ron holds a Master of Arts in Ministry and is currently a doctoral student at Harvest Bible College, Melbourne. Ron and Justine have two adult children and four grandchildren.