Our Journey

Lismore Assembly of God fellowship was pioneered by Paster Ron and Ruth Hunt who came to Lismore with their children Christine, Joshua and Matthew in 1983.

Pastor Ron and Ruth had been ministering to a group of people at Woodburn and from that group moved into Lismore to pioneer a fellowship in the City. Their early meetings were held at the City Hall. The Hunt's recall the building of a congregation of around 130 people and leaving Lismore at the end of 1983, passing the baton to new pastors John and Anne Iuliano who came to Lismore in early 1984 along with their two year old son Steven.

They came to Lismore from Adelaide and this was their first Church as Senior Pastors.

Pastor John and Anne write that the congregation met in the Public school at Goonellabah. Their first task was to consolidate the people who now called Lismore Assemblies of God their "home". The fellowship began to grow and become strong. They recall that there were plenty of baptisms, plenty of bacon and eggs at the men's breakfasts and lots of laughter in the women's ministry. Several outreach crusades to the community were a feature of church life. A group of people came regularly from Ballina and one dear lady Maria Oostndrof kept begging Ps John to commence meetings in Ballina. A home group was commenced in Maria's garage in November 1985 and it grew so quickly that Sunday services commenced in February 1985.

Lismore held morning services and an afternoon service was established in Ballina. Many congregational members attended both services. The Iuliano's second son was born in Lismore in November 1984.

Pastors John and Anne report how much they loved the get-togethers at Evans Head with other pioneer pastors from the Region. It was a very supportive time of fellowship and the formation of great friendships with folks like Steve and Bev Spence from Coffs Harbour.

In December 1985 the Iuliano's moved from Lismore and the church was handed over to Pastor Warren and Yvonne Taylor along with the freshly planted Ballina assembly.

Pastor Warren and Yvonne continued to minister to both churches and in early1986, Steven and Christine Mitchell, elders in Lismore Assembly, were appointed as pastors in Ballina Fellowship. Pastor Warren and Yvonne built many strong foundations into the assembly and made many fruitful connections in the area. They initiated and hosted many events in the city, which bought strength and encouragement to the body of Christ in the city and beyond.

The church fellowship was now occupying a commercial facility in Zadoc Street, Lismore. Pastor Warren and Yvonne remained as Senior Pastors until September, 1988. They then left the assembly in the care of a team which included Graeme and Michelle Roberts and Frank and Kaye Lee.

Pastor Allan and Joy Stiles were also a part of that team having moved from Glen Innes which their two sons Brett and Nigel to join with Pastor Warren and Yvonne in Lismore.

In early 1989, Pastors Allan and Joy Stiles were appointed Pastors of Lismore Assembly of God.

The last twenty odd years have been amazing times of building, building relationships, building