Australian Free Church

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Australian Free Church
Classification Protestant
Orientation Calvinism
Polity Presbyterian
Origin 1979
Chadstone, Victoria
Separated from Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia
Congregations 3 [1]
Members about 60

Australian Free Church is a Presbyterian denomination in Australia.


The Australian Free Church was established in 1979 when Eric Turnbull was removed from being a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia. According to Rowland Ward and Robert Humphreys, this was for "refusing to desist from teaching that the King James Bible is the very Word of God to the exclusion of other translations,"[2] such as the NIV or NASB, although the church's website states that it was formed "out of a desire to maintain the standards of doctrine, worship and church government held by our Scottish spiritual forebears."[3] The website also states that the church uses "the King James Version as a faithful translation."[4]

Turnbull was the minister at East St Kilda and took the more active part of the congregation with him. After a number of moves in 1988 a small church building was purchased in Chadstone. A handful of adherents exist in Hamilton. In 1994 the Australian Free Church applied to join the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland but their application was declined.[2] The first Presbytery of the Australian Free Church was constituted in 2002.[3]


There are currently congregations in Chadstone, Hamilton, Rockhampton [1] and Deep Lead/Stawell. The Rockhampton congregation was received in 2009 and had previously been a congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church that had withdrawn from that body. The Deep Lead/Stawell congregation was established in early 2012.The total following is about 60 people.


The Australian Free Church holds to the historic Presbyterian confessions, these are:

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  1. ^ a b Places of Worship
  2. ^ a b Rowland Ward and Robert Humphreys, Religious Bodies in Australia, 3rd edition (Wantirna, Victoria: New Melbourne Press, 1995), 88.
  3. ^ a b "Our History". Australian Free Church. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Australian Free Church
  5. ^ Standards, Australian Free Church

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