Horizon Church

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Horizon Church
Horizon Church Sydney
Horizon Church worship service.jpg
Horizon Church is located in Sydney
Horizon Church
Horizon Church
34°01′50″S 151°03′37″E / 34.0306°S 151.0604°E / -34.0306; 151.0604Coordinates: 34°01′50″S 151°03′37″E / 34.0306°S 151.0604°E / -34.0306; 151.0604
DenominationAustralian Christian Churches
Senior pastor(s)Brad and Alison Bonhomme
Horizon Church Logo 2018

Horizon Church (formerly Shirelive) is a Pentecostal Christian church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God denomination. The church's main campus is in the commercial district of Sutherland, a southern suburb of Sydney, Australia, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. The church's senior pastors are Brad and Alison Bonhomme.


Horizon Church was established in 1949 as a pioneer church of the Assemblies of God in Australia under the leadership of Pastor Norm Armstrong, who was keen to see a Pentecostal congregation established in the Sutherland area.[1] The first meeting was in the Sutherland School of Arts Hall. In the early 1950s the current property at 7-9 Stapleton Avenue, Sutherland, was purchased and constructed.[citation needed]

Over the years, the church has been through several name changes. It was founded as Sutherland AOG, then becoming the Christian Growth Centre until 2000, when it was renamed Shire Christian Centre. At this time the church moved from an unincorporated body to a company limited by guarantee and in May 2006 the church was rebranded as Shirelive.[citation needed][2]

In 2007,[3] the church undertook a building project which consisted of stage one, major demolition of existing auditorium, youth centre with the construction of a new 1090-seat convention centre.[citation needed]

On 20 October 2013, pastors Brad and Alison Bonhomme were appointed as the senior pastors of Shirelive. In 2018, under their leadership the church changed its name to Horizon Church.[1] With the new name some renovations were revealed, including the church basement which was turned into a new facility to run various departmental programs, specifically Horizon Kid's services on a Sunday. Other renovations included the children's staircase and finalisation of the church's atrium and front staircase entrance. In early 2019 the Horizon Cafe was opened, providing a brand new kitchen to be used for community outreach and Sunday cafe facilities.[citation needed]


Horizon Church has multiple departments. Including Horizon Creative the collective of musicians, singers, sound engineers, lighting technicians, designers, artists, photographers, videographers, dancers, actors and screen operators. Horizon Kids is the children's ministry of Horizon Church and runs on Sundays' as well as hosting community events, programs for young families and parents. Horizon Youth is the youth program ran every Friday at Horizon Church for young people in years 5-12 at school. It's a youth program for young people from all walks of life where. They believe everyone is significant, everyone has a purpose & everyone belongs.[4] In 2019 Horizon Youth received the Sutherland Shire Council's 2019 Community Group of the Year award.[5] Horizon Young Adults is the thriving young adults ministry of Horizon Church which meets for regular events, life groups and Sunday Night outings. Life Groups are an important part of Horizon Church. Horizon Church's heart is that every person would be known, valued and given the opportunity to contribute to our story. Life Group's are small group meetings where people come together to discuss life, the bible, pray and disciple one another.

Horizon Church building


The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, and his family are members of the Horizon congregation.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Horizon Church, Our story, horizonchurchsydney.com, Australia, Retrieved 3 November 2018
  2. ^ Horizon Church Sydney. "Horizon Church - Our Story". Horizon Church Sydney.
  3. ^ "Street party - Local News - News - General - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  4. ^ Horizon Youth. "Horizon Youth Website". Horizon Youth. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. "Sutherland Shire Citizens of the Year named at Australia Day Awards ceremony". The Leader. The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ Scott Morrison: bio and family life at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 September 2009)
  7. ^ Shannon Molloy, (28 August 2018), From talking in tongues to ‘divine faith’, could Scott Morrison’s religion be a liability? news.com.au Retrieved 28 August 2018

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