The current church has to date been in Coffs Harbour for 17 years as a small congregation we have been blessed to have a large impact in our region. Pastors Russell & Helen believe that the local church has to relevant to the community in which God calls it to be established. Pastors Russell & Helen have always had a passion for the hurting & the lost the church has a calling according to Isaiah 61 to the “healing of the broken hearted”. For years before they came to Coffs Harbour they have had a burden to meet the needs of their local community, but it wasn’t until being called to Coffs that they were led to establish the different ministry’s that exist today it started in 2002 with the Door of Hope community Café (soup Kitchen) feeding up to 50 people per week, then to establish the “Loaves & Fishes Food Store” currently providing food for over 4,700 families in our region approximately 400,000 to 500,000 meals per year. The ALC OpShop & Market with clothing bric-a-brac and furniture. ALC is part of an ever increasing network of groups caring for our region, networking with over 17 local agencies & and an ever increasing network in Northern NSW & other locations. ALC is a church that really cares for people, at ALC is a welcoming church where there is room for all who have a heart for others.
Our Core Beliefs
We are a church in transition, the Lord has been speaking to us about who we are and what He has called us to be as a church. To date we have been called to establish these Seven Core values;
We understand that we need the help of the Lord and each other to be able to make these values part of who we are as individuals as well as part of our DNA as a church family. Our focus is that the Church is meant to function as a family unit loving and caring for each other as well as loving and caring for the visitor and stranger in our midst.
ALC is about inclusion not exclusion!
ALC is about Empowering and Releasing!
ALC is about Restoring the broken hearted!
ALC is about setting free those tormented and oppressed!
ALC is a church that is relevant and connecting with the people of this region, in practical ways.
Through acts of: HONOUR, LOVE, GRACE, CHARACTER, SERVNG, JOYFULLNESS AND GENEROSITY.
Ours is according to Isaiah 61:1-11. Anointed to preach good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, Proclaim liberty to the captives, set free those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the Day of Vengeance of our God, to comfort and console those who mourn. With Love, Joy, Beauty and Praise presenting the righteous as the planting of the Lord, “that He may be glorified” to build and repair ruined lives, to restore the generations. That we shall be effective servants and priests of the Lord. To see the hurting and the Lost restored, empowered and released into the Lord’s plan for their lives.
Our focus as ALC is according to that call!
This is our mission statement! This our DNA as a church! This is our calling and mandate from thhe Lord! This is why we are so focused on reaching out to the lost and needy through various help ministries.
Everyone is welcome at
Abundant Life Church
Our Team Leaders
Meet the people who are key in ensuring the Mission Statement and goals of our church are brough to fruition.
Russell Jones – Senior pastor
Russell and Helen received their call into ministry through several confirmed prophetic words & personal direction from the Lord starting in 1985. In response to Gods calling Pastor Russell attended Bible college at Calvary Chapel Greenacre Sydney, on completion he was called to establish a church in Campbelltown NSW, (Campbelltown New Life Centre) where he & Helen pastored for 14 years as senior pastors, also taking on an additional church in Mittagong NSW.
Helen Jones – Senior pastor
In 1999 the Lord called them to move to Coffs Harbour to Pioneer a new church (New Life Centre Coffs Harbour) which they commenced in February 2000 in the local CWA hall & 12 months later moved to West High Street, about a year later the Church changed it’s name to Abundant Life Church because of conflict of names with an existing church & the new name was God given from John 10:10 Jesus said “I have come that you may have life Abundantly”.
Wayne Crowther – Pastor
After serving in the mission field in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and India. Wayne & Maria were called to Pioneer Churches, Pastor & Support others in Australia and overseas. Their love for God and his people has seen them involved in training people in many activities seeing lives transformed. They have been involved in establishing Food outlets to the needy and building income streams to support the ministry within the churches. Wayne is currently serving as Manager of Loaves & Fishes, with approx. 4300 families who have received and are receiving assistance. Whether preaching or on the road he enjoys reaching out to people. His passion for motorbikes has seen him elected to serve as President of Road Riders for Jesus, Coffs Harbour, meeting and ministering to people on the road. Favourite saying: today is a brand new day, it has not been spoilt before, let’s try and keep it that way.
Maria Crowther – Pastor
Maria has a passion to minister to the lost, hurting & restoration of families. Wayne & Maria were called to Pioneer Churches, Pastor & Support others in Australia and overseas. Their love for God and his people has seen them involved in training people in many activities seeing lives transformed. They have been involved in establishing Food outlets to the needy and building income streams to support the ministry within the churches.
Maria is currently ministering to people as they come to Loaves & Fishes and the Op Shop. There are approx. 4300 families who have received and are receiving assistance. Maria loves to minister the word of God. Her passion is to see people transformed in Christ. Favourite saying: how are you lovey?