After much prayer and sacrifice, Graham (founding pastor) and his wife Rachel Kell traveled to the United States to engage in theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1994. While there, he partnered with Rocky Mountain Bible Church who helped give them the practical ministry experience needed and the financial support to come back to the Sunshine Coast and begin the difficult task of planting a church. Chancellor Park Community Church held its first public meeting on August 6, 1998 to discuss the need for a church to serve the growing community. As a result of this meeting and the prayers of local Queenslanders, on September 27, 1998 Chancellor Park Community Church was launched.
Rocky Mountain Bible Church blessed this new church that was planted in the Buderim / Sippy Downs region of the Sunshine Coast, and what started as a Bible study in the Kell’s home soon moved to the Alcooringa Hall, Buderim then in 2002 moved to Chancellor State College, which had just built a hall perfect for a growing congregation. CPCC soon outgrew this hall and shifted into a Performing Arts Centre while the school renovated and expanded, giving us our current facility.
There have been numerous milestones along the way, but the most exciting have been the people who have come into a relationship with their Saviour and been discipled in their relationship with Jesus Christ. CPCC has seen home grown missionaries raised and sent out to different corners of the globe, missions trips, Israel teaching trips, and local ministries such as our Uni-Shop bus serving our local students. Our charity, One Step Alliance, is heavily involved in the lives of those who are disadvantaged in our region. It’s helped reverse unemployment, boost the self-esteem of disengaged teens, and show God’s love in hands-on ways.
The developer of the Chancellor Park area once said, “It’s the major residential area of a whole new town on the Sunshine Coast, which is built around education as the main industry… It will result in increased and higher quality services and facilities… whatever the needs of the population are, they will be met.” The population expressed that church was a need in an extensive community survey, so the idea of a Community Church works toward meeting this end. They also expressed their disinterest in churches that were either “dry and dull” or “weird and wacky.” Of course, we make no claim of being the answer; there’s room for more than one type of church in the region. But CPCC was aware that churches are often not relevant to the culture outside their walls, and that the culture shock people feel when they step into a church is the main reason they never return! At CPCC we have purposed since day one, to offer a relaxed service centered around the Word of God and our relationship with Him, and a ministry that seeks to be relevant to our culture, yet grounded in the Bible.
The combination of circumstances, advice, Scripture, and prayer that God used to pave the path from there to here stands as an irrefutable testimony to God’s hand in this ministry. In fact, no other church can claim the same beginnings as CPCC.
On September 2019 our founding pastor, Graham Kell, after receiving an additional Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, stepped down from his role as Lead Pastor of CPCC to work full time at Flourish Psychology. He and his wife Rachel are still members at Chancellor Park and active in the discipleship ministry on the Sunshine Coast. Having raised up qualified leaders and seeing spiritual and numerical growth in the Sippy Downs area of Chancellor Park, Chancellor Park Community Church and Graham Kell passed off the Lead Pastor role to Rodney Cripps.
Rodney and his wife Sarah joined CPCC in September 2019 from the United States and bring with them a similar passion of discipleship and a passion for God’s Word. As God sometimes plans out His perfect plan, Graham and Rodney attended the same seminary at the same time without knowing each other. God has been faithful to CPCC and the journey to this point has been exciting, fulfilling and rewarding. We invite you to join us on a similar path of discipleship as we look to God for the future!
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