Central Church was established in the late 1980’s to reach the city of Seymour and its surrounding region. Originally known as Seymour Assemblies of God, the church has also been known as Highway Christian Fellowship and then Central Christian Church from 2006 to reflect its location in the north-central region of Victoria. At the start of 2021 this name was simplified to Central Church in line with our mission of Making Jesus Central.

The church was originally founded by Pastor Allan Herman in 1988 as a small group extension from Broadford AOG. After it became the hub for a successful bible college the church was then led by Margaret Stewart (1991-1995), Duncan Brown (1996-2004), Peter & Anne Brown (2004-2020) and Daniel & Fiona Sanders who are the present senior ministers. The church has met in a number of different locations over this time including the current Salvation Army hall, a school hall, a affectionately known shed and now meet currently in a shared arrangement with the Seymour Baptist Church.

In its past the church was also involved in establishing a various satellite congregations in nearby towns such as Wallan, Euroa, Tongala, Romsey, Kilmore, Whittlesea and Yea, some of which are still in existence today. While presently meeting as one congregation in Seymour, Central Church desires to serve the region and has many congregation members from surrounding towns.

Our Mission
Making Jesus central in our lives, our church, our community and our world.

Our Values
Empowered by the Holy Spirit
Love Jesus

Our Leadership

Pastors Daniel and Fiona Sanders have been the Senior Pastors of Central Church since July 2020. Daniel has had a broad experience in ministry which began as Victorian Director as Students for Christ, a role that was shared with Fiona. He has been an Associate Pastor at Imagine Church in Burwood (now Edge Church Melbourne) and Equip Church in Hoppers Crossing and more recently worked as Operations Manager for Alpha Australia. Daniel is also the state leader for ACC Community Engagement. Fiona has also had various ministry roles, most notably as the principal of South West (now Equip) Bible College, but also works at the University of Melbourne.

Daniel & Fiona love meeting people, developing leaders and seeing God’s kingdom expand in every sphere of society. They both enjoy travelling and cooking but beyond that their interests are varied with Daniel loving sport (especially Hawthorn) and music while Fiona relaxes by reading or sewing.

Our Beliefs

Central Church is part of the Australian Christian Churches, one of Australia’s largest groups of churches, and endorses their doctrinal statement as follows.

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.
  • We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
  • We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
  • We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.
  • We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues which is the initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit. We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
  • We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively. We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.