Hi everyone, sorry we couldn’t be a part of the chat-fest last night, we have a Compliments of Gus rehearsal. Nearly 14 years ago at Monash Clayton SFC Justin Gall, Rebecca Haschek (nee Gregson) and myself started Compliments of Gus, and we’re still playing together! Many albums and hundreds of gigs later, it all started doing praise and worship at SFC. Such wonderful memories – can’t help but think that we took it a bit for granted at the time! Bec and I have 3 kids now and live in Diamond Creek.
2000-2001 Melb Uni
I remember meeting Paul Zarb in a game of RISK in the ’89 National Conference. World domination a.k.a. evangelism through missions.
By the way, we just started Youth Alive in the state of Mecklenburg Vorpommen in Germany’s North-East! Glory to God!
Hi, thought I’d drop in on your party, Mech. Eng at UNSW in early 80’s, loved what SFC was to many there. Remember movie, “Silent Scream”, camp at Blue Mountains, visits from Tim Hall & Gordon Gibbs. Inter-Uni activities & bold witnessing. As for me, dropped out of Uni, 25 years later Pastoring & piano tuning. Living in Casino, NSW.
I remember John Shand came and stayed at our place, just days before his departure to heaven… and he took our SFC camp at Magnetic Island. I still have the notes somewhere from that camp. Just couldn’t part with them. I remember getting up during the night, about 3am and his light was still on, and he was still seeking God…
One very funny memory from a Monash Clayton leaders’ camp – praying for the leaders, one by one, in the centre of a circle. Many were being slain in the spirit. Warren Searles was there and we were praying for the wonderful Dayan Ramalingam, but instead of Dayan going down, Warren was collapsing as he laid hands on Dayan!
I really miss seeing the uni plastered with the name of Jesus. These days it is hard to find publicity evidence of a Christian club on campus. Great is the company of those who publish his word!
I remember we got a large crowd turn up to hear Tim Hall but only after crazy days of very active publicising. Once the people came, God moved by His Spirit and people were healed.
I think they need to be reminded of what is possible! We were blessed with leaders who taught us about the past campus revivals. I remember Warren and Michael Fackerall taking me out onto Macquarie and Sydney universities to see how it was done. And the great training we had at SFC State meetings at Glad Tidings in Brisbane.
Whatever has been done will be done again. What ever has been will be again!
Yep – just have one of my guys the old stories to read through J building a new generation!
Hi, I went to QUT Kelvin Grove and was involved in SFC from 1992-1994 I went on a missions trip to Thailand in Jan 1995. I loved SFC, it was such a huge influence in my Christian walk as I was only a brand new Christian when I started Uni.
We started a “Church on Campus” on Sunday nights for the students who couldn’t get to church. We had people come to Christ during those services, and I remember one rugby player who came in, sat up the back and later came and told us excitedly he’d been healed of a knee injury while in the meeting, listening to the sermon.
Thankyou to Daniel and Fiona Sanders for leading us with integrity, fueling our heart for God and people, teaching us the power of discipleship, preaching lifechanging sermons that I can still remember, believing in us, and giving your all for Jesus! Forever indebted to and inspired by you guys!
Hi to all the SFCers – I was in Sydney Uni SFC from 92-94 then a campus worker & later campus director from 95-98… Some fantastic memories of Tom Sirotnak & the power team tearing up phone books and breaking handcuffs outside the Carslaw building with hundereds of students watching… I’m now Academic Dean at Alphacrucis College & continually meeting ex-SFCers… Love to all!
SFC Monash was Singles Forming Couples for our extended family in the ‘90s! I was Lorraine Hick’s DG leader and Angela Coombs was in Lorraine’s first year DG – Angela later became my sister-in-law, after she married Clayton and I married Clayton’s older brother, Conrad Coombs. Clayton’s best friend at Monash Caulfield, Michael Alejandrino, then married Angela’s sister Rach Alejandrino!
‘God kicking butt’ story: some clubs tried to disaffiliate us then got disaffiliated themselves :O)
I got my heart for missions in a prayer meeting in a small building in the Sydney University in 1989 before the National Conference at Stanwell Tops. My Wife and I are both current Ordained Ministers with the ACC. Thanks Warren and SFC you gave us the start that set the pace for the rest of our lives, and we have not let up yet! I was at Griffith Uni Mt Gravatt and Nathan Campus as the Leader from 1989-1991. it was the closest thing to revival I have ever seen. In our final year hundreds came to the Lord, and hundreds more were filled with the Holy Spirit. We even saw a building that was used for a witches coven sold, taken off campus and instead of it being used for evil purposes, was used as a meeting hall for a Christian youth camp! Shane Brigg, David Liou and Angus McCracken were a major part of the Campus movement. These guys went on to lead the State SFC. I am now a High School Teacher on the Sunshine Coast. Every year for the past 6 years I have been going to Germany preaching the word as an Evangelist. Hundreds have been saved. I have also ministered in Solomon Islands on several occasions and in PNG. Melissa and I have been youth Pastors for 12 years, Assistant Pastors, Men’s, Women’s and Worship Pastors.
Sharon Hickey Booysen
I was at RMIT 1987-1990, then went on staff in QLD until 1994 when I left for Africa. How I miss those SFC days – saved, filled with the Spirit, and called to missions through SFC. The conferences were always life changing, and such a laugh too.
And I miss the prayer and fasting retreats at Mt Tambourine!
You know things come full circle, right?? I have just this year been asked to lead worship for prayer meetings on both Monash Uni and Melbourne Uni for current students!! Such a bizarre, and yet fitting thing to be involved in! The fire still burns on campus, believe me!!
SFC short-term mission trips would have to be right up there in highlights too. What a privilege for Garry and I to take teams to Hong Kong and China – awesome times! Not to mention the incredible impact SFC has had through long term missionaries all over the world today. Every time a talk with an SFCer I can still see the same passion in their eyes for the people of the world – it’s in our DNA!
I was part of a short-term missions trip to Thailand in the early 90s, but I was in the workforce at the time. Most of the others in the team were either still students or had just finished their degrees. It was a great time where taught English and lived in at the centre. Met some wonderful people!
Meeting my future wife at Melbourne Uni enrolments when Tracy filled out the SFC questionnaire was pretty awesome. Always loved outreach, enrolment, surveys, o’week, discipleship groups, weekly meetings, prayer o’camps, conferences, missions trips so many lives transformed over the years. The “power team” exploding water bottles in the north court of Melbourne Uni was a definite memory!
One of my memories being in Thailand with you and Tracy and then hearing 8 years later that one of the guys who became a Christian during that time is now a pastor aiming to reach his nation.
Greatest SFC Memories: Jesus March at Melbourne Uni in 1995 involving all Christian Clubs – North Court stood still when David Ray (the male soprano) began singing Amazing Grace, also overflowing the Copeland Theatre with Johnny Lee Clary. Favourite poster when Cam Butler (Melbourne FC Chaplain) came to speak and we promoted “hear the word of the Lord from the mouth of a demon”
Some of my fondest memories and dramatic Christian growth came through SFC. God so blessed that group!
Best conference workshop – ‘2020 Vision’ run by Ken Johnston and Elsie Loh. Awesome. Changed my life.
Hi guys, I remember Paul Zarb giving me a cuppa with a take cockroach in it, at SFC leaders conference. I am not sure if I have forgiven him yet. Probably need some prayer counselling.
I am a TAS Uni graduate and was on campus 1984 – 1988 and again 1995
Sharon G Yates
I remember early morning prayer meetings. The connections that were there were great. Quite a few of us live on campus and the time that we shared together, not necessarily formal meetings and the support was just awesome. It helped me get through my experiences.
Can’t recall attending a conference more powerful than the SFC State ones… Great worship, great speakers, great discussions, great prayer, great friends, great moves of God
I’m married with 2 kids and work in the Aviation industry (related to air traffic control). Still following Jesus!
So many favourite memories! Do you know I still have my SFC badge and over the years when I’ve found it, I’ve held it in my hand and prayed and thanked God for those days… sometimes I’ve even worn it for a day or so J I remember the time Warren came and preached for us at JCU. After the meeting in the games room… the Holy Spirit moved powerfully and we went outside the room after the meeting and led people to Christ who hadn’t been in the meeting. One chap named Lucian was walking back from the library after a night of studying, just walking past. He had his bike and a backpack on. The Holy Spirit moved upon him, he gave his life to Christ on the sport, and then went down under the power…. Still with his backpack on… that was a great moment!
Sharon G Yates
Since leaving Uni I’ve been working at ANZ. Currently at Reservoir branch. Am now living our in Wallan with husband Shaun, son Lee (9yrs) and daughter Denise (4yrs).
Also, remember having to brush my teeth with wasabi for 60 seconds, as a punishment for not wearing my name tag at VIC State conference. Also remember spitting it in David Waddell’s eyes afterwards…
Hi everyone! I was at James Cook Uni SFC 1987-1989 – SFC camp 1987 Mark Robinson baptised me in water at Crystal Creek then Warren Searles prayed for me for the baptism in the Holy Spirit that night! How incredible that one day can change your whole life…
Hi all. Lindsay Barrass. RMIT Bundoora and LaTrobe Bundoora. 1989-92/3?
Memories: Tim Hall “There is More” followed the next year by another outreach Tim Hall “There is Still More!”
I remember dressing up as the Grim Reaper to walk around Ballarat campus, promoting our ‘What Happens When You Die?’ seminar! (not sure I’d do that again though!)
Hi all, my favourites memories include the SFC conferences such as ‘Have you come to the Kingdom for such a time as this’ (still remember that one!), the full on prayer meetings at Macquaire Uni and the fantastic Sydney Uni group I knew through my sister Tracie. I was awe-inspiring stuff that showed us the blessing of going all our for God.
I grew up in Townsville – an army brat – but went to uni in Melbourne. I remember Mark Robinson sharing at a VIC State Conference about the JCU student union declaring ‘SFC’ as their official religion. It sounded like all the committee became Christians. It was inspiring for a younger me.
Hi Ken… I remember Mark was really tired one particular night… he went to share the gospel with the student union on the Teachers College side. The Holy Spirit moved. He came home energised and told me a number of them had received Christ, and he then had a new discipleship group… God was amazing.
I was at Monash Clayton SFC 1998-2002. I was involved in worship most of that time, and was a campus worker in 2002. I now work part time in the Worship ministry at church, and part time as a Monash lecturer! I met so many great people at SFC! People who challenged me to really know Jesus – to press in and experience more of Him. A truly invaluable time for me.
Hi all. Life since SFC has been busy with our 2 girls and various work and church commitments. I worked as an Integration Aide at Northside Christian College for 8 years until 2007, then in local kinders with special needs children and also now at Donvale Christian College (DCC). Rebecca (19) is training in Horticulture and Sharon (17) is in year 10 at DCC. We lead a Lifegroup at City Life Church. Manningham.
Best Mission trip: 7 girls headed to Halls Creek in the Kimberleys, survived the most dangerous town in Australia, cast out demons, heard testimonies of kids raised from the dead, and fell in love with the Aboriginal people!
We were so intensely committed to changing our world for Christ! Passion for the Gospel marked us for life.
Memorable messages – Warren talking about using spiritual gifts in witnessing. Paul giving us the history of student ministry
Amazingly God has me back at Melbourne Uni this year working exact same faculty I studied at when I came to Christ in 1993 through the wonderful ministry of SFC J
I remember Sarah Ardu coming into our lecture theatre 500+ math students in first year and Sarah quieted everyone to announce the Tim Hall rally, planted faith in me
My memories are of Oliver and I dressing up as clowns and witnessing to students at the Union Building… and of course the angels and demon drama in the courtyard was awesome!
I was thinking about that Angels and Demons skit the other day and about preaching after the skit in the open at Melbourne Uni. Pretty sure it was a good thing that I didn’t think about it and just did it…
I remember the clowning
I remember the Dave and Rosanna Palmer in the courtyard and our march for Jesus around the campus.
Or going out with some people from OCF to witness an speaking with a girl from Thailand who wasn’t in the country for long.
I remember Gary Parker speaking at Monash in the week of the great debate on evidence for creation. The first question he got was “Can you give us any evidence for creation?”
Yep I remember all my fellow biol. student friends coming to the debate. I though Gary Parker was amazing, my friends all throught Dr Bock was amazing! Will never forget the huge number of people who rocked up…. wot gorilla suit?????????????????
Favourite memories… there are so many. 8am prayer meetings, camps, conferences with the Muppets theme plated early in the morning, mission trip to Thailand and much more
Hey guys, Melbourne Uni 1997-2001, living in Melb, running a youth group in Inverloch with hubby Michael Carmody. We have 3 boys. You guys scared the hell out of me when I first met you all but so grateful for the impact of this ministry in my life!
Memory: 8 am prayer meetings 3 days a week. Man we were hardcore!
Was that at Monash? At Melbourne we had 5am prayer meetings 8 times a week. That was before we got hardcore.
Sharon G Yates
Andrea Feary was our other worker. People I’d like to catch up with: Kaylene Smith, James and Jo Lewis, Darren Templer. I loved all the guest speakers we used to get, especially Allan Meyer. He was so entertaining.
Jeff Ive heard the stories of you taking students out witnessing on campus. You were a force to be reckoned with (and I experienced it too just not on campus). I’m sure you still are.
Hello, fellow SFCers. I came to Christ while a student at James Cook Uni in Townsville in 1982. My husband also came to Christ soon after. We have been married now for 25 years and have seven amazing children. We led the SFC campus group for a few years and Mark went on to become Missions Director for SFC We owe a great deal to those days, and than God for the ministry of SFC.
Mark and Julie are absolute legends. Mark Robinson was my lecturer at Rhema College in Townsville from 1991-1992. He lectured with energy. The stories at Uni with Julie were so inspiring. He was my hero. Led worship at Calvary Temple, discipled so many people at James Cook Uni. Inspired Warwick Drew, who inspired Adrian Garrone, who eventually became a campus worker and baptised me. Thanks Guys. Love you Mark Robinson. Keep going in the Queensland Senate. Make waves for Jesus. You, Julie, are soooo inspiring as a mother and your smile and kind words always made a difference to tired Uni students.
We have just finished our first year in Indonesia, its such an amazing place, kids are loving it and we see it as our home for quite a few years to come.
I remember Mark speaking at a VIC state conference. He must have been good that was 14 years ago.
Hey another great memory – all night prayer meetings or was that just an SA thing. Can remember doing all things to try to stay away at 3am onwards. Torture, cant imagine doing anything like that now!
It wasn’t just a SA thing, we did it in VIC too. Although I think some ended up with us going to sleeping bags at about 3am.
It has been a long time since we did an all night of prayer, our church had a week of prayer and fasting that finished at 12 midnight, but wasn’t up to it then, or many now lol
We did an all night prayer meeting recently at Rostrevor Baptist, but it was by shift, only required to fill an hour slot…
No all night prayer meetings weren’t just an SA thing. We did quite a lot of them in Melb. The 3-5 am stretch sure was hard going.
Yeah those round the nation prayer meetings – my poor neighbours we must have kept them up!
Well if something’s going to wake the neighbours I guess a prayer meeting would be the best thing lol
Monash Uni Clayton 1998-2001, then campus working at Melbourne Uni 2002-2003. (Gotta love a ministry that you score an awesome hubby from ;O) Living and Pastoring in Melb, married to Ken, mum of 3, 1 on the way
I said I was “not attending” but I just came home from my prayer meeting… I was known as Robyn Crennan at Deakin Melb 1998-2002
So many of our former members are missionaries, ministers, church planters, and with hearts for a dying world needing Jesus.
Melbourne Uni 95-2000 Geomatics/Science. Campus worker 00-03 @ Melb Uni. Associate Pastor
Hi everyone! I went to Melbourne Uni 1994-1998, Education. Since then I’ve lived in the country and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Currently I’m casual relief teaching in Gippsland and helping my Grandmother.
Sharon G Yates
I studied Maths and stats at La Trobe Bundoora. Gary Ho was one of our worker and favourite DG leader was Nomi Brice.
Most unfavourite memory was Valerie Dawn grabbing my tambourine and using it to wake us up at wee hours for morning prayer. These days could be classified as torture.
Such a talented group of people to work with. SFC James Cook Uni, 1986-1990, Melb Uni 1996. Proud to have worked with Adrian and Catherine Garrone, Joel, Harrini, Daniel Sanders, Oliver Nicholson, Fiona, Ken Johnston and so on. Great times and laughs. God’s blessing to you all.
Melbourne Uni 1998-2002, commerce/science, now running a music production and film studio at www.decemberSwitch.comin Melbourne! I miss those conferences where musos from around VIC would get together and rock out!!
Hi to you all former SFCers, I have to say those were the days, what a powerful national movement that impacted so many lives, Hard to believe it was 20 years ago! I was involved at Sydney, UNSW and UTS from time to time but was mainly working on materials for the STMT program which I think was an awesome initiative. Now working in IT, currently with a company called EMC, living in Penshurst and raising 4 kids with my wife of 15 years J
Yvonne Selkirk Miller
Favourite memories…. Getting back on track with God after having a slightly, well quite rebellious teenage years… Touched by God is amazing way, experienced God in a way I’d never known before that!
Literally walked into SFC without invitation in ’86 when Gordon Gibbs was doing a series of meetings at UNSW. I was powerfully baptized in the Holy Spirit in his 2ndmeeting. Before that I was attending a very traditional Baptist church in Sydney. That encounter changed my life, my fav memory!
Adelaine Ng Curtin Uni 1990-93 I think. Now work in Melbourne attending CityLife church.
Hi Everyone. Anne Gillie here. SFC 1983-1984 at La Trobe Uni then supporting Milton who was Director at Monash until 1988. Currently live in the Lower Hunter Valley in NSW work as a Real Estate Agent and involved in HopeUC church.
Memories: DG missions trips community life together camps national conference.. and that one off staff training camp we had…
Favourite camp memory was setting off the mega phone siren and waking all the boys in their dorms around 2 in the morning and I think wombat hunting at night with Judith at Licola. Fun times,
hmmm… favourite memories would be SFC camps playing Lowest card loses and getting by on minimal sleep. And getting frocked up for formals. Always wore my tiara-had to live up to the Princess nickname J
Hey guys, I’m thinking we should spend some time in prayer for the campuses, like Grant Donnan said it’s like those old national prayer phone hookups which took so much faith the believe that Telstra would keep us all connected. Pause for a moment and pray for the campuses.
Didn’t list my course in last post: Science, Melb Uni 1983-1986 (Did final year part time to go on staff with SFC parttime) Then fully on SFC staff 1987-1990. Currently missionary with ACC World Missions in Cambodia since 1998
I remember Sarah when you came to speak at Melb Uni in 1997-8 and spoke about the years of preparation involved before leaving. We’re still preparing so it was always an encouragement
Starting again… UNSW, Wool and Pastoral Science 1980-84. Worked for years in our dental practice as financial manager, now at JCU Townsville studying Occupational Therapy as well as a Master in Public Health. Only God knows where that will end up! Loving the journey though.
SFC Conferences were always amazing – couldn’t count how many lives were eternally impacted as a result.
I remember one year having 14 people from Monash Pharmacy College attend, possibly the first time we could say that we had 2% of an entire university at a conference.
The last National conference in 1996 was memorable
Tim Hall trying to preach a deep theological message!! Oh and the water fight!
Sonja Campbell (Roldan) – Monash Frankston from 1989-1992. Now on Pastoral team at Bayside Church, Frankston Campus. Married to Stuart Campbell (also SFC, from 1985-1987, Monash Caulfield), 3 wonderful kids (8-12 years old)
Yvonne Selkirk Miller
Studied at Swinburne Uni from 1993-1997, did B.SC. in Biochemistry… now work at GSK (Pharmaceutical company) involved in my church (C3) leading a connect group as well as helping out in other areas too.
At RMIT 1979-1982. Director Monash Uni 1983-1988. Now own Axis Software, attend Hope UC.
Hi all again following protocol this time, Grant Donnan former Melb Uni 85-87, Bendigo Latrobe 88, Footscray FIT 90,91, Flinders Uni 92-98. Now working in a Christian School in Indonesia SPH International. Married to Ceri Ne Edmondson 4 children 5-13 years
Psych at curtin. WA state director 91-93. Currently psychologist in private practice. ministry at Champion Lakes Christian Church in Perth.
Hi JCU 1980 to 1984 and NSW late 80’s.
Campus – Canberra Uni 1986-87; UQ 1992-1994; HK 1994-96; UQ 1996-2011 Teaching TESOL at UQ
Hi all, Lisa Laws here SFC SA 85 and onwards. Wife and mother of three, working to support the youth ministry at Hope Valley Uniting, studying MA at Tabor.
ps used to SFC SA administrator – that seems like a lifetime ago
Hi All Thank God for dreamers and visionaries… SFC you just had to be there…
Hi from Cambodia where I’m with Sarah Ardu at a pastors conference… Sitting on a balcony, warm weather… Love the great commission and the global church!!
Nicola Claire Kilpatrick
I was at Monash University SFC in Melbourne J
Hi all. Joining you here from the coast of Cambodia with Melinda Dwight. Sitting on a lovely breezy balcony of a hotel. Tomorrow we will be busy with the Cambodian AOG pastors family camp. (SFC Melb Uni 83-86, SFC staff 87-90)
Hi everybody, Ross from SFC in Toowoomba. It was in SFC that I had the opportunity to attend my 1stShort Term Missions Trip & I am forever grateful to the SFC team in QLD for their support & encouragement that has allowed me to realised my dream of long term missions. Live the dream everyone…
Hi SFC Vic and Adelaide, Grant and Ceri Donnan now living in Indonesia.
We are living in Chicago while my husband Clayton Coombs is completing his PhD in theology. Actually, at the moment, he is presenting a paper at Oxford in England, so he might be able to attend – not sure of how the time difference works out for him. We were both involved in SFC at Monash. Clayton was involved at Caulfield, and then later became the Campus Director at Monash Clayton in the late 90s. They were formative years for both of us. Towards the end of my husband Clayton’s involvement on the Clayton campus, he was employed to work for City Life Church as the young adults pastor. After 5 years, the Lord led us to move out to the States for further study – first Fuller Seminary and now Wheaton College. We plan to return to Melbourne around June next year with our now four children.