Plenty, VIC - Diamond Valley Baptist (20605)

Year Built: 1984

Denomination: Baptist

Address: Diamond Creek Road, Plenty, Victoria, 3090

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people

Last Updated: 15/11/2022

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History and Architecture:

Between 1954 and 1956 several homes were used for services including Gordon and Margaret Brown in Grimshaw Street. The first church was in Hobson Street between 1956 and 1960 which is now a medical centre.

A tender was accepted  from J.R. and G. Hooper and completed was expected by the end of 1956. The hall was very basic, with a folding door in the centre, an outside toilet and a brick garage. It was officially opened on December 8th and Margaret Brown unlocked the door. A 16-stop organ was obtained from Moorabbin and chairs from the Austin Hospital.

Around 1980 the Old Melbourne Motor Inn was chosen as a new site for the Church. Keith Butler was the Architect due to his work with Baptist Churches and his plans were submitted at the end of 1981.

In addition to direct giving to fund the new church, there was the anticipated sale of the existing church property, and the Finance Committee made approaches to financial institutions for a loan of $200,000. As it happened, a loan of $20,000 was sufficient to overcome a cash flow problem. The cost of stage one, when the building could be used for worship was approximately $171,500.

 

The Church was opened on 29th July 1984.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1954 - 1957 Rev William Collard
1957 - Rev Len C Lewis
1958 - 1960 Rev Frank Potter 1962
1960 - 1961 Rev George E Williams
1961 - 1966 Rev James V. Paice
1967 - 1973 Rev B R Reeves
1973 - 1974 Rev John M. Mills
1974 - Rev John Rowe
1975 - 1978 Rev David J. Treloar 2017
1978 - 1979 Rev Peter Neil
1978 - 1979 Rev Frank Bennell 1989
1979 - Rev Prof Basil S. Brown
1980 - 1989 Rev Alan E. Nunn
1980 - 1982 Rev William Stelling 1996
1983 - 1986 Rev Paul D. Craig
1984 - 1986 Rev William Stelling 1996
1985 - 1988 Rev D. Martin Boutros
1986 - 1988 Rev Neville Kellam
2010 - Rev Paul D. Craig
2021 ? - Rev Martin Boutros

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. Light up the Valley. The story of the Greensborough and Diamond Valley Baptist Church. Granville Wilson SLTF 286.19451 W69L
2. Ryerson Index.