Strathalbyn, SA - Church of Christ (30300)

Year Built: 1873

Denomination: Church of Christ

Address: Dawson Street, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255

Last Updated: 12/05/2021

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History and Architecture:

The founder of the Church was an English born, American trained evangelist called Henry S. Earl. He was a highly gifted preacher and preached his first sermon at Strathalbyn in the Colman's grain store on October 3rd 1869.

This resulted in an open air meeting on the banks of the Angus River. There were about 600 people in attendance and four people were baptized in the river.

On the 1st of November the Church of Christ was formed with the leading figures being two deacons, Mr. Alexander Gordon and Mr. Jephtha Good. The Church was established with the following declaration (quoted in part).

We, the undersigned Disciples of Christ' having confessed with the mouth our faith in the Lord Jesus have solemnly assembled on this the first day of November, 1869, at Strathalbyn, for the purpose of forming a Church of Christ. We do so with the sincere desire to honour and extol our divine redeemer. We are determined with the help of God to adorn the teaching of God our Saviour in all things, and shall attend constantly to the teaching of the apostles and the fellowship and the breaking of bread and the prayers, and daily live soberly and righteously, and Godly in this present age. ...Hence to the Word of God we look for instruction; to Christ's sacrifice and intercession we look for pardon and acceptance; and to Him as King we yield implicit obedience.

Alexander Gordon was born in Rosshire, Scotland in 1822 and came to South Australia with his wife and three children in 1854. He died on 5th September 1895.

Jephtha Good was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England in 1830 and married at KirtoninHolland, Lincolnshire in June 1852, he arrived in South Australia in November 1852, settling at Belvidere, near Strathalbyn, moving to Alma in 1872.

The Chapel is a simple nave, built of random limestone with cement trim to a pointed arch window. The builder was R C Trenouth and the Mr Dick was the carpenter. The Church was opened on 30 March 1873. New vestry was added on 11 February 1939. Additions at rear were carried out between 1962 and 1963.

Clergy:

This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
- Rev H S Earl
1870 - Rev Thomas Porter
1872 - 1873 Rev G B. Moysey
1874 - 1875 Rev J Strang
1876 - Rev J Colbourne
1900 - Rev A. Harris
1901 - 1903 Rev H J. Horsell
1903 - 1904 Rev L. H. Crosby
1912 - 1913 Rev George T Black
1914 - 1915 Rev A. W. Wittenbury
1917 - 1922 Rev A. Marshman
1924 - 1924 Rev T G. Mason
1925 - 1932 Rev J H.I. Durdin
1933 - 1941 Rev A. H. Wilson
1941 - 1943 Rev S E.M. Riches
1945 - 1947 Rev F. B Stow
1947 - 1953 Rev J H.I. Durdin
1953 - 1956 Rev A E Cremin
1957 - 1966 Rev W. J. Philp
1966 - 1974 Rev R L Oke
1974 - 1977 Rev P. Moyle
1977 - 1978 Rev J.Elliot & P. Broadbent
1978 - 1982 Rev H Prime
1983 - 1985 Rev C. McKenzie
1986 - 1990 Rev C. Perkins
1990 - 1991 Rev R Hayman
1993 - 1997 Rev G Simpson
1997 - 2000 Rev P. Smalley
2001 - 2006 Rev P. Hodgson
2007 - 2013 Rev G Daniel
2014 - Rev D W. Telfer

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Contributions:

Daryll Telfer who supplied the clergy list and church history