The church began in 1996 as Bankstown Family Church planted by the principal of Southern Cross bible College Ps Steve and Sandra Fogarty along with David and Sally McLennan. David and Sally became the first pastors of the church. Meetings were held in Rydges Hotel on the Hume Highway, Bass Hill. Later the church moved to the campus of the Bible College at 40 Hector Street, Chester Hill.
A Place of Hope
Ps Sally’s dream of a place of hope for the community led to the church taking over a former reception centre in Priam Street, and establishing a café. We changed our name to Hope Central because we believe that “hope” is a basic need for all people. So we became a place of hope: church on Sunday and a café and meeting place the other 6 days of the week.
In 2008 the church closed the café and moved out of the building, back to Rydges for a time as we rested from the work of running a business. Our desire for a more permanent meeting place led to an outpouring of generosity by church members and we leased unit 12, 165 Waldron Rd Chester Hill in a factory complex next to Chester Hill Fire Station. After 3 years at unit 12, during which we began a playgroup for local mums and dads, the church moved again, this time next door to Unit 1 in the same complex.
A New Beginning
The official opening of Hope Central’s new home was attended by the Mayor of Bankstown Khal Asfour and by Tim Jack, leader of the Apostolic Church of Australia.
In 2014 the leadership of the church changed with Pastors David and Sally moved to Queensland. Chris and Astrid Blackley became the senior pastors and now lead the church.