CityLife Church (CityLife), formerly Waverley Christian Fellowship (WCF) originated with a small group of people meeting together to learn about God. From this beginning in 1967, the church has grown and become home to hundreds of Christians from a variety of backgrounds, age groups and cultures.
The founding pastor of CityLife, Richard Holland, led the church as it gradually outgrew a number of different venues in the Waverley area. Richard, who is recognised for his tremendous faith and vision, was to see the realisation of his dream to establish a permanent home for the church when the present site was purchased in 1982 and building commenced. It was at this time that Kevin Conner and his family returned to Melbourne after 10 years in the USA. Kevin joined the church staff and together with Richard saw the church continue to grow.
In 1983, the Parkmore Full Gospel Church and its Christian School merged with WCF . Now known as Waverley Christian College and located on the church property, the school has grown and developed to become a vital part of the church's ministry.
In 1986, Richard Holland handed the church of approximately 600 people to Kevin Conner who took up the position as Senior Minister. Kevin is recognised internationally for his teaching ministry and has written many textbooks which have benefited both ministers and students. Under his leadership the church continued to expand, a variety of ministries were developed, four branch churches were commenced and the church building complex was further extended.
In February of 1995, Mark Conner, Kevin's son, was appointed Senior Minister. He has a strong preaching/teaching ministry and is a gifted musician and worship leader. Mark and the leadership team are committed to "raising up fervent followers of Jesus Christ who will reach out and impact communities, cities and nations for the kingdom of God".
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