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The History of
Message from Geoff Moore
If you have happened to view this page and you are a former Member or attender of Berean or Nepean Baptist Church (We changed our name in the mid 90's for various reasons - details on request), I would appreciate it if you would contact us through the e-mail links located throughout the Web Site or you can Click HERE! to leave us a message.
Always interested to make contact with any former members.
We are in the process of transferring a lot of the material we obtained from the 35th Anniversary in here in the form of a Photobucket Slide Show..and more...to share it with those of you who were unable to attend.
Do please keep returning here and check the page as I get things going in a little while.
One more thing you can Click HERE! to check Our Picture Gallery for more photos of Church History and other more recent events.
Geoff Moore, Web Site Admin.
Founders of our Church
After having served the Lord in the Philippines,
Pastor Leslie Funk came to Australia to found a Church in the Penrith area he called the "Berean Baptist Church".
This was his vision for the Church which held its first service in the, as then known - Penrith Senior Citizens Centre on 2nd. July 1972.
On the 24th of February 1974 the Church was constituted with ten Charter members.
On the 31st March it called its founding Pastor Leslie Funk as its pastor.
In September of the same year Pastor Harvey L. Goodman was called to the Pastorate, a position he held for 12 years. During their time in Penrith their 3 children grew to theor teen years.
For the first six years the Church continued to meet in the Senior Citizens Centre.
In 1975 a double block of land was purchased on the current site and a couple of tent meetings were held in the interim
till 1980, when Stage 2 (at the back of the block)...of the building was commenced. This consisted of a double
story building where Sunday School was held on the lower floor and Church
Services concurrently on the upper level. Picture below is with the Berean Baptist Christian Academy children out front
In 1984 the New Main auditorium was opened and shortly after in 1985, Pastor & Mrs Ken Burdett came to the church.
Pastor David Kemplay-Hill began with the church in 1991 and many new ventures were begun. About the time he started we had just widened the interior of the Auditorium with removal of an internal wall.
Pastor and Mrs. D. Kemplay-Hill
Pastor Hill paid a great complement to our former pastor, now Dr Harvey Goodman in the way our building was designed to allow expansion as it was needed, without major structural alterations. And so now the building's last internal wall is gone and we have capacity for another 60 persons in the Auditorium.
After 25 years of service here at Nepean Baptist, due to declining health, Pastor Hill has found it necessary to resign as pastor of the church. On February 7th, 2016 a Retirement Day was held for pastor and Mrs Hill to recognize over 40 years of service in several churches including our church here in Kingswood, NSW.
We tried to get the photos of Pastor Hill's Retirement day on here, but we finally put them on the following photobucket Slide Show. These are not sorted yet. - Geoff Moore
Click HERE!Pastor Hill's Retirement Day
On February 7th, 2016, Pastor and Mrs Kemper took over the ministry here at Nepean Baptist.
A stroll down through Berean/Nepean History.
Stay with us more coming soon - Geoff.
Mrs. Tarn and Suzy Crocket
"Mrs Tarn was one of our 'Distant Members'..who moved up to the North Coast of NSW with her family quite a few years ago, she still was considered part of us at Nepean as she had been since 1977...now for some years with the Lord."
Snippets of News from days gone by at Nepean
We will, very soon, now in 2013, be adding some old "musings" and notes from way back...as well as some little items that may be of interest
from the early days of our church here in Kingswood.
The Old Gravel Driveway
Back in about 1980, it was decided to get some Blue Metal gravel laid for our, yet unpaved - Church Driveway.
I guess we all remember that verse "Before you call I WILL ANSWER!" AMEN!
All of a sudden we noticed a Front End Loader tractor coming up Bringelly Road!
What would have taken us all day and then some to do, this fellow did in about FIVE MINUTES!! Praise God!...AND HE DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING FOR IT!
What a wonderful BLESSING from the Lord!
If anyone else has any old stories about Berean/ Nepean please e-mail Geoff through the Church E-mail link. We are in the processof transferring this information to our new website at the link below.
ClickHERE!for Nepean Baptist Church New Web Site