Welcome to Ambassadors for Christ International – Australia
Who we are and what we do
Our team is made up of four individuals who are passionate about accelerating the spread of the gospel through local churches. We turn up to work every day because we want to see local churches in Australia become effective in evangelism. We want to teach believers to become effective witnesses in their daily lives and relationships.
The problem we are trying to solve is this: People all around us have little interest in the God who loves them and calls them to him.
The way we are going to solve this problem is by helping churches move from event-driven, leader-owned evangelism to congregations with a culture of living as witnesses in their daily lives.
We believe that as we begin to teach people how to witnesses in the normal relationships of their lives we will see more Australians than ever being invited to church services, entering through the doors of churches and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Get to know our team
John and Lois North
John North is the Ministry Team Leader of Ambassadors for Christ International–Australia.
He developed the LifeWorks evangelism tool which has seen thousands of Australians come to faith
in Christ, wrote the GrowthWorks small group course to help Christians start growing again, is on Hope 103.2 radio each morning in Sydney with the Time With God devotional spot.
But beyond all these things John loves to preach and teach God’s word in a penetrating way that changes people’s lives.
John is married to Lois and they have four teenage children: David, Caroline, Owen and Jade.
In his free time, John coaches soccer, rides his mountain bike, and plays basketball. He also loves photography.
Aaron and Shelly Daniell
Aaron is our EvangelismSHIFT Coordinator. He co-leads several churches on their journey through EvangelismSHIFT and is responsible for helping churches get the most out of the EvangelismSHIFT experience.
Aaron is a family man, loves interacting with people and enjoys the great outdoors.
Andrew and Tracey Lincolne
Andrew is our Director of Operations. He keeps the office running and enables the other members of the team to focus on their gifts.
Andrew is bringing the organisational aspect to AFCI which is well needed.
Andrew and his wife Tracey have 2 young boys and in his free time, Andrew loves playing or watching sport and playing video games.
Raquelle and Ephraim Katipunan
Raquelle is our Office Administrator. She provides the “back end” support for the AFCI Team.
Raquelle and her husband Ephraim have twin boys named Caleb and Joshua.
As a family, they enjoy long driving, camping, cycling and beach hopping.
The History and Heritage of Ambassadors for Christ International
Ambassadors for Christ International was established in Australia in 1949. Together, an evangelist and a businessman caught a vision for effective evangelism here in Australia. John, Ridley, probably the greatest evangelist Australia has produced, and Alf Davey, a Sydney businessman, pooled their gifts and resources to birth a new kind of ministry. Originally called the Australian Institute of Evangelism, the ministry became Ambassadors for Christ International as it expanded into other nations. AFCI now ministers in 25 nations and is having a powerful impact around the world.
Two things set AFCI apart:
First is the fact that our teams around the world are made up, not of overseas missionaries, but of people who have a burden for the effectiveness of the church in their own nations. Our vision statement is that we are teams of nationals accelerating the spread of the gospel through local churches.
Second is our motto, which sums up the focus of our ministry: revival in the church, evangelism through the church, training for the church. Ambassadors for Christ strongly believes that the best place to focus on is the local church. Rather than simply working alongside the local church, the ministry of AFCI is focused on the local church itself. We minister into the life of your church! We are committed to increasing the effectiveness of the life of your church rather than running “events” ourselves.