Part of a greater story ...                                


Our Story(where we came from)

The Ark Community Church, formerly known as Berwick Vineyard Church and originally known as Southeast Melbourne Vineyard, was planted out of the Yarra Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Lilydale - the first Vineyard church planted in Victoria in 1996. In 1998 Wayne and Sharon North were called to be the founding Pastors of the new Southeast Melbourne Vineyard. The first meeting as a church was held on Easter Sunday, 4th April 1999 at Berwick Lodge Primary School, with about 40 people in attendance. In January 2001 the church services moved to the Ross Miller Stadium at Berwick Secondary College, eventually leading to the name change to Berwick Vineyard Church.

In May 2005 Wayne North announced that he would be stepping down as Senior Pastor at the end of the year and in July 2006  Geoff and Jo Baker, who were previously leading Meadows Community Church in Leicester, UK, became the next Senior Pastors.

In August 2015 the Church moved to the Multi Purpose Centre at Hillcrest Christian College. We also clearly sensed the Lord's leading that we should no longer be part of Vineyard Churches Australia, which meant a change of name as well. There has been no change in our Kingdom theology and values :)