Brief history of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Western Australia


The Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Australia Inc., is the Western Australian branch of the denomination in Australia. It was born out of an evangelist endeavour in the 1920’s when an evangelist called Frederick van Eyk held gospel meetings. In the early 1950’s Elmer & Jean Darnell moved to Perth as missionaries and commenced Gospel meetings, set-up churches and a bible college. In the mid 1950’s, the Victoria Park Foursquare Gospel Church was built in Armagh Street by church member’s sacrificial donations to the building program. Other church buildings followed in Morley and other urban and country areas from Albany, to Bunbury, Manjimup, Katanning, to Geraldton and other places. Some of our churches currently meet in hired premises.

In the early days of the Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Australia, a dedicated Bible College called L.I.F.E. Bible College was established in Victoria Park, and many pastors and church leaders were trained there. Today, you can attend L.I.F.E. Bible College in the United States, or attend one of the theological or Christian ministry tertiary colleges in Perth or within Australia to meet the basic qualifications required of any licensed minister within the denomination.

Western Australian Foursquare churches have long histories with Papua New Guinean and Indonesian churches, with mission’s endeavours with mainly South-East Asian and African nations.

You can learn more about the global history of the organization here.

How we are structured.


The Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Australia Inc., is a registered not-for-profit charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission [ACNC] and the Department of Commerce in Western Australia. We have a Board of Directors and Supervisor, who govern our finance and ministry activities. We abide by all lawful requirements for financial transparency, governance and for reporting activities.

All licensed ministers or volunteers in contact with children or youth must have a current Working with Children Check. All ministry applicants undergo screening, must provide qualifications, references and sign declarations stating they are a ‘responsible person’ according to law and will abide by the churches policies and procedures. Our Governance structure detail is available by contacting the WA office.

The Church of the Foursquare Church in Australia Inc. WA., has 21 official Foursquare Churches in the State of Western Australia [2018], with outreaches and associations with other Christian groups in an unofficial capacity and connections with many overseas missions projects.

Where are Foursquare churches in the world?

We are part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel which has churches worldwide, with some of the largest populations of churches being in the USA, South America [Brazil, Chile, Argentina, etc.], Central America [Mexico eg.], South-East Asia [India, Sri-Lanka, Philippines, New Guinea, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Guam].

With growing churches in Europe [Greece, Switzerland, UK., Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo (Serbia/Montenegro), Luxembourg, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, and Ukraine], Africa [South Africa, South Sudan, Burundi, etc], Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Foursquare Missions International can provide you with more information about Foursquare Gospel churches in the nations via the following link: