No. 1019 - Goodwood - Good News Centre (1962-2004)

Goodwood is a small residential suburb starts just south-east of the Brooker Highway and Goodwood Road junction. Most houses in Goodwood were built in the 1950s as public housing.

The Good News Centre is a former Assembles of God church located on Dodds Avenue. The building was constructed in 1962. After the church’s closure it was sold in 2004 and converted into a house.

Little information about this former Assembly of God church is readily available. In the early 2000s the Assemblies of God was still a significant religious denomination in Tasmania. The Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies provides the following review of the denomination:

“Assemblies of God are made up of autonomous Pentecostal churches led by an elected state President. Pentecostals are distinguished by their belief in spiritual gifts, most notably 'tongues', prophecy and healing. They are generally characterised by contemporary worship. The Australian Assemblies of God commenced in 1937 when several fledgling groups of Pentecostal churches decided to combine. The Tasmanian Assemblies of God commenced in 1959 when Pastor David Morris pioneered the Hobart Assembly of God, which was pastored by Ron Wilson from 1974 to 2004. Pastor Phil Hills pioneered the Launceston Assembly of God in 1961 and the Burnie Assembly of God in 1967. The Devonport Assembly of God was pioneered by Pastor David Cartledge in 1964. In 2002 there were 22 Tasmanian assemblies with around 2000 constituents”.

Since the above review was written in 2006, the Assemblies of God merged with the Pentecostal Church of Australia. In 2007 the name Australian Christian Churches was assumed.

*Additional information about this church is most welcome as all articles are updated. I can be contacted through this page or my Facebook page "Churches of Tasmania" which is linked here: <Churches of Tasmania>.

The former  Good News Centre - It was a residence when this photograph was taken in 2011 - Source: Realestate.com.au

A more recent Google Street-view image of the former church (2015)

Source:

https://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/P/Pentecostal.htm



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