About us: Our Story
Doveton Baptist was founded in 1964, initially meeting in the manse at 129 Kidds Rd under the leadership of the Rev Alan Nunn. The church quickly grew along with the suburb of Doveton itself, building the sanctuary section of the church in 1965 and becoming a consituted church of the Baptist Union of Victoria in May of that year. The church hall was added during the 1980's and the upstairs offices and ministry rooms in the 1990's at the time of the church's highest attendances.
The church, like Doveton itself, has continued to change in the years since. With so many larger churches in neighbouring suburbs, Doveton Baptist has become much more of a smaller, local community church with a strong focus on the Doveton & Eumemmerring community and in seeking to respond to it's needs. The community and the church have both become more multicultural.
In 2017, the South Sudanese Baptist Fellowship (who have used the church building since 2007) formally merged with the Doveton Baptist Church. The process culminated at our annual meeting in Nov with the election of a combined leadership team to become one church under one pastor and one leadership. We still have a Nuer service on Sunday afternoons but combine for the morning service. We have begun to know each other and are exploring how we can best do ministry together while valuing our diversity.
The Doveton Baptist Benevolent Society, established in 1992, has become one of the key reasons for our commitment to being church here in Doveton. The various programs of the DBBS are recognised by the church as our ministries showing God's love to our neighbours. It is our conviction that we are called to both speak and be good news in our community.
The last few years have seen us better equipped for the future with new or stronger partnerships and a rationalisation and improvement of our property resources. The manse has been converted into an Early Learning Centre under a long term lease with Maranatha Christian School who upgraded the carpark. Two of the other four church houses were renovated and sold with the proceeds clearing the church of our remaining debt, paying for the substantial renovation of the inside of the church and leaving us still with sufficient funds held in trust to meet future property needs. We were thrilled (& exhausted!) to show off the revitalised church at our 50th Church Anniversary.