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Our Mandate

The mandate of Arise Church is found in the scripture passage of Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine for your light has come; the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Our Story

Arise Church began in 1959. Our church was birthed from an Italian language service at Richmond Temple who were reaching out to Italian migrants in Melbourne and seeing many come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Today, more than 6 decades later, Arise Church is a family of many nations and many generations who love Jesus and love to see people living the extraordinary life He has for them.

Our Pastors


Duane & Cathie Dixon

Our Senior Pastors Duane & Cathie Dixon have been leading the Arise Church family since 2014. They lead with an all consuming passion to love, connect, equip and empower people to know God, love God and to share His goodness and greatness down the road and across the globe.

What We Believe

Arise Church is a member of the Australian Christian Churches. A movement of almost 1100 churches and more than 250,000 believers across Australia. Click below for the ACC’s full constitution, history, leadership and statement of belief.

What's Important To Us


Real people are uniquely and wonderfully made, filled with feelings, want to face their fears, make mistakes in life, are in need of grace and want their life to count for something. Real people live out the tension of being awesome and in need of Jesus in their daily life

Big Hearted

Big hearted people give generously in all areas of their life – practically, financially and spiritually. And they do so to encourage, impact and empower the lives of others. Big Hearted people give people a glimpse of the goodness of God!

Faith Filled

Faith filled people know their God and live boldly to see His goodness and greatness known around the globe. They are powerful in prayer, hungry for His Word, sacrificial in their worship and responsive to His Spirit

Loving Life

God has blessed us with the gifts of salvation, friendship and relationship, all of creation and LIFE. Being able to love life and love people we are so thankful for His outrageous gift of LIFE for us.

Reaching Out

God loves people and every single person matter to Him. People who are reaching out are caught up in the Great Commission – to reach and save the lost. This is the priority of Reaching Out people just as it is Jesus’ priority.

What We Do

Our focus is to connect, equip and empower you to live the extraordinary life Jesus has for you. Much of what we do is focused around what we call The 5 G’s of Arise.