Willis, John Papers
Span Dates: 1974-1986
Volume: 2 boxes
The Papers of John Willis document the history of Christ’s Community Church (C.C.C.) and Metropolitan Community Church in Australia, with a particular focus on Willis’ ministry to C.C.C. Melbourne.
Christ’s Community Church (C.C.C.) was formed in Melbourne in October 1973 as Metropolitan Community Church (M.C.C.), by a group of lay people with some support from the clergy, and was the first church in Australia to cater for the needs of the gay community. The early inspiration for the group was Troy Perry’s book The Lord is my shepherd and he knows I’m gay.
Pastor John Willis was elected the first worship co-ordinator of the group, which soon after became C.C.C. John Willis is also warmly remembered by the Archives for generously providing the Archives with a home during the years 1981–87, when the Archives shared the West Melbourne building that housed Christ's Community Church
The collection is processed and a finding aid is available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These papers are held at the Australian Lesbian Gay Archives.
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