Willis, John Papers

Span Dates: 1974-1986
Bulk Dates:
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. The collection includes C.C.C. Melbourne board meeting minutes and information about the Sydney and Adelaide. Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) from Sydney and Melbourne. Folder 13: Financial reports for Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Melbourne, 1976-1977 Folder 14: Correspondence, 1975-1979

Hist/Bio Note

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

Finding Aid

The collection is processed and an extensive finding aid is available upon request at mail@alga.org.au.


These papers are held at the Australian Lesbian Gay Archives.


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