About us

About us

Welcome to Longreach!

Longreach is a Queensland town of just over 3000 people that is 700km from the coast but, in reality, is just where the outback begins.

Home to the “Stockman’s Hall of Fame” as well as being the original home of Qantas, the town is set amongst vast grazing properties which raise beef and sheep. While drought is a major concern impacting the local economy, there is still hope.

Longreach Baptist Church – a Christ-centred, caring community church

Our mission statement is:
Love God, Love Others, Pass on on what you have received.

As a church body, we try to keep things uncomplicated; focusing on what is at the heart of the Gospel and seeking to relate and apply it to our everyday lives.

Longreach is a fantastic community, and, as a church family, our hope is that we would be like ‘salt and light’ within it; flavouring, preserving, and revealing the hope and truth found in Jesus Christ.

God has also called us to encourage and support ministry across Western Queensland.

Our church’s beginnings

The first worship service as the Longreach Baptist Church occurred on 12 January 1991, held in a private lounge room. They met there several times before meeting regularly in the High School Library.

From Easter 1991, the small Baptist congregation then met at the Longreach Christian Fellowship (LCF) building in Quail Street. The LCF was part of the Brethren work in the Longreach district. It had been started by Esrom (Es) Morse, who founded Outback Aerial Mission in the early sixties. The LCF did not amalgamate with the Baptists, but they did agree to regularly meet with them. Financial costs were shared between the two groups. The Baptist congregation began to grow in number and this church building later became known as the Longreach Baptist Church.

In 2001, a new building to be used for worship was built. A special Thanksgiving Service was conducted on 28 July 2001, led by Rev. Dr. Stan Nickerson, to celebrate the opening of the new church building. The existing buildings have since been used for Sunday School, Youth Group, mainly music, morning tea and various social activities.

We still maintain a strong link with Outback Aerial Mission – find out more on our Mission page.

Come along and participate in what we have to offer:

  • family-focussed Sunday services with Creche & Sunday School program (school terms)
  • scripture-based teaching
  • worship with traditional and contemporary music
  • regular communion celebration
  • baptisms
  • prayer group opportunity
  • home groups / Bible studies
  • Youth Group
  • social events for all
  • Christianity Explored courses
  • fellowship get-togethers
  • annual Family Camps
  • Men’s Camps
  • Ladies’ Conferences
  • guest presentations at different times in the year.

I’m new

No matter where you find yourself in life’s journey, you’re welcome at Longreach Baptist Church! When you arrive at our Sunday morning service, you’ll find genuine people who’ll offer you a warm welcome. Our services go for about 90 minutes, where we spend time communicating with God through prayer and songs, and learning what He says to us through the Bible. Children are a vital and welcome part of our church family. Children join us in the 9am service, before…

What we believe

Our mission is to: Love God, Love Others and Pass on what we have received. As a Baptist church, we affirm the Queensland Baptists’ ‘Statement of Belief’ about what the Bible teaches. Our Longreach Baptist Church Constitution governs the operation of the church. Banner image by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Leadership team

Longreach Baptist Church is led by a team of elders and other leaders who have been appointed by, and are accountable to, the church’s members. Congregational Meetings are usually held on the Sunday following the monthly Leadership Team meeting – usually held the first Friday of the month. The Congregational Meeting takes place after the service and morning tea, and all are welcome to take part in discussions about matters of church life. Steven Ballin is the Pastoral Leader Steve…