C3 Church Lane Cove was first established in 1984 with 12 people as part of the earliest days of the C3 (then Christian City Church movement). In the first year we grew to around 35 people but lacked a permanent pastor. November 1984 saw Dr Ian and Jeannie Jagelman become the first official senior ministers and they immediately began to give the new church fresh vision and goals. Church grew steadily so that by 1994, with more than 400 members, leaders and teams were identified and developed to expand and plant new congregations.
C3 Church Lane Cove was an early adopter of multi-location church. New congregations were planted at Carlingford in 1994 under the leadership of Richard and Sue Botta and Ryde in 1999 with Richard and Cathie Green. By that time the purpose we had always carried had become Reaching and Building people
C3 Lane Cove (then known as Christian City Congregations) was committed to building spirit powered leaders and teams that help church flourish. First Carlingford and then Ryde grew significantly whilst Lane Cove continued to thrive. As church kept growing there came a need for more leaders and fresh thinking. By 2001 the combined church had more than 1000 members in three locations and to continue reaching and building, it had to become 3 distinct churches.
In 2003, C3 Church Carlingford, C3 Church Ryde and C3 Church Lane Cove became 3 independent C3 Churches. 2 Years later, in 2005, Ps Simon and Mandy Ambler succeeded Dr Ian and Jeannie Jagelman as Senior Ministers of Lane Cove. Dr Ian and Jeannie continue as active members of Lane Cove reaching out globally through the itinerant ministry, the Jagelman Institute.
Ps Simon and Mandy continue leading the church today. Since then C3 Church Lane Cove has continued to grow, thrive and adapt to a changing city and world – reaching and building people of all nations and ages. 30 years is only the beginning. We are heading into the next 30 years with a sense of anticipation. Seeing more people come to know Jesus … engaging our world with his message of hope … developing spiritual teams and leaders … planting new congregations and churches, continuing to live in God’s calling!