Backstory


During his Australian visit in 1930, English university evangelist Dr Howard Guinness fired up Australian university students with the powerful message of the gospel and his single-minded devotion to Christ.

10533728_791435170891048_6670455473843960270_nHe encouraged students to get actively involved in evangelism and as a result Christian groups began to form on university campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. Guinness returned to Australia in 1933-34 to encourage the fledgling groups, and small evangelical unions were also formed in Perth and Adelaide.

In Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney the future leadership of an evangelical renewal was emerging. This network of groups joined together to form the Australian Inter-Varsity Fellowship (IVF) in 1936, and by 1959 around 2000 students were involved with the Australian movement.

In 1947 12341253_10153396292506429_6173226754221147293_nAustralia was one of the founding members of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), which is now in 150 countries around the world.

As a reflection of this affiliation, the Australian IVF changed its name to Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) in 1973.

Gospel Students is a part of the AFES, serving the campuses of Griffith University in Brisbane and Logan. Across Australia, the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students proclaims Jesus Christ at university, to present everyone mature in Him.