Werribee AOG sprang from a work planted in Altona by Pastor Arthur Magrath of Richmond AOG in 1967.
The Altona Full Gospel Church, affiliated with the Assemblies of God in Australia, first met in the Pastor’s home with six adults and fifteen children. One of the first families to support this work was that of Vera Parker, followed soon after by Harry Smith’s family. Both of these families had significant ministry input over the following decades.
Pastor Magrath took on Pastor Favorloro as an assistant and the Church purchased four blocks of land in Crown Street on the Altona Meadows estate at Laverton.
Pastor Favorloro left the Altona Church, followed soon after by Pastor Magrath who was replaced by Pastor Bailey. After 2 years as Senior Minister, Pastor Bailey was replaced, in 1972, by Pastor Arend Venema Sr, who moved the Church from Altona to 6 Sharp Street, Hoppers Crossing. The name of the church was changed to Western Pentecostal Church and the land in Altona Meadows was sold. A 1.25 acre block was purchased on the North East corner of Shaws and Tarneit Roads.
During these years the Parkers saw their son David take up a position with the Commonwealth Bible College, now Southern Cross Bible College at Chester Hill, Sydney, as a Pastor/ Teacher and son Steve became Assistant Pastor at Northside AOG. Pastor Venema, who was assisted at this time by Pastor John Duprie from Holland, left in 1982 after 12 years of service and was replaced by Pastor John McDonald in 1984.
1987 saw the Church move to Centenary Hall, Werribee and then to the Wyndham Centre. The relocation of the church saw its name change once more to Werribee AOG.
1988 saw Pastor Bob Smith take over as Senior Minister with a recuperating Pastor McDonald as his assistant. Under Bob Smith the Church moved to the Ecacentre at Werribee High School in 1989. The Church became an incorporated body and an autonomous AOG Church at this time.
In November of 1990 Pastor Malcolm MacLeod took over from Pastor Smith as Senior Minister.
In January 1992 the Church had its first meeting at the Laverton Civic Centre and almost immediately considered the possibility of building due to an increasing congregation, the average attendance for Sunday services in 1991 being 287. To this end the Church purchased a 2.4 acre block of land in Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing.
In October 1993, Ps David McCracken gave a highly significant message to the church in which he prophesied that we should be bold, take new initiatives, refuse to limit God, and become a hub and a light to the community. This prophecy gave a new sense of direction to the church and reaffirmed our desire to plant new churches.
The Hogans Road building was completed at the end of 1994, with church services commencing in January 1995.
February 1995 saw the change to a ministry team concept, with various personnel changes occurring over the following years, and an expansion and diversification of roles.
A new Children’s Church facility was constructed at the rear of the main worship hall, and was ready for use in January 2001. Multiple morning services were commenced in March 2000, immediately increasing the average morning attendance by 49 people.
Because of the wider impact and regional influence of the church, the name was changed to South West Christian Church in February 2002.
In September 2013 construction of a new auditorium was completed as part of a two-stage upgrade to the Hogans road facilities, making it the largest capacity auditorium in the Wyndham area at the time of completion.
On Sunday May 28th 2014 construction was completed on the newly renovated foyer and office space.
On Sunday August 13th 2017 the church celebrates 50 years. Past pastors were honoured and a time of celebration shared together. On this day the church was renamed to Equip Church International to better reflect the ever expanding vision expressed in the mission statement, “Making strong Christians to serve God throughout the world”.