About Planetshakers Church
Melbourne East Campus
The heart of Planetshakers Church is to see lives transformed and empowered through personal encounters with God’s Presence.
Under the leadership of Pastor Craig and Vonnie Hughes, Planetshakers East Campus caters for all ages and cultures, offering a variety of programs to meet the needs of individuals and families.
Situated near Ringwood train station, Eastland shopping precinct and the Ringwood Bypass freeway exit, Planetshakers East Campus is accessible for all who call Melbourne’s East—home.
Planetkids provides a safe, fun-filled environment where children enjoy an age-appropriate church experience.
Planetkids Champions program runs in our specifically designed facility for children and young people with additional needs, providing them with a space to engage in church and encounter God.
planetboom offers teenagers a place to belong, cutting-edge creativity, and teaching and mentoring to help them thrive.
PlanetUNI programs provide community, support and mentoring for university students while PlanetBusiness connects business people, empowering them for influence and success in the marketplace.
Empower Ministry provides food relief, support for refugees and asylum seekers, prison ministry, mentoring and care for vulnerable people.
Everyone is welcome!
Ringwood Church: East Campus
Location and Service Times
251 Maroondah Hwy
Ringwood VIC 3134
Craig and Vonnie Hughes
Craig and Vonnie first met at Bible College in Adelaide in 1992, before marrying in 1995. They served together as regional youth leaders at Paradise Assemblies of God Church and have fulfilled various
volunteer roles at Planetshakers Conference since its launch in 1997.
In 2003, Craig and Vonnie relocated from Adelaide to Melbourne to support Pastors Russell and Sam Evans as they planted their first Planetshakers Church campus in the city. Both felt a strong call to
ministry and were committed to serving in whatever capacity was needed: Craig as a member of the Planetshakers Board and Eldership, and Vonnie as a children’s pastor and leader of a mothers group.
Craig and Vonnie have continued to serve faithfully as volunteers at Planetshakers Church for the last 20 years whilst concurrently working as an airline pilot and private school teacher.
Craig has a strong prophetic gift on his life and is passionate about seeing people realise their potential in every sphere of life and influence their work places for Jesus. He is an inspirational Bible teacher and regularly lectures at Planetshakers Bible College when he is not flying planes. Vonnie recently followed the call of God to step out of her teaching career to serve full-time as the East Campus Pastor of Planetshakers Church. She is a gifted communicator and leader who has a passion to see people flourish in every season of their lives. She has written a parenting course for Planetshakers and has been involved in writing leadership curriculum for the Believe missions arm of Planetshakers Church.
Craig and Vonnie’s two children, Emilie and Evan, have grown up serving Jesus. Emilie is a Planetboom pastor and gifted worship leader and singer, currently on staff at Planetshakers Church. Evan volunteers as a drummer and teaches in the School of Creative Arts at Planetshakers Church while studying at Deakin University.
Having lived in the East since moving to Melbourne in 2003, the Hughes family have a heart to reach the lost, make disciples and build God’s Kingdom in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and beyond.
Russell and Sam Evans
Global Senior Pastors, Planetshakers
Russell and Sam Evans are the founders and global senior pastors of Planetshakers Church—a large and rapidly-growing church that gathers in 6 local campuses across Melbourne, Australia, and 3 international campuses in Cape Town, South Africa; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; and Singapore.
Russell and Sam are committed to the church’s God-given mandate of Empowering Generations to Win Generations, seeking to present the good news of Jesus Christ in ways that are contemporary, relatable and attainable for people of all ages, race and social status. They are passionate about producing fresh praise and worship music that facilitates personal encounters with God and brings healing and breakthrough to people’s lives.
An atmosphere of fun and faith where kids can learn, grow and connect.
A gathering of hundreds of teenagers from across Melbourne together to have the best time and to encounter God.
On a campus near you planetUNI is a place where all college students can connect, belong and grow into all that God has called them to be.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”
– 2 Corinthians 9:7 –
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Planetshakers Church (Main Office)
Level 1, 10-12 Cecil Street,
Southbank VIC 3006,
Monday – Friday except public holidays
9am - 5pm