Durban Christian Centre , A House of Prayer for all Nations was established in 1979 by Dr. Fred and Nellie Roberts and was the first muliti-cultural, non-denominational church in Kwa-Zulu Natal. In February 2001 Pastor Johny and Patricia Grobler were sent to the South District to shepherd DCC Wentworth. The Lord began building His church and the ministry experienced tremendous expansion and growth. God spoke to Dr.Fred Roberts in a dream and following 7 prophetic confirmations DCC Bluff was birthed on 7 Sept 2014 at the Bluff Eco Park. Our mandate and responsibility is to see the South saved and come to the knowledge of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
MILESTONES IN THE MINISTRY OF
PASTOR FRED AND NELLIE ROBERTS
Sailed from Durban to Britain where he studied at the Assemblies of God College.
Married Nellie and the couple set off to pioneer a church in Livingstone, Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia).
Moved to Estcourt where he not only build up a strong congregation. During this time he was given land on which a church, a school and an orphanage were later established.
Moved to Durban and accepted a call to pastor a church in Malvern, one of the southern suburbs of Durban. Starting with a small group of adults and a Sunday school this became one of the denomination’s flagship churches in the country.
Seeking a bigger vision Pastor Fred and Nellie left their denomination and launched out on their own. After successful services were held in the Playhouse theatre and the Embassy theatre the Lyric theatre was purchased as a permanent place of worship for the new Durban Christian Centre.
1981 - 1982
Christian Fellowship International founded
Pastor Fred is current president of CFI which has a network of over 200 churches locally and overseas.
Building purchased for the Kwa Mashu congregation.
Relatively unknown American preacher, Benny Hinn, invited to speak at the first DCC Jesus Convention.
(December): Awarded Doctorate of Divinity from the Christian International Seminary, Phoenix, USA.
The Lyric theatre became too small and was sold. The Alhambra theatre was bought and refurbished as the new headquarters of the Christian Centre. This was the first time the concept of a “Christian Centre” had been used in South Africa.
Was among a group of six leading South African churchmen who founded the International Fellowship of Christian Churches in Durban in August 1985. Pastor Fred later withdrew and today is the president of the Christian Fellowship International with a network of churches around the world.
Ground was purchased on a hill in Mayville and next to the N1 freeway entrance to Durban.
Commenced building the Jesus Dome
A new 5 500-seater auditorium was dedicated to the Lord. Known as the Jesus Dome, which has become a feature of the city of Durban.
DCC celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Land bought and work starts on a church in Phoenix.
Pastor Fred celebrates 50 years in Christian ministry.
A new Bible College and Youth Centre was dedicated, adding to the facilities at the Jesus Dome complex.
Durban City fathers honour Pastor Fred as a “Living Legend”.
The Phoenix church seating 1 200 is completed.
The first Jesus March through Durban is held to coincide with Easter Passion events. This becomes an annual city-wide event.
The church records and produces its first musical CD and DVD.
Pastor Fred celebrates his 80th birthday.
Operation Hope, an annual outreach to less fortunate communities, wins a special Crown Gospel Award organised by SABC TV, recognising the outreach as the most outstanding community project of the year.
September 6, Bluff Campus opens its doors.