Ps Rob & Christie Buckingham are Senior Pastors of Bayside Church in Cheltenham and Frankston.
In June 1992, Bayside Church opened its doors to 80 people at WD Rose & Sons Funeral Chapel. After 12 months, the congregation grew and the church moved into a hall at Cheltenham Primary School. By 1994 a third move was required and Mentone Secondary College, Nina Carr Hall, became Bayside’s home for seven years.
During this time Bayside Church continued to grow attracting a strong community of 300 worshipers.
In late 1999, Ps Rob had a vision of Bayside’s own facility. After touring the facilities in the Cheltenham area, Ps Rob saw the enormous potential of a printing warehouse and took the step of faith to make it Bayside Church’s home. Building plans were underway and The Bayside Centre opened in late 2001, home of Bayside Church Cheltenham campus.
Shortly after moving into The Bayside Centre, Ps Rob felt Bayside Church had a strong calling to be a voice in the media and Bayside Media was birthed in 2002. As a result, the department produced TV programs such as Bayside TV and The Christie B Show. It now produces a weekly cutting edge TV talk show – The Exchange – inviting experts to discuss a current topic. The program airs in Australia and the UK.
Bayside Church continued to grow vibrantly incorporating three services – Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday evening. In early 2005, Ps Rob and Christie had a vision of satellite services taking place across the Bayside community and planning for a Frankston campus began immediately. In November 2005 Bayside Church Frankston opened its doors and is building steadily. The Campus moved into its own building in Carrum Downs in 2011.
Bayside Church is a non denominational Church.