Faith Runs Deep in Australia

Faith Runs Deep: a new video series exploring stories of faith across Australia to be released through Olive Tree Media.

May 3rd, 2022

A unique 12-part video series unearthing stories of faith that have impacted Australia is being released by Olive Tree Media on Wednesday, 4th May.


Faith Runs Deep unearths stories of more than 40 Australians past and present who have been impacted by Jesus and have gone on to have a significant influence within the Australian community.


The series has been produced by Olive Tree Media, makers of the award-winning series, Jesus the Game Changer and Towards Belief. Olive Tree CEO Karl Faase, worked with their experienced production team as well as Karl’s wife and series producer Jane Faase, filming some of the material as they drove across Australia in an iconic Australian Holden ute.


Faase commented, “This is a unique video series, with high production values telling stories that few know about and unearthing the deep influence of Christian faith in the Australian culture.”


“We need a shift in the narrative around Christian faith in our country and telling inspirational stories of people who have had a deep influence in our country and culture is what we are seeking to do.”


The series has three plots, first the historical and academic reflections. The second is personal stores from today of people whose lives have been impacted by the gospel including musician Colin Buchanan, ex deputy PM John Anderson, bull rider Tim Kelly, indigenous artist Narelle Urquhart, AFL premiership winner Shaun Hart and Olympian Eloise Wellings. Lastly, stories of the host and producer behind the series, Karl and Jane Faase, which will introduce viewers to some of the unique and as yet untold stories from their lives and journey of faith.


Faase commented, “We see the series being used in churches and ministries across Australia as a demonstration of where faith runs deep in our nation that will serve as an inspiration and encouragement to the church.”

Faith Runs Deep will be released at Excelsior College in Sydney on Wednesday, 4th May, both as a live event and online. The trailer will be available at the end of April.

To find more information and see how you can support this series, click on the logo to head to their website.


Emmanuel celebrates school growth

Emmanuel Christian Community School (ECCS) celebrated the official opening of its new ‘west wing’ by Senator Dean Smith in late April.

Completed with $1.5 million of Commonwealth Government funding, the redevelopment commenced with the demolition of the old classrooms making way for the construction of a two-storey facility housing 11 general learning areas.

From humble beginnings of 21 foundation students in 1982, Emmanuel has grown to around 700 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with the first Year 12 cohort graduating last year.

ECCS Principal at the time, Gary Harris, spoke of the significance of the day.

“I am proud to be here as the Principal at the time of this historic event which is taking place just before the school celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2022 – we give thanks to God on this day.”

After the ceremony, Senator Dean Smith shared his reflections of the event.

“It was a privilege to visit Emmanuel Christian Community School again and see the impressive new facilities that students and staff will enjoy,” Senator Smith said.

“Emmanuel Christian Community School is a very special school community, a showcase of multiculturalism, and these new classrooms will further enhance the very supportive learning experience here.”

The school is a ministry of Girrawheen Baptist Church. It grew out of the concerns that Christian parents had for the direction society was heading, the effect this was having on their children, and the desire to exercise their God-given responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

ECCS enrolments are now open for 2022.

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Author – Belinda Cheung