Our Mission

To help people connect, grow and serve together to see lives flourish, leaders raised and communities influenced with our message of hope in Christ.

Our Streams/Departments


We see a community where all find a sense of belonging, contribution, life-giving fellowship. We gather in circles and rows. Rows connect us to God and mission (services and events).  Circles connect us together and on purpose (connect groups, departments, social gatherings,  friendships, serve teams).   We aren’t just a crowd; we’re a family. 


We see a community where people develop and mature in awareness, identity and ability. We grow through mentoring and discipleship, as well as training, short courses, recovery ministry pathways and service/leadership experience. 


We see a community that serves others. We cultivate our calling and gifts in worship, rest and play. We model, empower and teach as we connect with our wider community. We believe “ministry” is for all and our job is to encourage each other as we meet needs and heal hurts of our immediate and extended communities. 


We see a community where people are empowered to live abundant lives. Our initiatives strive to help people flourish as they deepen their knowledge and awareness of the barriers and opportunities to living a free, large and full life.   


We see a community that raises up leaders who model a life of service, integrity and commitment. Our leaders, whether staff or volunteer, carry the vision and invite others along. They motivate and mobilise. They reproduce in others. We believe every person can find a place to lead. 


We see a community filled with excellence, connection and trust. We strive to build healthy relationships, which moves our communities for the greater good. Together we reconcile physical, spiritual and emotional hurts. Our mission is one of relational Kingdom influence both locally and globally. We want to have an effect—to make a difference in the world. 

What we Believe

We believe the life of the community becomes a vehicle for flourishing – in all that you do. Click below to better understand what we believe about God, the bible and our ultimate salvation.

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About our Pastors

Ben & Danielle Teefy have been Lead Pastors of Desert Life Church since 2016, in partnership with Hope Centre. Desert Life Church flourishes as a multi-ethnic church in Central Australia reaching communities down the road and around the globe.
Ben & Danielle have three daughters: India, Molly & Lily.

Join us as we pursue
all that Jesus has called us to be.

Our Leaders

The leaders and staff of Desert Life Church would like to welcome you! Look for us on Sunday mornings after worship in the Connect Lounge.

Ben Teefy

Ben Teefy


Mez Somerville

Mez Somerville

Executive Pastor

Sam Harris

Samuel Harris

Infusion Youth Pastor

Emily Graetz

Emily Graetz

DLC Kids Director

Danielle Teefy

Danielle Teefy

Womens Ministry Director

James Somerville



Peta Mcallan

Worship Team Director

Paul Stansall

Indigenous Ministry Director


David Keane

Desert Life Services Director


Wayne and Lyn Alcorn
Senior Pastors
Hope Centre

Partnered with Hope Centre

For more than 40 years Desert Life Church has shared the gospel from Australia’s Red Centre, Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. In 2016 Desert Life Church also became a Hope Centre. We have a strategic alliance and kingdom partnership with Hope Centre International. Our church, and our Lead Pastor, Ben Teefy, who lives and resides in Alice Springs, come under the direct oversight of the Senior Pastors, Lyn and Wayne Alcorn, of Hope Centre, as part of the Hope Centre family. Together our kingdom partnership sees a fusion of ministry, vision and resources which strengthens both churches, to see more effective ministry in Central Australia and beyond. Our church and our Pastoral team are affiliated with the Australian Christian Churches, one of Australia’s largest Christian movements which is seeing explosive growth across our land. Ps Wayne is also the national president of the Australian Christian Churches.