Peter and Karen Nicholes

Peter and Karen planted New Life Christian Centre in 1987 and faithfully lead the church as Senior Ministers until 2012 when they passed this responsibility to their son Caleb and daughter-in-law Zoe. This succession allowed them to fully take on the leadership of the Southern Lights Network. Peter and Karen have two other adult children, Rees and Amelia and a son-in-law David as well as two granddaughters.

In 1980 Peter and Karen had a BIG year. They became Christians, married, completed their tertiary degrees in Physical Education in Ballarat and began their careers in Melbourne; Karen in teaching and Peter managing a gymnasium and working for the AFL team Western Bulldogs.

Peter and Karen attended South Eastern Christian Centre under the Leadership of Mike and Lois Cronin, it wasn’t long before they were involved in youth leadership and eventually sent out to plant a church in Frankston in 1987.The Church grew to over 100 in a few weeks but Peter had a Godly frustration knowing his Church and the Churches of Australia lacked an ingredient for greater growth, so he fasted and prayed for a week and through a dream was lead to attend Dr Jonathan David’s School of Prophets in Malaysia in 1992.

This was the launching point for their unique ministry. Since then hearing and following the voice of God has been instrumental in them pioneering what is now the hallmark of their ministry, such as the apostolic, the prophetic, discipling, and generational vision.

In 1998 they planted a part-time discipleship program called, Call to Discipling and then in 1999 a one year full time discipleship course called ‘The Australian Masters Commission’ which matured and refined and expanded into Excelerate Discipleship Training. Many 100’s of people have now been discipled from every state in Australia as well as many international students.

In 1999 they started the ‘Australian School of Prophets,’ an annual conference that declares the proceeding now word of God to the nations. It has not stopped since at Southern Lights 1999. A significant impartation through the prophetic was manifested, along with a powerful presence of God. Over the years many churches and hundreds of people have attended and returned for annual refreshing, inspiration and equipping.

In 2011 Peter and Karen supported Hayden and Jacqui Price in planting a church in Swan Hill. This was the beginning of a network of churches and houses across Australia. Churches have been planted in Launceston, Whyalla and Melbourne City since.

In 2010 they established an ‘Apostolic Network Gathering’ to train and equip pastors and leaders and as a key time for the Southern Lights Network. Again powerful transformation in lives and churches occurred as Peter’s kingdom building strategies are imparted into hearts.

In 2012 Southern Lights celebrated its 25th anniversary as well as the culmination of the Senior Minister succession between Peter and his son Caleb. Peter was released into a greater apostolic role at this time as the Leader of the Southern Lights Network and Apostle to many pastors and ministries. Caleb has taken over the responsibility for Skye, the powerful Apostolic Base of the Southern Lights Network.

In 2016 Ps Justin Otim from Pader, Uganda spent a year in training at Skye and has been sent home to transition his church into an apostolic base, the first international base for Southern Lights.

Peter’s inspirational and relational style of ministry have seen him travel extensively throughout Australia and the nations. He is a much loved Father in the body and a source of wisdom and Godly counsel. The proceeding word of God flows through his life and he is used apostolically to build churches and lives with strength and accuracy. His ministry is marked by an open heaven and continuous signs and wonders.

Karen’s gentle, sensitive yet powerful spirit is a perfect balance to Peter. Karen is a mother in Israel a leader of prophetesses and a pillar in Southern Lights. Karen now travels with Peter on most of his Apostolic journeys.
Peter and Karen are the Australian coordinators for Dr. Jonathan David’s global network, ‘International Strategic Alliance of Apostolic churches’ (ISAAC), which covers nearly 50 nations. Peter is a board member with the Crosslink Network.