God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club (GSCMC) was originally established in Sydney and this is where our colours find their origin. The initial Sydney chapter, where Paul Eddison was chosen as president, was founded in 1971, and functioned there until 1975. In 1972 God’s Squad began in Melbourne on a broader basis under the leadership of John Smith, with the blessing and guidance of the original Sydney chapter. From that base in Melbourne, God’s Squad spread from Australia, where it has had multiple chapters for many years, throughout Europe, into New Zealand and also the USA.
Since its birth, out of the counterculture Jesus movement days of the late 60s and early 70s God’s Squad has continued, for nearly five decades, to devote its efforts amongst those on the fringes of society. The Club continues to primarily exist to minister among motorcycle clubs and associated groups, where it is an accepted and relevant expression of the Christian Church.
God’s Squad has also maintained a long commitment of service among the poor, advocacy for the rights of first nation people, active ministry in prisons, schools and the public space. All of this is built on a foundation that takes the call of radical discipleship in Christ seriously, which finds its roots in his teaching.
Our story is not a perfect one by any means, but it is one that is a mix of ordinary people, from a broad cross section of Christian church traditions, committed to a common purpose, dependent on the grace of God. As we approach our 50th Anniversary, we shall be providing more of our shared story in further detail in the hope it both interests and encourages you. So please call back to the site again or check out our GSCMC International Facebook Page.
On the occasion of Melbourne Chapter’s 25th anniversary back in 1997, John Smith offered the following reflection on our behalf. This still holds true.
“… our faith and commitment remain stronger than ever. You need a faith to live by and a friend to stand by. Like Jesus, who we follow, we are committed friends of the outcasts of this world. We are friends, not to manipulate our mates to faith – but because we talk and live a faith that is free for all. True love is no weak sentiment – for Christ it led to crucifixion.
To all our mates on the bike scene, we want to say on our Anniversary, we are a club that exists not for ourselves, but for non-members. If you ever need an honest believing friend, we are here for you and so is Christ.
Cheers and God be with you.”