CoolyRocksOn Church Service – Ken Harris of The Son Chasers
CoolyRocksOn 'Australia's coolest and biggest 50s & 60's Nostalgia Festival 3-12 June held at Gold Coast's Coolangatta with 150,000 visitors is once again hosting the CoolyRocksOn church service 8.30am Sunday 11 June.
The venue - Coolangatta beach - in a large stage (open air) – this CoolyRocksOn Church Service has quite a history. Initially held in the local Coolangatta Anglican Church building but it closed its doors seven years ago and there was a two year gap before a CoolyRocksOn board members approached cricket chaplain Dr Mark Tronson to revive it who lives locally.
This is now in its fourth year under this new auspicious, on the beach, with Gold Coast's Beachside Baptist rock'n'roll band The Son Chasers led by Ken Harris carrying the music for the four hymns and the three items. The CoolyRocksOn Church Service is listed in the official program booklet.
It is a very sharp one hour service honouring the Lord – the stage is in Queen Elizabeth Park adjacent to the Coolangatta Surf Club – and this year Reverend David Qack is preaching – it must be concluded within the prescribed time – usually by 9.25am in order for the customary hand shake of the well over 120–130 who attend.
2015 CoolyRocksOn Church Service
Patrons of the CoolyRocksOn Church Service are usually out rock'n'rollin' til late at night or the early hours, then get up and breakfast and head to the Church Service by 8.30am – this is no small feat and to enjoy such a number attending is quite something of the Lord.
Over the years service leader Dr Mark Tronson has bought some 'show and tell' items, one year his very large and heavy preaching gown and hood, illustrating he was the genuine item although in mufti. Mark invited one of the congregation members to lift the preaching gown off his arm to note his weight. There was quite a shock - and - Mark told his dad joke – when preaching he has a weight on his shoulders!
Helper Mr Bill Parr welcomes everyone at the marquee entrance with the hymn sheet and does the bible reading. Mark Tronson will be the photographer this year as he promised last year a young preacher. Jesus is central to the preaching at CoolyRocksOn Church Service.
2014 CoolyRocksOn Church Service
CoolyRocksOn Church Service
The Stage - Queen Elizabeth Park
8.30am – 9.30am
Sunday 11 June
Dr Mark Tronson
0419 917 713
Dr Mark Tronson – CoolyRocksOn Church Service 2015
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at
Dr Mark Tronson - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 44 years
- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
Gutenberg video - 2min 14sec
Married to Delma for 44 years with 4 children and 5 grand children