'Down to earth' and 'captivating' are the two most commonly used phrases to describe Australian Christian communicator and performer Aliki.
Since Bible College in 1994, she has inspired Australians in all walks of life - from CEO’s to drug addicts. Her message of grace is delivered in honest and often humorous stories, scriptural insights and select songs. Her communication style is disarming and highly engaging: leading audiences to often say, 'today you spoke just to me.'
'Restoration through grace' describes Aliki's passion to awaken Christians from spiritual deadness and excite all people in the goodness of a faithful God.
Riverside Church in South Grafton Australia, is Aliki's spiritual home where she loves to serve Pastors Greg and Helen Holder.
It is a church of local and global vision, reaching into the needs of others through love expressed in practical ways, and through the accurate and dynamic teaching of God's Word. Aliki preaches at 'home' once a month and harmonises regularly on worship team.
Aliki was born in Auckland New Zealand, immigrating to Australia in 1979. A Greek heritage left her with a name that always raised questions and skin that loves the sun. 'Aliki' means "truth", appropriate given a search that led her to Christian faith.
At age 8 Aliki was holding prayer meetings under trees at school, taking herself to Sunday school and driving family insane with the name of Jesus. Teenage years took many twists and turns, including diversions to spiritualism and new age practices. Every path was a dead end, and also a learning experience which eventually led her back to a relationship with Jesus.
Growing up, Aliki's lounge room doubled as a stage. With hair brush in hand, Abba sounds and moves were performed with great passion. A garage band in high school called 'Cloud Nine' was a closer to the real thing.
But it was in theological college that Aliki starting sharing songs and stories for devotions and chapel services. It opened a new world of communication and within a few years she was being asked to share at special events and functions using songs from favourite artists. Authoring articles for Christian publications and writing song lyrics emerged as a passion soon after.
In 2002 Aliki's first album "Signs of Grace" received radio airplay across Australia, the UK and Europe. The album won national song writing awards (Oz Music) & Best New Artist at Canberra's Australian Gospel Music Awards. Video clips were broadcast by Shine TV NZ and the Australian Christian Channel.
In 2004 Aliki quit a conventional lifestyle to raise her young family living on the road & touring the outback of Australia. During this time a second album of original songs was recorded.
After 4 original albums, Wes Jay (The Rock Across Australia) noted Aliki as one of Australia's highest selling Christian Artists. Her book 'Fine Lines' soon followed, which was a response to the deeper spiritual needs Aliki saw while ministering across Australia in every denomination.
Today her adult children follow and serve the Lord through their local church... Aliki lives on the beautiful Orara River West of Grafton NSW with her husband Patrick, and fellowships at Riverside Church South Grafton preaching regularly and generally loving life.