I am originally from Port Elizabeth, where I completed my schooling and tertiary education. My intention was to pursue a career in Human Resources and so I completed a degree majoring in Industrial Psychology and Sociology.
After sensing a call to ministry, as part of the discernment process I worked for a local Presbyterian church and then joined a Training In Mission program with CWM.
After that I managed a shelter for street children under the organization Youth For Christ. In 1999 I returned to being a full-time student and completed a Bachelor of Theology at UKZN. On 25th January 2003 I was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. I have had the privilege of being in ministry at NDPC since January 2003.
Most Reformed churches have Elders who are responsible, in one way or another, for the leadership of the local congregation and the wider body of the denomination. The UPCSA is no different in this regard; it is after all a command we find clearly expressed in the Holy Scriptures (for example when Paul instructs Titus to “appoint elders in every town” – Titus 1:5).
The nuances and peculiarities of how elders are to exercise their ministry and leadership does differ from one denomination to another though, and in our case elders’ responsibilities and duties are described as follows in our Church’s Manual of Faith and Order:
“Elders are obliged to be faithful in the study of Scripture and prayer, to live holy lives, to govern, guide and assist in the maintenance of the life of the Congregation, to participate in the fellowship and work of the Session, to subject themselves to the authority and discipline of the Church, and to seek its unity and peace.”
Below is a list of our elders (in Alphabetical order):