WHO ARE WE?

What we do in the name of Jesus Christ deserves the best that we have to give. We at Ekklesia Afrika have a vision to help build healthy churches by providing biblical resources, discipleship and training to pastors and leaders of the local church.

WHY DO WE EXIST?

Ekklesia Afrika wants to see the African church strengthened and established through biblical resources, discipleship and training. We want to provide access to sound theological resources through publishing, online media, informal training and conferences. The purpose is to reclaim the gospel in the growing African church. We want to achieve this through working alongside local churches, training and supporting pastors of local churches and in doing this reach out to their communities. We do everything we can to help pastors, future pastors, to see what a biblical church looks like, and to take practical steps for becoming one.

WHAT DO WE DO

1. Publishing. We want to make quality resources affordable and available to those who have no access to these types of resources. We make these resources available online or as paperback. We have already secured partnerships with ministries in America (e.g. Crossway, Desiring God, Ligonier) and will print these resources locally for a much more affordable price.

  1. Training. We will provide four avenues of training. A) We will come alongside local churches in their efforts to take on interns and train them for the ministry. B) We will have a long-distance internship program, where the pastor would be able to have access to books and then have regular contact sessions or groups where we will then discuss the books they have been working through. C) Pastors will come to our local church for an intense program and short internship where we will have lectures on ecclesiology and theology followed by contact sessions and discussion groups. One of our goals is to provide a deeper and contextualized think-tank approach to ecclesiology. The primary focus of this is a biblical philosophy of ministry and deeper understanding of church membership, discipline, elders, preaching and worship in a healthy church. Last, we want to encourage the pastors to think practically about what they have learned from the program and each other, as well as to take steps to encourage and support the planting and building of healthy churches back home. D) We are starting a support-a-pastor program, where fulltime pastors can enjoy fellowship and encouragement with other pastors in a network, as well as having access to a multitude of wise counsel.

 

  1. Conferences. We will bring out guest speakers to have conferences. This will enable us to a) draw more pastors out so that we can get to know them and see how we can help them, and b) distribute more resources. These conferences will also enable us to feed the under-shepherds as they feed their flock the whole week. Part of this avenue is hosting weekenders where we minister to pastors and allow for network opportunities.

WHO ARE WE?

What we do in the name of Jesus Christ deserves the best that we have to give. We at Ekklesia Afrika have a vision to help build healthy churches by providing biblical resources, discipleship and training to pastors and leaders of the local church.

WHY DO WE EXIST?

Ekklesia Afrika wants to see the African church strengthened and established through biblical resources, discipleship and training. We want to provide access to sound theological resources through publishing, online media, informal training and conferences. The purpose is to reclaim the gospel in the growing African church. We want to achieve this through working alongside local churches, training and supporting pastors of local churches and in doing this reach out to their communities. We do everything we can to help pastors, future pastors, to see what a biblical church looks like, and to take practical steps for becoming one.

WHAT DO WE DO

 

  1. Publishing. We want to make quality resources affordable and available to those who have no access to these types of resources. We make these resources available online or as paperback. We have already secured partnerships with ministries in America (e.g. Crossway, Desiring God, Ligonier) and will print these resources locally for a much more affordable price.

 

  1. Training. We will provide four avenues of training. A) We will come alongside local churches in their efforts to take on interns and train them for the ministry. B) We will have a long-distance internship program, where the pastor would be able to have access to books and then have regular contact sessions or groups where we will then discuss the books they have been working through. C) Pastors will come to our local church for an intense program and short internship where we will have lectures on ecclesiology and theology followed by contact sessions and discussion groups. One of our goals is to provide a deeper and contextualized think-tank approach to ecclesiology. The primary focus of this is a biblical philosophy of ministry and deeper understanding of church membership, discipline, elders, preaching and worship in a healthy church. Last, we want to encourage the pastors to think practically about what they have learned from the program and each other, as well as to take steps to encourage and support the planting and building of healthy churches back home. D) We are starting a support-a-pastor program, where fulltime pastors can enjoy fellowship and encouragement with other pastors in a network, as well as having access to a multitude of wise counsel.

 

  1. Conferences. We will bring out guest speakers to have conferences. This will enable us to a) draw more pastors out so that we can get to know them and see how we can help them, and b) distribute more resources. These conferences will also enable us to feed the under-shepherds as they feed their flock the whole week. Part of this avenue is hosting weekenders where we minister to pastors and allow for network opportunities.

EKKLESIA AFRIKA TEAM

Tommie Van der Walt

Tommie Van der Walt

Director

Tommie has a passion for equipping churches in Africa. Born and raised in South Africa, he became a full time missionary in 2013. He and his wife spent a few years in India helping set up local churches before God moved them back to SA. His focus then shifted to Africa, and God opened many doors which allowed the start of the Ekklesia Afrika ministry.

Doug Van Meter

Doug Van Meter

Board Member

Doug Van Meter has served as the Pastor-Teacher of Brackenhurst Baptist Church since 6 July 1993. Doug’s primary ministry in the church is the exposition of Scripture each week from the pulpit. He is also responsible for the mission and discipleship ministries of the church and is involved in much counselling. 

Tim Cantrell

Tim Cantrell

Board Member

Tim Cantrell is Pastor-Teacher at Antioch Bible Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a graduate of The Master’s University & Seminary along with Potchefstroom (Northwest) University. He is also involved with various initiatives in leadership training, church planting, church strengthening and has a passion for biblical counselling.

Gus Pritchard

Gus Pritchard

Board Member

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Gus is the senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Johannesburg. He is married to Kate, and they have two daughters.