Archbishop Stephen Brislin, the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, first came to the attention of many Anglican leaders from the Diocese of Cape Town when he addressed the Diocesan Synod in August 2014. A dynamic speaker, we are grateful that Archbishop Thabo has invited him to speak to us about “the Mission of the Church in a Time of Turmoil.”

Professor Brian O’Connell retired as Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape at the end of 2014. He did an enormous amount to transform UWC into the world-class institution that it is today. A devout Roman Catholic, he served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. Prof. O’Connell will speak on “the Role of the Church in Transforming Education.”

 The Revd Dr Spiwo Xapile, a well-known HIV/AIDS activist and Presbyterian minister, is the Director of the JL Zwane Centre for Training and Development and a board member of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Passionate about leadership, he represents South Africa on the World Mission Council and teaches part-time at Stellenbosch University’s business school. He will speak on “Everything Stands or Falls by Leadership.”

 +Martin Breytenbach, Bishop of St Mark the Evangelist, Polokwane, is the Liaison Bishop of Growing the Church and Chairperson of the GtC Board. His passion for mission, evangelism and church growth is infectious. Musical in many ways, he is a skilled worship leader and is proficient on both the piano and guitar. He will speak on “Worship and Liturgy—Back to the Heart of Worship.”

 Dr Coenie Burger is the Director of Communitas: Centre for Continuing Ministry Development and Research, which is attached to Stellenbosch University’s Theological Faculty. He previously served as the Moderator (Bishop) within the Dutch Reformed Church. Dr Burger champions innovative thinking about new ways of being church in the 21st century. He will be speaking on “Re-imagining Church—Rising to the Challenge of Decline.”

 Judith February is a senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies. Whilst a lawyer by training, she is best known as a political analyst. Her views have become widely known via radio, television and print media. She will partner with Roche Van Wyk on “Overcoming Unemployment.”

 Mrs. Cheryl Pearce is the Director of Student Enrollment Management at UWC. She previously worked as the CEO of the National Access Consortium, which provided access to tertiary institutions for returning exiles and disadvantaged young people. She will partner with Prof. Brian O’Connell on “The Role of the Church in Transforming Education.”

Peter Cornelius is the Chief Solution Architect and Visionary for Raak Wys (www.getstreetwise.co.za), a ministry to marginalized voices that seeks to speak God’s wisdom to normal people facing everyday challenges. His greatest possession is his relationship to Jesus. He is also still enamored with the fact that the love of his life chose to marry him and create a family with two sons. Peter is the founder Senior Pastor of the Seaview Baptist Church. He is also a featured columnist for the JOY! Magazine and has served as member of various Boards including the Film and Publication Board and the Cape Town Baptist Seminary and Rainbow of Hope Home for Abandoned and Abused Babies. Passionate about youth and discipleship, Peter will be speaking to the youth and adults at the conference.

 Revd Bulelwa Sihlali is a young, dynamic priest from the Diocese of Mthatha. Revd Bule serves as the GtC coordinator of her diocese, the chaplain to her bishop and the priest-in-charge at St Barnabas. Mission and discipleship are two things that really excite Revd Bule, and she has a heart for young people, working closely with the youth of her parish and with the diocesan service guilds. Her ministry and time with us will bless the young people.

 Dr Michelle Burrows is the owner of Empowerment for Success training. She is a Diocesan lay counsellor, a team member of the Leadership and Curriculum Development Task team for Anglican Youth in Southern Africa (AYSA), a lay minister and mentor to the YPM Desk. She has consulted for Hope Africa. She is passionate about transformative processes and is an integral practitioner at heart. 

 Dr Rachel Mash – As the Provincial Environmental Officer, The Rev Dr Rachel Mash is the coordinator of the ACSA Environmental Network. She is committed to eco- justice and believes that the church has an important role to play in caring for Creation. She is married to Dr Bob Mash and has two children at University, Sean (Architecture) and Ciara (Graphic design

Desiree Daniels is a leadership coach who previously worked in the multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS arena.  She also manages the social change programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School - Executive Development which involves the leadership of schools and non-profit organisations (NPOs).  She has just embarked on her PhD focusing on developing leadership capacity for NPOs to optimise their public value contribution.

Wade Desmore is a young lay minister from St. Nicholas, Matroosfontein. His main aim in life is to win back to the Lord as many souls as possible. He loves meeting new people and learning from them, as they learn from him. Taking several wrong turns in life, Wade has an incredible testimony of being an ordinary guy who serves as an extraordinary God of grace and redemption.

Lorna September is a 23-year-old strong, empowered and career-driven young African lady. She is currently in her final year of varsity at CPUT, working on a Bachelors Degree in Education. Lorna is also an active member of the Girls Bafana Friendly Society in St. Matthews Anglican Church, Masiphumele (Fishhoek), and of the Anglican Students Society (ANSOC ASF).

 Rev Duncan McLea & Fr Richard Girdwood: Duncan hails from Pretoria where he was ordained and served in various Parishes before moving to Cape Town in 1989.  Scripture Union and New Wine feature prominently in his formation as a Charismatic, Evangelical Anglican. He now serves as Parish Rector and Team Leader of St John’s Parish Wynberg. Richard was born in Cape Town, grew up in Durban and was ordained in Johannesburg. He falls firmly in the Anglo Catholic expression of the Church. He serves now as Rector of St Michael and All Angels Observatory. Duncan and Richard have a long friendship and special partnership in ministry that draws on the riches of their respective traditions. They share a passion to see the release of Charismatic gifts to empower the Church for the ministry of healing and deliverance.

Estelle Adams is GtC’s Office Manager and the Provoncial Coordinator of Rooted in Jesus and the God Who Is There. In various capactities and roles, Estelle has served in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for nearly 19 years. Highlights include her training in the 1980’s at the National Youth Leaders’ Training Programme, serving as a Youth / Community Development worker in the Parish of St Michael’s, Elgin, and serving as the Acting Media Secretary to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when the Arch joined the TRC. Later,  she worked several years for the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce. Estelle is married to Thurstan Adams and has two sons, Nathan-Ross and Ethan.

Miles Giljam serves as part of the leadership team of the South African Christian Leadership Initiative (SACLI). Miles is passionate about seeing Christian leaders, in all spheres of society, together discerning God’s long-term vision for South Africa. He is putting particular energy into mobilising young leaders to pick up their mantle of leadership and to refining and amplifying new prophetic voices speaking into the public sphere. 

Siviwe Minyi – Siviwe Minyi was born and bred in Gugulethu, Western Cape. He is part of the team that is driving the implementation of Alpha in the Western Cape; his particular focus is on introducing Alpha in the townships. Siviwe is an ordained pastor at Khanyisa Community Church in Gugulethu and has a passion for evangelism and social justice. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and also Cornerstone Institute. He has worked in a number of NGOs, including IDASA, The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Interfund, The Eastern Cape AIDS Council, as well as the Provincial Department: Community Safety. Siviwe has a passion for radio, cycling, reading, cricket and jazz. He is married to Desmilene, and they have two kids; Zukiswa (17) and Okuhle(14).

Mr. Roché van Wyk, has a background in engineering, theology, urban issues & community development and intercultural studies. Since 1995 Roché has been the Director of “Learn to Earn” (LtE). He commenced with establishing and formalising the young organisation based on a clearly defined holistic humanscale development model that seeks to address issues of unemployment in South Africa. LtE, through its various projects trains around 750 people per year, with an average outcome of 80% of them becoming economically active or continuing into further tertiary educational opportunities.

Marcus Slingers - Is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church and currently serves at St Philip’s Kenwyn within the Parish of St John’s Wynberg. He is married to Colleen and they have two sons, Brad a final year at Stellenbosch University and Joshua in Grade 12. He has a teaching background and taught at a special needs school that has shaped his thinking to do things differently and therefore loves the creativity and non – threatening atmosphere that Messy Church provides and sees this as a wonderful opportunity to reach the unchurched. 

Sharon Aldous is passionate about the church, children and mission. She has ministered to children in South Africa, the UK and Cambodia and loves to see God's word and spirit working deeply in children's lives. She is currently exploring the Godly play (www.godlyplay.org.uk) approach to children's ministry which encourages children to wonder and ponder on what is happening beneath the surface in biblical stories. Sharon grew up in the Anglican Church in Durban. She values creativity, thinking-outside-the-box and dreams about Asian food. Sharon is Mum to three children (8, 6 and 3) and is enjoying the adventure. She is married to Ben.

Anthea Grant is creative, writes poetry, enjoys all forms of art and nature, loves children and travelling, and talks too much. She was raised in an Anglican home and has served as a youth leader, gender equality counselor and lay minister. Currently, she is on a journey, answering the call to become a missionary to Thailand, where she lived for two years. Anthea is from Mitchell’s Plain and loves meeting new people and having new opportunities.

Bradwin Sitzer is born and 'fled' from Mitchell's Plain. After moving out of Mitchell's Plain at the age of 18, graduating from UCT with electrical engineering, and working in corporate as an engineer for 8 years, he has moved back to his home town. With an emphasis on holistic Christian development, 2015 has been a start of a journey Brad believes God has entrusted to him to fulfil. 

Gordon Crowther - was led to Christ as a student in South Africa and ordained in the UK where       he lived for 20 years with his wife and three children, all of whom were involved in church planting and pioneering fresh expressions of church.  He is now leading a church in Cape Town and is part of the national Fresh Expressions team which is developing resources to help our churches to engage in God's Mission in ways that respond to our diversity and the changes around   us.

Keegan Davidsis ahome grown boy, born and bred on the Cape Flats. He is a passionate young man with a zest for life and a great desire to see young people connect with God in real and tangible ways.  He is crazy about football and loves Jesus and has attempted to merge both these passions through extensive roles in sports ministry and football coaching both locally and internationally. He received formal theological training from Cornerstone College and graduated with a Bachelor in Theology in 2007. He is married to his High School sweetheart, Lindsay, and together they play a role in discipling and equipping young people for worship and mission