The staff at the South African Theology Seminary are friendly, highly qualified and competent, and are always willing to assist you. (In the gallery below, the highest qualification achieved by each person in each field is listed)

Senior Management

Dr. Kevin Smith
D.Litt., Ph.D.
Kevin, who is the Principal of SATS, obtained his first doctorate from Stellenbosch University and his Ph.D. from SATS. He has a deeply insightful approach to theology and has already made a significant contribution in his relatively short career.
Mrs. Jenny Mason
Projects Director
D.B.S., B.Th.
Jenny was a member of the original team that started SATS. She has worked at SATS for 20 years and currently holds the position of Projects Director. Prior to that she worked in the corporate world. She has a BTh.
Dr. Johannes Malherbe
Johannes, who is the Head of Academics at SATS, did his formal theological training at the University of Stellenbosch. He specialised in Old Testament Studies and evaluated medieval Jewish Bible commentaries for his doctorate which was partially done at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr. Doug Timberlake
General Manager
B.Comm., M.B.A., BTh Hons
Doug is a member of the SATS Board (since July 2005). He joined the SATS staff in July 2015. Doug has a B.Com (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and a MBA (University of the Witwatersrand. He has many years of corporate and entrepreneurial business experience both locally and abroad.

Head of Programme Delivery

Specialist Academic Support

Dr. Bill Domeris
Senior Academic
Bill obtained his doctorate from Durham University. He is one of the most widely published theological scholars in Africa, especially in the field of Biblical Studies, where he has made substantial contributions at international level.
Prof. Dan Lioy
Senior Research Manager
Dan completed his doctoral studies at North-West University. He is widely published and has a particular interest in intertextuality between the testaments, Biblical ethics and spiritual care in professional settings. Dan has extensive experience in tertiary education and a passion for scholarly excellence.
Mr. Mathieu Pelletier
eLearning Support
Apart from his IT skills, Mathieu has a B.A. Biblical Studies and Master’s in both Old Testament and Biblical Languages. From 2006, he worked for the Theological College of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in the Biblical Studies Department and was also their Director of IT Development.
Dr. Zoltan Erdey
Senior Academic Advisor
Zoltan is the Head of Academic Quality Assurance at SATS. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (SATS). His academic interests also include, inter alia, parable interpretation and apologetics.


Mr. Hugh Goosen
Partnerships Registrar
Mrs. Jane Meyer
Undergraduate Registrar
Mrs. Marilyn Schott
Postgraduate Registrar
B.Th. (4yr)

Head of Administration

Mrs. Grace Sikhosana
Head of Administration


Miss. Sharon Eagle
Enrolments Officer
Miss Elsie Zondo
Partner Administrator
Mr. Chris Ndlovu
Materials Administrator
Mr. Jabu Mnguni
Lindiwe Sibisi

Student Support

Mr. Tawanda Maenzanise
B.Psych., M.Soc.Sci.
Mrs. Erika Kelbrick
Student Liaison Officer
B.Soc.Sci., B.A. Hons.
Mrs. Bev van Rensburg
Student Counsellor
Bev has taught in secular education for about twenty five years (mainly Biology) and has worked for both Trans World Radio and Radio Pulpit. She has an M.Th. in Practical Theology, and has published a number of family oriented books. Bev’s Special joy is in training women and youth (especially where marginalised) and their carers/mentors – both males and females.
Mr. Ruan Huysen
Quality Assurance
Mrs. Ann Steyn
MySats Support

Support Staff

Mr. Marno Kirstein
Media Manager
M.A. (Information Design)
Mrs. Lonel Fisher
Executive Secretary
(B.Th. cand.)

United States Representative

Dr. Kelly Larson
United States Representative
Kelly completed his Master’s studies at Biola/Talbot, and in 2015 he received his Ph.D. in theology from the South African Theological Seminary. He is the representative of SATS in the United States.

Comprehensive lists of the academic staff appear in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate School pages respectively.