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Dr Johannes Malherbe

DTh
Head of Academics

After completing his theological studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Johannes served for seven years as a Pastor in a rural community in the Western Cape. During his season there, he completed his DTh (University of Stellenbosch) in Old Testament Studies. He served for several years at two influential ministries, Petra College (focusing on children’s ministry) and Africa School of Missions (focusing on missions), before joining SATS full-time as the Head of the PG School in 2012. He took office as the Head of Academics in 2018. Johannes is married to Annelies; they have four adult children.

Dr Kevin Smith

DLitt, PhD
Principal

Kevin is a lover of one God, a husband to one wife, a father to one son, and a student for life. He holds a DLitt in Greek from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in Theology from SATS. After serving as the Head of Academics since 2004, he became the Principal of SATS in 2018.

Dr Batanayi Manyika

PhD
Coordinator of Faculty Research

Batanayi (Bat) grew up in Zimbabwe but moved to the UK to study pharmaceuticals. After sensing God’s calling, he studied theology with the University of Wales. After relocating to Stellenbosch, where he earned his MPhil cum laude, he came to Johannesburg to co-lead a church plant. After serving for several years in a part-time capacity with SATS, while completing his PhD (New Testament), he joined us full-time in 2019 as the Coordinator of Faculty Research. Bat’s interests are in Pauline literature, Early Christianity, and the social world of the New Testament. He is also interested in public theology, especially how it intersects with Southern Africa. Bat is married to Vanesha. They live in the north of France.

Doug Timberlake

MBA, BTh Hons
General Manager

Doug has been a member of the SATS Board since 2005. He joined the SATS staff in 2015. He completed a B.Com at the University of Zululand and an MBA at the University of Witwatersrand. Doug has many years of both corporate and entrepreneurial business experience, locally and abroad.

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Dr Willem Semmelink

PhD
Head of Programme Delivery

Willem, who has a D.Th.in Practical Theology, heads up the Programme Delivery Team. He has lectured at various universities and colleges. Willem has written a number of academic articles and presented papers at various conferences.

Liturgy and Music, Youth Leader Development, Counselling Youth in Crisis

Erika Kelbrick

BSoc Psi, BAHons
Student Liaison Officer

As SATS’ Student Liaison Officer, Erika has been involved with SATS student support and admin for over a decade, first with a partnership and now directly with SATS.  She has an Honours in Psychology and has completed the Higher Certificate in Christian Life at SATS.  Her portfolio includes the student mentor programme and organising the annual graduation.

Victor Kunda

BCom Informatics, BCompt
Accountant

Financial Manager
Victor has completed his BCom (Informatics) and his BCompt (Accounting Sciences) at UNISA and is currently pursuing his Post Graduate Certificate in Taxation with at the same institution. He is actively involved with his local church as a cell group leader. He is also a board member of Petra Institute an independent Christian faith organization in South Africa that strives towards the effective and comprehensive ministering of the love of Jesus to children in Africa and beyond. He desires one day to obtain the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling from SATS to serve his local community.

Jane Meyer

BA
Registrar

Registrar – Undergraduate
Jane has been with SATS for 20 years. She initially worked in a financial capacity followed by her current position as registrar. After leaving school, Jane trained as a medical technologist with qualifications in Clinical and Chemical Patholology. While spending some time at home raising 3 children, she studied through Unisa for a BA majoring in English and Biblical Studies. Jane is a member of the Lonehill Village Church, the founding body of SATS.

Marilyn Schott

BTh
Registrar

Registrar

Marilyn started her studies at the Baptist Theological College in Randburg while she was working for the Baptist Union of SA’s youth department. She transferred her studies over to SATS in 2011 just after she started working at SATS as the enrolments officer, and graduated with the BTh 4yr degree in 2015. She has just started studies again with the MTh through SATS. Marilyn is currently the registrar responsible for the MTh and PhD students. She is an accredited pastor with the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, and is the deacon responsible for the Global Missions Ministry Team at her local church, Edenvale Baptist Church.

Sharon Eagle

Enrolments Officer

Lonel Fisher

Executive Secretary

Lonel has years of experience in local church ministries, including prison ministry, but has a special interest in working with the youth. She also comes to us with a wealth of experience in administration, management and operations.

Jabu Mgnuni

Assistant Librarian

Jabu has completed a Computer Literacy Certificate with (BBC) Boston Business College and has been with SATS since December 2006. He has been managing the production office, now since SATS is no longer doing the hard copy printing He has moved to assist in the Library. He is also part of the Admin Team.

Lindiwe Sibisi

Receptionist

Lindiwe is a child of the living God, a pastor’s wife and a mother. Fully involved in ministry and a member of Spiritual Family where they help build Christ-centered families through the teaching of the word of God. She matriculated in 2006 and completed her A+ and N+ certificates. She will soon start working towards the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling. She joined SATS in 2018 as our Receptionist.

Grace Sikhosana

Head of Administration

Grace joined SATS in 2000, when we had only five staff members. Completed a short term Certificate in Call Centre Training. She has served as our Head of Administration since 2009. She is registering for her HCCL in 2020. She is also a member of the Lonehill Village Church and has been involved in the ministry called Women of Hope for the past 10 years in the Diepsloot community. She is a wife to Philemon, and mother of two daughters.

Elsie Zondo

Partnership Administrator

Elsie recently completed her BA in International Relations at UNISA. She holds Certificates in Archives and Records Management, Music Theory, Public Relations, and Advanced Performing Arts. She joined SATS in 2016, and currently serves as our Partnership Administrator. She lives in Johannesburg and attends Lonehill Village Church, where she serves as a Youth Leader.

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Hugh Goosen

MTh, PhD Cand.
Ambassador

As one of the first students to enrol, Hugh has a long history and deep familiarity with SATS. He has earned his BTh and MTh and is in the process of writing his PhD dissertation with a focus in Pneumatology. He is a fully accredited minister with the Baptist Union of Southern Africa and currently serves as the SATS Ambassador.

Marno Kirstein

MA
Media Manager

Doug Timberlake

MBA, BTh Hons
General Manager

Doug has been a member of the SATS Board since 2005. He joined the SATS staff in 2015. He completed a B.Com at the University of Zululand and an MBA at the University of Witwatersrand. Doug has many years of both corporate and entrepreneurial business experience, locally and abroad.

Rudolph Boshoff

BTh, BTh Hons, MTh Cand.
Content Manager

Rudolph has completed his BTh and his BTh Hons at SATS and is currently pursuing his Masters in Theology with a specific emphasis on Islam at the same institution. He is also actively involved with Cult and Muslim Evangelism (Ad Lucem Ministries) and he also lectures full-time at a local seminary in Randburg (RBC).

Curriculum Development and Instructional Design Team - Read More

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Kevin Smith

DLitt, PhD
Principal

Kevin is a lover of one God, a husband to one wife, a father to one son, and a student for life. He holds a DLitt in Greek from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in Theology from SATS. After serving as the Head of Academics since 2004, he became the Principal of SATS in 2018.

Jose de Carvalho

MTh
Teaching Team

After serving as the General Manager of Sulzer SA 1989–2007, Jose left the corporate world and dedicated himself to theology, earning his MTh in Biblical Studies. He has served as a lecturer at SATS since 2007, during which time he has also been actively engaged in course development. Jose is married to Isabella; they have an adult daughter, Candice.

Ruan Huysen

BTh Hons
Quality Assurer

Michelle Kleynhans

BTh Hons
Curriculum Development

Michelle completed her BTh and BTh Hons at SATS; she is currently working towards her MTh. After serving as a part-time lecturer at SATS for several years, she joined the full-time team in 2019 as an Instructional Designer. She also volunteers as a Christian counsellor a local family centre in Cape Town.

Suzanne van der Merwe

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Suzanne completed her BTh and BTh Honours at SATS, and she is presently pursuing her MTh. He is also working towards a Micro Master’s in Instructional Design through the University of Maryland, Global Campus. After serving as a part-time lecturer for several years, she joined SATS full-time in 2019 as an Instructional Designer. She is a mother of three young children, and her husband serves on the pastoral staff of a church in George in the Western Cape.

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Dr Timothy Churchill

PhD
Head of Technology / Supervising Team

Dr Churchill started out as an IT programmer, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. After sensing the call to missions, he earned an MDiv and a PhD in Theology (Biblical Studies). He served four years at Evangelical University as a missionary, before moving to Cape Town, where he served three years at the Bible Institute of South Africa. He joined SATS in September 2019 in a dual role, leading the technology team and serving as a senior academic. Timothy is married with three adult children.

Mathieu Pelletier

MA
MySats Manager

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.

Timothy Solomon

BIS: Multi-Media
Programmer

Born in South Africa, Timothy spent much of his youth in Zambia where his parents started a Christian School. After studying BIS Multimedia at the University of Pretoria and starting a web development business, he now works at SATS helping staff and students become more effective in their own mission. When not spending time with his wife and two children, Timothy enjoys training for the Comrades Marathon and exploring new technologies like Bitcoin.

Executive Secretary - Read More

Lonel Fisher

Executive Secretary

Lonel has years of experience in local church ministries, including prison ministry, but has a special interest in working with the youth. She also comes to us with a wealth of experience in administration, management and operations.

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Dr Sylvain Allaboe

PhD
Supervising Team

I’m currently Director and professor of West African Baptist Advanced School of Theology (WABAST). My field of interest is Theology (Biblical and Systematic), Hermeneutics, Inculturation.

African Theology Ecclesiology Soteriology Eschatology

Dr Seyram Amenyedzi

PhD
Supervising Team

Brigitte Seyram Amenyedzi (Rev) has a strong passion to help marginalized people in society especially persons with disability, women and children. She obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University.

Missiology, Intercultural Studies, Research Methodology, Disability, Women, Youth and Children

Dr Annang Asumang

PhD
Supervising Team

Annang, a Clinician in Intensive Care Medicine, obtained his Ph.D. from SATS in 2010, and has made a signifi cant contribution as an academic and researcher.

New Testament, OT & NT Testament Theology, Interface between Biblical and Systematic Theology, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Education

Dr Vincent Atterbury

DTh
Supervising Team

Vincent obtained his D.Th. in Practical Theology from Unisa with a thesis on Church Leadership from a Pentecostal Perspective. His fields of interest are Pentecostalism and church leadership/management.

Pentecostal Theology & Praxis, Church Leadership, Church Management, Church Administration, Church Growth

Dr Robert Brodie

DPhil
Teaching Team/ Supervising Team

Robert completed his doctoral Studies at St. Augustine. He has many years of experience in education at various levels, particularly distance education. He served as a teacher trainer and senior administrator at a College of Education that provided further education for serving teachers by means of distance education.

Christian Education, Church History, History of Missions, Apologetics

Dr Timothy Churchill

PhD
Head of Technology / Supervising Team

Dr Churchill started out as an IT programmer, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. After sensing the call to missions, he earned an MDiv and a PhD in Theology (Biblical Studies). He served four years at Evangelical University as a missionary, before moving to Cape Town, where he served three years at the Bible Institute of South Africa. He joined SATS in September 2019 in a dual role, leading the technology team and serving as a senior academic. Timothy is married with three adult children.

Dr George Coon

PhD
Supervising Team

Bibliology/Revelation, Theological Method, Christian Worldview, Historical Theology: Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Carl Henry

Nicholas Darko

PhD

Nicolas is a theologian, ordained minister, Church leader, and administration practitioner, with continuous academic and research experience. He has over 30 years of experience teaching in secondary schools as well as seminary and universities. Nicolas has also been involved with congregational work in the church and para-church organizations. Nicolas also accomplished certified chartered accounting and organization development consultant in church-based organizations, with broad corporate experience at managerial and board levels.

Dr Bill Domeris

PhD
Supervising Team

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.

Old Testament Prophets, Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of John, Biblical Archaeology

Dr Robert Falconer

PhD
Programme Coordinator for MTh & PhD

Dr Robert Falconer (robertf@sats.edu.za) is the Masters and Doctoral Research Coordinator overseeing all aspects of student research at the MTh and PhD level. Robert will be assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Systematic Theology.

Neo Calvinism (Kuyperian Tradition), African Philosophical-Theology, Architecture and Theology, Soteriology

Prof Dr Godfrey Harold

PhD, ThD
Supervising Team

New Testament, Apostolic and Prophetic Gifts,Theology Proper, Philosophical Theology Theodicy, Neo-Liberalism (Barthian Studies),
Practical Theology, Methodologies, Congregational Studies, Compassion, Social Justice and the Missio Dei

Prof Nicolene Joubert

PhD
Supervising Team

Christian Counselling, Theology and Psychology, Christian Education, Pastoral Theology

Dr Shaun Joynt

PhD
Supervising Team

Christian Leadership, Clergy and Ministry, Forgiveness

Dr Abraham Byeong Jun

PhD
Supervising Team

Abraham obtained his doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. He serves as a missionary in Serving in Mission International and his areas of speciality are practical theology, Christian doctrine, missions, comparative religion & theology.

Dr Jesse Kipimo

PhD
Programme Coordinator for BTh Honours

Jesse earned his DTh in Missiology from UNISA and has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years. Jesse is passionate about Pentecostal missions and ministry and has published three books. Jesse is the SATS BTh Honours coordinator, MTh&PhD supervisor, Lecturer, and Senior pastor Liberating Truth Mission church international, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Dr John Koning

PhD
Supervising Team

Urban Mission in South Africa, Contextualization & Church planting, Current Trends in Missiology, Pastoralia

Dr Veroni Kruger

DLitt
Supervising Team

Veroni obtained his doctorate at the University of Pretoria, and a B.Th. Honours in Missiology from UNISA. He was a pastor for nineteen years, and is the founder of The Word for the World Bible Translators. He has been involved in training Bible translators and working as a consultant in Bible translation projects since 1988.

Bible Translation, New Testament

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Daniel Lioy

PhD
Supervising Team

Professor Dan Lioy (PhD, North-West University) holds several faculty appointments. He is the Senior Research Academic at South African Theological Seminary (in South Africa). Also, he is a professor of biblical theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (in South Dakota). Moreover, he is a dissertation advisor in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMIN program at Portland Seminary (part of George Fox University in Oregon). Finally, he is a professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University (in South Africa). Professor Lioy is active in local church ministry, being dual rostered with the Evangelical Church Alliance and the North American Lutheran Church. He is widely published, including a number of academic monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and church resource products.

OT & NT Exegesis, OT & NT Theology, OT & NT Hermeneutics, Hebrew, Greek

Dr Johannes Malherbe

DTh
Head of Academics

After completing his theological studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Johannes served for seven years as a Pastor in a rural community in the Western Cape. During his season there, he completed his DTh (University of Stellenbosch) in Old Testament Studies. He served for several years at two influential ministries, Petra College (focusing on children’s ministry) and Africa School of Missions (focusing on missions), before joining SATS full-time as the Head of the PG School in 2012. He took office as the Head of Academics in 2018. Johannes is married to Annelies; they have four adult children.

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr Victor Nakah

DTh
Supervising Team

Victor obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Stellenbosch. He is Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry of CURE International and sits on the board of a number of Christian institutions. Victor has published a large number of papers in various journals worldwide.

Child Theology, Covenant Theology, Contemporary Theologies, Contextual Theologies

Dr Gabriel Ndlovu

PhD
Supervising Team

Augustinian Theology, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Christian Epistemology, Christian Ethics, African Theology

Dr David Ngaruiya

PhD
Supervising Team

Church & Congregational Studies, Evangelism & Missions, Church in the Majority World

Dr Peter Penner

DTh, DHabil
Supervising Team

D.Th. Peter obtained his Ph.D. from UNISA, and a Dr.Habil. from Karoli Gaspar University. He has served on the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association, the European Evangelical Accrediting Association and plays a key role in training scholars in the former Soviet Union countries.

Hermeneutics

European Missiology

Dr Christopher Peppler

DTh (UZ)
Supervising Team

After a career in the banking sector, Christopher served as the Senior Pastor of the Lonehill Village Church for three decades. During that time, the Lord led him to start a distance learning seminary. He became the Founder and first Principal of SATS (1996–2005), but remained the Chairman of the Board until 2014. Chris earned three doctorates in theology, but always saw himself as a pastor first and a theologian second. He is now retired, but continues to write and teach through his online ministry called Truth is the Word. You can access his publications by clicking on the following link: Christopher Peppler Publications

 

Dr Mark Pretorius

PhD
Senior Lecturer/ Supervising Team

Mark, who began his academic journey at SATS, obtained his Ph.D. in systematic theology and ethics from the University of Pretoria, where he focused on the interaction between science and theology. He has presented papers at international conferences, published widely in journals, and authored several books.

Science and Theology, Genesis and Creation, Mind and Brain Studies, Pneumatology

Linzay Rinquest

Rev. Dr.

After completing basic theological education as a Baptist minister, he entered pastoral ministry as a bi-vocational pastor while at the same time continuing postgraduate theological education at the University of Stellenbosch in the area of Old Testament studies, eventually competing the Doctor of Theology. He has served in associational and national executive capacities and leadership within the Baptist Union of Southern Africa. He spent more than 20 years in theological education in positions of lecturer, registrar and principal. He is currently involved in a Christian ministry that assists in the development of Evangelical theological education institutions in the developing world. He is married and has three children.

Dr David Roldan

PhD
Supervising Team

David recently completed his Ph.D. at the South African Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Dean of Instituto Theologica FIET in Argentina.

20th Century European Theology, Philosophical-Theology, Latin American Theology, Critical Theory (Marxism and Existentialism)

Dr Willem Semmelink

PhD
Head of Programme Delivery

Willem, who has a D.Th.in Practical Theology, heads up the Programme Delivery Team. He has lectured at various universities and colleges. Willem has written a number of academic articles and presented papers at various conferences.

Liturgy and Music, Youth Leader Development, Counselling Youth in Crisis

Dr Kevin Smith

DLitt, PhD
Principal

Kevin is a lover of one God, a husband to one wife, a father to one son, and a student for life. He holds a DLitt in Greek from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in Theology from SATS. After serving as the Head of Academics since 2004, he became the Principal of SATS in 2018.

Dr Cornelia van Deventer

PhD
Lecturer and Supervisor

Cornelia (cornelia@sats.edu.za) is a SATS academic and supervisor. She earned her PhD in 2019 in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on the Gospel of John. At SATS, she serves as a lecturer and a supervisor. She is married to Johan, and they have an adopted son, Ezra.

Dr Chuck Van Engen

PhD
Supervising Team

Chuck who is the current Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission, at the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, obtained his Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam. He is a leading missiologist in the Americas, with extensive practical and academic experience.

Missiology

Dr Ernst Wendland

PhD
Supervising Team

Biblical Poetry, Literary-Structural Analysis, Bible Translation, Bantu Language (SE Africa)

Vernon Light

MTh
Supervising Team

After serving as a pastor, Vernon earned his MTh at the University of Fort Hare. He served as the Principal of the Bible Institute Eastern Cape for many years. After retiring from BIEC, he joined SATS as a lecturer and supervisors. He excels as an MTh thesis supervisor, where his diligent commitment to good scholarship and his pastoral concern for each student combine to produce one successful candidate after another. Vernon is married to Heather; they have three adult children.

Dr Batanayi Manyika

PhD
Coordinator of Faculty Research

Batanayi (Bat) grew up in Zimbabwe but moved to the UK to study pharmaceuticals. After sensing God’s calling, he studied theology with the University of Wales. After relocating to Stellenbosch, where he earned his MPhil cum laude, he came to Johannesburg to co-lead a church plant. After serving for several years in a part-time capacity with SATS, while completing his PhD (New Testament), he joined us full-time in 2019 as the Coordinator of Faculty Research. Bat’s interests are in Pauline literature, Early Christianity, and the social world of the New Testament. He is also interested in public theology, especially how it intersects with Southern Africa. Bat is married to Vanesha. They live in the north of France.

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Dr Robert Falconer

PhD
Programme Coordinator for MTh & PhD

Dr Robert Falconer (robertf@sats.edu.za) is the Masters and Doctoral Research Coordinator overseeing all aspects of student research at the MTh and PhD level. Robert will be assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Systematic Theology.

Neo Calvinism (Kuyperian Tradition), African Philosophical-Theology, Architecture and Theology, Soteriology

Dr Jesse Kipimo

PhD
Programme Coordinator for BTh Honours

Jesse earned his DTh in Missiology from UNISA and has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years. Jesse is passionate about Pentecostal missions and ministry and has published three books. Jesse is the SATS BTh Honours coordinator, MTh&PhD supervisor, Lecturer, and Senior pastor Liberating Truth Mission church international, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr Willem Semmelink

PhD
Head of Programme Delivery

Willem, who has a D.Th.in Practical Theology, heads up the Programme Delivery Team. He has lectured at various universities and colleges. Willem has written a number of academic articles and presented papers at various conferences.

Liturgy and Music, Youth Leader Development, Counselling Youth in Crisis

Dr Mervin van der Spuy

DTh
Programme Coordinator for HCCC

Mervin obtained his DTh at UNISA and served as the Head of the Association of Christian Counsellors of South Africa, before being appointed as Professor of Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary in Canada. He has served as Vice-Chair of the International Network of Christian Counsellors. He is the author of SATS Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling courses, and he serves as the Programme Coordinator for the HCCC. His expertise lies in the integration of theology and psychology, with the objective of equipping Christian counsellors to provide effective pastoral care and counselling. Mervin and his wife, Hildergaard, live in Canada.

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Dr Seyram Amenyedzi

PhD
Supervising Team

Brigitte Seyram Amenyedzi (Rev) has a strong passion to help marginalized people in society especially persons with disability, women and children. She obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University.

Missiology, Intercultural Studies, Research Methodology, Disability, Women, Youth and Children

Dr Robert Brodie

DPhil
Teaching Team/ Supervising Team

Robert completed his doctoral Studies at St. Augustine. He has many years of experience in education at various levels, particularly distance education. He served as a teacher trainer and senior administrator at a College of Education that provided further education for serving teachers by means of distance education.

Christian Education, Church History, History of Missions, Apologetics

Dr George Coon

PhD
Supervising Team

Bibliology/Revelation, Theological Method, Christian Worldview, Historical Theology: Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Carl Henry

Dr Robert Falconer

PhD
Programme Coordinator for MTh & PhD

Dr Robert Falconer (robertf@sats.edu.za) is the Masters and Doctoral Research Coordinator overseeing all aspects of student research at the MTh and PhD level. Robert will be assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Systematic Theology.

Neo Calvinism (Kuyperian Tradition), African Philosophical-Theology, Architecture and Theology, Soteriology

Dr Abraham Byeong Jun

PhD
Supervising Team

Abraham obtained his doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. He serves as a missionary in Serving in Mission International and his areas of speciality are practical theology, Christian doctrine, missions, comparative religion & theology.

Dr Jesse Kipimo

PhD
Programme Coordinator for BTh Honours

Jesse earned his DTh in Missiology from UNISA and has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years. Jesse is passionate about Pentecostal missions and ministry and has published three books. Jesse is the SATS BTh Honours coordinator, MTh&PhD supervisor, Lecturer, and Senior pastor Liberating Truth Mission church international, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Daniel Lioy

PhD
Supervising Team

Professor Dan Lioy (PhD, North-West University) holds several faculty appointments. He is the Senior Research Academic at South African Theological Seminary (in South Africa). Also, he is a professor of biblical theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (in South Dakota). Moreover, he is a dissertation advisor in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMIN program at Portland Seminary (part of George Fox University in Oregon). Finally, he is a professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University (in South Africa). Professor Lioy is active in local church ministry, being dual rostered with the Evangelical Church Alliance and the North American Lutheran Church. He is widely published, including a number of academic monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and church resource products.

OT & NT Exegesis, OT & NT Theology, OT & NT Hermeneutics, Hebrew, Greek

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr Mark Pretorius

PhD
Senior Lecturer/ Supervising Team

Mark, who began his academic journey at SATS, obtained his Ph.D. in systematic theology and ethics from the University of Pretoria, where he focused on the interaction between science and theology. He has presented papers at international conferences, published widely in journals, and authored several books.

Science and Theology, Genesis and Creation, Mind and Brain Studies, Pneumatology

Dr Mervin van der Spuy

DTh
Programme Coordinator for HCCC

Mervin obtained his DTh at UNISA and served as the Head of the Association of Christian Counsellors of South Africa, before being appointed as Professor of Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary in Canada. He has served as Vice-Chair of the International Network of Christian Counsellors. He is the author of SATS Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling courses, and he serves as the Programme Coordinator for the HCCC. His expertise lies in the integration of theology and psychology, with the objective of equipping Christian counsellors to provide effective pastoral care and counselling. Mervin and his wife, Hildergaard, live in Canada.

Dr Cornelia van Deventer

PhD
Lecturer and Supervisor

Cornelia (cornelia@sats.edu.za) is a SATS academic and supervisor. She earned her PhD in 2019 in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on the Gospel of John. At SATS, she serves as a lecturer and a supervisor. She is married to Johan, and they have an adopted son, Ezra.

Dr Bert Watson

PhD
Teaching Team

Bert Watson holds an MAGL from Fuller Seminary and a PhD from SATS. In addition to serving as an executive pastor in the USA, Bert Watson is the founder of Leading Edge Christian Ministries, an organisation devoted to the development of biblical leaders in the Majority World.  Bert lived and ministered in Africa for 35 years.

Biblical Studies - Read More

Dr Annang Asumang

PhD
Supervising Team

Annang, a Clinician in Intensive Care Medicine, obtained his Ph.D. from SATS in 2010, and has made a signifi cant contribution as an academic and researcher.

New Testament, OT & NT Testament Theology, Interface between Biblical and Systematic Theology, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Education

Dr Timothy Churchill

PhD
Head of Technology / Supervising Team

Dr Churchill started out as an IT programmer, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. After sensing the call to missions, he earned an MDiv and a PhD in Theology (Biblical Studies). He served four years at Evangelical University as a missionary, before moving to Cape Town, where he served three years at the Bible Institute of South Africa. He joined SATS in September 2019 in a dual role, leading the technology team and serving as a senior academic. Timothy is married with three adult children.

Dr Bill Domeris

PhD
Supervising Team

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.

Old Testament Prophets, Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of John, Biblical Archaeology

Prof Dr Godfrey Harold

PhD, ThD
Supervising Team

New Testament, Apostolic and Prophetic Gifts,Theology Proper, Philosophical Theology Theodicy, Neo-Liberalism (Barthian Studies),
Practical Theology, Methodologies, Congregational Studies, Compassion, Social Justice and the Missio Dei

Dr Veroni Kruger

DLitt
Supervising Team

Veroni obtained his doctorate at the University of Pretoria, and a B.Th. Honours in Missiology from UNISA. He was a pastor for nineteen years, and is the founder of The Word for the World Bible Translators. He has been involved in training Bible translators and working as a consultant in Bible translation projects since 1988.

Bible Translation, New Testament

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Daniel Lioy

PhD
Supervising Team

Professor Dan Lioy (PhD, North-West University) holds several faculty appointments. He is the Senior Research Academic at South African Theological Seminary (in South Africa). Also, he is a professor of biblical theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (in South Dakota). Moreover, he is a dissertation advisor in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMIN program at Portland Seminary (part of George Fox University in Oregon). Finally, he is a professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University (in South Africa). Professor Lioy is active in local church ministry, being dual rostered with the Evangelical Church Alliance and the North American Lutheran Church. He is widely published, including a number of academic monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and church resource products.

OT & NT Exegesis, OT & NT Theology, OT & NT Hermeneutics, Hebrew, Greek

Dr Johannes Malherbe

DTh
Head of Academics

After completing his theological studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Johannes served for seven years as a Pastor in a rural community in the Western Cape. During his season there, he completed his DTh (University of Stellenbosch) in Old Testament Studies. He served for several years at two influential ministries, Petra College (focusing on children’s ministry) and Africa School of Missions (focusing on missions), before joining SATS full-time as the Head of the PG School in 2012. He took office as the Head of Academics in 2018. Johannes is married to Annelies; they have four adult children.

Dr Peter Penner

DTh, DHabil
Supervising Team

D.Th. Peter obtained his Ph.D. from UNISA, and a Dr.Habil. from Karoli Gaspar University. He has served on the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association, the European Evangelical Accrediting Association and plays a key role in training scholars in the former Soviet Union countries.

Hermeneutics

European Missiology

Dr Cornelia van Deventer

PhD
Lecturer and Supervisor

Cornelia (cornelia@sats.edu.za) is a SATS academic and supervisor. She earned her PhD in 2019 in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on the Gospel of John. At SATS, she serves as a lecturer and a supervisor. She is married to Johan, and they have an adopted son, Ezra.

Dr Ernst Wendland

PhD
Supervising Team

Biblical Poetry, Literary-Structural Analysis, Bible Translation, Bantu Language (SE Africa)

Dr Batanayi Manyika

PhD
Coordinator of Faculty Research

Batanayi (Bat) grew up in Zimbabwe but moved to the UK to study pharmaceuticals. After sensing God’s calling, he studied theology with the University of Wales. After relocating to Stellenbosch, where he earned his MPhil cum laude, he came to Johannesburg to co-lead a church plant. After serving for several years in a part-time capacity with SATS, while completing his PhD (New Testament), he joined us full-time in 2019 as the Coordinator of Faculty Research. Bat’s interests are in Pauline literature, Early Christianity, and the social world of the New Testament. He is also interested in public theology, especially how it intersects with Southern Africa. Bat is married to Vanesha. They live in the north of France.

Systematic Theology - Read More

Dr Sylvain Allaboe

PhD
Supervising Team

I’m currently Director and professor of West African Baptist Advanced School of Theology (WABAST). My field of interest is Theology (Biblical and Systematic), Hermeneutics, Inculturation.

African Theology Ecclesiology Soteriology Eschatology

Dr George Coon

PhD
Supervising Team

Bibliology/Revelation, Theological Method, Christian Worldview, Historical Theology: Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Carl Henry

Dr Robert Falconer

PhD
Programme Coordinator for MTh & PhD

Dr Robert Falconer (robertf@sats.edu.za) is the Masters and Doctoral Research Coordinator overseeing all aspects of student research at the MTh and PhD level. Robert will be assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Systematic Theology.

Neo Calvinism (Kuyperian Tradition), African Philosophical-Theology, Architecture and Theology, Soteriology

Prof Dr Godfrey Harold

PhD, ThD
Supervising Team

New Testament, Apostolic and Prophetic Gifts,Theology Proper, Philosophical Theology Theodicy, Neo-Liberalism (Barthian Studies),
Practical Theology, Methodologies, Congregational Studies, Compassion, Social Justice and the Missio Dei

Dr Gabriel Ndlovu

PhD
Supervising Team

Augustinian Theology, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Christian Epistemology, Christian Ethics, African Theology

Dr Christopher Peppler

DTh (UZ)
Supervising Team

After a career in the banking sector, Christopher served as the Senior Pastor of the Lonehill Village Church for three decades. During that time, the Lord led him to start a distance learning seminary. He became the Founder and first Principal of SATS (1996–2005), but remained the Chairman of the Board until 2014. Chris earned three doctorates in theology, but always saw himself as a pastor first and a theologian second. He is now retired, but continues to write and teach through his online ministry called Truth is the Word. You can access his publications by clicking on the following link: Christopher Peppler Publications

 

Dr Mark Pretorius

PhD
Senior Lecturer/ Supervising Team

Mark, who began his academic journey at SATS, obtained his Ph.D. in systematic theology and ethics from the University of Pretoria, where he focused on the interaction between science and theology. He has presented papers at international conferences, published widely in journals, and authored several books.

Science and Theology, Genesis and Creation, Mind and Brain Studies, Pneumatology

Dr David Roldan

PhD
Supervising Team

David recently completed his Ph.D. at the South African Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Dean of Instituto Theologica FIET in Argentina.

20th Century European Theology, Philosophical-Theology, Latin American Theology, Critical Theory (Marxism and Existentialism)

Practical Theology - Read More

Dr Vincent Atterbury

DTh
Supervising Team

Vincent obtained his D.Th. in Practical Theology from Unisa with a thesis on Church Leadership from a Pentecostal Perspective. His fields of interest are Pentecostalism and church leadership/management.

Pentecostal Theology & Praxis, Church Leadership, Church Management, Church Administration, Church Growth

Dr Antonio Barro

PhD
Supervising Team

Antonio earned his Ph.D, in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves as the Chancellor of the South American Theological Seminary in Brazil.

Christian Leadership

Missiology, Intercultural Studies

Dr Robert Brodie

DPhil
Teaching Team/ Supervising Team

Robert completed his doctoral Studies at St. Augustine. He has many years of experience in education at various levels, particularly distance education. He served as a teacher trainer and senior administrator at a College of Education that provided further education for serving teachers by means of distance education.

Christian Education, Church History, History of Missions, Apologetics

Prof Dr Godfrey Harold

PhD, ThD
Supervising Team

New Testament, Apostolic and Prophetic Gifts,Theology Proper, Philosophical Theology Theodicy, Neo-Liberalism (Barthian Studies),
Practical Theology, Methodologies, Congregational Studies, Compassion, Social Justice and the Missio Dei

Prof Nicolene Joubert

PhD
Supervising Team

Christian Counselling, Theology and Psychology, Christian Education, Pastoral Theology

Dr Shaun Joynt

PhD
Supervising Team

Christian Leadership, Clergy and Ministry, Forgiveness

Dr Jesse Kipimo

PhD
Programme Coordinator for BTh Honours

Jesse earned his DTh in Missiology from UNISA and has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years. Jesse is passionate about Pentecostal missions and ministry and has published three books. Jesse is the SATS BTh Honours coordinator, MTh&PhD supervisor, Lecturer, and Senior pastor Liberating Truth Mission church international, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Dr Johannes Malherbe

DTh
Head of Academics

After completing his theological studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Johannes served for seven years as a Pastor in a rural community in the Western Cape. During his season there, he completed his DTh (University of Stellenbosch) in Old Testament Studies. He served for several years at two influential ministries, Petra College (focusing on children’s ministry) and Africa School of Missions (focusing on missions), before joining SATS full-time as the Head of the PG School in 2012. He took office as the Head of Academics in 2018. Johannes is married to Annelies; they have four adult children.

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr Victor Nakah

DTh
Supervising Team

Victor obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Stellenbosch. He is Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry of CURE International and sits on the board of a number of Christian institutions. Victor has published a large number of papers in various journals worldwide.

Child Theology, Covenant Theology, Contemporary Theologies, Contextual Theologies

Dr Christopher Peppler

DTh (UZ)
Supervising Team

After a career in the banking sector, Christopher served as the Senior Pastor of the Lonehill Village Church for three decades. During that time, the Lord led him to start a distance learning seminary. He became the Founder and first Principal of SATS (1996–2005), but remained the Chairman of the Board until 2014. Chris earned three doctorates in theology, but always saw himself as a pastor first and a theologian second. He is now retired, but continues to write and teach through his online ministry called Truth is the Word. You can access his publications by clicking on the following link: Christopher Peppler Publications

 

Dr Norberto Saracco

PhD
Supervising Team

Norberto, who recently headed the Latin American delegation to the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, obtained his Ph.D. from Birmingham University. He has been the Director of FIET (Facultad Internacional de Educacion Teologica) since 1977 and has served as a visiting professor at a number of seminaries.

Pastoral Theology, Ecclesiology, Urban Mission

Missiology, Ministry Context, Liberation Theologies

Dr Willem Semmelink

PhD
Head of Programme Delivery

Willem, who has a D.Th.in Practical Theology, heads up the Programme Delivery Team. He has lectured at various universities and colleges. Willem has written a number of academic articles and presented papers at various conferences.

Liturgy and Music, Youth Leader Development, Counselling Youth in Crisis

Rev Dr Roger Tucker

PhD
Supervising Team

Roger received his doctorate in Practical Theology from Pretoria University. His interest is in everything to do with building up the local church in Southern Africa in the context of today’s world and missiology.

Ecclesiology, Christian Leadership

Missiology, Public Theology, Ecotheology, Science and Theology

Dr Mervin van der Spuy

DTh
Programme Coordinator for HCCC

Mervin obtained his DTh at UNISA and served as the Head of the Association of Christian Counsellors of South Africa, before being appointed as Professor of Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary in Canada. He has served as Vice-Chair of the International Network of Christian Counsellors. He is the author of SATS Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling courses, and he serves as the Programme Coordinator for the HCCC. His expertise lies in the integration of theology and psychology, with the objective of equipping Christian counsellors to provide effective pastoral care and counselling. Mervin and his wife, Hildergaard, live in Canada.

Vernon Light

MTh
Supervising Team

After serving as a pastor, Vernon earned his MTh at the University of Fort Hare. He served as the Principal of the Bible Institute Eastern Cape for many years. After retiring from BIEC, he joined SATS as a lecturer and supervisors. He excels as an MTh thesis supervisor, where his diligent commitment to good scholarship and his pastoral concern for each student combine to produce one successful candidate after another. Vernon is married to Heather; they have three adult children.

Studies in Church and Society - Read More

Dr Seyram Amenyedzi

PhD
Supervising Team

Brigitte Seyram Amenyedzi (Rev) has a strong passion to help marginalized people in society especially persons with disability, women and children. She obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University.

Missiology, Intercultural Studies, Research Methodology, Disability, Women, Youth and Children

Dr Antonio Barro

PhD
Supervising Team

Antonio earned his Ph.D, in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves as the Chancellor of the South American Theological Seminary in Brazil.

Christian Leadership

Missiology, Intercultural Studies

Dr Robert Brodie

DPhil
Teaching Team/ Supervising Team

Robert completed his doctoral Studies at St. Augustine. He has many years of experience in education at various levels, particularly distance education. He served as a teacher trainer and senior administrator at a College of Education that provided further education for serving teachers by means of distance education.

Christian Education, Church History, History of Missions, Apologetics

Dr John Koning

PhD
Supervising Team

Urban Mission in South Africa, Contextualization & Church planting, Current Trends in Missiology, Pastoralia

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr David Ngaruiya

PhD
Supervising Team

Church & Congregational Studies, Evangelism & Missions, Church in the Majority World

Dr Peter Penner

DTh, DHabil
Supervising Team

D.Th. Peter obtained his Ph.D. from UNISA, and a Dr.Habil. from Karoli Gaspar University. He has served on the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association, the European Evangelical Accrediting Association and plays a key role in training scholars in the former Soviet Union countries.

Hermeneutics

European Missiology

Dr Norberto Saracco

PhD
Supervising Team

Norberto, who recently headed the Latin American delegation to the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, obtained his Ph.D. from Birmingham University. He has been the Director of FIET (Facultad Internacional de Educacion Teologica) since 1977 and has served as a visiting professor at a number of seminaries.

Pastoral Theology, Ecclesiology, Urban Mission

Missiology, Ministry Context, Liberation Theologies

Rev Dr Roger Tucker

PhD
Supervising Team

Roger received his doctorate in Practical Theology from Pretoria University. His interest is in everything to do with building up the local church in Southern Africa in the context of today’s world and missiology.

Ecclesiology, Christian Leadership

Missiology, Public Theology, Ecotheology, Science and Theology

Dr Chuck Van Engen

PhD
Supervising Team

Chuck who is the current Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission, at the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, obtained his Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam. He is a leading missiologist in the Americas, with extensive practical and academic experience.

Missiology

Undergraduate Programme Coordinators - Read More

Dr Jesse Kipimo

PhD
Programme Coordinator for BTh Honours

Jesse earned his DTh in Missiology from UNISA and has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years. Jesse is passionate about Pentecostal missions and ministry and has published three books. Jesse is the SATS BTh Honours coordinator, MTh&PhD supervisor, Lecturer, and Senior pastor Liberating Truth Mission church international, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr Willem Semmelink

PhD
Head of Programme Delivery

Willem, who has a D.Th.in Practical Theology, heads up the Programme Delivery Team. He has lectured at various universities and colleges. Willem has written a number of academic articles and presented papers at various conferences.

Liturgy and Music, Youth Leader Development, Counselling Youth in Crisis

Dr Mervin van der Spuy

DTh
Programme Coordinator for HCCC

Mervin obtained his DTh at UNISA and served as the Head of the Association of Christian Counsellors of South Africa, before being appointed as Professor of Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary in Canada. He has served as Vice-Chair of the International Network of Christian Counsellors. He is the author of SATS Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling courses, and he serves as the Programme Coordinator for the HCCC. His expertise lies in the integration of theology and psychology, with the objective of equipping Christian counsellors to provide effective pastoral care and counselling. Mervin and his wife, Hildergaard, live in Canada.

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Dr Seyram Amenyedzi

PhD
Supervising Team

Brigitte Seyram Amenyedzi (Rev) has a strong passion to help marginalized people in society especially persons with disability, women and children. She obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University.

Missiology, Intercultural Studies, Research Methodology, Disability, Women, Youth and Children

Dr Robert Brodie

DPhil
Teaching Team/ Supervising Team

Robert completed his doctoral Studies at St. Augustine. He has many years of experience in education at various levels, particularly distance education. He served as a teacher trainer and senior administrator at a College of Education that provided further education for serving teachers by means of distance education.

Christian Education, Church History, History of Missions, Apologetics

Dr George Coon

PhD
Supervising Team

Bibliology/Revelation, Theological Method, Christian Worldview, Historical Theology: Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Carl Henry

Dr Robert Falconer

PhD
Programme Coordinator for MTh & PhD

Dr Robert Falconer (robertf@sats.edu.za) is the Masters and Doctoral Research Coordinator overseeing all aspects of student research at the MTh and PhD level. Robert will be assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Systematic Theology.

Neo Calvinism (Kuyperian Tradition), African Philosophical-Theology, Architecture and Theology, Soteriology

Dr Abraham Byeong Jun

PhD
Supervising Team

Abraham obtained his doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. He serves as a missionary in Serving in Mission International and his areas of speciality are practical theology, Christian doctrine, missions, comparative religion & theology.

Dr Jesse Kipimo

PhD
Programme Coordinator for BTh Honours

Jesse earned his DTh in Missiology from UNISA and has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years. Jesse is passionate about Pentecostal missions and ministry and has published three books. Jesse is the SATS BTh Honours coordinator, MTh&PhD supervisor, Lecturer, and Senior pastor Liberating Truth Mission church international, Lubumbashi, DRC.

Dr Pieter Labuschagne

PhD
Curriculum Coordinator

Pieter completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria and is Managing Director of Service D’Instruction et Mobilisation. He has served as a pastor in Mauritius, and as Chancellor of the MBTI.

Old Testament Hermeneutics

Missiology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and Communication

Dr Daniel Lioy

PhD
Supervising Team

Professor Dan Lioy (PhD, North-West University) holds several faculty appointments. He is the Senior Research Academic at South African Theological Seminary (in South Africa). Also, he is a professor of biblical theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (in South Dakota). Moreover, he is a dissertation advisor in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMIN program at Portland Seminary (part of George Fox University in Oregon). Finally, he is a professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University (in South Africa). Professor Lioy is active in local church ministry, being dual rostered with the Evangelical Church Alliance and the North American Lutheran Church. He is widely published, including a number of academic monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and church resource products.

OT & NT Exegesis, OT & NT Theology, OT & NT Hermeneutics, Hebrew, Greek

Dr Modisa Mzondi

DLitt et Phil (x2)
Programme Coordinator for the MDiv Programme

Dr Modisa Mzondi (modisa@sats.edu.za) is a Senior Lecturer and Supervisor. Modisa will be grading some of your assignments and assisting all MRS5240 students who are developing their research concepts in Practical Theology and Studies in Church and Society.

Church leadership, Church Administration

African Theology, African Womanism, Gender

Dr Gabriel Ndlovu

PhD
Supervising Team

Augustinian Theology, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Christian Epistemology, Christian Ethics, African Theology

Dr Mark Pretorius

PhD
Senior Lecturer/ Supervising Team

Mark, who began his academic journey at SATS, obtained his Ph.D. in systematic theology and ethics from the University of Pretoria, where he focused on the interaction between science and theology. He has presented papers at international conferences, published widely in journals, and authored several books.

Science and Theology, Genesis and Creation, Mind and Brain Studies, Pneumatology

Dr Mervin van der Spuy

DTh
Programme Coordinator for HCCC

Mervin obtained his DTh at UNISA and served as the Head of the Association of Christian Counsellors of South Africa, before being appointed as Professor of Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary in Canada. He has served as Vice-Chair of the International Network of Christian Counsellors. He is the author of SATS Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling courses, and he serves as the Programme Coordinator for the HCCC. His expertise lies in the integration of theology and psychology, with the objective of equipping Christian counsellors to provide effective pastoral care and counselling. Mervin and his wife, Hildergaard, live in Canada.

Dr Cornelia van Deventer

PhD
Lecturer and Supervisor

Cornelia (cornelia@sats.edu.za) is a SATS academic and supervisor. She earned her PhD in 2019 in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch, focusing on the Gospel of John. At SATS, she serves as a lecturer and a supervisor. She is married to Johan, and they have an adopted son, Ezra.

Dr Bert Watson

PhD
Teaching Team

Bert Watson holds an MAGL from Fuller Seminary and a PhD from SATS. In addition to serving as an executive pastor in the USA, Bert Watson is the founder of Leading Edge Christian Ministries, an organisation devoted to the development of biblical leaders in the Majority World.  Bert lived and ministered in Africa for 35 years.

Bert Barnes

MTh Cand.
Teaching Team

Bert is a successful pharmacist, having bought or started a chain of 12 retail pharmacies in the course of his career. In 2006 he sold the last of his pharmacies and retired. Bert is known to have salvaged the Middelburg branch of child welfare from being disbanded, to be a viable organisation again. He has widely divergent interests; from playing the piano to wildlife to flying his own plane.

Izaak Connoway

MTh
Teaching Team

Izaak obtained his MTh from SATS. He works for SATS in Biblical Studies, especially the Old Testament.

Jose de Carvalho

MTh
Teaching Team

After serving as the General Manager of Sulzer SA 1989–2007, Jose left the corporate world and dedicated himself to theology, earning his MTh in Biblical Studies. He has served as a lecturer at SATS since 2007, during which time he has also been actively engaged in course development. Jose is married to Isabella; they have an adult daughter, Candice.

Felix Kantondo

MTh
Teaching Team

Originally from the Congo, Félix has served since 2006 as the Associate Pastor and Sunday School Director of Bellevue Baptist Church. As well as being a course supervisor for SATS, he is responsible for translation of courses into the French language.

Pelham Lessing

Lecturer and Supervisor

Pelham completed qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Bible and Theology; Professional, Theological and Social Ethics; Education and Contextual Counselling. He joined SATS in 2006 as part of the full-time faculty. He has taught at tertiary level and has successfully supervised Bachelor Honours and Masters of Theology, as well as MA in Development Studies students. He has also pastored for the last 20 years in different pastoral roles. As an educator and counsellor Pelham is registered with the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and as a Counsellor Specialist with the Council of Counsellors South Africa (CCSA). Pelham is married to Sharon and they share the love of two children Bevan and Kelsey. He is a sports-loving person and uses his spare time to watch either live sport in person or on television.

Mathieu Pelletier

MA
MySats Manager

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.

Adrian Tamblyn-Watts

MTh
Teaching Team

Adrian Tamblyn-Watts currently lives with his wife Lyn in the Lake District of north-west England. They have two grown daughters and two grandsons. Adrian holds the post of Academic Co-ordinator at Charis Communications and is associate minister at Emmanuel Christian Centre in Ulverston. In addition to his SATS qualifications, Adrian holds a PGCertTE from the London School of Theology. He is a student of all things C.S. Lewis and a keen motorcyclist.

Bev van Rensburg

MTh
Student Counsellor/ Teaching Team

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 MTh in Practical Theology, and she has published a number of family-oriented books. Bev’s special joy is in training women and youth (especially the marginalised) and their carers/mentors. Her husband, Dr Reuben van Rensburg, was the Principal of SATS (2006–18); their three children actively serve the Lord in ministry roles.

David Woods

MTh
Teaching Team

Lecturer
David holds Master’s degrees in both Science and Theology. His MTh research examined the distinct identity and practice of Jewish Jesus-believers in the New Testament, especially in relation to Gentile believers. His interests include biblical studies and the intersection of Judaism and Christianity in history. David lives in Cape Town with his wife and two daughters. He loves to be in the mountains.

Gurson Fortuin

MTh
Teaching Team

Lecturer Gurson has earned a BA in Bible and Theology from Global School of Theology and completed his BTh Honours and Masters of Theology in Biblical Studies from SATS. Apart from being a part-time lecturer with SATS, he is also involved with Cape Theological Seminary and the Southern Africa School of Theology’s educational programs.

Jill Gorven

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Undergraduate Course Facilitator

Jillian completed her Honours in Theology with SATS in 2015 and has worked at SATS since early 2016. Currently she facilitates undergraduate courses and is pursuing research in gender issues. She worships at Rosebank Union Church.

Wilna Grey

BTh Hons

Lecturer
Wilna is employed as an emergency physician. She also has a passion for studying the Word of God and has completed her BTh Hons at SATS. She finds special joy in being involved in part-time teaching in the fields of medicine and theology. She values being able to assist in teaching others to responsibly study the Word of God, in order to seek and apply the truths found in the text.

Louie Naidoo

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Lecturer

Louie serves as a fulltime pastor of the Queensburgh Evangelical Bible Church in Durban. After completing his BTh Hon with SATS he was invited to join them as a part time lecturer. He currently teaches courses in New Testament and Systematic Theology. He is passionate about missions and church-planting. Louie also serves in many leadership roles both in church and para-church organisations. He comes from a mathematics education background and lectures part-time at UKZN in their PGCE Mathematics program.

Sue Pnematicatos

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Susan’s background is in administrative management; however, she has a passion for studying of God’s Word in order to teach others to seek Truth for themselves. Sue purposefully seeks to practice hospitality as she enjoys spending time with people and mentoring and encouraging them.

Yvonne Roberg

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Marian Smith

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

SATS Lecturer
Marian has completed her BTh Hons at SATS. She and her husband founded, and run a community NGO on a full-time basis.

Jonothan Tudhope

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Akheem Waqar

BTh Hons
Teaching Team

Akheem Waqar is from Islamic Republic of Pakistan but currently residing in South Africa since 2015. He completed his BTh Honours at SATS and serving as a lecturer at the same Institute. He is also fulltime staff member at Woord en Lewe Kerk, managing the training department. He is also an Ordained Pastor of Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. He is actively involved in training pastors in Africa for Muslim Evengelism with the special focus on Bible and Islamic Jurisprudence.

Estelle Crafford

BTh
Teaching Team

Estelle has completed her BTh and is currently pursuing her BTh Honours in Theology at SATS. Her area of special interest is Koine Greek—a love affair which started with a passion for the truth of God’s Word. She has been teaching Greek at SATS since 2016. She is married to Marius; they live in Cape Town.

Idalette Muller

Lecturer

Idalette (idalette@sats.edu.za) is a part-time co-lecturer at SATS, in the Christian Counselling courses, She completed the Higher Certificate in Christian Counseling at SATS in January 2020 with distinction. She earned a degree in music (BMus(Ed), 1992), and honors in Educational Psychology (1993) at TUKS. As a part-time counselor with survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, she is interested in effectively applying music- and art therapeutic techniques in trauma counseling,  She is also a motivational speaker, writer and spokes person for Human Trafficking Awareness. She is married to Andrew and they have three children, and live in Centurion.

Patrick Mutombo

BTh
Teaching Team

Patrick obtained his B.Th. in 2005. He then taught at the world Revival School of Ministry. From 2007 to 2008, after assessment by the Alliance Française, he was involved in translating didactic materials from English to French.

Selma Rudd

BA, HCCC
Teaching Team