Choolwe is pastor of Central Baptist Church, Chingola, in the north of Zambia, a church he has overseen for the last twenty-four years. He is currently the principal of Copperbelt Ministerial College and chairs the national theological reflection forum (Parsons Diet). With his wife Marilyn they are blessed with two boys and a girl. Having been involved in a number of church plants, his ministerial outlook is that, “centralisation of biblical counselling, along with expository preaching, is the prime precipitant of ecclesiastical health and vigour”.
Jonathan Holdt is currently the pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Centurion, Pretoria. He is married to Adele and has 3 children: Joshua, Charissa and Andrew. He began studying for the ministry in 1995 at London Theological Seminary. He has since obtained an MA in Pastoral theology and is currently doing his MTh through the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids. He was privileged to have sat under Dr Wayne Mack’s counselling ministry for 2 years. He views Biblical counselling as an essential ministry within the church and has already seen the positive benefits of Biblical counselling in the lives of people.
Jeffrey Gage serves as the Pastor-Teacher of Free Grace Baptist Church in Boksburg, South Africa. Having pastored for 7 years in the USA, he and his family moved to Boksburg in 2000. In addition to pastoring the local congregation, Jeff lectures at the Constantia Park School of the Bible in Pretoria and travels to Zimbabwe twice each year to train pastors associated with the Reformed Baptist Church of Harare. He was also involved in the founding of Sola 5: An Association of God-centred Evangelicals in Southern Africa. Jeff and his wife Deborah have been married for 23 years and have four children – Caleb (21), Joseph (18), Rebecca (17) and Rachel (14).
Dr Brian A. De Vries
Dr. Brian A. de Vries BBA, M.Div, ThM, Ph.D, is Principal and Lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College. He is a minister of the Reformed Churches of South Africa (GKSA), sent as a missionary minister of the Heritage Reformed Congregations (HRC) of North America. He has led two church plants in the Pretoria area and also serves as visiting professor of mission at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His doctoral studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary focused on the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelistic communication. He and his wife Lanae have one daughter.
Alan Lester has lived close to addicts for over twenty years; sixteen of which were marked by involvement in establishing and managing a home for addicts. He has been involved in multiple ministries including singing and preaching in prisons and on the streets of Kempton Park. He has spent 10 years in theological study, focusing on Biblical Counseling, at the Bible Institute of South Africa, Christ Seminary, and at Grace School of Ministry under Dr. Wayne Mack. He is a founding member of Living Hope Church, Sunnyside where he currently serves with Dr. Joshua Mack.
Tedd Tripp is the president of Shepherding the Heart Ministries, a non-profit organization, whose mission is connecting the hearts of God’s people to the power and grace of the gospel. Tedd has developed and teaches materials that encourage the people of God to understand gospel hope for the ways that human beings are pushed and pull by the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Tedd is known around the world for the best-selling childrearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, and as the presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars.
Tedd Tripp is Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he served from 1980 until 2012. Tedd was married to his wife, Margy, in 1968; they are parents of three adult hildren and nine grandchildren. Tedd is the author, A Parent’s Handbook for Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Hints for Parents, and with his wife, Margy, Instructing a Child’s Heart.
Dr. Tripp is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A., Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min.
Brian is married to Judy and they have four children and eleven grandchildren. He has been in the pastoral ministry for over forty years and is presently serving at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Johannesburg. From the commencement of his ministry he has firmly believed in the sufficiency of the Scriptures for life and godliness, and has sought to apply the Word of God to the to the various pastoral needs of the congregation.
Roland Eskinazi is married to Hanlie and has been in pastoral ministry for twenty-three years. Since 2000 he has served the Goodwood Baptist church, Cape Town as pastor. Roland serves on the Organising Team of the Sola 5 Association of churches. He is also on the board of the Grace Ministers Conferences in South Africa and lectures for the Christian Leadership Programme of the Bible Institute of South Africa. Roland has studied through the Grace School of Ministry in SA and more recently the Masters College in the US. He has submitted his thesis for the MA in Biblical Counselling. When he is not preaching or counseling, he enjoys reading and learning to play clarinet.