RFF Group 2023

Back row fltr: Rev. TK Ilesanmi (LDI, South Africa)), Dr Ryan Faber (Resonate Global Mission, Zambia), Rev. Pule Sejake (DRCA, South Africa), Rev. Vasco Kachipapa (CCAP Nkhoma, Malawi), Dr Christopher Munikwa (RCZ Zimbabwe & SA), Dr Luka Ariko (RCEA Kenya), Rev. Alberto Daniel (IERA, Angola), Rev. Victor Moleluque (IRM Novo, Mozambique). Middle row fltr: Dr Nico Mostert (Partners in Witness DRC Free State, SA), Dr Elias Mohnla (URCSA, South Africa), Rev. Ivan Akash Sirpal (RCA, South Africa), Rev. Samuel Besitala (IRM Mphatso, Mozambique), Mariëtte Odendaal (Communication, Witness Minisytry, South Africa), Rev. Jaco Botha (represented Witness Ministry, Western Cape, South Africa), Dr Daniël de Wet (Witness Ministry, Western Cape, South Africa). Front row fltr: Rev. Joao Herbarth (IRM Tumbine, Mozambique), Rev. Kingstar Chipata (CCAP Harare, Zimbabwe), Dr William Zulu (RCZ, Zambia), Me Letjani Moatshe (DRCB, Botswana), Rev. Martin Phate (LECSA, Lesotho), Dr Mias van Jaarsveld (Christian Literature Fund, Wellington, South Africa).

*Dr Gustav Claassen from the DRC South Africa was also present at the meeting, but not when the photo was taken.


This year the Reformed Family Forum once again had a very informative and inspiring meeting. It took place from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 October at the Andrew Murray Centre for Spirituality.

General secretaries from our sister churches in Africa that originated from missionary work in Africa initiated by the DRC since the 19th century were present.

Relevant topics were discussed such as “Good governance as key to a more sustainable church and church institutions” presented by Rev. TK Ilesanmi, the executive director of Leadership Development Initiave (LDI) based in South Africa.

Other topics that were discussed were the future of Reformed theological education in Africa, the effect of climate change and natural disasters on our churches, and theological and ethical reflections on church governance.

The meeting was also privileged to be visited by the Dr Hennie van Deventer, former principal of the JMTI, theological training college at Nkhoma, Malawi, Dr Frederick Marais, (DRC Western Cape Synod, South Africa), Dr Nadia Marais (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Rev. Marinus Theron, moderator of the DRC Western Cape, Rev. Stephen Pedro, manager of Witness Ministry Western Cape and Dr Kobus Odendaal, former manager of Witness Ministry.

May God bless this vibrant and inspiring church leaders of our Reformed churches in Africa.

Reaf more about these sister churches at HERE.