On 17 March this year our sister church, the Reformed Church in Africa’s Living Waters Congregation in Cravenby, Cape Town, had the induction service of their new pastor, Rev. Theo Francis.
Dr Kobus Odendaal and Rev. Stephen Pedro attended this joyous event on behalf of Witness Ministry. For the past few years this congregation had to proceed without a minister, so this is great news for the congregation.
Rev. Theo Francis was born in 1981 in Durban. He moved to Pietermaritzburg in 1990, due to a call that his dad accepted at RCA Pietermaritzburg as minster. He resided in Pietermaritzburg for 29 years where he completed his schooling. He felt the call of God over his life in 2004 where he began his studies for the ministry, which he completed in 2011. He worked at Pearl Mission in Kimberly in 2010, under the guidance of Rev. Peter Pretorius for about 6 months and did some practical ministry in 2012 under the guidance of Rev. Greg Denysschen at RCA Maranatha congregation and got legitimised at the end of 2012..
He served as a spiritual worker in RCA Pietermaritzburg congregation for 6 years before being called as a minister to Cape Town. He also joined a music group called the Heavens Harmonears as a music playerin Pietermarirtzburg. He married Daphne in 2014. They have 2 children – Zachary (3 in August) and Timothy (6 months).
Rev. Francis’s immediate plans for the congregation at Cravenby is to know and nurture the congregation which God has sent him to. Higher than any involvement is reflecting Christ. He is also looking forward to many projects with the congregation in the future. He is alsoo looking forward to being part of Witness Ministry
A week after he was inducted at Living Waters Congregation Rev. Stephen Pedro, manager of Congregational Witness, had the priviledge to welcome him in a practical way.
Rev. Pedro introduces him to some of the ministers of the URCSA Presbytery of SA Gestig, in which boundaries their RCA Congregation in Cravenby is situated. Rev. Pedro also took him to the three congregations closest to them: URC Goodwood, Uitsig and Moria.
He married Daphne in 2014 and they have 2 children – Zachary (3 in August) and Timothy (6 months).
May God bless this congregation and may we as brothers and sisters support Rev. Francis and his wife Daphne in their new ministry. What a blessing to have the RCA as part of our Reformed family, and to look forward to a partnership that will impact our congregations and even people far beyond our congregational boundaries.
To God be the glory.