[I recently came across this statement in Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy and immediately identified with it! “My hope is to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him. In his case, quite frankly, presumed familiarity has led to unfamiliarity, unfamiliarity has led to contempt and contempt has led to profound ignorance.”]
I am Erroll, a proud South African, living in Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Metro), happily married to Melanie, we have three married children and six grandsons (one more and we can field our own 7-a-side rugby team). I trained and worked as a chemical engineer, then attended seminary for four years to prepare for the pastorate. With my wife, a nursing sister by profession, we pastored five denominational churches over thirty eight years, including latterly a ‘cell church.’ Fourteen years ago the Lord sovereignly engineered our exit from the institutional church and we started to facilitate organic house churches in our area – this has been the most satisfying, joyful time of our lives, following Jesus on ‘the road less traveled.’ To help clarify my understanding of the Church in the Bible and contemporary society, I completed a Master’s in Ecclesiology a while ago on ‘the re-incarnation of the Church’ in the twenty first century. I am grateful also for the privilege of traveling quite widely and in so-doing observe the ‘Church’ first-hand on all the continents, save Antarctica. I hadn’t visited Oceania, but we have just returned from a six week stay with our kidz in New Zealand (via Australia), so can cross off that part of the globe as well. Nice!
From my youth God gave me a missional heart, so today we facilitate organic house churches within our culture and cross-culturally. In ministry we reach out, in small ways, to the poor and young who make up approximately 80% of the world’s population. We network with a few other organic groups in our metro. I also have the privilege of walking a road with a few people in a mentoring relationship.
We are extremely grateful that our children and their families all follow Jesus as Lord – here in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Wellington New Zealand.
I’m essentially a ragamuffin believer apprenticed to and in love with JESUS. It’s primarily a life to be lived in him, as he lives in us. And of course all is of grace!