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[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.’ About ten 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 travelled.’ 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 travelling quite widely and in so-doing observe the ‘Church’ first-hand on all the continents save Australasia – in the unlikely event of getting to visit our kidz in New Zealand, we’ll be able to complete the mission!

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!

5 thoughts on “About…

  1. Hi Erroll,
    I would love to contact you about something that you might be able to help us with. I am part of an organic church in Bloemfontein. My email address is lootsgideon@gmail.com . I heard about you from Tobie van Der Westhuizen

  2. Good morning Errol, I came across your blog by ‘chance’ this morning and am thrilled to see the road you’re travelling … and as Liz said ‘he’s one of us’!! By the things we’re reading it’s clear that you too tired of the organised church … the difference seems that we received the left foot of fellowship rather than getting out voluntarily … with hindsight I think the Lord had opened the door but I was hesitant to step out. But the result is the same … a meaningful walk with Jesus who is our life and joy – living life on the wide plain. Many are the stories that circulated about me … I seem to be someone about whom people love to gossip … so boring to establish the facts. But God knows, and we walk on with Jesus. We’ve been in the UK for over 12 years now and have a home in Eastbourne though at present we have rented it out and are presently in India for 5 months. My email is roblennox47@gmail.com Would love to renew contact if you have the time … am also on Facebook if you take a peek. Love, Rob …. still “talking about things that matter with people who care”

  3. My goodness, what a lovely surprise to hear from you guyz! Thanks for the little window on your life to bring us up to speed. I knew you had left for the UK at some stage, that’s about all until now. While the Lord ‘engineered our exit’ in the ultimate sense, we had an unnecessarily painful parting with our last congregation in terms of hurts suffered by ourselves, our children and most of the congregation who were supportive of us.

    Fortunately I never got to hear the gossip about yourself, Rob – all I know is that our enemy loves to tear at Christ’s body like a wolf tears at flesh. I’m so glad that God has led you and your family on from that point!

    Thanks for your email, I’ll write you some time. Unfortunately I am not on Facebook. My email address is thankful@lantic.net

    Love to you both,

    Erroll and Melanie.

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